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Top 5 Premier League Players Who Were Signed From The Portuguese League

Over the years, a lot of great players have came into the English Premier League from the Portuguese League and made an instant impact in their various clubs.

This article will focus on top five Premier League who were signed from the Portuguese league.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

In the summer of 2003, Manchester United signed Cristiano Ronaldo from the Portuguese side, Sporting Lisbon.

Upon Ronaldo’s arrival to Manchester United, nobody knew that he would end up becoming one of the best players in Manchester United’s history.

During his first spell at Manchester United, Ronaldo won a total of nine trophies. He won one Champions League trophy and three Premier League trophies.

He also won some other domestic cups. Ronaldo played a total of 293 matches and scored 118 goals during his first spell for Manchester United.

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2. Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes’ move to Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon proved to yield an instant result as he gave Manchester United the much needed quality in midfield.

Fernandes joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020 in a deal believed to be worth over £67 million.

Despite playing just 14 matches in his first season, Fernandes scored eight goals and provided seven assists. During his second season, he scored 28 goals in all competitions.

He also registered 12 assists in the Premier League. Last season was not great for Fernandes but he managed to score 10 goals.

3. Ederson

Ederson joined Manchester City from Benfica in 2017 and since then, he has been a consistent goalkeeper for his team.

Apart from being a good goalkeeper, Ederson helps to provide stability in the defence of Manchester City with his composure and ability to distribute the ball accurately.

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Since joining Manchester City, Ederson has won 11 titles including four Premier League titles and four League Cups. Just last season, Ederson won the Golden Glove award and also won the league title.

4. Ricardo Carvalho

This list won’t be complete without adding the name of Carvalho. Carvalho was one of the players that joined Chelsea in 2004.

He joined Chelsea from FC Porto. Just after joining Chelsea, Carvalho became part of the first team and in his first season, he won the Premier League title.

The following season, Carvalho went on to win another league title and added the third league title during the 2009/2010 season. He also won two League Cups and two Community Shield titles.

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5. Ruben Dias

Benfica appears to be favoring Manchester City because apart from Ederson, Manchester City also secured the services of Ruben Dias from Benfica.

Dias became a Manchester City player in the summer of 2020. Dias’ presence in the center-back of Manchester City has solidified Manchester City defensively.

Apart from his defensive ability, Dias has a great technical ability and an outstanding passing ability which has made him the first choice player in his team.

After the 2020/2021 season which Manchester City won, Ruben Dias was named Manchester City’s player of the season because of his outstanding performances.

Dias was also part of the Manchester City team that won last season’s Premier League title.

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