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Portugal: An all-time eleven

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Portugal is known for it's production of talented wingers and attacking midfielders - players that are comfortable with the ball at their feet.

Let's see who would make the final pick of their greatest ever squad.

Formation : 3-5-2

Goalkeeper: Vitor Baia

Not that great, but certainly the best Portuguese 'keeper. 

With 80 caps that spanned the entire 1990s he’s a more-than-dependable inclusion and quite simply you don’t safe-keep eleven title-winning sides without being a reliable shot-stopper.

Centre-Back: Ricardo Carvalho

During his prime, Carvalho had a Baresi-like style of defending, marrying elegant and hard play together.

He has an unnerving positional sense that makes it easy for him to stop many attacking plays himself.

Centre-Back: Vicente Lucas

Before facing the great Bobby Moore, the legendary Brazilian Pele said that Lucas was the toughest defender he ever played against.

The Mozambique-born central-defender was the rock of the 1966 Portugal team that finished third place in the tournament.

Centre-Back: Hilario

Mostly played as a left-back, but his versatility and playing style makes him eligible to be put on a left central-defender position.

One of the most prominent African-Portuguese players of the 1960s, Hilario went on to captain his nation for three years.

Defensive-Midfielder: Paulo Sousa

Poulo Sousa makes the cut as he was a very talented, graceful and technical midfielder.

Being a player that won two Champion's League titles with two different teams (Juve and BVB), Paulo Sousa was sadly forced to end his great career due to a serious injury.

Centre-Midfielder: Mario Coluna

Mario Coluna was a midfield boss, with his positioning, strength and boundless stamina.

All of his coaches put him in a box-to-box midfielder role, knowing that during the game he would play absolutely anywhere, finding his team-mates with great passing and balancing the midfield with a brilliant touch.

Right-Midfielder: Luis Figo

The thought of him playing in the right wing and Ronaldo doing his thing on the left would give any football fan the chills.

When fans at the Bernabeu were watching Luis Figo standing in the right-wing with the ball on his feet, face-to-face with a defender, they knew they were going to see something exciting. He is the most-capped Portuguese player and one of the best in the history of the Selecção das Quinas.

Attacking-Midfielder: Rui Costa

His graceful type of play makes Rui Costa an absolute fan-favourite.

The magician was one of the brightest stars of the Portuguese golden generation of the 1990s. 

A technically superb maestro who could do anything with the ball.

Left-Midfielder: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo's poise, power and pace, all working in perfect harmony is a joy to behold and while his powerful shots defy physics, his goal-scoring stats with Real Madrid (214 goals in 210 apps) simply defy belief.

He is seen by many as the most athletic footballer of all time - and as one of the most complete players to ever grace a football field.

In short time, he will be the top-scorer and most-appeared footballer in Portugal national team's history.

Centre-Forward: Eusebio

The man who by himself inspired the Selecção to a third-place finish in the 1966 Word Cup.

He was known for his incredible speed, scoring ability and sharp footballing mind.

Having won the Ballon d'Or in 1965, the Black Pearl is immortalized in both mind and heart to everyone who loves the game.

Centre-Forward: Pauleta

The all-time top scorer for the Portuguese team cannot be absent.

Pauleta was a striker that played in many teams, but is loved in every single one of them for his passion, positioning and great finishing.

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