PREVIEW: Get to know UEFA Euro Cup 2016 winners Portugal
Another Sporting product, Martins began featuring for the senior team in the 2014/15 season. He has since made 129 appearances for the Lions, scoring 26 goals and making over 20 assists. The last two seasons has seen Martins take up a larger role at Sporting. This season, he has made 24 appearances in the Primeira Liga and has completed the third most successful dribbles with 58 to his name. In addition, of players who are 22 or younger, he has joint most assists in the league with 6 assists.
Martins made his debut for the Portuguese National Team on October 7, 2016 in the World Cup qualification match against Andorra. In his second match he made two assists as Portugal beat Faroe Islands 6-0. He has yet to score, but has been highly regarded as part of the future of Portuguese football.
The four-time Primeira Liga winner, Quaresma has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe including Barcelona, Inter, and Porto. He currently plies his trade with Beşiktaş who had previously played for from 2010 to 2012. Quaresma has made 33 appearances for the Istanbul-based club this season scoring four goals and assisting another nine. His performances are beyond the goals and assists, however, as he has the most key passes, 67, of any player in the league
A veteran of the National Team, Quaresma made his debut for the first team at just 19 years old as he played the entire second half in the 4-0 friendly win over Bolivia in 2003. Since then, he has made over 70 appearances, scoring nine goals. He was also a substitute in the last match between the Pharaohs and Portugal in 2005.
A product of Benfica’s youth system, Guedes made 68 appearances for the first team scoring 11 goals. However, it hasn’t been an easy road for him after leaving Benfica, making only 11 appearances for PSG before being loaned out to Valencia. With the La Liga side, Guedes has made 29 appearances, scoring five goals and making seven assists.
Goncalo made his debut for the senior National Team on November 14, 2015 when Portugal lost 1-0 to Russia in a friendly. He made his second appearance in their next friendly, a 2-0 win over Luxembourg. The 21-year-old failed to feature through 2015 and most of 2017 since he was a part of the U21 National Team’s camps and competitions. On his full return to the Selection of the Quinas, Guedes scored and assisted in the friendly win over Saudi Arabia.
Highly sought after winger, André Silva entered the scene with FC Porto when he began in their youth ranks in 2013. His performance in his final season with the Dragons saw many of Europe’s biggest clubs move to sign him. In the league campaign alone, Silva scored 16 goals and provided another six assists in 32 games. His move to Milan came with major expectations and though his performances haven’t been consistent this season, he has provided for the team. In 34 appearances for the Rossoneri, he has scored 10 goals and assisted another two.
Since making his senior team debut for Portugal against Gibraltar in September 2016, André Silva has made 17 appearances scoring 11 goals and assisting another four.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo needs no introduction Portugal’s most well known player. Having played for Manchester United, Ronaldo made the switch to Real Madrid in 2009. Since then he has won La Liga titles twice, the UEFA Champions League three times, and Club World Cup three times. The 33-year-old star has played 429 games for the Madrid-based club and has scored 443 goals.
Having made his international debut at 18 years of age, Ronaldo is Portugal’s most capped player and top scorer. He has appeared in 147 matches for the Seleção and has scored 79 goals in those matches. Cristiano has represented Portugal at four Euro competitions, three World Cups, and at the Confederations Cup in 2017.
All stats provided by WhoScored. KingFut would also like to thank Jan Hagen for his look into the Portuguese National Team.
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