Pauleta in 2011
|Full name||Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes|
|Date of birth||28 April 1973|
|Place of birth||Ponta Delgada, Portugal|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1998–2000||Deportivo La Coruña||58||(18)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
During 18 years as a senior, he never played in the Primeira Liga, having spent twelve of those campaigns in Spain and France. He had his most successful spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he scored 109 goals across all competitions. Three times the top goalscorer in Ligue 1, he was also voted twice as the division's player of the season.
Early years / Spain
Born in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island in the Azores, Pauleta started his career with local clubs in his native region, before turning professional in the lower leagues. He was part of FC Porto's youth team for a brief stint, but left soon due to homesickness, signing his first professional contract with Clube União Micaelense in 1994 and spending one year there. He then moved to second division's G.D. Estoril Praia in 1995, helping them to the 12th position in his first and only season.
The goals continued to flow following a switch to Spanish second level side UD Salamanca in 1996, with Pauleta scoring 19 goals as it gained promotion to La Liga in the following year, adding a further 15 in his first season in the top flight. That rate earned him a move to Deportivo de La Coruña, in the 1998 summer.
Pauleta scored his first goal in European competition in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, netting in a 3–1 home win against Montpellier HSC and repeating the feat in the second leg (2–0). On 22 November 1999 he netted a hat-trick for Depor in a home fixture against Sevilla FC, going on to enjoy a two-year spell with the Galicians which included 33 goals in 92 official matches, including eight from 12 starts as the club won its first league championship title in 2000.
On 1 September 2000, after being tracked by the likes of Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Sunderland, Pauleta joined FC Girondins de Bordeaux in France, reportedly for financial and family reasons. He scored three as his new club crushed FC Nantes 5–0 in an away match, and some days later, on 26 September, did the same in a UEFA Cup first round match against Lierse SK, with his team qualifying for the next round; he enjoyed an impressive run in his first season, ending it as team top scorer with 26 goals in all competitions, and the Ligue 1's second leading scorer with 20.
In the 2001–02 campaign, Pauleta was the league's top scorer with 22 goals. He also led the team charts in all competitions with 35 successful strikes – a record. Subsequently, he was voted the best player in the French League and was also awarded the 'Oscar of football' by fellow players and coaches, and was named one of the 50 players shortlisted for the 2002 European Footballer of the Year award (Ballon d'Or), with only another player from the French League in the list; additionally, he won the French League Cup, being instrumental to the success by netting twice in the final. After these performances, Manchester City's manager Kevin Keegan expressed an interest in the striker, but Bordeaux's chairman Jean-Louis Triaud said that, initially, they were not interested in the transfer, showing that he could be for sale only in the right circumstances.
In 2002–03, Pauleta proved himself another time, scoring 23 league goals and 30 overall. For the second time he won the title for the best player in the league, and was also named in its team of the year. In total, he registered 65 league goals in 98 games and 91 in 130 matches in all competitions for Bordeaux, ranking third all-time upon his departure.
Pauleta joined Paris Saint-Germain F.C. ahead of the 2003–04 season, signing a three-year contract in a reported €12 million transfer deal. He helped the capital side to its first silverware in six years by scoring the only goal of the 2004 French Cup final against LB Châteauroux, and continued with his goal scoring exploits in the league, netting 18 times in 37 contests as they finished the league in second place.
On 2 April 2006, Pauleta scored his first hat-trick for Paris Saint-Germain against former club Bordeaux, as the hosts won 3–1. Despite reported interest from defending champions Olympique Lyonnais, he stayed put to help clinch the 2006 French Cup; he netted his 99th and 100th overall goals for the side in heroic fashion, off a fantastic volley and a textbook header respectively.
After the 2007–08 campaign, as PSG faced relegation until the very last matchday (eventually reaching safety at 16th), Pauleta retired from football after his last match on 17 May 2008, with the possible exception being if any of the Big three (S.L. Benfica, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Porto) in Portugal came calling, which they did not. He retired at 35 without having played one game in Portugal's Primeira Liga, subsequently staying at PSG but in an ambassadorial role; he remained the club's top scorer of all time with 109 goals in 211 matches, until the record was broken by Zlatan Ibrahimović in October 2015.
In late May 2009, Pauleta played his farewell match at the Parc des Princes, playing one half each with a team of friends and PSG – former and current – players. His son André, 13, replaced him at the end of the game and scored the final two goals.
Pauleta returned to football at the age of 37, joining amateurs Grupo Desportivo São Roque in the Azores' regional leagues. He retired for good in June 2011 after 1 game and 2 goals.
Pauleta was the first Portugal national team player to never have played in the Portuguese top level when he made his international debut against Armenia, in August 1997. He would have to wait 18 months for his first start, against the Netherlands. His first goals came a month later, when he scored two in a 7–0 rout of Azerbaijan in a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier, on 26 March 1999.
A substitute at the Euro 2000 tournament, Pauleta led the Portuguese attack at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, scoring three times against Poland and ending with that tally in as many games, as the nation was ousted in the group stage. On 19 November 2003, he scored four goals in an 8–0 friendly win over Kuwait in Leiria.
Although he played all but one game on the road to the final of Euro 2004, Pauleta did not score in that tournament finals. After the competition, with the international retirements of Fernando Couto, Luís Figo and Rui Costa, he was made captain, a role he held until Figo's return; however, he sporadically played as skipper in the latter's absence, including a 2–0 win over Egypt at the Estádio de São Miguel in his hometown on 17 August 2005. On 12 October, against Latvia, he netted twice to become the national team's all-time goal scoring leader, surpassing Eusébio's previous record of 41.
During the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, Pauleta was the European zone's top scorer and, in a friendly match against Cape Verde in May 2006 preluding the final stages, he showed great form as he netted a hat-trick in a 4–1 win. However, after scoring the side's first goal in the group stage match against Angola, he failed to find the net again during the tournament; after Portugal's defeat to Germany in the third place play-off, he announced his international retirement.
Style of play
A prolific goalscorer, in his prime, Pauleta was considered one of the best strikers in Europe. He usually operated as a lone striker, or alongside another forward, and combined mobility, pace, and athleticism with good technique, two-footedness and strength in the air.
Pauleta's goal celebration of spreading his arms like wings earned him the nickname The Eagle of the Azores. In November 2005 he signed to become a FIFA ambassador for the SOS Children's Villages, the first Portuguese to do so.
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- Paris Saint-Germain
- Portuguese Second Division: Top scorer 1995–96
- Spanish Second Division: Top scorer 1996–97
- French League Top scorer: 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07
- French League Footballer of the Year: 2001–02, 2002–03
- French League Team of the Year: 2002–03, 2005–06
- Commander of the Order of Merit
- Officer of the Order of Prince Henry
- Medal of Merit, Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa (House of Braganza)
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- ""Hat-trick" sensacional de Pauleta" [Sensational "hat-trick" from Pauleta]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 November 1999. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
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- Bordeaux's all time goalscorers; at Scapulaire
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- Résumé du jubilé de Pauleta (Pauleta's testimonial sumup); PSG en Force, 31 May 2009 (French)
- "Pedro Miguel Correia Resende "Pauleta" – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- Portugal back on track; BBC Sport, 10 June 2002
- ""Poker" Pauleta". Record (in Portuguese). 20 November 2003. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
- "Pauleta será o capitão" [Pauleta will be the captain]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 August 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
- "Scolari não quer perder o hábito de ganhar" [Scolari doesn't want to lose the habit of winning]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 August 2005. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
- "Pauleta beats Eusebio's Portugal goal record". ESPN FC. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
- Pauleta dethrones "The King"; UEFA.com, 13 October 2005
- Winning start satisfies Scolari; BBC Sport, 11 June 2006
- "Euro 2004 - Portugal - Players to Watch: Pauleta". BBC Sport. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
- Nuno Correria (13 July 2000). "Soccernet Euro 200 Profile: Pauleta". ESPN FC. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
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- "Oft-criticised Cavani, firing on all cylinders for PSG". ESPN FC. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
- SOS Children's Villages – Portugal: Pedro Pauleta
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- "Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas" [Portuguese Honorary Orders] (in Portuguese). Presidency of the Portuguese Republic. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006.
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