Six Other Portugal Internationals Who Played for Juventus Besides Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is by some distance the most famous Portuguese football to represent Juventus. A modern sporting icon, he is one of seven players from the country to turn out for the Old Lady.

Ronaldo has played with some of the six others on international duty, so take a stroll down memory lane with us as we look at the other Portugal players who plied their trade in Turin.

Jorge Andrade

What a pity it was that the Old Lady saw nothing like the best of centre-back Jorge Andrade. Capable of a defensive masterclass on his day, he played just four times in Serie A before retiring in 2009.

Andrade is better known for his spell with Deportivo La Coruna in Spain, but finished his career in Serie A with Juve. He earned 51 Portugal caps and was in the 2002 World Cup squad, as well as with Ronaldo on their Euro 2004 roster where they were host nation and lost in the final to shock winners Greece.

Rui Barros

Back in the late 1980s, Juventus were coached by legendary goalkeeper Dino Zoff who had ended his own glittering career with the Old Lady. One of his major signings as manager was their first-ever Portuguese player in diminutive attacking midfielder Rui Barros.

Barros turned down the number 10 shirt previously worn by Michel Platini, because they were big boots to fill. His two-year stay in Turin culminated in a UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia double in 1990, while with Portugal he was capped 36 times.

Joao Cancelo

Attacking right-back Joao Cancelo spent the 2018-19 season playing with Ronaldo in Turin before joining Manchester City. On international duty together, the pair won the inaugural UEFA Nations League as Portugal beat the Netherlands in the final.

Cancelo left Italy after winning Serie A, after being voted into the Team of the Year alongside Ronaldo, and is now with Manchester City. They effectively swapped Brazilian counterpart Danilo in part exchange for him. Cancelo, who has 16 caps, should link up with Ronaldo again at the Euro 2021 finals where Portugal are defending European champions.


South African-born left back Dimas returned to the homeland of his parents to play football. By the time he transferred to Juventus from Benfica, he had broke into the Portuguese national team. Dimas earned 44 caps before calling time on his career. His time in Turin was a successful spell with Juve winning Serie A in consecutive seasons in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

Paulo Sousa

Holding midfielder Paulo Sousa has done something with the Old Lady that Ronaldo as yet hasn’t – won the Champions League. That glorious moment in Juventus history came in 1996 after they won the Scudetto the previous season.

Unlike now, they weren’t hot favourites in the Serie A betting on the league as they were competing with a Milan side just coming to the end of its dominance. Sousa, who amassed 52 caps and played at three major tournaments for Portugal, has gone on to coach clubs in several countries since retiring.


And finally, the quietly effective midfield passer Tiago spent two-and-a-half seasons in Turin from the summer of 2007 to January 2010. This was a period of rebuilding for Juventus after their disgrace and demotion in the infamous match-fixing scandal of 2006.

Tiago didn’t win any trophies with the Old Lady, but did pretty much everywhere else in his club career and the foundations were being laid for the current sustained period of success. With Portugal, he played alongside Ronaldo at Euro 2004 and two World Cups gaining 66 caps.

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