FIFA World Cup 2010 : Portugal's Fabulous Five
Portugal has perhaps been one of the most under-achieving teams of all time. Except for their semifinal finish in the 2006 World Cup the Portugal national football team has never achieved any major international trophies.
But the country has never been bereft of football legends. The world has seen Portugal produce football greats like Eusebio, Luis Figo, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
In this slideshow we will look into Portugal's top five players of all time.
Jose Travassos :: Ze da Europa
José António Barreto Travassos, better known as Jose Travassos is considered as one of the greatest Portuguese players of all times.
Born in Lisbon, Travassos earned fame as a member of the legendary Sporting Lisbon's strike force known as the "The Cinco Violinos" (The Five Violins).
During his time at Sporting Lisbon he won four consecutive Portuguese championships between 1950-1954 creating a record until it was broken by F.C. Porto after 45 years.
Also nicknamed the " Ze da Europa" which means "European Joe", Travassos was one of the first Portuguese players to earn international level after he played for the FIFA team.
He made 35 appearances for Portugal scoring six goals.
This Portuguese legend died on February 12, 2002 in his birthplace of Lisbon at the age of 74.
Pauleta :: L'Aigle des Açores(Azores Eagle)
Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes, commonly known as Pauleta is one of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of the Portuguese national team.
The 5'11" striker earned a national record scoring a total of 47 goals in 88 appearances for the Portugal national squad before retiring from international football in 2006.
The 37-year-old Pauleta nicknamed "The Birdman of the Açores" due to his celebration style was the first Portuguese international to never have played in Portugal's first division.
Cristiano Ronaldo :: The Sultan Of The Stepover
The captain of the current Portugal football team Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo is the most expensive player in football history and one of Portugal's' all-time greatest players.
His lucrative record breaking £80 million transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid broke all previous transfer records and made him the highest paid footballer in the world.
The extremely talented Portuguese' on-field exploits has earned him a host of admirers.
Ronaldo has steadily developed to become a key figure of the present Portugal squad. His dribbling qualities and ability to mesmerize opposition defenses with his quick feet have prompted comparisons with footballing legends Pele, Maradona, and George Best.
The immensely gifted midfielder has scored 22 goals for his country already in 69 appearances and will be looking to break the national record held by Pauleta of scoring the highest number of goals.
After a hugely successful season at Manchester United the Portuguese midfield wizard has been plagued by injury in his first season at Real.
This World Cup might be his chance to achieve a place among football's all time greatest.
Luis Figo :: The Portuguese
Nicknamed "The Wolverine" due to his facial similarity to the character of the hugely popular movie franchise X-Men, Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo is one of the greatest Portuguese footballers of all time.
With a career spanning over 20 years Luis Figo is the most capped player for Portugal with 127 appearances.
The midfield maestro was the leader of the "Golden Generation" of Portuguese football. The 2001 winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year is regarded as one of football's all-time greatest.
The 37-year-old retired from football in 2009 after hugely successful stints with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Internazionale.
Although he never won any major international trophies for his country, Figo captained Portugal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup to the semi-finals for the first time since the Eusebio era in 1966.
Eusebio :: The Black Panther
Dubbed the Black Panther or the Black Pearl, Eusebio was one of the greatest Portuguese players in football history.
The Mozambican origin Eusebio guided Portugal to reach third place in their debut World Cup in 1966, while becoming the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals.
The 1965 European Footballer of the Year was known for his speed and his powerful, accurate right-footed strike.
During his 15 years at Benfica he developed into their most prolific striker of all-time, scoring a mind boggling 727 goals in 715 games.
Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, or simply known as Eusebio is considered one of the best footballers of all time by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.
His goal tally of 41 goals in 64 appearances for Portugal was a national record until it was broken by another Portuguese all-time great, Pauleta.
The 68-year-old is a football legend and a constant presence in Portugal's football circuit.