Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut Portugal teammates: where are they now?


Defender – Miguel Monteiro

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In 2005, Miguel was one of the most sought-after right-backs in European football.

Valencia won the race for his signature, but the defender never quite lived up to the hype during his seven seasons in Spain and found himself on the team again and again before retiring in 2012.

In 2014 he tried unsuccessfully to get out of retirement.

Defender – Fernando Couto

Fernando Couto is one of the most successful football players in Portugal

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Center-back Fernando Couto hung up his boots in 2008 as one of just six players to have played over 100 caps for Portugal.

After his retirement, the former FC Barcelona star tried briefly at the Portuguese club SC Braga and the Indian club Manchester Howrah.

Midfielder – Costinha

Costinha won the Champions League with FC Porto in 2003/04

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A tough midfielder, Costinha had stints at Nacional, Monaco and Atletico Madrid during his club career.

Best known was that he was part of Jose Mourinho’s 2004 Champions League winning team in Porto.

As a coach, he was the last coach of his former team Nacional, but is currently unemployed.

Midfielder – Luis Figo

Luis Figo in action for Portugal at Euro 2004

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The man Ronaldo replaced on his Portugal debut, Luis Figo, is probably Portugal’s second most popular footballer after Cristiano.

The legendary winger made almost 800 appearances and won 22 major honors during his brilliant national career with Sporting Lisbon, FC Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

After his unsuccessful candidacy for the office of FIFA President in 2015, Figo now holds an advisory role at UEFA and is global ambassador for Inter.

Midfielder – Hugo Viana

Portugal's Hugo Viana and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate a goal at the 2006 World Cup

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Hugo Viana played in Portugal, England, Spain and the United Arab Emirates during his nomadic playing career.

He retired in 2016 at the age of 33 and was most recently the football director of the Portuguese club Belenenses.

Midfielder – Deco

Deco has done a lot for charity since retiring from football

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Midfielder Deco called the time in his 2013 days after having had a brilliant playing career at Porto, FC Barcelona and Chelsea, among others.

Since then, he’s set up a football charity in Brazil, became an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, and set up his own player agency representing stars like Premier League duo Fabinho and Raphinha.

SUB: Nuno Valente

Portugal's Nuno Valente fights for the ball with England's David Beckham

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The man Leighton Baines took over in the mid-1990s to become Everton’s first choice left-back, Nuno Valente is another former Ronaldo Portuguese team-mate who has been a coach since retirement.

However, he only had one job – in the Portuguese third division – and it only lasted two months and six games, of which he lost five.

SUB: Simao

Simao celebrates his goal at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

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With 22 goals in 85 games for Portugal, Simao is the tenth top scorer of all time and the twelfth goalscorer of all time.

The former winger of FC Barcelona, ​​Benfica and Atletico Madrid retired as a player in 2015 after a brief stint in India with NorthEast United.

Today he is in charge of international relations at Benfica.

SUB: Heroes Postiga

Helder Postiga after his goal against England at Euro 2016

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Tottenham Hotspur fans will remember the Helder Postiga name well, but not for the right reasons.

The Portuguese striker scored just once in 19 games following a $ 10.7 million move from Porto in 2003.

At the end of his only season at White Hart Lane, he was sent back to Porto and spent the remainder of his journeyman career playing in France, Greece, Spain, Italy and India before retiring in 2016.


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