Pauleta in 2007

Pauleta [ pauletɐ ] (born 28 April 1973 in Ponta Delgada, Azores; Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes actually ) is a former Portuguese football player. He is the first Portuguese international professional football player who has never played in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.



At an early age the clubs with professional teams on talent Pauleta were attentive. His early career began with some Portuguese third and fourth division; he played for CD Santa Clara, CD Operário, Sport Clube União Angrense and CD Micaelense before he was taken by the then second division side GD Estoril Praia under contract. There he became the starting player, was able to achieve 19 goals in league play operation and was top scorer in the Liga de Honra. This power output had the first Spanish scouts the young striker on their sticky notes. So it was that at Estoril he left the club after just one year and he ventured abroad. His first stop in Spain, the club UD Salamanca was from the Segunda División. There, too, he could convince his goals and achievements quickly. With 19 goals in his first season with the Spaniards he had a considerable share in the promotion to the Primera División. After he was active for two years UDS, the first giants reported to Pauleta. In the summer of 1998 of the departure from Salamanca and the NEUVORSTELLUNG at Deportivo La Coruna. Despite regular season and gates he could never really get a foothold at Deportivo. The club then sold the player for approximately 9 million euros at Girondins Bordeaux. In his final season in 1999 /00 La Coruna he celebrated the championship with the Galicians.

In September 2000, he stripped for the first time the jersey of Bordeaux over. In his debut, he scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 away win against FC Nantes. For the second year he was top scorer in Ligue 1 and was elected in 2001 and 2002 for the best players in France. In the summer of 2003, Paris Saint- Germain secured the services of the thoroughbred striker. Even in the first season led Pauleta the capital club to its first title in six years. In the final of the Coupe de France Pauleta scored in the 1-0 victory against LB Châteauroux the only goal of the game. In the same year was runner-up PSG. Pauleta contributed 18 goals to this success. In 2006, he achieved his 100th competitive goal for Paris and made immortal for its fans.

At the end of the season 2007/ 08 he played his last game for his longtime club PSG. At his farewell game in front of the home crowd 10 May 2008 against AS Saint -Étienne ( 1:1 ), he has received numerous banners (two of which can be seen on the photo on the right ), inviting vocal chants and a standing ovation.

After end of his career he joined in 2008 Sao Roque, an amateur club in the Azores.


Pauleta made ​​his debut for the Portuguese national football team on 20 August 1997 against Armenia. He scored his first two goals in his sixth international match in March 1999 against Azerbaijan ( 7-0 ). With the national team he played in the Football World Cup 2002 in Japan and South Korea, at the European Football Championships in Portugal in 2004 and the Football World Cup 2006 in Germany. At Euro 2004, he was Vice-European Champion with Portugal. After 88 caps and 47 goals, he finished after the 2006 World Cup his international career.

As a national player overtook Pauleta from 12 October 2005, his 42nd international goal the then leading scorer Eusébio. On March 5, 2014 he was replaced as the record holder of Cristiano Ronaldo.


  • Scorer in the Liga de Honra: 1995
  • Scorer in Ligue 1: 2002, 2006, 2007
  • Spanish Champion with Deportivo La Coruna: 2000
  • Ligue 1 Player of the Year: 2002, 2003
  • French Cup winner with Paris SG: 2004, 2006, 2008
  • Scorer in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers
  • Fourth place at the 2006 World Cup
  • European runners-up: 2004


  • 357 Spiele/204 goals in European leagues
  • 92 Spiele/33 goals in the Primera Division
  • 265 Spiele/171 goals in Ligue 1