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The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica

Updated June 14, 2019 4.6k votes 760 voters 87.2k views58 items

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

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplacePérez Zeledón, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Keilor Antonio Navas Gamboa (Spanish pronunciation: [keiˈloɾ anˈtonjo ˈnaβaz ɣamˈbo.a]; born 15 December 1986), known as Keylor Navas, is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a...  more
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    Bryan Ruiz

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Bryan Jafet Ruiz González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbɾajan ˈrwis]; born 18 August 1985) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Brazilian club Santos and captains the Costa Rica...  more
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    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    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 plays...  more
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    Bryan Oviedo

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceQuesada, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Bryan Josué Oviedo Jiménez (born 18 February 1990) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Copenhagen and the Costa Rica national team. He was selected for his national squad at the...  more
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    58
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    Luis Marín

    Defender

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Luis Antonio Marín Murillo (born 10 August 1974) is a retired professional Costa Rican footballer and former national captain. He is currently the manager of San Carlos. Marin was regarded to be one...  more
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    Rolando Fonseca

    Forward

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Rolando Fonseca Jiménez (born 6 June 1974) is a retired Costa Rican footballer who played as a forward. Nicknamed El Principito (The little prince) and El Rolo, Fonseca usually played just off the...  more
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    87
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    Roy Miller

    Defender

    BirthplaceCartago, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Roy Miller Hernández (born November 24, 1984) is a Costa Rican footballer who plays for Portland Timbers 2 and the Costa Rica national football team....  more
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    Jafet Soto

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Jafet Soto Molina (born April 1, 1976), is a Costa Rican football (soccer) coach, general manager and retired player who played for Club Sport Herediano. ...  more
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    Paulo Wanchope

    Forward

    BirthplaceHeredia, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Paulo César Wanchope Watson (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaulo wanˈtʃope]; born 31 July 1976), more commonly known as Paulo Wanchope, is a Costa Rican former footballer and former Head Coach of the...  more
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    34
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    BirthplaceLimón, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Erick Arnoldo Scott Bernard (born 21 May 1981 in Limón) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who currently plays for Limón....  more
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    31
    11

    Óscar Emilio Rojas

    Defender, Forward

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Oscar Emilio Rojas Ruíz (born April 27, 1979 in San José) is a Costa Rican-Mexican naturalized football midfielder or forward, who last played for Municipal Grecia....  more
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    Hermidio Barrantes

    Hermidio Barrantes Cascante (born 2 September 1964 in Puntarenas) is a retired Costa Rican football goalkeeper....  more
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    52
    34

    Leonardo González

    Defender

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Leonardo González Arce (born November 21, 1980) is a Costa Rican footballer who plays as a defender for Herediano....  more
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    35
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    Andrey Campos

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCosta Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Andrey Campos Vargas (born December 7, 1978) is a retired football player born in Costa Rica....  more
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    31
    17

    BirthplaceSanta Ana, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Míchael Umaña Corrales (born 16 July 1982) is a Costa Rican footballer who plays as a defender for Comunicaciones in the Liga Nacional....  more
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    30
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    Rodney Wallace

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Rodney Wallace Burns (born 17 June 1988) is a Costa Rican footballer who plays for Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer....  more
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    33
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    Cristian Gamboa

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLiberia, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Cristian Esteban Gamboa Luna (born 24 October 1989), commonly known as Cristian Gamboa, is a Costa Rican footballer who plays for VfL Bochum. He is a pacy right back with both attacking and defensive...  more
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    Christian Bolaños

    Winger, Midfielder

    BirthplaceHatillo District

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Christian Bolaños Navarro (born 17 May 1984) is a Costa Rican footballer who plays for Saprissa as a winger. Since his international debut in 2005, Bolaños has earned 60 international caps and played...  more
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    Celso Borges

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Celso Borges Mora (American Spanish: [ˈselso ˈβoɾxes]; born 27 May 1988) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for the Turkish Süper Lig club Göztepe and the...  more
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    17
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    Marco Ureña

    Forward

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Marcos Danilo Ureña Porras, known as Marco Ureña (born 5 March 1990) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who currently plays for Alajuelense in Liga FPD. A striker, he has represented Costa Rica...  more
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    14
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    Michael Barrantes

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHeredia, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Michael Barrantes Rojas (Spanish pronunciation: [baˈrantes]; born 4 October 1983 in Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican football midfielder. He currently plays for Deportivo Saprissa.On 6 November 2011 he...  more
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    Hernán Medford

    Forward

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Hernán Evaristo Medford Bryan (; Spanish: [eɾˈnan meðˈfoɾ(ð)]; born May 23, 1968) is a retired Costa Rican football player and coach....  more
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    Rónald González Brenes

    Rónald Alfonso González Brenes (born August 8, 1970 in San Carlos) is a retired Costa Rican footballer who was manager of Saprissa until September 30, 2014....  more
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    Froylán Ledezma

    Forward

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Froylán Greing Ledezma Stephens (born 2 January 1978) is a retired Costa Rican international football forward. He is nicknamed as El Cachorro which means "The Puppy"....  more
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    Róger Gómez

    Róger Gómez Tenorio (born February 7, 1965) is a retired Costa Rican football player....  more
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