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List of famous athletes from Colombia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Colombia 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 Colombian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Colombia 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 Colombia then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List below includes John Arlington González, Breyner Bonilla and more athletes.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Colombian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Colombia?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Colombia in order to get more information about each one.

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Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Atlético de Madrid Radamel Falcao García Zárate, also known as Radamel Falcao, Falcao García or simply as Falcao, is a Colombian footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester United on loan ...more

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Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé was an Argentine-Spanish footballer and coach, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He was most associated with Real ...more

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Cynthia Denzler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Cynthia Denzler is an Olympic Alpine Skier from Colombia.

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María Isabel Urrutia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
María Isabel Urrutia Ocoró is a former weightlifter, athlete and politician from Colombia.

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Caterine Ibargüen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Caterine Ibargüen Mena is a Colombian athlete competing in high jump, long jump and triple jump. Her notable medals include a gold medal in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, a ...more

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Ximena Restrepo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Ximena Restrepo Gaviria is a former Colombian sprinter who specialised in the 400 metres. With the time of 49.64 seconds she won a bronze medal in 400 metres at the 1992 Olympic Games, ...more

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Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Carlos Alberto Valderrama Palacio, also known as El Pibe is a Colombian former football player. His distinctive blond hair, coupled with his flamboyant technique on the ball, made him one of ...more

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Catalina Castaño is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Catalina Castaño Alvarez is a retired professional female Colombian tennis player who reached her career-high singles ranking: World No. 35. She was the highest ranked South American ...more

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Johan Vonlanthen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Brescia Calcio Johan Vonlanthen Benavídez is a Swiss footballer who plays as a winger for Swiss Challenge League side FC Schaffhausen on loan from Grasshoppers. His stepfather is a Swiss national, ...more

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Andres Arango is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Minnesota Thunder Andres Arango is a retired Colombian-born Canadian soccer player.

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Mariana Duque Marino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Mariana Duque Mariño is a Colombian tennis player, born in Bogotá. Her career high rank is No. 90, achieved on 28 October 2013, Her doubles tour rank at 8 July 2013 was a career ...more

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Jackeline Rentería is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Jackeline Rentería Jaqueline Rentería Castillo is a female wrestler from Colombia. She won a bronze medal in the women's freestyle 55 kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics and repeated the feat at the women's ...more

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Faryd Mondragón is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
1. FC Köln Faryd Camilo Mondragón Alí is a retired Colombian footballer who last played as a goalkeeper for Deportivo Cali in the Colombian First Division. Since his debut in 1993, he has ...more

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Carlos Navarro Montoya is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Carlos Fernando Navarro Montoya is a Colombian-born Argentine retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. During a professional career which spanned 25 years, he represented teams in ...more

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Diego Salazar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Diego Fernando Salazar Quintero is a Colombian weightlifter, Olympic medalist and two times gold medal winner at the Pan American Games. He was born in Tuluá, Department of Valle del ...more

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Diego Gutierrez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Diego Gutierrez

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Bertha Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Bertha Sánchez Bertha Oliva Sánchez Rivera is a female long-distance runner from Colombia, who won several medals on continental level from the mid-1990s on.

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Marcelo Vega is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
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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Damían Santín is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Club Atlético Bella Vista Sergio Damían Santín Francia is a Colombian-born Uruguayan footballer playing for Club Social y Deportivo Tristán Suárez in the Argentine Primera B Metropolitana. He ...more

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Karen Castiblanco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Karen Castiblanco Karen Emilia Castiblanco Duarte is a professional Colombian tennis player and member of the Colombia Fed Cup team. On 24 October 2011, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 411 whilst ...more

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Marisa Baena is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Marisa Baena Marisa Isabel Baena is a Colombian golfer who plays on the U.S. based LPGA Tour. Baena was born in Pereira, Colombia. She started playing golf at the age of six. She attended the University of ...more

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Miguel Calero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Club de Futbol Pachuca Miguel Ángel Calero Rodríguez was a Colombian football goalkeeper, who played 50 times for the Colombia national team between 1995 and 2007. While playing in Colombia, Calero won ...more

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Antonio Pitalúa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Antonio Pitalúa is a Colombian-Mexican boxer. His record is 48 wins and 4 losses. He captured the vacant interim WBC lightweight belt when he ko'd fellow Mexican José Armando Santa ...more

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Helmut Bellingrodt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Helmut Bellingrodt is a Colombian sport shooter who won two Olympic silver medals. He participated in the 1972 Munich, 1976 Montreal, and 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. He was the ...more

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Teófilo Gutiérrez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Teófilo Gutiérrez Colombia national football team Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio, known more commonly as Teo, is a Colombian footballer who plays as a striker for Argentine club River Plate.

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Faustino Asprilla is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Faustino Hernán "Tino" Asprilla Hinestroza is a former Colombian football player who most notably played for Parma A.C., Newcastle United F.C. and the Colombia national football ...more

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Eduardo Santos Montejo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Eduardo Santos Montejo was a leading Colombian publisher and politician, active in the Colombian Liberal Party. He owned the prominent Bogotá newspaper El Tiempo, and served as the ...more

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James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Colombia national football team James David Rodríguez Rubio, usually known as James Rodríguez or simply James, is a Colombian footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombian national team, as ...more

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David Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
David Ferreira FC Dallas David Ferreira is a Colombian footballer.

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Andrés González is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Independiente Santa Fe Andrés Felipe González Ramírez is a Colombian footballer. He currently plays for Junior de Barranquilla, as a central defender. He is known for being a solid defender with

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Diana Pineda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Diana Pineda Diana Isabel Pineda Zuletra is a female diver from Colombia, who competed in two Summer Olympics for her native country, starting in 2000. She claimed three medals at the 2008 South American ...more

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Miguel Montaño is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Miguel Montaño Montreal Impact Miguel Montaño is a Colombian footballer who currently plays for Argentine Primera División side Quilmes.

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Juan Toja is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Juan Toja Steaua Bucureşti Juan Carlos Toja Vega is a Colombian footballer.

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Alejandro Falla is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Alejandro Falla Ramirez is a professional male tennis player from Colombia. The left-hander turned pro in 2000 and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 48 in July 2012. At the ...more

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Fredy Montero is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Fredy Montero Deportivo Cali Fredy Henkyer Montero Muñoz, commonly known as Fredy Montero, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portugal. Montero is ...more

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Víctor Aristizábal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Víctor Hugo Aristizábal Posada is a Colombian retired football striker who scored 15 goals in 66 games for the Colombia national team between 1993 and 2003. He started his career ...more

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Jámison Olave is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Real Salt Lake Jámison Olave Mosquera is a Colombian footballer who currently plays for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer.

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Víctor Montaño is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Víctor Montaño Montpellier HSC Víctor Hugo Montaño Caicedo is a Colombian footballer who plays as a striker for Liga MX club Toluca.

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José Moreno Mora is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
José Moreno Mora Club Atlético Independiente José Alcides Moreno Mora is a Colombian footballer who currently plays for La Equidad.

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Alexis García is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Alexis Enrique García Vega is a former Colombian football player, a creative midfielder. Along with seven more siblings, he grew up in barrio la Floresta of Medellín where he ...more

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Brayan Angulo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Brayan Angulo Deportivo de La Coruña Brayan Alexis Angulo León is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Bulgarian club PFC Ludogorets Razgrad as a left back.

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Hernán Gaviria is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Hermán Gaviria Carvajal was a Colombian footballer, who played as a central midfielder.

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Jorge Perlaza is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Jorge Perlaza Deportes Tolima Jorge Isaacs Perlaza Aguiño is a Colombian footballer.

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Giovanni Moreno is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Giovanni Moreno Colombia national football team Giovanni Andrés Moreno Cardona is a Colombian footballer who plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua where he primarily operates as a attacking midfielder.

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Bernardo Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Colombia national football team Bernardo José Espinosa Zúñiga, simply known as Bernardo, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Sporting de Gijón as a central defender.

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Hugo Rodallega is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Hugo Rodallega Necaxa Hugo Rodallega Martínez is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Fulham. Rodallega started his professional career with Deportes Quindío in ...more

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Dayro Moreno is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Dayro Moreno Steaua Bucureşti Dayro Mauricio Moreno Galindo is a Colombian footballer currently playing as a forward for Club Tijuana in the Liga MX

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Manuel Arboleda is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Manuel Arboleda Lech Poznań Manuel Santos Arboleda Sánchez is a Colombian football defender playing for ?. Between Jan 31 and Feb 5, 2011, he is legally able and about to apply for Polish citizenship.

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Jair Benítez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Jair Benítez FC Dallas Jair Benítez Sinisterra is a Colombian footballer who currently plays for Águilas Pereira from Categoría Primera A.

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David Ospina is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Colombia
Colombia national football team David Ospina Ramírez is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Arsenal.