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

This list below has a variety of athletes in it, from Julián Benítez to José Devaca.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Paraguayan athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Paraguay?"

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

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Leryn Franco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Leryn Dahiana Franco Steneri is a Paraguayan model and athlete. She specializes in the javelin throw and became an Internet sensation during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her personal best throw is ...more

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Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Pedro Jaime Martínez is a Dominican-American baseball pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for five teams, mostly as starter. Martinez is an eight-time All-Star, ...more

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Jonathan Santana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Paraguay national football team Jonathan Santana Gehre is an Argentine-Paraguayan football midfielder who plays for Cerro Porteño and the Paraguay national team.

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Roberto Acuña is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club Rubio Ñú Roberto Miguel Acuña Cabello is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Club 12 de Octubre. Nicknamed El Toro due to his strength and dominating presence, he operated as a central ...more

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Benny Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Benito Concepcion "Benny" Ricardo is a former American football placekicker in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, and the San Diego ...more

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Jorge Amado Nunes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Jorge Amado Nunes Infrán is a former Paraguayan football midfielder that currently works as a coach. Nicknamed "El Cenizo", Nunes played in several teams in his career such as ...more

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Diego Barreto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
FC Locarno Diego Daniel Barreto Cáceres is a Paraguayan football goalkeeper. He currently plays for Cerro Porteño in the Paraguayan Primera División. Diego is the brother of fellow ...more

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Ernesto Cristaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Paraguay , Club Sol de América Ernesto Cristaldo is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Bolivian club The Strongest.

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Julio César Manzur is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Paraguay national football team Julio César Manzur Caffarena is a Paraguayan football player who plays for Rubio Ñu of the Paraguayan Primera División.

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Édgar Barreto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Reggina Calcio Édgar Osvaldo Barreto Cáceres is a Paraguayan footballer who currently plays for Italian Serie A club Palermo and played for the Paraguay national football team from 2004 to 2011. ...more

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Ricardo Ismael Rojas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Ricardo Ismael Rojas Ricardo Ismael Rojas Mendoza is a retired Argentine-born Paraguayan football defender.

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Florencio Amarilla is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Florencio Amarilla Lacasa was a Paraguayan footballer, coach and later actor. He played as a striker. Amarilla was born in Bogado, Paraguay. He started his career in with Club Nacional in ...more

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Attila Sallustro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Attila Sallustro born in Asunción, Paraguay was a professional Italian-Paraguayan football player. He was considered a great player in S.S.C. Napoli, where he was praised a lot by the

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Heriberto Herrera is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Heriberto Herrera Udrizar was a footballer who played international football for both Paraguay and Spain.

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Aureliano Torres is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro Aureliano Torres Román is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Club Sol de América in the Paraguayan Primera División. At club level, Torres achieved the 2002 Emperor's Cup ...more

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Alejandro Da Silva is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Newell's Old Boys Alejandro Da Silva is an actor.

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Pedro Benítez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
UANL Tigres Pedro Benítez is a Paraguayan footballer. He currently plays for Libertad. Benítez was part of the silver medal-winning Paraguayan football team at the 2004 Summer Olympics, who ...more

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Delfín Benítez Cáceres is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Delfín Benítez Cáceres was a Paraguayan football striker. Benítez started his career in Libertad of his native country. As one of the key players of the Paraguayan ...more

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Eulogio Martínez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Eulogio Martínez Ramiro was a Paraguayan-Spaniard football striker. He played for the Spanish side FC Barcelona in the 1950s and 1960s, and is remembered for being a prolific striker with ...more

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Miguel Medina is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Miguel Medina Miguel Ramon Medina is a Paraguayan football forward. He began his career at Club Rubio Ñu. Medina is regarded as one of the best prospects to come out of Paraguay in recent years, ...more

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Santiago Salcedo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club Atlético River Plate Santiago Gabriel Salcedo González, nicknamed "Sa-Sa", is a Paraguayan footballer currently playing for Sol de América in Primera División Paraguaya.

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Celso Esquivel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro Celso Esquivel González is a Paraguayan footballer who is currently a free agent.

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Claudio Morel Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Boca Juniors Claudio Marcelo Morel Rodríguez is a Paraguayan footballer who currently plays for Sol de América in the Primera División Paraguaya. He also plays as a left back for the ...more

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Osvaldo Díaz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
AC Lugano Osvaldo Díaz is a Paraguayan footballer. He currently plays for 12 de Octubre.

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Roque Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Manchester City F.C. Roque Luis Santa Cruz Cantero is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Mexican club Cruz Azul as a striker and is also captain of the Paraguayan national team. Santa Cruz started his career with ...more

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Emilio Martínez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club Bolívar Emilio Damián Martínez is a Paraguayan footballer. He currently plays for Sport Colombia in Paraguay. Martinez was part of Paraguay's silver medal-winning team at the 2004 ...more

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Rossana de los Ríos is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Rossana de los Ríos is a retired professional tennis player from Paraguay. She was born in the Paraguayan capital, Asunción, and now lives in Miami, USA, with her daughter Ana ...more

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Julio César Enciso is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club 12 de Octubre Julio César Enciso Ferreira is a Paraguayan association footballer who made 70 appearances for the Paraguay national team between 1995 and 2004.

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Julio Valentín González is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club Presidente Hayes Julio Valentín Ferreira González is a retired Paraguayan footballer. González played for Paraguay at the 2004 Olympics, helping the squad to a silver medal. He also competed ...more

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Francisco Arce is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Francisco Javier "Chiqui" Arce Rolón is a retired Paraguayan footballer and coach. He played at the right defender position, competing a total of 61 times for the Paraguay ...more

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José Devaca is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club Atlético Banfield José Ricardo Devaca Sánchez is a Paraguayan footballer who currently plays for Banfield of the Argentine Primera División.

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Guido Alvarenga is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Guido Virgilio Alvarenga Torales is a retired football player from Paraguay, who was nicknamed "El Mago". He played as an attacking midfielder during his career. Alvarenga is a ...more

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Nelson Haedo Valdez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Paraguay national football team Nelson Antonio Haedo Valdez is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt and the Paraguay national football team as a striker. Valdez started his career with Atlético ...more

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Celso Ayala is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Celso Rafael Ayala Gavilán is a retired Paraguayan football defender. With 85 caps and 6 goals, he is one of the most capped players in the Paraguayan national team. Ayala became a key ...more

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Julio César Yegros is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Julio César Yegros Torres is a former Paraguayan footballer that played as a striker. His older brother Cirilo Yegros also played professional football.

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Federico Santander is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Federico Santander Club Guaraní Federico Javier Santander Mereles, is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Club Guaraní.

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Paulo da Silva is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Paulo da Silva Paraguay national football team Paulo César da Silva Barrios is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Toluca FC in Mexico, as a centre back. He has previously played top-flight football in Paraguay, Italy, Argentina, ...more

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Rubén Ruiz Díaz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Rubén Martín Ruiz Díaz Romero is a former Paraguayan football goalkeeper, who was nicknamed "Puchi" and "La Bomba" during his career. He represented ...more

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Carlos Gamarra is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Olimpia Asunción Carlos Alberto Gamarra Pavón is a former football player. He captained the Paraguay national team at international level, playing at centre back, and is the most capped player in ...more

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Rodolfo Gamarra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Rodolfo Gamarra Paraguay national football team Rodolfo Vicente Gamarra Varela is a Paraguayan football winger who plays for Libertad in the Paraguayan Primera División.

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José Cardozo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
José Saturnino Cardozo Otazú is a former Paraguayan football striker and current manager of Deportivo Toluca. He spent 10 years of his career playing for Toluca F.C. and is the ...more

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Hugo Sosa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Hugo Sosa Hugo Ranulfo Sosa is a former Paraguayan football player.

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Fredy Bareiro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Fredy José Bareiro Gamarra is a Paraguayan footballer who currently plays for Olimpia Asunción in the Paraguayan Primera Division. Bareiro is one of very few footballers to have ...more

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Víctor Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Víctor Ferreira Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba Víctor Ramón Ferreira Barrios is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Real Garcilaso. In 2008 Ferreira played on loan for Godoy Cruz in Argentina.

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Pablo César Aguilar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Pablo César Aguilar Arsenal de Sarandí Pablo César Aguilar is a Paraguayan footballer currently playing as a defender for Liga MX club América and the Paraguay national team.

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Pablo Daniel Escobar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Pablo Daniel Escobar Bolivia national football team Pablo Daniel Escobar Olivetti is a Paraguayan-born Bolivian footballer that currently plays for Bolivian Primera División club The Strongest as an attacking midfielder or second striker.

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Osvaldo Martínez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Osvaldo Martínez Paraguay national football team Osvaldo David Martínez Arce is a Paraguayan professional footballer currently playing for América of the Liga MX and the Paraguay national team.

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Óscar Cardozo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
SL Benfica Óscar René Cardozo Marín is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club Trabzonspor and the Paraguay national team. Known for his powerful ...more

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Víctor Cáceres is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Víctor Cáceres Club Libertad Víctor Javier Cáceres Centurión is a Paraguayan footballer. He currently plays as Defensive midfielder for Brazilian Série A club Flamengo and also for Paraguay

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Édgar Benítez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Édgar Benítez Paraguay national football team Édgar Milciades Benítez Santander, nicknamed Pájaro, is a Paraguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Toluca in the Liga MX.