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Famous Athletes from Uruguay

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

Examples of athletes on this list include Gustavo Biscayzacú and Jorge Andrés Martínez.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Uruguayan athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Uruguay?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Uruguay in order to get more information about each one.
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Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Ajax Amsterdam

Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay

Nationality: Uruguay

Position: Winger, Forward, Midfielder

Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (American Spanish: [ˈlwis ˈswaɾes]; born 24 January 1987) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Barcelona and the ...more

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Tab Ramos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: United States of America, Uruguay

Position: Midfielder

Tabaré Ramos, known as Tab Ramos (born September 21, 1966) is an American former soccer player who currently serves as head coach of the United States U-20 team. Over this thirteen-year ...more
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Martín Rodriguez ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
River Plate F.C.

Birthplace: Artigas, Uruguay

Nationality: Uruguay

Position: Forward

Cristian Martín Rodríguez Telis (American Spanish: [maɾˈtin roˈðɾiɣes]; born 10 February 1985 in Artigas, Uruguay), is an Uruguayan footballer who plays as a defender for Villa
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Rodrigo Capó Orte... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Rodrigo Capó Ortega

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Uruguay

Rodrigo Capó Ortega is a Uruguayan rugby union player, currently playing in the Top 14 for Castres, where he won the 2012-13 championship.
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Fernando Muslera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Galatasaray S.K.

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Uruguay

Position: Goalkeeper

Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol (Spanish: [feɾˈnando muzˈleɾa]; born 16 June 1986) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Turkish club Galatasaray and the ...more
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Pablo Cuevas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Pablo Cuevas

Birthplace: Concordia, Argentina

Nationality: Mexico, Uruguay

Pablo Gabriel Tito Cuevas Urroz (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo ˈkweβas]; born January 1, 1986) is an Uruguayan professional tennis player. Cuevas won the 2008 French Open men's doubles title ...more
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Carlos Peppe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Andorra national football team

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Uruguay, Andorra

Position: Midfielder

Carlos Eduardo "Edu" Peppe Britos is an Uruguayan-born Andorran international footballer who plays for FC Andorra in Segona Catalana, as a midfielder.
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Gustavo Matosas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Uruguay

Position: Midfielder

Gustavo Cristian Matosas Paidón (born 25 May 1967) is an Argentine-born Uruguayan former professional footballer and current manager of Costa Rica.
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Guillermo Molins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Malmö FF

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Sweden, Uruguay

Position: Midfielder

Guillermo Federico Molins Palmeiro (locally [ɡiˈʃeɾmo moˈlins]; born 26 September 1988) is a Swedish footballer who plays for Allsvenskan club Malmö FF.
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Gonzalo García Ga... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
FC Groningen

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Spain, Uruguay

Position: Midfielder

Gonzalo Manuel García García (born 13 October 1983), known simply as Gonzalo or Recoba as a player, is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as an attacking ...more
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Sergio Leal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata

Birthplace: Rivera, Uruguay

Nationality: Argentina, Uruguay

Position: Forward

Sergio William Leal González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈseɾxjo leˈal]; born 25 September 1982 in Rivera, Uruguay) is a retired professional football player, who played as a forward.
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Ernesto Mascheroni is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Italy, Uruguay

Position: Defender

Ernesto Mascheroni (Italian pronunciation: [erˈnɛsto maskeˈroːni]; 21 November 1907 – 3 July 1984) was a footballer from Uruguay. Born in Montevideo, Ernesto was a defender. He played as a ...more
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Sebastián G&oacut... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Andorra national football team

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Uruguay, Andorra

Position: Forward

Sebastián Gómez Pérez (born 1 November 1983) is a footballer who plays for Andorran club UE Engordany, as a left winger. Born in Uruguay, he represents Andorra at
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Juan Alberto Schiaffino ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Italy, Uruguay

Position: Forward, Inside forward

Juan Alberto "Pepe" Schiaffino Villano (Italian pronunciation: [skjafˈfiːno]; 28 July 1925 – 13 November 2002) was an Italian-Uruguayan football player who played as a attacking ...more

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Alcides Ghiggia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Italy, Uruguay

Position: Winger

Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia Pereyra (pronounced [ˈɡiddʒa]; 22 December 1926 – 16 July 2015) was an Uruguayan-Italian football player, who played as a right winger. He achieved lasting fame for his ...more
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Carlos Diogo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Real Zaragoza

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Italy, Uruguay

Position: Defender, Midfielder

Carlos Andrés Diogo Enseñat (born 18 July 1983) is a former Uruguayan footballer. A player of great physical strength, he operated as a defender or midfielder on the right side of ...more
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Juan Hohberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

Birthplace: Córdoba, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Uruguay

Position: Forward

Juan Eduardo Hohberg (19 June 1926 – 30 April 1996) was an Argentine-born Uruguayan football player and coach.
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Atilio García is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Atilio García

Birthplace: Junín, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Uruguay

Position: Forward

Atilio Ceferino García Pérez (Junin, Argentina, August 26 1914 - Montevideo, Uruguay, December 12 1973) was an Argentinian born Uruguayan naturalized footballer who played as a ...more
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Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Uruguay national football team

Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay

Nationality: Italy, Uruguay

Position: Forward

Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeðinsoŋ kaˈβani]; born 14 February 1987) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain ...more

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Damían Sant&iacut... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Club Atlético Bella Vista

Birthplace: Cúcuta, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia, Uruguay

Sergio Damían Santín Francia (born 22 September 1980) is a Colombian-born Uruguayan footballer playing for Club Social y Deportivo Tristán Suárez in the Argentine ...more
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José Santamar&iac... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Spain, Uruguay

Position: Defender

José Emilio Santamaría Iglesias (born 31 July 1929) is a Uruguayan retired football central defender and manager. He spent his 18-year career with Nacional and Real Madrid, winning ...more

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Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
F.C. Internazionale Milano

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Uruguay

Position: Forward, Midfielder

Diego Martín Forlán Corazo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo foɾˈlan]; born 19 May 1979) is a Uruguayan former professional footballer who played as a forward. A prolific goalscorer, ...more

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Carlos Curbelo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Carlos Curbelo

Birthplace: San José de Mayo, Uruguay

Nationality: France, Uruguay

Position: Defender

Carlos Luis Curbelo (born March 1, 1980) is an American politician who served as the U.S. representative for Florida's 26th congressional district from 2015 to 2019. In 2018, he was defeated for ...more
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Diego Lugano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Uruguay national football team

Birthplace: Canelones, Uruguay, Uruguay

Nationality: Italy, Uruguay

Position: Defender

Diego Alfredo Lugano Morena (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo luˈɣano]; (born 2 November 1980) is a Uruguayan former professional footballer who played as a central defender. Nicknamed Tota, ...more
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Ettore Puricelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Ettore Puricelli

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Italy, Uruguay

Position: Forward

Héctor "Ettore" Puricelli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɛttore puriˈtʃɛlli]; 15 September 1916 – 14 May 2001) was a football player and manager who played as a striker. Born in ...more