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Check out this list of the best soccer players from Costa Rica. The list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Costa Rica, along with photos when available. This list of best Costa Rican soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Costa Rican soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

Players include everything from Windell Gabriels to Leonardo González.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Costa Rican footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Costa Rican soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Costa Rica in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Costa Rican soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.

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Keylor Navas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Goalkeeper Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Costa Rica national football team, as a goalkeeper. After starting out at ...more

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Bryan Ruiz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Forward, Midfielder Bryan Jafet Ruiz González is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for English club Fulham. He is a right sided attacking midfielder who can play as a second striker, and is ...more

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Joel Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Forward Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Villarreal CF, on loan from English club Arsenal, and the Costa Rica national team. Campbell ...more

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Paulo Wanchope is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Paulo Wanchope Forward Paulo César Wanchope Watson, more commonly known as Paulo Wanchope, is a Costa Rican former footballer. As of February 2009, Wanchope is the second most prolific goalscorer in the history ...more

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Christian Bolaños is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Winger, Midfielder Christian Bolaños Navarro is a Costa Rican footballer who plays for Qatari side Al Gharafa as a winger. Since his internationl debut in 2005, Bolaños has earned 60 international ...more

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Celso Borges is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Forward, Midfielder Celso Borges Mora is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña, on loan from AIK, and the Costa Rica national team as a central midfielder.

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Bryan Oviedo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Defender, Midfielder Bryan Josué Oviedo Jiménez is a Costa Rican footballer, currently playing for Everton in the Premier League. Oviedo has previously represented Saprissa, FC Copenhagen and ...more

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Hernán Medford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Hernán Medford Forward Hernán Evaristo Medford Bryan is a retired Costa Rican football player and coach

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Rónald Gómez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Rónald Gómez Forward Rónald Gómez Gómez is a retired Costa Rican football forward who is currently manager of Guatemalan side Halcones. An important player on the Costa Rican national team ...more

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Cristian Gamboa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Cristian Gamboa Defender, Midfielder Cristian Esteban Gamboa Luna, commonly known as Cristian Gamboa, is a Costa Rican footballer who plays for West Bromwich Albion. He is a pacy right back with both attacking and defensive ...more

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Rolando Fonseca is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Rolando Fonseca Forward Rolando Fonseca Jiménez is a retired Costa Rican footballer who played as a striker. Nicknamed El Principito and El Rolo, Fonseca usually plays just off the main striker and is renowned ...more

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Júnior Díaz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Defender, Midfielder Júnior Enrique Díaz Campbell is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for 1. FSV Mainz 05 and the Costa Rica national team. At a top speed of 33.8 kph, he was deemed by ...more

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Álvaro Saborío is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Forward Álvaro Alberto Saborío Chacón is a Costa Rican footballer, who currently plays for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer and the Costa Rica national football team.

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Luis Gabelo Conejo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Goalkeeper Luis Gabelo Conejo Jiménez is a Costa Rican retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He played mainly for Ramonense and Albacete, during a 17-year professional career. In 2009, the ...more

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Carlos Hernández is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Forward, Midfielder Carlos Gerardo Hernández Valverde, known simply as Carlos Hernández, is a Costa Rican football player who plays as a Attacking midfielder for Dempo in the top division of Indian ...more

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Erick Lonnis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Erick Lonnis Erick Lonnis Bolaños is a retired Costa Rican football goalkeeper who played during the 1990s and early 2000s.

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Walter Centeno is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Walter Centeno Midfielder Wálter Centeno Corea is a retired Costa Rican football midfielder who is one of Costa Rica's best players during the 2000s. He had sublime vision and passing skills. He also had good ...more

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Roy Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Defender Roy Miller Hernández is a Costa Rican footballer who currently plays for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer and the Costa Rica national football team.

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Rodney Wallace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Defender, Midfielder Rodney Wallace is a Costa Rican footballer, who plays for Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer.

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Jafet Soto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Jafet Soto Midfielder Jafet Soto Molina is a Costa Rican football coach and retired player who played for Herediano and other teams.

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Rónald González Brenes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Rónald González Brenes Rónald Alfonso González Brenes is a retired Costa Rican footballer who was manager of Saprissa until September 30, 2014.

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Michael Barrantes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Michael Barrantes Midfielder Michael Barrantes Rojas is a Costa Rican football midfielder. He currently plays for Aalesund, and the Costa Rica national football team. On 6 November 2011 he scored two goals for Aalesund in ...more

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Marco Ureña is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Marco Ureña Forward Marco Danilo Ureña Porras, known as Marco Ureña is a professional Costa Rican footballer who plays in Denmark for FC Midtjylland and the Costa Rica national football team as a

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Álvaro Mesén is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Goalkeeper Álvaro Mesén Murillo is a retired Costa Rican footballer.

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Juan Cayasso is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Juan Arnoldo Cayasso Reid is a former Costa Rican football player who shined during the 1980s and 1990s. In 2014, the film Italia 90 was shot with actor Winston Washington featuring as Cayasso.

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Claudio Jara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Claudio Jara Claudio Miguel Jara Granados is a former Costa Rican football striker who played more than a decade for Herediano and participated in the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals.

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Randall Brenes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Randall Brenes Forward Randall Brenes Moya is a Costa Rican professional footballer, who plays as a striker for Cartaginés. He also plays for the Costa Rica national football team.

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Róger Flores is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Róger Flores Róger Flores Solano is a retired Costa Rican football player, a manager and father of three. He was the captain of the Costa Rica national football team during the 1990 FIFA World Cup ...more

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Michael Umaña is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Defender Míchael Umaña Corrales is a Costa Rican footballer who plays as a defender for Persepolis in the Persian Gulf Pro League and the Costa Rica national football team.

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Winston Parks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Winston Parks Forward Winston Antonio Parks Tifet is a Costa Rican football striker playing for Santos de Guápiles in the Costa Rican Primera División. He previously played in Europe for Udinese, ...more

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Javier Wanchope is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Javier Wanchope Javier Vicente Wanchope Watson is a Costa Rican fortmer footballer, who played most of his career at stricker with Deportivo Saprissa. He is the current manager of Panamanian club ...more

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Luis Marín is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Luis Marín Defender Luis Antonio Marín Murillo is a retired professional Costa Rican footballer and former national captain. He currently acts as the assistant manager of the national team.

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Cristian Oviedo Calvo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Cristian Oviedo Calvo Midfielder Cristian Alberto Oviedo Calvo is a retired Costa Rican football player.

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Leonardo González is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Leonardo González Defender Leonardo González Arce is a Costa Rican footballer. He currently plays for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer.

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Froylán Ledezma is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Froylán Ledezma Forward Froylán Greing Ledezma Stephens is a retired Costa Rican international football forward. He is nicknamed as El Cachorro which means "The Puppy".

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Denis Hamlett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Denis Hamlett is a Costa Rican former professional soccer player who is currently an assistant coach for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer. Hamlett spent his entire playing career in ...more

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Austin Berry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Austín Gerardo Berry Moya is a retired Costa Rican soccer player.

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Hermidio Barrantes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Hermidio Barrantes Hermidio Barrantes Cascante is a retired Costa Rican football goalkeeper.

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Shirley Cruz Traña is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
AllaV. added Midfielder

Midfield.  Costa Rica player with the highest number  of recognitions (cups and championships won) in Europe.   

Division 1 Féminine (6): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12  Coupe de France Féminine (2): 2007–08, 2011–12  
UEFA Women's Champions League (2): 2010–11, 2011–12 
And  Central American Games (Gold medal): 2013

Shirley Cruz Traña is a Costa Rican football player who plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain in the Division 1 Féminine. Cruz joined Lyon in January 2006 having previously ...more

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José Humberto Ugarte is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
José Humberto Ugarte Forward José Humberto Ugarte Miranda is a Costa Rican football player.

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Ariel Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Midfielder Ariel Rodríguez is a football player.

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Erick Scott is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Forward Erick Arnoldo Scott Bernard is a Costa Rican professional footballer who currently plays for Limón.

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Róger Gómez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Róger Gómez Róger Gómez Tenorio is a retired Costa Rican football player.

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Luis Galagarza is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Luis Galagarza Luis Enrique Víquez Galagarza is a retired Costa Rican footballer.

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Evaristo Coronado is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
alessandro-russo added Evaristo Coronado Evaristo Coronado Salas is considered the best Costa Rican football striker during the 1980s.

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Gabriel Badilla is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Gabriel Badilla Defender Gabriel Badilla Segura is a Costa Rican footballer, who currently plays as a central defender for Deportivo Saprissa of the Costa Rican first division.

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Óscar Emilio Rojas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Óscar Emilio Rojas Defender, Forward, Midfielder Óscar Emilio Rojas Ruíz is a Costa Rican-Mexican naturalized football midfielder or forward, who currently plays for Estudiantes Altamira of the Ascenso MX.

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Mauricio Alpízar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Mauricio Alpízar Midfielder José Mauricio Alpízar Castro is a retired Costa Rican professional footballer.

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Rónald Marín is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Rónald Marín Defender Rónald Marín Duran is a retired Costa Rican football defender who was a non-playing squad member for Costa Rica in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

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Leonidas Flores is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
Leonidas Flores Leonidas Flores Reyes is a retired Costa Rican professional footballer. He played for Puntarenas, Saprissa, Guanacasteca and San Carlos.