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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 Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguayan national team as a striker. In July 2014, Suárez ...more

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Tab Ramos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Tabaré Ramos Ricciardi, known as Tab Ramos is a retired American soccer player who currently serves as head coach of the United States U-20 team. Over this thirteen-year professional ...more

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Martín Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
River Plate F.C. Martín Rodríguez full name Cristian Martín Rodríguez Telis, is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a defender for Tacuarembó.

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Rodrigo Capó Ortega is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Rodrigo Capó Ortega 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. Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Galatasaray and is the first-choice keeper for the Uruguayan national team. He was selected as the ...more

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Pablo Cuevas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Pablo Gabriel Cuevas Urroz is a Uruguayan professional tennis player. Cuevas won the 2008 French Open men's doubles title with Luis Horna. He achieved his career-high singles ranking of World ...more

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Carlos Peppe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Andorra national football team 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
Christian Gustavo Matosas Paidón is a former Argentine-born Uruguayan professional footballer and current manager of Liga MX club América.

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Guillermo Molins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Malmö FF Guillermo Federico Molins Palmeiro is a Swedish footballer. He is currently playing for Malmö FF as a right midfielder or striker.

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Gonzalo García García is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
FC Groningen Gonzalo Manuel García García, known as simply Gonzalo, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta FC as an attacking midfielder.

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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 Sergio William Leal is a football forward who plays for AOK Kerkyra.

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Ernesto Mascheroni is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Ernesto Mascheroni was a footballer from Uruguay. Born in Montevideo, Ernesto was a defender. He played as a left-back. He played 12 times for the Uruguay between 1930 and 1939, including in the ...more

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Sebastián Gómez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Andorra national football team Sebastián Gómez Pérez is an Uruguayan-born Andorran international footballer who plays for Sant Julià, as a striker.

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Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Juan Alberto "Pepe" Schiaffino Villano was an Italian-Uruguayan football player. He played as an inside forward, in particular with CA Peñarol and AC Milan, or as an attacking ...more

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Alcides Ghiggia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia is an Italian-Uruguayan football player, who played as a right winger. He achieved lasting fame for his decisive role in the final match of the 1950 World Cup. He is also ...more

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Carlos Diogo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Real Zaragoza Carlos Andrés Diogo Enseñat is a Uruguayan professional footballer. A player of great physical strength, he operates as a defender or midfielder on the right side of the pitch. He ...more

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Juan Hohberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Juan Eduardo Hohberg 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 Atilio Ceferino García was an Argentine-Uruguayan football striker who is the second highest goalscorer in the history of Uruguayan football. He played for Club Nacional de Football ...more

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Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Uruguay national football team Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain and the Uruguayan national team. A quick, strong, opportunistic, and ...more

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Damían Santín is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
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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José Santamaría is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
José Emilio Santamaría Iglesias is a retired football central defender and manager. He spent his 18-year career with Nacional and Real Madrid, winning 17 major titles the two teams ...more

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Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
F.C. Internazionale Milano Diego Forlán Corazo is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Cerezo Osaka in Japan. He is a two-time winner of both the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe, and also ...more

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Carlos Curbelo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Carlos Curbelo Carlos Curbelo is a former naturalized French footballer who played defender. He is the father of AS Nancy's Gaston Curbelo.

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Diego Lugano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Uruguay national football team Diego Alfredo Lugano Morena is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Allsvenskan side BK Häcken and for the Uruguayan national team as a central defender. Nicknamed Tota, Lugano has ...more

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Ettore Puricelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Ettore Puricelli Héctor "Ettore" Puricelli was a football player and manager. Born in Uruguay, he represented Italy at international level. As a player, he is most famous for his time with

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Alberto Spencer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Alberto Pedro Spencer Herrera was an Ecuadorian football player, regarded as the best of his country. He is probably best known for his still-standing record for scoring the most goals in the ...more

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Álvaro Pereira is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Futebol Clube do Porto Álvaro Daniel Pereira Barragán is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Argentine club Estudiantes de La Plata on loan from Internazionale. Mainly a left back, he can perform ...more

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Héctor Scarone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Héctor Pedro Scarone Beretta was a Uruguayan football striker. He was from 1930 to 2011 the all-time leading scorer with 31 goals in 52 games between 1917 and 1930 for the Uruguayan

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Pablo Gabriel García is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Pablo Gabriel García PAOK FC Pablo Gabriel García Pérez is a Uruguayan former footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. A player of physical approach to the game, his nickname is Canario, referring to ...more

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Álvaro Fernández is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Universidad de Chile Álvaro Fernández is a Uruguayan footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder for Argentine club Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata on loan from the Chicago Fire.

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Adrian Sarkissian is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Carlos Adrián Sarkissian Balerio is a retired Uruguayan footballer who played as a side midfielder or winger. He is of Armenian descent.

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Diego Pérez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Diego Pérez Bologna F.C. 1909 Diego Fernando Pérez Aguado, nicknamed "Ruso", is a Uruguayan footballer who last played as a defensive midfielder for Serie B club Bologna. He has played 87 matches for the ...more

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Nicolás Lodeiro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Club Nacional de Football Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez, commonly known as Nicolás Lodeiro, is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for Boca Juniors.

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Jorge Fucile is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Jorge Fucile Futebol Clube do Porto Jorge Ciro Fucile Perdomo is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Club Nacional de Football. A defender, he is equally at ease on the right or left flank. After starting out at ...more

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Sebastián Coates is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Sebastián Coates Club Nacional de Football Sebastián Coates Nion is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League side Sunderland on loan from Liverpool, and for the Uruguay national team. Having begun his ...more

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Luis Aguiar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Luis Aguiar FC Dynamo Moscow Luis Bernardo Aguiar Burgos is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for C.A. Peñarol as an attacking midfielder.

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Maximiliano Pereira is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Uruguay national football team Victorio Maximiliano "Maxi" Pereira Páez is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a right back for Portuguese club Benfica and the Uruguay national team. Pereira ...more

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Andrés Scotti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Andrés Scotti Argentinos Juniors Andrés Scotti Ponce de León is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for Club Nacional de Football and the Uruguayan national team as centre back and very rarely as left back. ...more

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Walter Gargano is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Walter Gargano Uruguay national football team Walter Alejandro Gargano Guevara is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Napoli and the Uruguayan national team.

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Egidio Arévalo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Egidio Arévalo Club San Luis Egidio Raúl Arévalo Ríos, also known as Egidio Arévalo or Arévalo Rios, is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Liga MX club Tigres ...more

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Pedro Petrone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Pedro Petrone Schiavone was a Uruguayan footballer in the striker role. His nickname Artillero, meaning artilleryman or gunner in reference to his amazing goalscoring prowess. In his career he ...more

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José Leandro Andrade is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
José Leandro Andrade was an Uruguayan footballer who played at wing-half. He was nicknamed 'The Black Marvel'. During his prime he was regarded as one of the finest footballers in the

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Álvaro Rafael González is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Álvaro Rafael González S.S. Lazio Álvaro Rafael González Luengo, nicknamed "Tata" is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Torino, on loan from Lazio in Serie A. He normally plays ...more

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Martín Silva is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Martín Silva Defensor Sporting Club Martín Andrés Silva Leites is a Uruguayan footballer. He currently plays as a goalkeeper for Vasco da Gama and the Uruguay national football team.

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Mauricio Victorino is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Mauricio Victorino Universidad de Chile Mauricio Bernardo Victorino Dansilo is a Uruguayan football defender, currently playing for Independiente.

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Gus Poyet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Gustavo Augusto "Gus" Poyet Domínguez is a Uruguayan former footballer and manager. Poyet played as a midfielder and began his career with short spells at Grenoble and River ...more

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Matías Aguirregaray is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Matías Aguirregaray C.A. Peñarol Matías Aguirregaray Guruceaga is an Uruguayan football player who is currently playing for Estudiantes de La Plata. His nickname is "El Vasquito". He also holds a Spanish ...more

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Héctor Castro is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Héctor Castro was a Uruguayan football player and coach.

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José Nasazzi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
José Nasazzi Yarza was the Uruguayan footballer who captained his country when they won the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930.

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Diego Godín is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
Villarreal CF Diego Roberto Godín Leal is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid as a central defender. He has spent most of his professional career in Spain, ...more