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.
With an HPI of 56.90, Fernando Peyroteo is the most famous Angolan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 19 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 CP, scoring 544 goals in all competitions, winning 11 major titles and being crowned his country's top-division scorer on six occasions.
With an HPI of 53.12, José Águas is the 2nd most famous Angolan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 20 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.
With an HPI of 46.79, Rui Jordão is the 3rd most famous Angolan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 19 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 CP. 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.
With an HPI of 45.05, Eduardo Camavinga is the 4th most famous Angolan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 39 different languages.
Eduardo Celmi Camavinga (born 10 November 2002) is a French professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for La Liga club Real Madrid and the France national team.
With an HPI of 39.90, William Carvalho is the 5th most famous Angolan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 43 different languages.
William Silva de Carvalho (born 7 April 1992) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for La Liga 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 three World Cups and two European Championships, winning the 2016 edition of the latter tournament.
With an HPI of 38.77, Akwá is the 6th most famous Angolan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 25 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.
With an HPI of 38.63, Flávio Amado is the 7th 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 the assistant of Angolan side Petro Atlético.
With an HPI of 38.57, Pedro Emanuel is the 8th most famous Angolan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 16 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, currently manager of Saudi Arabian club Khaleej FC. 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. He amassed top-division totals of 268 matches and two goals over 12 seasons, and won 14 major titles between both clubs. Pedro Emanuel subsequently became a manager, leading three teams in his country's top flight as well as working in Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the United Arab Emirates. He won domestic cups with Académica de Coimbra in 2012, Apollon Limassol in 2016 and Al Taawoun in 2019.
With an HPI of 37.40, João Ricardo is the 9th most famous Angolan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.
João Ricardo Pereira Batalha Santos Ferreira (born 7 January 1970), known as João Ricardo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈɐ̃w̃ ʁiˈkaɾðu]), is an Angolan retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
With an HPI of 36.68, Oliveira Gonçalves is the 10th most famous Angolan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Luís de Oliveira Gonçalves (born 22 June 1960) is an Angolan football coach who coached 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.
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 Eduardo Camavinga, William Carvalho, and Akwá. The most famous deceased soccer players include Fernando Peyroteo, José Águas, and Rui Jordão.
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