|Full name||Hélder Jorge Leal R. Barbosa|
|Date of birth||25 May 1987|
|Place of birth||Paredes, Portugal|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2006–2008||→ Académica (loan)||23||(4)|
|2008–2009||→ Trofense (loan)||28||(1)|
|2009–2010||→ Vitória Setúbal (loan)||26||(2)|
|2013–2014||→ Almería (loan)||28||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
A product of F.C. Porto's youth ranks, Barbosa made his first division debut in the last day of the 2005–06 season, with the northerners already crowned champions: he played the second half of a 1–1 away derby against Boavista FC, and was sent off in the last minute.
From 2006 to 2008 Barbosa was loaned to fellow league side Académica de Coimbra, but was recalled by Porto in mid-January 2008 to make up for the loss of Tarik Sektioui, who was called up by Morocco to the Africa Cup of Nations. He served another loan in 2008–09 to lowly newcomers C.D. Trofense, notably scoring against S.L. Benfica in an historic 2–0 home win – he only missed two league games during the season, but could not help prevent immediate relegation back.
On 2 July 2010, after helping Setúbal avoid top level relegation, Barbosa was definitely released by Porto, signing a three-year deal with Sporting de Braga. Rarely used in the first months he began gaining more playing time after the January 2011 departure of Matheus, who left for a team in Ukraine, and contributed with four league goals as S.C. Braga eventually finished in fourth position.
In less than one month, starting on 25 August 2011, Barbosa scored in four consecutive games for Braga, including one goal in a 3–1 home win against Gil Vicente FC, and two at Birmingham City for the season's UEFA Europa League, in another 3–1 success.
On 14 February 2012 Barbosa was sent off for a second bookable offense in the 0–2 home loss against Beşiktaş JK, for the Europa League round-of-32, after diving in the penalty area. On 28 August of the following year, he was loaned to La Liga side UD Almería. He netted his first goal for the Andalusians on 11 January 2014, but in a 1–6 away defeat to Athletic Bilbao.
Barbosa made his debut for Portugal on 14 November 2012 in a friendly with Gabon, playing the last 11 minutes of the 2–2 draw in Libreville after coming on as a substitute for Braga teammate Custódio.
- As of 1 January 2013
- Barbosa becomes ninth Braga signing; UEFA.com, 4 July 2010
- Braga beats Gil Vicente 3–1 in Portugal; Sports Illustrated, 11 September 2011
- Braga's Barbosa brings down Birmingham; UEFA.com, 15 September 2011
- Besiktas stunner in Braga; FIFA.com, 14 February 2012
- Sp. Braga: Hélder Barbosa renova e é cedido ao Almería (Sp. Braga: Hélder Barbosa renews and is loaned to Almería); Mais Futebol, 28 August 2013 (Portuguese)
- "El Athletic reencuentra su mejor fútbol" [Athletic rediscovers best football] (in Spanish). Marca. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- "Gabon 2–2 Portugal: Seleccao pay the penalty for defensive indiscipline". Goal.com. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Hélder Barbosa". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 February 2014.