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Primeira Liga is the top tier football division of Portugal. Like many other European leagues, Primeira Liga follows the pyramid system. With the new founded Liga 3, the Portugeuse football pyramid contains three leagues now.
The league consists of 18 teams in total, the teams finishing at the last three points by the end of the season will be relegated to Liga 2. Simultaneously, the top three sides from Liga 2 will earn their promotion to the Primeira Liga. As for the Champions League qualification, the sides finishing in the first two places of Primeira Liga will enter the group stage. The third placed team will enter the playoffs for the group stage, if they lose there, they will enter the UEFA Europa League along with the fourth placed side.
Though there have been a number of clubs participating in the league over the years, three clubs have defined the pages of history. Benfica, Porto and Sporting CP are known as the Big Three or, "Os Tres Grandes". The attendance for these three clubs are massive and the lack of local support for other clubs makes it a notable factor. The average attendance Benfica is above 50,000 and for the other two is above 40,000. Benfica is also the most successive of the three, having won the Primeira Liga titles 37 times. Porto has won it 29 times and Sporting CP, 19.
Year in, year out, quite a few football enthusiasts make it to the grand stage. But a huge talent pool is wasted due to reasons other than incompetence. Luckily, Portugal has gifted the world one of the best footballers of all time. Cristiano Ronaldo, impressed Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of 18. Playing for Sporting CP at that time, he dribbled the ball through Manchester United's defence like it was child's play. Ferguson made the transfer and the rest is history. The Portuguese footballer went on to win multiple accolades and titles wherever he went but especially with Real Madrid. In addition, he won the UEFA Euro 2016 with Portugal against the soon-to-be world champions France 1-0. Other players like Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix and Ruben Dias made record transfers in the recent years. Jose Mourinho, won the Champions League with FC Porto in 2004, a feat which is an inch close to being impossible.