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Famous Athletes from Paraguay

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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

Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Leryn Dahiana Franco Steneri (born 1 March 1982 in Asunción) is a Paraguayan model, actress and former athlete who currently works for the athletics department of Club Sol de ...more
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Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay

Birthplace: Manoguayabo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Pedro Jaime Martínez (born October 25, 1971) is a Dominican former professional baseball starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1992 to 2009, for five teams—most ...more

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Jonathan Santana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Paraguay national football team

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Paraguay, Argentina

Position: Midfielder

Jonathan Santana Gehre (born 19 October 1981) is an Argentina-born Paraguayan football midfielder who plays for Club Nacional and the Paraguay national team.Santana was a key part of Paraguay's ...more
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Roberto Acuña is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club Rubio Ñú

Birthplace: Avellaneda, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Paraguay

Position: Midfielder

Roberto Miguel Acuña Cabello (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβeɾto miˈɣel aˈkuɲa kaˈβeʎo]; born 25 March 1972) is a Paraguayan former footballer. Nicknamed El Toro (bull) due to his strength ...more
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Benny Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay

Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay, United States of America

Position: Placekicker

Benito Concepcion "Benny" Ricardo (born January 4, 1954 in Asunción, Paraguay) is a former American football placekicker in the NFL (1976-1984) for the Buffalo Bills, Detroit ...more
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Jorge Amado Nunes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay

Birthplace: Berazategui, Argentina

Nationality: Paraguay, Argentina

Position: Midfielder

Jorge Amado Nunes Infrán (born 18 October 1961) is a former Paraguayan football midfielder that currently works as a coach.
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Diego Barreto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
FC Locarno

Birthplace: Lambaré, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Goalkeeper

Diego Daniel Barreto Cáceres (born 16 July 1981) is a Paraguayan professional football goalkeeper. He currently plays for Sportivo Luqueño in the Paraguayan Primera ...more
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Ernesto Cristaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Paraguay , Club Sol de América

Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Midfielder

Ernesto Cristaldo (born 16 March 1984 in Asunción) is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Deportivo Capiatá.
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Julio César Manzu... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Paraguay national football team

Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Defender

Julio César Manzur Caffarena (born 22 June 1981 in Asunción) is a Paraguayan former football player who last played 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

Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay, Italy

Position: Midfielder

Édgar Osvaldo Barreto Cáceres (born 15 July 1984) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for U.C. Sampdoria as a midfielder. He represented the Paraguay national team ...more
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Ricardo Ismael Rojas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Ricardo Ismael Rojas

Birthplace: Posadas, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Paraguay

Position: Defender

Ricardo Ismael Rojas Mendoza (born 26 January 1971) is a retired Paraguayan professional footballer who played as a full-back. He first came into notability at Libertad in Paraguay, transferring ...more
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Florencio Amarilla is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay

Birthplace: Coronel Bogado, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Forward

Florencio Amarilla Lacasa (3 January 1935 – 25 August 2012) was a Paraguayan footballer, coach and later actor. He played as a striker. Amarilla was born in Bogado, Paraguay. He started his ...more
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Attila Sallustro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay

Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay, Italy

Position: Forward

Attila Sallustro (Italian pronunciation: [ˈattila salˈlustro]; 15 December 1908 – 28 May 1983) was a professional Italian–Paraguayan footballer who played as a striker. He is considered an ...more
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Heriberto Herrera is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay

Birthplace: Guarambaré, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay, Spain

Position: Defender

Heriberto Herrera Udrizar (24 April 1926 – 26 July 1996) was a footballer and manager who played international football for both Paraguay and Spain as a defender.
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Aureliano Torres is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro

Birthplace: Luque, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Defender, Midfielder

Aureliano Torres Román (born 16 June 1982) is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for 12 de Octubre in the Paraguayan División Intermedia. At club level, Torres achieved the 2002 ...more
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Alejandro Da Silva is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Newell's Old Boys

Birthplace: Lambaré, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Forward

Alejandro Damian Da Silva (born 18 May 1983 in Lambaré) is a Paraguayan football striker. He currently plays for The Strongest in La Paz, Bolivia. Da Silva started his career with Cerro ...more
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Pedro Benítez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
UANL Tigres

Birthplace: San Lorenzo, Paraguay, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Defender

Pedro Benítez may refer to: Pedro Benítez (footballer, born 1901) (1901–1974), Paraguayan football goalkeeper Pedro Benítez (footballer, born 1981), Paraguayan football
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Delfín Bení... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay

Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay, Argentina

Position: Forward

Delfín Benítez Cáceres (24 September 1910 – 8 January 2004) was a Paraguayan football striker. Benítez started his career in Libertad of his native country. As one of ...more
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Eulogio Martínez ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay

Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay, Spain

Position: Forward

Eulogio Martínez Ramiro (born 11 June 1935 in Asunción, Paraguay, died 30 September 1984 in Barcelona, Spain) was a Paraguayan-Spaniard footballer who played as a striker. He ...more
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Miguel Medina is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Miguel Medina

Birthplace: San Lorenzo, Paraguay, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Forward

Miguel Ramon Medina (born 1 June 1993) is a Paraguayan football player. His main position is centre forward but he can also play at left and right wing.
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Santiago Salcedo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club Atlético River Plate

Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Forward

Santiago Gabriel Salcedo González (born 6 September 1981), nicknamed "Sa-Sa", is a Paraguayan association football player currently playing for Club Libertad in Primera ...more
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Celso Esquivel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro

Birthplace: General Artigas, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Defender

Celso Esquivel González (born 20 March 1981) is a Paraguayan footballer who is currently playing for Club Almagro of the Primera B Metropolitana in Argentina..
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Claudio Morel Rodr&iacut... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
Boca Juniors

Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Defender

Claudio Marcelo Morel Rodríguez (born 2 February 1978 in Asunción) is a Paraguayan footballer who currently plays for Sarmiento de Leones in the Torneo Federal B. He also plays as ...more
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Osvaldo Díaz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Paraguay
AC Lugano

Birthplace: Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay

Position: Midfielder

Osvaldo Díaz (born 22 December 1981) 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.

Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Nationality: Paraguay, Spain

Position: Forward

Roque Luis Santa Cruz Cantero (locally [ˈroke ˈlwis santa ˈkɾus kanˈteɾo]; born 16 August 1981) is a Paraguayan footballer who plays as a striker for Paraguayan club Olimpia. He is the record ...more