|Full name||Miguel Ângelo da Cruz Simão|
|Date of birth||February 26, 1973|
|Place of birth||Porto, Portugal|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Porto, Simão unsuccessfully emerged through local Boavista FC's youth system, making his professional debuts in the second division with C.D. Nacional and joining another team in the category, C.D. Feirense, in the following season. He first competed in the top level with S.C. Salgueiros, playing in 22 games in 1993–94 as the club finished in 11th position (five goals scored).
Simão spent most of the following four years in division two, the exception being the 1996–97 season with Salgueiros. In the 1998 summer he joined Scottish club St. Johnstone, making his debut on 29 August in a 0–4 loss against Rangers at Ibrox Stadium, which proved to be manager Paul Sturrock's final game in charge; he played in 26 Premier League matches in his first year, netting four times.
Three days shy of celebrating one year since playing his first game for the Saints, Simão scored two late goals as a substitute against Vaasan Palloseura for the UEFA Cup, in a playoff round 2–0 home win (3–1 on aggregate). After a few months in J. League Division 1 with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, he returned to his country for a further two 1/2 seasons with three teams, appearing with Gil Vicente F.C. in the top flight.