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The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica

Updated June 14, 2019 3.8k votes 742 voters 86.5k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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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... more
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    Bryan Ruiz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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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... more
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    Paulo Wanchope is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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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
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    Joel Campbell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Spanish... more
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    Carlos Hernández is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    Carlos Hernández

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceGuanacaste Province, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Carlos Gerardo Hernández Valverde (born 9 April 1982), known simply as Carlos Hernández, is a... more
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    Christian Bolaños is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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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... more
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    Bryan Oviedo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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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... more
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    Celso Borges is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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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... more
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    Álvaro Mesén is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    Álvaro Mesén

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceAlajuela, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Álvaro Mesén Murillo (born December 24, 1972) is a retired Costa Rican footballer.
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    Hernán Medford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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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... more
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    Cristian Oviedo Calvo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    Cristian Oviedo Calvo

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceAlajuela, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Cristian Alberto Oviedo Calvo (born 25 August 1978) is a retired Costa Rican football player.
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    Rolando Fonseca is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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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... more
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    Claudio Jara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    Claudio Jara

    Claudio Miguel Jara Granados (born 6 May 1959) is a former Costa Rican football striker who... more
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    Ariel Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    BirthplaceAlajuela, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Eithel Ariel Rodríguez Araya (born 22 April 1986) is a Costa Rican international footballer... more
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    Austin Berry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
    Austin Berry may refer to: Austin Berry (footballer) (born 1971), retired Costa Rican... more
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    José Humberto Ugarte is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    José Humberto Ugarte

    Forward

    NationalityCosta Rica

    José Humberto Ugarte Miranda (born 2 November 1980 in Liberia) is a Costa Rican football... more
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    Rónald Gómez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    Rónald Gómez

    Forward

    BirthplacePuntarenas, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Rónald Gómez Gómez (born 24 January 1975 in Puntarenas) is a retired Costa Rican football... more
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    Javier Wanchope is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    Javier Wanchope

    Javier Vicente Wanchope Watson (born 10 August 1968) is a former Costa Rican football striker,... more
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    Denis Hamlett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
    Denis Hamlett (born January 9, 1969) is a Costa Rican-American former professional soccer... more
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    Álvaro Saborío is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    BirthplaceQuesada, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Álvaro Alberto Saborío Chacón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo saβoˈɾi.o]; born 25 March 1982)... more
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    Winston Parks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    Winston Parks

    Forward

    BirthplaceLimón, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Winston Antonio Parks Tifet (born 12 October 1981) is a Costa Rican former football... more
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    Róger Flores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    Róger Flores

    Róger Flores Solano (born 26 May 1959 in San José) is a retired Costa Rican football player, a... more
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    Cristian Gamboa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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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... more
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    Luis Gabelo Conejo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    BirthplaceSan Ramón, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Luis Gabelo Conejo Jiménez (born 1 January 1960) is a Costa Rican retired footballer who... more
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    Júnior Díaz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Costa Rica
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    Júnior Díaz

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica

    Júnior Enrique Díaz Campbell (born 12 September 1983) is a Costa Rican professional footballer... more
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