The Portuguese Primeira Liga is one of the most competitive football leagues on the European continent. Even though it’s not as high profile as the other popular leagues in other countries, the Portuguese top flight is still widely followed and features some of the best soccer talents you can find anywhere in the world. Today we will be profiling the 5 best players in the Portuguese league in 2022.

1. Mehdi Taremi

Mehdi Taremi best football players in the Portuguese League
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The Iranian superstar is one of the most prolific forwards in the Primeira Liga. He is one of the best players in Portugal and the latest center forward to take the Estádio de Dragão by storm, following the footsteps of Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martínez.

The FC Porto striker is a deadly striker also noted for his high number of assists.

Mehdi was in great form last season, scoring 20 goals and contributing 13 assists to help Porto reclaim their league title.

The Iran international will be aiming for another great season to establish himself as one of the best players in Portugal.

2. Rafa Silva 

Rafa Silva best footballers in the Portuguese Primeira Liga
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The Benfica attacking midfielder has consistently been one of the best performers in the Portuguese top flight for a couple of seasons now. 

The 29-year-old was in imperial form last campaign dropping an incredible 16 assists and 8 goals to help his club finish third.

What makes Rafa Silva one of the best football players in the Portuguese League is his impeccable passing, playmaking capabilities, and composure.

Rafa will be looking at replicating his form from last season and probably win a trophy in the upcoming 2022/2023 campaign.

3. Otavio

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The Brazilian-born Portuguese international is arguably one of the best midfielders in the Primeira Liga.

The 27-year-old is blessed with great vision and an eye for a pass which has been benefiting his club, FC Porto, for many seasons now.

His crucial goal and assist for the Portuguese national team on March 24 2022, will cement his place in the squad for the upcoming World Cup.

Otavio was instrumental to his club’s league triumph last season, scoring 3 goals and dropping 13 assists in 32 league matches. He is also one of the highest-paid players in the Portuguese League.

The attacking midfielder will be aiming for more success as the new season commences.

4. Ricardo Horta

Ricardo Horta best players in the Portuguese League
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Ricardo is a left winger and supporting striker that plays for Portuguese club, SC Braga.

The 27-year-old is very deadly in front of goal and is one of the best players in the Primeira Liga. 

Last season was an especially prolific one for Horta as he scored 19 goals with 5 assists in 32 league games. 

The Braga captain will be hoping for more great performances in the new season.

5. Pedro Porro

Pedro Porro
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The 22-year-old is one of the most exciting and talented youngsters in Portugal right now. 

The Spanish midfielder plays for Primeira side Sporting Lisbon with whom he has been on loan with before transferring permanently from English side Manchester City.

Porro is blessed with good pace and technical ability, which he puts to good use, helping Lisbon finish second with 4 goals and assists each.

Pedro will be hoping to improve further as the 2022/2023 Portuguese Primeira Liga season commences. 

Notable Mentions:

  • Alejandro Grimaldo (Benfica)
  • Pedro Gonçalves (Sporting Lisbon)
  • Simon Banza (SC Braga)
  • Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica)
  • Evanilson (FC Porto)


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