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Who is the Premier League's best ever Portuguese player?

18 May 2020
Ricardo Carvalho, Bernardo Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo

On Ricardo Carvalho's birthday, choose your favourite player from Portugal to feature in the competition

Some exceptionally gifted players have come from overseas to light up the Premier League, and we are celebrating the talent that has arrived from some selected nations.

Portugal

We are looking at the achievements of the Premier League's top Portuguese players and we want to know who you think has been the best.

A total of 73 have featured in the Premier League, with Dani the first when he made his debut for West Ham United in February 1996.

Cristiano Ronaldo was a key figure when Manchester United won three successive titles in 2006/07, 2007/08 and 2008/09.

He was named the Premier League Player of the Season for two of those campaigns, making him one of only three players to earn the accolade twice, and he also won the Golden Boot in 2007/08 with 31 goals.

His team-mate for club and country, Nani, lifted the Premier League Trophy four times at Old Trafford and contributed 26 goals and 43 assists.

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Bernardo Silva has also enjoyed great success, with Manchester City, after winning the title in both of his full seasons at the Etihad Stadium.

He has scored 18 goals and set up another 16 in 95 Premier League appearances, helping Pep Guardiola's side to break a host of Premier League records including the most points, wins and goals in a campaign.

Leading PL numbers for Portugal
Appearances Goals Assists
Luis Boa Morte 296 Cristiano Ronaldo 84 Nani 43
Cristiano Ronaldo 196 Luis Boa Morte 29 Luis Boa Morte 35
Jose Fonte 178 Nani 26 Cristiano Ronaldo 34
Nani 147 Bernardo Silva 18 Bernardo Silva 16
Paulo Ferreira 141 Diogo Jota 15 Joao Moutinho 14

Ricardo Carvalho is fondly remembered for his influence at Chelsea after helping the club to back-to-back titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06, followed by another in 2009/10.

The classy centre-back was part of the defence that conceded only 15 goals in 2004/05, which remains a Premier League record.

Deco joined his compatriot at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2008 and made an instant impact, winning the August Player of the Month award in his first month at the club, before playing his part in the 2009/10 title triumph.

You can watch a video of great goals by Portuguese players above, and have a look at some eye-catching numbers in the table, before voting on who you think is the Premier League's best ever Portuguese player.

Tomorrow: Vote for the best player from Germany

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