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Famous Athletes from Uruguay

Updated June 14, 2019 15.3k views698 items

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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  • 1
    Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Luis Suárez

    Ajax Amsterdam

    BirthplaceSalto, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    PositionWinger, Forward, Midfielder

    Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (American Spanish: [ˈlwis ˈswaɾes]; born 24 January 1987) is a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Tab Ramos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
    Tabaré Ramos, known as Tab Ramos (born September 21, 1966) is an American former soccer player... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Martín Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Martín Rodriguez

    River Plate F.C.

    BirthplaceArtigas, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    PositionForward

    Cristian Martín Rodríguez Telis (American Spanish: [maɾˈtin roˈðɾiɣes]; born 10 February 1985... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Fernando Muslera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Fernando Muslera

    Galatasaray S.K.

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina,Uruguay

    PositionGoalkeeper

    Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol (Spanish: [feɾˈnando muzˈleɾa]; born 16 June 1986) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Pablo Cuevas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Pablo Cuevas

    Pablo Gabriel Tito Cuevas Urroz (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo ˈkweβas]; born January 1,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Carlos Peppe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Carlos Peppe

    Andorra national football team

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay, Andorra

    PositionMidfielder

    Carlos Eduardo "Edu" Peppe Britos is an Uruguayan-born Andorran international footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Gustavo Matosas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
    Gustavo Cristian Matosas Paidón (born 25 May 1967) is an Argentine-born Uruguayan former... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Guillermo Molins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalitySweden, Uruguay

    PositionMidfielder

    Guillermo Federico Molins Palmeiro (locally [ɡiˈʃeɾmo moˈlins]; born 26 September 1988) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Gonzalo García García is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalitySpain, Uruguay

    PositionMidfielder

    Gonzalo Manuel García García (born 13 October 1983), known simply as Gonzalo or Recoba as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Sergio Leal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Sergio Leal

    Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata

    BirthplaceRivera, Uruguay

    NationalityArgentina,Uruguay

    PositionForward

    Sergio William Leal González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈseɾxjo leˈal]; born 25 September 1982... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Ernesto Mascheroni is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
    Ernesto Mascheroni (Italian pronunciation: [erˈnɛsto maskeˈroːni]; 21 November 1907 – 3 July... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Sebastián Gómez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Sebastián Gómez

    Andorra national football team

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay, Andorra

    PositionForward

    Sebastián Gómez Pérez (born 1 November 1983) is a footballer who plays for Andorran club UE... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
    Juan Alberto "Pepe" Schiaffino Villano (Italian pronunciation: [skjafˈfiːno]; 28 July 1925 –... more on Wikipedia

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    #824 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#70 of 137 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

  • 15
    Alcides Ghiggia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
    Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia Pereyra (pronounced [ˈɡiddʒa]; 22 December 1926 – 16 July 2015) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Carlos Diogo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Carlos Diogo

    Real Zaragoza

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityItaly, Uruguay

    PositionDefender, Midfielder

    Carlos Andrés Diogo Enseñat (born 18 July 1983) is a former Uruguayan footballer. A player of... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Juan Hohberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
    Juan Eduardo Hohberg (19 June 1926 – 30 April 1996) was an Argentine-born Uruguayan football... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Atilio García is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Atilio García

    Atilio Ceferino García Pérez (Junin, Argentina, August 26 1914 - Montevideo, Uruguay, December... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Edinson Cavani

    Uruguay national football team

    BirthplaceSalto, Uruguay

    NationalityItaly, Uruguay

    PositionForward

    Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeðinsoŋ kaˈβani]; born 14 February... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Damían Santín is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Damían Santín

    Club Atlético Bella Vista

    BirthplaceCúcuta, Colombia

    NationalityColombia, Uruguay

    Sergio Damían Santín Francia (born 22 September 1980) is a Colombian-born Uruguayan footballer... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    José Santamaría is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay
    José Emilio Santamaría Iglesias (born 31 July 1929) is a Uruguayan retired football central... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Diego Forlán

    F.C. Internazionale Milano

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    PositionForward, Midfielder

    Diego Martín Forlán Corazo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo foɾˈlan]; born 19 May 1979) is a... more on Wikipedia

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

    Carlos Curbelo

    Carlos Luis Curbelo (born March 1, 1980) is an American politician who served as the U.S.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Diego Lugano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Diego Lugano

    Uruguay national football team

    BirthplaceCanelones, Uruguay, Uruguay

    NationalityItaly, Uruguay

    PositionDefender

    Diego Alfredo Lugano Morena (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo luˈɣano]; (born 2 November 1980)... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Ettore Puricelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Uruguay

    Ettore Puricelli

    Héctor "Ettore" Puricelli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɛttore puriˈtʃɛlli]; 15 September 1916 –... more on Wikipedia
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