|Full name||Paulo Ricardo Ribeiro de Jesus Machado|
|Date of birth||31 March 1986|
|Place of birth||Bairro do Cerco, Portugal|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|1995–2000||Cerco do Porto|
|2001–2002||→ Padroense (loan)|
|2005–2006||→ Estrela Amadora (loan)||25||(2)|
|2006–2007||→ União Leiria (loan)||26||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Leixões (loan)||25||(2)|
|2008–2009||→ Saint-Étienne (loan)||35||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 May 2015.
Born in the Porto neighbourhood of Bairro do Cerco, Machado joined FC Porto's youth system at the age of 14, and made his first-team debut in the 2003–04 edition of the Portuguese Cup, under José Mourinho. In the summer of 2005 he signed an improved contract until 2010 along with teammate Bruno Vale, before both went on consecutive loans to C.F. Estrela da Amadora and U.D. Leiria.
In the following two years Machado was loaned again, to Leixões S.C. and Ligue 1's AS Saint-Étienne, respectively. Alongside teammates Diogo Valente and Vieirinha, also loaned by Porto, he was instrumental as the Matosinhos club retained its top level status at the season's close.
On 10 July 2008 Machado was loaned to the French side, part of the deal that brought Colombian Fredy Guarín to Porto. He adapted well, becoming an integral part of Saint-Étienne's season, scoring twice in his first 16 games – 12 as a starter – and only missing three league matches in the campaign as his team narrowly avoided relegation.
On 2 July 2009 Toulouse FC signed Machado from Porto, on a four-year deal. On 10 August 2012, after three seasons in which he averaged 30 games and four goals, he joined Olympiacos F.C. in Greece for €2,700,000 penning a 3+1 contract. He scored his first goal for his new team on 3 November, also providing an assist in a 2–0 home win against OFI Crete.
On 4 June 2014 GNK Dinamo Zagreb signed Machado to a three-year contract, for an undisclosed fee. On 28 July 2015 during Dinamo's Champion's League qualifying match agaisnt Molde in Maksimir, Dinamo's fans whistled Machado as he walked off the pitch while being subbed off after a poor performance. In return he made several obscene gestures to the fans for which he received a red card after reaching the bench. The next day Dinamo's official website announced that Machado had been distanced from the first team until further notice.
On 30 September 2010, Machado was called up for the first time to the senior side by newly appointed coach Paulo Bento. He did not make his debut in either of the two UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers that were scheduled, but later spoke of his smooth integration into the squad and his ambition to eventually earn a regular place in the national team. On 17 November he finally made his debut, coming on as a substitute for Nani in the dying minutes of a 4–0 friendly win over Spain, in Lisbon.
|Estrela da Amadora||2005–06||Primeira Liga||25||2||2||0||—||27||2|
|União Leiria||2006–07||Primeira Liga||26||0||1||0||—||27||0|
|Dinamo Zagreb||2014–15||Prva HNL||29||2||7[d]||1||9[c]||1||45||4|
- Dinamo Zagreb
- "Porto put faith in young pair". UEFA.com. 30 July 2005.
- Porto acquire St-Étienne's Guarín; UEFA.com, 11 July 2008
- Toulouse schnappt sich Paulo Machado (Toulouse snaps Paulo Machado); UEFA.com, 2 July 2009 (German)
- Επίσημα στην Ντιναμό ο Μασάντο; Sport FM, 4 June 2014 (Greek)
- Dinamo Zagreb: Paulo Machado a signé (Dinamo Zagreb: Paulo Machado has signed); Star Africa, 4 June 2014 (French)
- "Machado pokazao srednji prst". Sportske Novosti (in Croatian). 28 July 2015.
- "Machado udaljen iz prve momčadi". GNK Dinamo Zagreb (in Croatian). 29 July 2015.
- Paulo Machado: “I spent three thousand euros on tickets”; PortuGOAL, 18 October 2010
- "Paulo Machado". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
- "Paulo Machado". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
- Paulo Machado at footballzz.co.uk
- Paulo Machado profile at ForaDeJogo
- L'Équipe stats (French)
- Paulo Machado at National-Football-Teams.com