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Famous Soccer Players from Chile

Updated August 30, 2021 4.1k votes 62 voters 43.4k views134 items

List RulesVote up the best Chilean footballers of all time.

Who are the best football players from Chile? This list includes the greatest soccer players born in Chile or who played on the Chilean national football team. While the Chile men's national team has a long and storied history of producing top international talent, fans of La Roja have been waiting for The Red One to recapture international glory since their back-to-back Copa América championships in 2015 and 2016. So, who are the best footballers from Chile? Who is the best Chilean soccer player of all time?

Some of the best Chile soccer players include national legends like Alexis Sánchez, Arturo Vidal, Gary Medel, Eduardo Vargas, Mauricio Isla, and Claudio Bravo. There are also current Chile football stars from such as Francisco Sierralta, Guillermo Maripán, Paulo Díaz, and Erick Pulgar, who are making waves across the globe. 

Vote up the best soccer players from the Chile, and help decide who is the greatest Chilean footballer of all time!

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    BirthplaceTocopilla, Chile

    Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez (born 19 December 1988), also known simply as Alexis, is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian Serie A club Inter Milan, on loan from...  more

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  • 2
    Defensive Midfielder
    71
    10

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo (born 22 May 1987) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Inter Milan and the Chile national team. His displays during his time at...  more
  • 3
    Goalkeeper
    71
    10

    BirthplaceBuin, Chile

    Claudio Andrés Bravo Muñoz (born 13 April 1983) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Spanish club Real Betis and captains the Chile national team. He started playing...  more
  • 4
    Defender, Midfielder
    71
    11

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Gary Alexis Medel Soto (born 3 August 1987) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Italian club Bologna and the Chile national team as a centre-back and a defensive midfielder. Medel has...  more
  • 5
    63
    10

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwaɾðo ˈβaɾɣas]; born 20 November 1989) is a Chilean footballer who plays as a forward for Liga MX club Tigres UANL and the Chile national...  more
  • 6
    Defender, Midfielder
    61
    10

    BirthplaceBuin, Chile

    Mauricio Aníbal Isla Isla (American Spanish: [mauˈɾisjo ˈizla]; born 12 June 1988) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Turkish Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe and the Chile national team.Isla started his...  more
  • 7
    Defender, Midfielder
    61
    10

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Jean André Emanuel Beausejour Coliqueo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɟʝam boseˈʝuɾ]; born 1 June 1984) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a left-sided wing-back for Primera División club...  more
  • 8
    Defender
    61
    11

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Gonzalo Alejandro Jara Reyes (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡonˈsalo ˈxaɾa]; born 29 August 1985) is a Chilean professional footballer who currently plays for Estudiantes de La Plata. He is a versatile...  more
  • 9
    Midfielder
    41
    0

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Fabián Raphael Estay Silva (born October 5, 1968) is a Chilean football midfielder. He was capped 69 times and scored five goals for the Chile national team between 1990 and 2001, including four...  more
  • 10
    Goalkeeper
    41
    0

    BirthplaceMolina, Chile

    Nelson Antonio Tapia Ríos (born 22 September 1966) is a retired Chilean football goalkeeper. He is nicknamed Simpson because during his career he wore a hair style similar to cartoon character Bart...  more
  • 11
    Forward, Midfielder
    41
    0

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Alberto Jorge Fouillioux Ahumada (22 November 1940 – 23 June 2018) was a Chilean football midfielder and striker who earned 70 caps and scored 12 goals for the Chile national team during his...  more
  • 12
    63
    20

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Matías Ariel Fernández Fernández (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈti.as aˈɾjel feɾˈnandes feɾˈnandes], born 15 May 1986) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Colombian club Atlético Junior...  more
  • 13
    41
    1

    BirthplaceTemuco, Chile

    José Marcelo Salas Melinao (American Spanish: [maɾˈselo ˈsalas]; born 24 December 1974), dubbed as El Matador (due to his goalscoring celebrations), El Fenómeno, and Shileno, is a retired Chilean...  more

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  • 14
    Midfielder
    61
    20

    BirthplaceMaracay, Venezuela

    Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxoɾxe ˈlwjs βalˈdjβja], born 19 October 1983) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Colo-Colo and Chile national team as a midfielder. Product of...  more
  • 15
    61
    20

    BirthplacePuente Alto, Chile

    Charles Mariano Aránguiz Sandoval (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtʃaɾles aˈɾaŋɡis]; born 17 April 1989) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for German club Bayer Leverkusen and...  more
  • 16
    61
    21

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Leonel Guillermo Sánchez Lineros (born 25 April 1936 in Santiago de Chile) is a retired Chilean professional footballer who played as a striker on the left wing. Regarded as one of Chile's most...  more
  • 17
    54
    20

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Iván Luis Zamorano Zamora (American Spanish: [iˈβan samoˈɾano]; born 18 January 1967) is a retired Chilean football striker. Along with Marcelo Salas and Elias Figueroa he is regarded as one of...  more
  • 18
    43
    10

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Chile

    Humberto Andrés Suazo Pontivo (Spanish pronunciation: [umˈbeɾto ˈswaso]; born 10 May 1981), nicknamed Chupete (in English, Pacifier), is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a striker for...  more
  • 19
    Midfielder
    31
    0

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

    Mark Dennis González Hoffmann (born 10 July 1984) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Chilean club Magallanes as a midfielder. He has also played top flight football in Russia, Spain and England....  more
  • 20
    Defender
    31
    0

    BirthplaceAntofagasta, Chile

    Pedro Antonio Reyes González (born 13 November 1972 in Antofagasta, Chile) is a former Chilean football defender. He was capped 55 times and scored four goals for the Chilean national team between...  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    José Pedro Fuenzalida Gana (American Spanish: [xoˈse ˈpeðɾo fwensaˈliða]; born 22 February 1985) is a Chilean footballer who currently plays as forward for Universidad Católica of Chile and the...  more
  • 22
    Midfielder
    41
    10

    BirthplaceRancagua, Chile

    Clárence Williams Acuña Donoso (born February 8, 1975 in Rancagua) is a Chilean former professional football player. He played as a midfielder. ...  more
  • 23
    41
    10

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Miguel Ramírez Pérez (born 11 June 1970), nicknamed "Cheíto", is a Chilean retired football defender and current manager. He was capped 62 times and scored 1 goal for the Chilean national team...  more
  • 24

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Javier Luciano Margas Loyola (born 10 May 1969) is a retired Chilean football defender....  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Pablo Andrés Contreras Fica (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo konˈtreɾas]; born 11 September 1978) is a Chilean retired footballer who last played for Melbourne Victory and the Chilean national...  more