Soccer Players The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time  

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List Rules Player 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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James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Forward, Midfielder James David Rodríguez Rubio, usually known as James Rodríguez or simply James, is a Colombian footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombian national team, as ...more

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Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Midfielder Carlos Alberto Valderrama Palacio, also known as El Pibe is a Colombian former football player. His distinctive blond hair, coupled with his flamboyant technique on the ball, made him one of ...more

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Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Forward, Midfielder Radamel Falcao García Zárate, also known as Radamel Falcao, Falcao García or simply as Falcao, is a Colombian footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester United on loan ...more

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Juan Guillermo Cuadrado is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
WMazuera added Defender, Forward, Midfielder Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello is a Colombian professional footballer who plays primarily as a winger for English club Chelsea and the Colombian national team. He is known for his direct style of ...more

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René Higuita is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Goalkeeper José René Higuita Zapata is a Colombian former football goalkeeper nicknamed El Loco. Rene Higuita was well known for his 'sweeper' playing style taking risk in leaving his post ...more

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Freddy Rincón is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Midfielder Freddy Eusebio Rincón Valencia, is a Colombian football midfielder who played 84 games for the Colombia national team between 1990 and 2001.

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Faustino Asprilla is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Forward Faustino Hernán "Tino" Asprilla Hinestroza is a former Colombian football player who most notably played for Parma A.C., Newcastle United F.C. and the Colombia national football ...more

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Mario Yepes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Defender Mario Alberto Yepes Díaz is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a defender for San Lorenzo. Yepes was well known for his time in Paris Saint-Germain where he was considered ...more

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David Ospina is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Goalkeeper David Ospina Ramírez is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Arsenal.

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Leonel Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Midfielder Leonel de Jesús Álvarez Zuleta is a former Colombian football defensive midfielder and former coach of Deportivo Cali. He played 101 times for the Colombia national team between ...more

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Willington Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Willington Ortiz Forward, Midfielder Willington José Ortiz Palacio is a retired Colombian football player. He played 49 times for the Colombia national team scoring 12 goals and has been ranked by IFFHS as Colombia's ...more

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Óscar Córdoba is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Goalkeeper Óscar Eduardo Córdoba Arce is a retired Colombian football goalkeeper who has played more than 70 games for the Colombia national team. He last played in Millonarios from ...more

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Fredy Guarín is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Midfielder Fredy Alejandro Guarín Vásquez is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Italian club Internazionale. A versatile player, he is comfortable in the centre or on the right ...more

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Carlos Bacca is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
WMazuera added Forward Carlos Arturo Bacca Ahumada is a Colombian footballer who plays for Spanish club Sevilla FC and the Colombia national football team, as a striker. An international for Colombia since 2010, he ...more

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Faryd Mondragón is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Goalkeeper Faryd Camilo Mondragón Alí is a retired Colombian footballer who last played as a goalkeeper for Deportivo Cali in the Colombian First Division. Since his debut in 1993, he has ...more

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Jackson Martínez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
WMazuera added Forward Jackson Arley Martínez Valencia, or simply Jackson, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for, and captains, FC Porto in the Primeira Liga. He is often named Cha Cha Cha for ...more

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Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Forward Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé was an Argentine-Spanish footballer and coach, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He was most associated with Real ...more

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Juan Camilo Zúñiga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Defender, Midfielder Juan Camilo Zúñiga Mosquera is a Colombian footballer who currently plays for Serie A club Napoli and the Colombian national team.

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Juan Fernando Quintero is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
WMazuera added Juan Fernando Quintero Midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero Paniagua is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Porto in the Primeira Liga. He has been mentioned among the more coveted young ...more

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Juan Pablo Ángel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Juan Pablo Ángel Forward Juan Pablo Ángel Arango is a retired Colombian footballer who last played for Atlético Nacional in Categoría Primera A. He began his career at Nacional, whom he helped to ...more

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Teófilo Gutiérrez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Teófilo Gutiérrez Forward Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio, known more commonly as Teo, is a Colombian footballer who plays as a striker for Argentine club River Plate.

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Pablo Andrés Escobar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Pablo Andrés Escobar Defender Pablo Andrés Escobar is a Colombian footballer who currently plays for Atlético Huila.

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48 31
Giovanni Hernández is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Giovanni Hernández Playmaker, Midfielder Giovanni Andrés Hernández Soto is a retired Colombian footballer and currently manager of Uniautónoma. He played for América de Cali, Independiente Medellín, ...more

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Víctor Ibarbo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Forward, Midfielder Segundo Víctor Ibarbo Guerrero is a Colombian footballer who plays as a second striker for Serie A club Roma, on loan from Cagliari.

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Miguel Calero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Goalkeeper Miguel Ángel Calero Rodríguez was a Colombian football goalkeeper, who played 50 times for the Colombia national team between 1995 and 2007. While playing in Colombia, Calero won ...more

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John Harold Lozano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Midfielder John Harold Lozano Prado is a Colombian retired footballer who played mainly as a defensive midfielder. He spent most of his 13-year professional career in Spain, amassing La Liga totals of 134 ...more

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David Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
David Ferreira Defender, Forward, Midfielder David Ferreira is a Colombian footballer.

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Luis Fernando Herrera is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Luis Fernando Herrera Defender Luis Fernando Herrera Arango is a retired football defender. He was capped 61 times and scored 1 international goal for Colombia between 1987 and 1996.

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Fredy Montero is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Fredy Montero Forward Fredy Henkyer Montero Muñoz, commonly known as Fredy Montero, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portugal. Montero is ...more

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Manuel Arboleda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Manuel Arboleda Defender Manuel Santos Arboleda Sánchez is a Colombian football defender playing for ?. Between Jan 31 and Feb 5, 2011, he is legally able and about to apply for Polish citizenship.

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Giovanni Moreno is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Giovanni Moreno Forward, Midfielder Giovanni Andrés Moreno Cardona is a Colombian footballer who plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua where he primarily operates as a attacking midfielder.

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24 15
Juan Carlos Mosquera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Juan Carlos Mosquera Defender Juan Carlos Mosquera Gómez is a Colombian footballer who plays for Deportivo Pasto in the Torneo Postobón. He can play as Center Back and used to be a starter until he was injured

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Pedro Franco is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Pedro Franco Defender Pedro Camilo Franco Ulloa is a Colombian footballer who plays as a centre back for Beşiktaş in the Süper Lig. He is frequently used as a playmaker from the defensive end and also as a ...more

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39 31
Elson Becerra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Forward Elson Evelio Becerra Vaca was a Colombian footballer.

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Dayro Moreno is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Dayro Moreno Forward, Midfielder Dayro Mauricio Moreno Galindo is a Colombian footballer currently playing as a forward for Club Tijuana in the Liga MX

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Hugo Rodallega is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Hugo Rodallega Forward Hugo Rodallega Martínez is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Fulham. Rodallega started his professional career with Deportes Quindío in ...more

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28 20
Mauricio Serna is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Mauricio Serna Midfielder Mauricio Alberto Serna Valencia is a retired Colombian football player who played 51 games for the Colombia national team between 1993 and 2001 Chicho Serna played for a number of clubs, ...more

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27 20
Marco Pérez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Marco Pérez Forward Marco Jhonnier Pérez Murillo is a Colombian football striker who currently plays for Independiente Medellín.

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20 11
Macnelly Torres is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Midfielder Macnelly Torres Berrío is a Colombian footballer who plays for Junior. He is best known for his very accurate through passes. Torres' first name, Macnelly, was given to him by his father ...more

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29 21
Víctor Montaño is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Víctor Montaño Forward Víctor Hugo Montaño Caicedo is a Colombian footballer who plays as a striker for Liga MX club Toluca.

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28 22
Pedro Zape is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Pedro Antonio Zape is a former Colombian football goalkeeper who currently works as a goalkeeping coach. Zape is considered to be one of the most important players in the history of Deportivo ...more

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Jefferson Angulo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Jefferson Angulo Midfielder Jefferson Angulo Murillo, is a professional footballer, who last played for Duque de Caxias in Brazil.

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Antony de Ávila is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Antony de Ávila Forward Ántony Wílliam de Ávila Charris is a Colombian former soccer striker, who last played for América de Cali.

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Johan Vonlanthen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Forward, Midfielder Johan Vonlanthen Benavídez is a Swiss footballer who plays as a winger for Swiss Challenge League side FC Schaffhausen on loan from Grasshoppers. His stepfather is a Swiss national, ...more

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Camilo Vargas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Camilo Vargas Goalkeeper Camilo Andrés Vargas Gil is a Colombian football player, who plays as a goalkeeper for Atlético Nacional in the Categoría Primera A.

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Ricardo Ciciliano is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Ricardo Ciciliano Midfielder Ricardo Manuel Ciciliano Bustillo is a retired Colombian football midfielder.

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Gabriel Ochoa Uribe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Gabriel Ochoa Uribe Goalkeeper Gabriel Ochoa Uribe is a former Colombian football player and manager. He won four league titles and the Copa Colombia with Millonarios as a player and a remarkable 14 league titles as a manager ...more

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Luis Arturo Peralta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Luis Arturo Peralta Luis Arturo Peralta is a Colombian footballer currently playing for Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata of the Argentine Primera División.

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Juan Toja is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Juan Toja Midfielder Juan Carlos Toja Vega is a Colombian footballer.

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Fabián Andrés Vargas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
Fabián Andrés Vargas Midfielder Fabián Andrés Vargas Rivera is a Colombian football midfielder who currently plays for Millonarios F.C. He played also as a captain for the Colombia national team, Vargas can ...more