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CR7 4th, Cancelo 2nd… the 5 best Portuguese players in the world right now (2022)

Portugal is one of the greatest footballing nations in the world. It has a rich footballing history and has produced some of the greatest players to grace the game.

Portugal remains a power in the world of football and currently has one of the strongest and deepest squads on the international circuit.

Portugal has risen to prominence lately. After a disappointing start to the 21st century on the international stage, Portugal bounced back by winning Euro 2016. They went on to win the inaugural UEFA Nations League a few years later.

Portugal’s current squad is full of talented players who play for some of the best clubs in the world. Without further ado, let’s take a look at five of the best Portuguese players of the moment.

#5 Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

Bruno Fernandes may not be scoring as many goals as usual in the current season, but he remains Manchester United’s chief midfield architect. After Ronado’s arrival, Fernandes was moved to a deeper role.

The 27-year-old might not be the tidiest footballer on the planet and while trying to create chances for his team, he ends up playing multiple loose balls. But there is no denying the fact that he is one of the most creative footballers on the planet.

Fernandes is said to be having a disappointing season by his own standards. But he has scored nine goals and 14 assists in 37 appearances in all competitions this year. He has delivered seven assists in the Champions League, which is the record for any player since the start of the season.

#4 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

Manchester United v Atletico Madrid: Round Of Sixteen Leg Two - UEFA Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo has produced many breakthrough performances for Manchester United this season. He was particularly impressive during the group stages of the Champions League. Ronaldo scored six goals in the group stage as Manchester United finished top of Group F and progressed to the knockout stages.

But the 37-year-old has also had plenty of slack in the current campaign. Ronaldo’s lack of goals has had a negative impact on the Red Devils, with the veteran striker struggling to help his team through a difficult period.

But Ronaldo still had a good season, scoring 18 goals and providing three assists in 33 appearances in all competitions. His superb hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur on March 12 is arguably his best performance of the season.

#3 Diogo Jota (Liverpool)

Arsenal v Liverpool - Premier League

Mohamed Salah has been in such phenomenal form for Liverpool that he has stolen all the limelight. But Jurgen Klopp’s team is far from dependent on a single player. They have stalwarts all over the pitch and currently have one of the best attacking units in all of Europe.

Portuguese striker Diogo Jota has been excellent for Liverpool this season. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker can play anywhere on the front line and is one of the sharpest strikers in the Premier League today.

His finishing and linking play in the final third is exquisite. Although he’s not the tallest striker in the world (178cm), Jota has also scored a few headers.

The Portugal international is technically gifted and agile, and his work rate is commendable too. These qualities make him one of the most complete strikers in Europe.

He has bagged 18 goals and three assists in 38 appearances in all competitions for the Merseysiders so far this season.

#2 Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Joao Cancelo is one of the best full-backs in the world. He’s been in sublime form for Manchester City this season and interestingly he hasn’t even been deployed consistently in his preferred right-back position.

Cancelo has played the majority of games at left-back, but the 27-year-old has proven very comfortable on the left side for Manchester City this season.

Cancelo is one of Manchester City’s main creators and one of the most technically proficient players in the world. It is almost impossible to make him lose the ball. He’s able to pass, cross and shoot with both feet, and he’s as athletic and agile as you’d want for a full-back.

In 38 appearances in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s men this season, Cancelo has scored three goals and provided eight assists.

#1 Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League

Bernardo Silva is one of Manchester City’s most successful players this season. They have looked indomitable at times, controlling the games in their entirety thanks to the world-class personnel they have in their ranks.

Silva embodies the kind of players that Pep Guardiola likes to build his teams around. His ability to hold onto the ball is exceptional and he has the vision and technique to consistently make passes that split the defence. This is an essential quality for any Manchester City midfielder, who regularly faces teams that deploy low blocks against him.

Silva has put in several stunning performances for Manchester City this season and is arguably the best Portuguese player in the world right now. The 27-year-old has registered 10 goals and four assists in 38 appearances in all competitions so far this season.


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