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Famous Athletes from Chile

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List of famous athletes from Chile, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Chile has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Chilean athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Chile and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Chile then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list has a variety of athletes in it, from Marco Antonio Arriagada Quinchel to José Luis Villanueva.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Chilean athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Chile?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Chile in order to get more information about each one.
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Joel Soto is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Joel Soto Ñublense

Birthplace: Valparaíso, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Position: Forward

Joel Antonio Soto Torres (born in Valparaiso, Chile on 9 April 1982) is a retired Chilean footballer plays as a striker and winger and is currently unattached. His childhood was spent in the ...more
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Fernando González... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Fernando Francisco González Ciuffardi (American Spanish: [feɾˈnando ɣonˈsales]; born 29 July 1980) is a retired professional tennis player from Chile. During his career he made it to the ...more

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Nicolás Mass&uacu... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile

Birthplace: Viña del Mar, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Nicolás Alejandro Massú Fried (Spanish pronunciation: [nikoˈlaz maˈsu]; born October 10, 1979), nicknamed El Vampiro (Spanish: "the vampire"), is a Chilean former tennis ...more
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Maui Gayme is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile

Birthplace: Papeete, French Polynesia

Nationality: Chile

Maui Gayme is an alpine skier who represented Chile at the 2002 Winter Olympics and at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He also represented Chile at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He finished 57th in the ...more
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Noelle Barahona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Noelle Barahona is an Olympic Chilean alpine skier. She is currently coached by Luciano Acerboni and skis for La Parva, a club in Santiago, Chile.
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Marcelo Ríos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Marcelo Andrés Ríos Mayorga (American Spanish: [maɾˈselo ˈri.os]; born December 26, 1975) is a former world No. 1 tennis player from Chile. Nicknamed El Chino ("The ...more

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Jorge Mandru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile

Birthplace: Osorno, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Jorge Mandru is an Olympic Alpine Skier from Chile.
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Jean Beausejour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Club América

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile, Haiti

Position: Defender, Midfielder

Jean André Emanuel Beausejour Coliqueo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɟʝam boseˈʝuɾ]; born 1 June 1984) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a left-sided wing-back for Primera ...more
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Matías Fern&aacut... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Chile national football team

Birthplace: Caballito, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Chile, Argentina

Position: Midfielder

Matías Ariel Fernández Fernández (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈti.as aˈɾjel feɾˈnandes feɾˈnandes], born 15 May 1986) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for ...more
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Mark González is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
PFC CSKA Moscow

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: Chile, South Africa

Position: Midfielder

Mark Dennis González Hoffmann (born 10 July 1984) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Chilean club Magallanes as a midfielder. He has also played top flight football in Russia, Spain ...more
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Marcos González ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Clube de Regatas Flamengo

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nationality: Chile, Brazil

Position: Defender

Marcos Andrés González Salazar (born 9 June 1980) is a Brazilian born Chilean professional football defender. Although born in Brazil, he moved to Santiago aged two and has Chilean ...more
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Cristián Á... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Beitar Jerusalem FC

Birthplace: Curicó, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Position: Defender

Cristian Álvarez may refer to: Cristian Edgardo Álvarez (born 1978), Salvadoran footballer Cristián Álvarez (footballer, born 1980), Chilean football defender ...more
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Jorge Valdívia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras

Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela

Nationality: Chile, Venezuela

Position: Forward, Midfielder

Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxoɾxe ˈlwjs βalˈdjβja], born 19 October 1983) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Colo-Colo and Chile national team as a midfielder. Product ...more
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Sebastián Rozenta... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile, Israel

Position: Forward, Midfielder

Sebastián Rozental Igualt (Hebrew: סבסטיאן רוזנטל‎; born 1 September 1976) is a retired Chilean professional footballer). On the club level, Rozental has played for Universidad ...more
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Iván Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Position: Forward

Iván Luis Zamorano Zamora (American Spanish: [iˈβan samoˈɾano]; born 18 January 1967) is a retired Chilean football striker. Along with Marcelo Salas and Elias Figueroa he is regarded as ...more
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David Pizarro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
A.S. Roma

Birthplace: Valparaíso, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Position: Midfielder

David Marcelo Pizarro Cortés (born 11 September 1979) is a retired Chilean former professional footballer who played as a midfielder and his last team was Chilean Primera División ...more
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Rodrigo Tello is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Beşiktaş J.K.

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Position: Defender, Midfielder

Rodrigo Álvaro Tello Valenzuela (born 14 October 1979) is a Chilean former footballer. He operated mainly as a left midfielder, but could also appear in the middle and as an attacking ...more
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Marlene Ahrens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile

Birthplace: Concepción, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Marlene Ahrens Ostertag (born in Concepción, July 27, 1933) is a female Chilean athlete. She won the silver medal in Javelin throw at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne with a distance ...more
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Rodrigo Vargas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Melbourne Victory

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: Australia, Chile

Position: Defender

Rodrigo Alejandro "Roddy" Vargas (born 20 October 1978) is an Australian football player who plays as a central defender for the Victorian State League Division 1 club Nunawading City ...more
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Claudio Maldonado is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Fenerbahçe SK

Birthplace: Curicó, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Position: Midfielder

Claudio Andrés del Tránsito Maldonado Rivera (born 3 January 1980) is a Chilean footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder in Colo-Colo.
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Pablo Contreras is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
PAOK FC

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Position: Defender

Pablo Andrés Contreras Fica (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo konˈtreɾas]; born 11 September 1978) is a Chilean retired footballer who last played for Melbourne Victory and the Chilean ...more
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Óscar Fabbiani is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Chile

Position: Forward

Óscar Fabbiani (born 17 December 1950 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine-Chilean professional footballer who played international football for the Chile national teamFabbiani was three ...more
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Marcelo Salas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Universidad de Chile

Birthplace: Temuco, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Position: Forward

José Marcelo Salas Melinao (American Spanish: [maɾˈselo ˈsalas]; born 24 December 1974), dubbed as El Matador (due to his goalscoring celebrations), El Fenómeno, and Shileno, is a ...more

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Pedro Reyes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Club de Deportes Antofagasta

Birthplace: Antofagasta, Chile

Nationality: Chile

Position: Defender

Pedro Reyes may refer to: Pedro Reyes (footballer) (born 1972), Chilean football defender Pedro Reyes (artist) (born 1972), Mexican artist Pedro Reyes (comedian) (1961–2015), Spanish comedian ...more
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Andy Vargas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Andy Vargas

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Australia, Chile

Position: Midfielder

Andres "Andy" Vargas is a State Representative who represents the 3rd Essex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He represents the town of Haverhill. Vargas serves ...more