In all clubs there are players that embody the club's spirit, it's values and it's image. For the fans these players are examples of conduct, dedication, sometimes even personal sacrifice at their club's service. So here's what I suggest you do: name those players who were/are icons of your club, and explain to us what did they mean to you or your club. The idea for this thread came from two ilustrious sportinguistas: ForcaSporting and JuveLeoRules, who were trying to explain what Sa Pinto meant to Sportinguistas. To me, if you ask me about Sporting icons, I would think Oceano... but Im portista so what do I know about Sporting's icons?? As a portista I can tell you my favorite Porto players and true icons are: Paulinho Santos Viciously mean, agressive, commited 100% to every single play (João V. Pinto can vouch for that). Paulinho Santos came from a family of fishermen from Povoa do Varzim and it was said that he still liked to go play domino with the old folks in the taverns. He also didn't like to lose in dominos. I would have payed big money to see him mark Liedson just once. João Pinto There's a story that this guy played half a season with a broken big toe... and no one ever noticed the difference. Apparently he didnt want to miss some important games and Porto's medic claims that no one else that he knows could have endured such pain for so long. He also said that he wanted to be in the stands of the old Antas Stadium when it was demolished. Jorge Costa Following Porto's tradition: mean, tough, commited, and hard working. Jorge Costa is the undisputed leader of Porto's team on the pitch. Personally, I just love to see him pissed off at teammates when they screw up. Recovered from a knee injury in a record 3 months, when the normal is 7 to 9 months. Vitor Baia No Porto fan I know will stand for any bashing of Baia. Started in Porto's team at the age of 19. At 35(?) still ranks as one of the best GK in Europe. He has forgotten more than most will ever know. What he lost in flexibility and reaction he compensates with experience, positioning and a perfect antecipation of plays. He also makes saves that would normally be considered goals. Thats priceless.