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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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Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 1 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
2
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
Faustino Asprilla is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
Freddy Rincón is listed (or ranked) 7 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.
8
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
9
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.
10
Óscar Córdoba is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
Leonel Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
Willington Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
Faryd Mondragón is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
Juan Fernando Quintero is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
WMazuera added 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
15
Carlos Bacca is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Fredy Guarín is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Duván Zapata is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
rr95 added Forward
Duván Esteban Zapata Banguera is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Italian club S.S.C. Napoli as a striker.
18
Luis Muriel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
rr95 added Luis Muriel Forward
Luis Fernando Muriel Fruto is a Colombian striker. He currently plays for Serie A club Sampdoria. He has been considered to be one of the most promising strikers in the football world. Often ...more
19
Jackson Martínez is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
Juan Camilo Zúñiga is listed (or ranked) 20 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.
21
Juan Pablo Ángel is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Jeison Murillo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time
rr95 added Defender
Jeison Fabián Murillo Cerón is a Colombian footballer who plays for Spanish club Granada CF as a central defender.
23
Teófilo Gutiérrez is listed (or ranked) 23 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.
24
Miguel Calero is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Giovanni Hernández is listed (or ranked) 25 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