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Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes, <small>OIH</small> (born 28 April 1973), commonly known as Pauleta (), is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a striker.

During 18 years as a senior, he never played in the Portuguese first division, having spent most of his professional career in Spain and France (12 seasons combined, mostly for Paris Saint-Germain).

Pauleta scored 47 goals in 88 matches for the Portuguese national team, a national record at the time of his retirement. He played for his country in two World Cups and as many European Championships.

Club career

Early starts/Spain

Born in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Pauleta started his career at youth level playing for local clubs in his native island, before turning professional with lower league clubs in Portugal, working his way up the ranks. He was part of F.C. Porto's youth team for a brief stint, but left soon due to homesickness. Pauleta signed his first professional contract with Clube União Micaelense in 1994, spending a season at the club. He then moved to second division's G.D. Estoril Praia in 1995, scoring 19 goals in 30 league games.

The goals continued to flow following a switch to Spanish second level club UD Salamanca in 1996. Pauleta struck 19 times as it gained promotion to La Liga in 1997, scoring a further 15 times in his first season in the first division. That scoring rate earned a move to Deportivo de La Coruña in 1998. Pauleta enjoyed a two-year spell with the Galician team, scoring...
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