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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 Joel Antonio Torres Soto is a Chilean footballer plays as a striker and winger and is currently unattached. His childhood was spent in the Cerro Toro of Valparaíso then was enrolled in ...more

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Fernando González is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Fernando Francisco González Ciuffardi is a retired professional tennis player from Chile. During his career he made it to the quarterfinal round of all four Grand Slam tournaments. He ...more

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Nicolás Massú is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Nicolás Alejandro Massú Fried, nicknamed Vampiro, is a Chilean former tennis player, a former World No. 9 in singles, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He is the only male ...more

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Maui Gayme is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from 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
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
Marcelo Ríos is a former World No. 1 tennis player from Chile. Nicknamed El Chino and El zurdo de Vitacura, he became the first Latin American player to reach the top position on the ...more

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Jorge Mandru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from 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 Jean André Emanuel Beausejour Coliqueo, nicknamed Palmatoria, is a Chilean footballer who plays for Primera División club Colo-Colo as left back. He has played at Chile, ...more

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Matías Fernández is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Chile national football team Matías Ariel Fernández Fernández is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Italian club ACF Fiorentina as an attacking midfielder. He is known for his dribbling ...more

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Mark González is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
PFC CSKA Moscow Mark Dennis González Hoffmann, commonly known as Mark González, is a Chilean footballer whose preferred position is as a left winger. He most recently played for Universidad ...more

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Marcos González is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Clube de Regatas Flamengo Marcos Andrés González Salazar is a Brazilian born Chilean professional football defender, who currently plays for Primera División club Unión Española. ...more

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Cristián Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Beitar Jerusalem FC Cristián Andrés Álvarez Valenzuela is a Chilean footballer, who plays as a defender for Universidad Católica of the Primera División in Chile.

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Jorge Valdívia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro is a Chilean footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Brazilian Série A club Palmeiras, of which he is also the club captain. He is known for his ...more

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Sebastián Rozental is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Sebastián Rozental Igualt is a retired Chilean-Israeli professional football player. On the club level, Rozental has played for Universidad Católica, Colo-Colo, and Unión ...more

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Iván Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Iván Luis Zamorano Zamora is a retired Chilean football striker. Along with Marcelo Salas and Elias Figueroa he is regarded as one of Chile's most recognized footballers. He was a member ...more

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David Pizarro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
A.S. Roma David Marcelo Pizarro Cortés is a Chilean football midfielder who currently plays for Fiorentina in the Serie A. He is known for his vision, passing, dribbling skills and set piece ...more

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Rodrigo Tello is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Beşiktaş J.K. Rodrigo Álvaro Tello Valenzuela is a Chilean footballer who plays for Turkish club Şanlıurfaspor. He usually operates as a left midfielder, but can also appear in the middle and as an ...more

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Marlene Ahrens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Marlene Ahrens Ostertag is a female Chilean athlete. She won the silver medal in Javelin throw at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne with a distance of 50.38 metres. She is the mother of the ...more

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Rodrigo Vargas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Melbourne Victory Rodrigo Alejandro "Roddy" Vargas is an Australian football player who plays as a central defender for the Victorian Premier League club Green Gully Cavaliers, but is mostly known for ...more

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Claudio Maldonado is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Fenerbahçe SK Claudio Andrés del Tránsito Maldonado Rivera 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 Pablo Andrés Contreras Fica is a retired Chilean footballer who last played for Melbourne Victory and the Chilean national football team as a centre back. He also can operate as a right ...more

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Óscar Fabbiani is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Oscar Fabbiani was an Argentine-Chilean professional footballer who played international football for the Chile national team Fabbiani was three times topscorer in the Chilean league with ...more

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Marcelo Salas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Universidad de Chile José Marcelo Salas Melinao, dubbed as El Matador and Shileno, is a Chilean former football player. He has played in Chile, Argentina and Italy and has won titles for whom he has played, ...more

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Pedro Reyes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Club de Deportes Antofagasta Pedro Antonio Reyes González is a former Chilean football defender. He was capped 55 times and scored four goals for the Chilean national team between 1994 and 2001, including four games ...more

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Andy Vargas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Andy Vargas Andy Vargas is an Australian football midfielder of Chilean descent who plays for Green Gully. He is the brother of ex-Melbourne Victory defender Rodrigo Vargas.

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David Henríquez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Dorados de Sinaloa David Andrés Henríquez Espinoza is a Chilean footballer that plays as centre back. Henríquez recently played for Primera División club Universidad Católica. He ...more

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Marcelo Vega is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Francisco Marcelo Vega Cepeda is a retired Chilean football midfielder. He was capped 30 times and scored 1 goal for the Chilean national team between 1991 and 1998. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup ...more

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Rafael Olarra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Universidad de Chile Rafael Andrés Olarra Guerrero is a footballer. He plays as a defender, currently in Audax Italiano.

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Sebastián González is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
APOP Kinyras Peyias FC Sebastián Ignacio González Valdés is a Chilean footballer that currently plays in the Chile Primera División club Deportes Temuco as striker. He began his football ...more

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Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
FC Barcelona Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez is a Chilean footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Chile national team, as a forward or winger.

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Nelson Tapia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Nelson Antonio Tapia Ríos is a retired Chilean football goalkeeper. He is nicknamed Simpson because during his career he wore a hair style similar to cartoon character Bart Simpson. He ...more

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Arthur Jewell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Arthur Jewell Major Arthur North Jewell was an English cricketer who played 29 first-class matches between 1910–11 and 1920, mostly for Worcestershire.

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Claudio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Real Sociedad Claudio Andrés Bravo Muñoz is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Chilean national team as a goalkeeper. He is also the captain of the ...more

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Humberto Suazo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Humberto Suazo Chile national football team Humberto Andrés Suazo Pontivo, nicknamed Chupete, is a Chilean football player, who currently plays as a striker in Colo-Colo. In 2006 he was awarded by IFFHS as the world's top goal ...more

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Gary Medel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Chile national football team Gary Alexis Medel Soto is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Inter Milan as a defensive midfielder, although he can also play as a defender. He is nicknamed "Pitbull".

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Luis Marín Barahona is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Luis Marín Barahona Club Deportivo O'Higgins Luis Marín Barahona is a Chilean football goalkeeper who currently plays for the Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City.

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Reinaldo Navia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Liga Deportiva Universitaria Reinaldo Marcelino Navia Amador is a retired Chilean footballer. Navia was a member of the Chile national squad that competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney, making an offensive duo with ...more

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Nicolás Larrondo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Nicolás Larrondo Club Deportivo Huachipato Nicolás Francisco Larrondo Ossandón is a Chilean former footballer.

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Mauricio Isla is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Udinese Calcio Mauricio Aníbal Isla is a Chilean footballer who plays for Premier League club Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Italian side Juventus, and for the Chilean national team. A tactically ...more

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Arturo Vidal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Bayer Leverkusen Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo is a Chilean footballer who plays as a midfielder for Juventus and the Chile national team. A versatile player who played several different defensive and midfield roles ...more

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Cristopher Toselli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Club Deportivo Universidad Católica Cristopher Benjamín Toselli Ríos is a Chilean footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Primera División club Universidad Católica. Toselli is best known for beat ...more

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Miguel Pinto is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Miguel Pinto Chile national football team Miguel Ángel Pinto Jerez is a Chilean football goalkeeper who plays for Mexican club Correcaminos of the Ascenso MX.

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Rodrigo Millar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Rodrigo Millar Chile national football team Rodrigo Javier Millar Carvajal is a Chilean footballer who plays as a midfielder for Atlas de Guadalajara. He played for Chile in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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Fabián Orellana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Fabián Orellana Xerez CD Fabián Ariel Orellana Valenzuela is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Celta de Vigo as a right winger.

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Gonzalo Jara is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Gonzalo Jara Club América Gonzalo Alejandro Jara Reyes is a Chilean footballer who plays for Mainz 05. He is a versatile defender and can play in either a full-back role or as a centre-back. He has played for the Chile ...more

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Alvaro Ormeño is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata Álvaro Andrés Ormeño Salazar is a Chilean footballer that currently plays for Chilean Primera División club Colo Colo as a left back. He also can operates as a right ...more

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Jaime Valdés is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Jaime Valdés Atalanta B.C. Jaime Andrés Valdés Zapata is a Chilean footballer that currently plays for Primera División club Colo-Colo. He usually plays as central midfielder, but also can operates as ...more

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Osvaldo González is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Osvaldo González Chile national football team Osvaldo Alexis González Sepúlveda is a Chilean footballer. He currently plays for Universidad de Chile.

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Alejandro Hisis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Alejandro Hisis is a retired Chilean football defender. He played for several clubs in Latin America and Europe, including Colo-Colo, Club de Fútbol Monterrey and OFI Crete. Hisis ...more

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Manuel Pellegrini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Chile
Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti is a Chilean football manager and former footballer, who is the manager of Premier League side Manchester City. As a coach, he has managed teams mostly in Spain, ...more