The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Angola

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This page contains a list of the greatest Angolan Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 38 of which were born in Angola. This makes Angola the birth place of the 60th most number of Soccer Players behind Georgia and Finland.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Angolan Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Angolan Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Angolan Soccer Players.

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1. Fernando Peyroteo (1918 - 1978)

With an HPI of 64.97, Fernando Peyroteo is the most famous Angolan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages on wikipedia.

Fernando Baptista de Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos (10 March 1918 – 28 November 1978) was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. He spent his entire professional career with Sporting, scoring 544 goals all competitions comprised, winning 11 major titles and being crowned his country's top division scorer on six occasions.

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2. José Águas (1930 - 2000)

With an HPI of 63.67, José Águas is the 2nd most famous Angolan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

José Pinto de Carvalho Santos Águas (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛ ˈaɡwɐʃ]; 9 November 1930 – 10 December 2000) was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. He enjoyed a lengthy professional spell with Benfica, never scoring less than 18 goals in 12 of his 13 first division seasons. A prolific goalscorer, Águas was nicknamed "Cabeça de Ouro" ("Golden Head") because of his header skills.

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3. Rui Jordão (1952 - 2019)

With an HPI of 58.33, Rui Jordão is the 3rd most famous Angolan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Rui Manuel Trindade Jordão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁuj ʒuɾˈðɐ̃w̃]; 9 August 1952 – 18 October 2019) was a Portuguese footballer. His professional career was spent mostly with two of the biggest clubs in the country, Benfica and Sporting. One of the most prolific strikers in the history of Portuguese football, he won the Silver Ball award twice, once with each team. Jordão represented the Portugal national team for 17 years, appearing with them at Euro 1984.

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4. Flávio Amado (1979 - )

With an HPI of 52.34, Flávio Amado is the 4th most famous Angolan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Flávio da Silva Amado (born 30 December 1979), better known as Flávio, is an Angolan former professional footballer striker. He is currently the assistant of Angolan side Petro Atlético.

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5. Akwá (1977 - )

With an HPI of 52.28, Akwá is the 5th most famous Angolan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Fabrice Alcebiades Maieco (born 30 May 1977 in Benguela), commonly known as Akwá, is an Angolan former football player who played as a forward for the Angolan national team. From his international debut in 1995, Akwá represented Angola 78 times, scoring a record 39 goals. He played for them in three Africa Cup of Nations and captained the side at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Akwá has a brother, Rasca, who was a professional football player for Atlético Sport Aviação in Angola.

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6. João Ricardo (1970 - )

With an HPI of 52.20, João Ricardo is the 6th most famous Angolan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

João Ricardo Pereira Batalha dos Santos Ferreira (born 7 January 1970 in Sá da Bandeira, Portuguese Angola), known as João Ricardo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈɐ̃w̃ ʁiˈkaɾðu]), is an Angolan retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

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7. Oliveira Gonçalves (1960 - )

With an HPI of 51.73, Oliveira Gonçalves is the 7th most famous Angolan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Luís de Oliveira Gonçalves (born 22 June 1960, in Angola) is the former head coach of the Angola national football team. A studious, tactically astute coach, Gonçalves was not a prolific player in his younger days, but has earned the nickname the "Professor" for his reading of the game, and is a popular figure in Angola for his efforts of turning round his nation's footballing fortunes.

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8. William Carvalho (1992 - )

With an HPI of 51.46, William Carvalho is the 8th most famous Angolan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 40 different languages.

William Silva de Carvalho ComM (born 7 April 1992) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Spanish club Real Betis and the Portugal national team. He spent most of his career with Sporting CP since making his debut with the first team at age 18, going on to appear in 193 competitive matches and win the 2015 Taça de Portugal. In 2018, he signed with Betis. A full international for Portugal since 2013, Carvalho represented the nation at two World Cups and two European Championships, winning the 2016 edition of the latter tournament.

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9. Pedro Emanuel (1975 - )

With an HPI of 51.23, Pedro Emanuel is the 9th most famous Angolan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Pedro Emanuel dos Santos Martins Silva (born 11 February 1975), known as Pedro Emanuel, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mainly as a central defender, and is a manager. In his 16-year professional career he was closely associated with the two biggest teams in Porto, Boavista – he helped it win its first and only Primeira Liga title in 2001 – and FC Porto, being team captain of both. Pedro Emanuel amassed top division totals of 268 matches and two goals over 12 seasons, and won 14 major titles between both his main clubs combined. He subsequently became a manager.

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10. Manucho (1983 - )

With an HPI of 50.87, Manucho is the 10th most famous Angolan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Mateus Alberto Contreiras Gonçalves (born 7 March 1983), commonly known as Manucho, is an Angolan former professional footballer who played as a striker. Manucho moved from Petro Atletico to Manchester United in January 2008. Before playing a game for United, however, he was loaned out to Greek side Panathinaikos for the remainder of the 2007–08 season, due to issues with obtaining a UK work permit. Manucho received a work permit soon after returning to Manchester United for pre-season training in July 2008, and made his debut for the club in the League Cup against Middlesbrough on 23 September 2008. Short of first team opportunities at Old Trafford, however, on 16 January 2009 he joined Hull City on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season. Having failed to break into the Manchester United first team, Manucho joined Real Valladolid in July 2009. He was also a member of the Angolan national team, representing them at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Pantheon has 38 people classified as soccer players born between 1918 and 2002. Of these 38, 35 (92.11%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Flávio Amado, Akwá, and João Ricardo. The most famous deceased soccer players include Fernando Peyroteo, José Águas, and Rui Jordão. As of October 2020, 14 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Fernando Peyroteo, Rui Jordão, and Pedro Emanuel.

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Which Soccer Players were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 3 most globally memorable Soccer Players since 1700.