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The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time

Updated September 24, 2019 11.7k votes 2.4k voters 125.3k views83 items

List RulesPlayer must have been born in Colombia or played for the Colombian national team.

Who comes to mind when you think of the best Colombian soccer players of all time? For many soccer fans, famous footballers such as Carlos Valderrama and James Rodríguez are for sure in the top ten. But in order to see which Colombian footballers truly stand out, fans such as yourself have voted on who they think are the best.

Who comes to mind when you think of the best Colombian soccer players of all time? For many soccer fans, famous footballers such as Carlos Valderrama and James Rodríguez are for sure in the top ten. In order to see which Colombian footballers truly stand out, fans such as yourself have voted on who they think are the best of all time. It can be a pitched battle, as there have been many top footballers from Colombia.

The list below is formatted so that the soccer players with the most votes are at the top of the list. Short biographies, photos, and details such as positions played are included when available. If you're searching for a particular famous Colombian soccer player you can use the search box to find what you're looking for. So, if you've ever wondered whether one Colombian footballer was better than another, this list answers that question.

So who qualifies to be in the running for the best soccer players from Colombia? The player must either be Colombian born or have played for the Colombian national soccer team. So players such as Radamel Falcao, who was Colombian-born but played for Manchester United and Chelsea F.C., are eligible. Other top players you'll see on this list include Faustino Asprilla, Fredy Guarín, and more. Add any Colombian soccer player you don't see on this list but feel should be considered.

This list should answer any questions about who are the best Colombian soccer players of all time, once and for all. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of the best Colombian soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy learning about.
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  • Carlos Valderrama1
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    BirthplaceSanta Marta, Colombia

    NationalityColombia, Romania

    Carlos Alberto Valderrama Palacio (Colombian Spanish: [ˈkaɾlos alˈβeɾto βaldeˈrama paˈlasjo];... more on Wikipedia
  • Radamel Falcao2
    696
    143

    Radamel Falcao

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSanta Marta

    NationalityColombia

    Radamel Falcao García Zárate (Spanish pronunciation: [raðaˈmel falˈkao]; 10 February 1986) is... more on Wikipedia

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  • James Rodríguez3
    1,082
    262

    James Rodríguez

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCúcuta, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    James David Rodríguez Rubio (American Spanish: [ˈxamez roˈðɾiɣes]; born 12 July 1991),... more on Wikipedia
  • Juan Guillermo Cuadrado4
    334
    94

    Juan Guillermo Cuadrado

    Defender, Forward

    BirthplaceNecoclí, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello (locally [ˈxwaŋ ɡiˈʝeɾmo kwaˈðɾaðo]; born 26 May 1988) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • René Higuita5
    398
    127

    René Higuita

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMedellín, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    José René Higuita Zapata (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈne iˈɣita]; born 27 August 1966) is a... more on Wikipedia

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    #121 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s#36 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

  • Faustino Asprilla6
    384
    125

    BirthplaceTuluá, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Faustino Hernán "Tino" Asprilla Hinestroza (born 10 November 1969) is a Colombian former... more on Wikipedia
  • Freddy Rincón7
    307
    91

    Freddy Rincón

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBuenaventura, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Freddy Eusebio Rincón Valencia (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾeði riŋˈkon]; born 14 August 1966... more on Wikipedia
  • Mario Yepes8
    287
    91

    Mario Yepes

    Defender

    BirthplaceCali, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Mario Alberto Yepes Díaz (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾjo ˈʝepes]; born 13 January 1976) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • David Ospina9
    293
    112

    David Ospina

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMedellín, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    David Ospina Ramírez (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið osˈpina raˈmiɾes], born 31 August 1988)... more on Wikipedia
  • Óscar Córdoba10
    160
    66

    Óscar Córdoba

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceCali, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Óscar Eduardo Córdoba Arce (born 3 February 1970) is a retired Colombian football goalkeeper... more on Wikipedia
  • Juan Fernando Quintero11
    114
    39

    BirthplaceMedellín, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Juan Fernando Quintero Paniagua is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as an... more on Wikipedia
  • Faryd Mondragón12
    124
    50

    BirthplaceCali, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Faryd Camilo Mondragón Alí (born 21 June 1971) is a Colombian former footballer who played as... more on Wikipedia
  • Leonel Álvarez13
    155
    75

    Leonel Álvarez

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRemedios, Antioquia, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Leonel Álvarez may refer to: Leonel Álvarez (footballer, born 1965), Colombian... more on Wikipedia
  • Willington Ortiz14
    144
    69

    Willington Ortiz

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceTumaco, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Willington José Ortiz Palacio (born March 26, 1952 in Tumaco) is a retired Colombian football... more on Wikipedia
  • Carlos Bacca15
    151
    89

    BirthplacePuerto Colombia, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Carlos Arturo Bacca Ahumada (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaɾloz ˈβaka]; born 8 September 1986) is... more on Wikipedia
  • Pedro Franco16
    96
    46

    Pedro Franco

    Defender

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Pedro Camilo Franco Ulloa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpeðɾo ˈfɾaŋko]; born 23 April 1991) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Fredy Guarín17
    137
    84

    Fredy Guarín

    Midfielder

    BirthplacePuerto Boyacá, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Fredy Alejandro Guarín Vásquez (born 30 June 1986) is a Colombian professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • Elson Becerra18
    81
    38

    BirthplaceCartagena, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Elson Evelio Becerra Vaca (26 April 1978 – 8 January 2006) was a Colombian footballer.
  • Jackson Martínez19

    BirthplaceQuibdó, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Jackson Arley Martínez Valencia (locally [ˈʒaksom maɾˈtines]; born 3 October 1986) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Juan Camilo Zúñiga20
    105
    62

    Juan Camilo Zúñiga

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceChigorodó, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Juan Camilo Zúñiga Mosquera (American Spanish: [ˈxwaŋ kaˈmilo ˈsuɲiɣa mosˈkeɾa]; born 14... more on Wikipedia
  • Pedro Zape21
    Pedro Antonio Zape (born June 3, 1949 in Puerto Tejada) is a former Colombian football... more on Wikipedia
  • Víctor Montaño22
    65
    29

    Víctor Montaño

    Forward

    BirthplaceCali, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Víctor Hugo Montaño Caicedo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbiktoɾ moˈtaɲo]; born 1 May 1984) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Johan Vonlanthen23
    71
    36

    Johan Vonlanthen

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSanta Marta, Colombia

    NationalitySwitzerland,Colombia

    Johan Vonlanthen Benavídez (born 1 February 1986 in Santa Marta, Colombia) is a former Swiss... more on Wikipedia
  • Ricardo Ciciliano24
    58
    32

    Ricardo Ciciliano

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBarranquilla, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Ricardo Manuel Ciciliano Bustillo (born September 23, 1976 in Barranquilla) is a retired... more on Wikipedia
  • Juan Pablo Ángel25
    82
    57

    Juan Pablo Ángel

    Forward

    BirthplaceMedellín, Colombia

    NationalityColombia

    Juan Pablo Ángel Arango (born 24 October 1975) is a retired Colombian footballer who last... more on Wikipedia