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Famous Soccer Players from Paraguay

Updated July 20, 2021 3.2k votes 70 voters 36.6k views115 items

List RulesVote up the best Paraguay footballers of all time.

Who are the best football players from Paraguay? This list includes the greatest soccer players born in Paraguay or who played on the Paraguayan national football team. While the Paraguay men's national team has a long and storied history of producing top international talent, fans of Los Guaraníes have been waiting for La Albirroja to recapture international glory since 1979. So, who are the best footballers from Paraguay? Who is the best Paraguayan soccer player of all time?

Some of the best Paraguay soccer players include national legends like Paulo da Silva, Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Gamarra, and José Saturnino Cardozo. There are also current Paraguay football stars such as Ángel Romero, Óscar Romero, and Gustavo Gómez, who are making an impact across the globe. 

Vote up the best soccer players from Paraguay, and help decide who is the greatest Paraguay footballer of all time.

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    BirthplaceNueva Italia, Paraguay

    José Saturnino Cardozo Otazú (locally [xoˈse satuɾˈnino kaɾˈðoso otaˈsu]; born 19 March 1971) is a Paraguayan former footballer who played as a striker. He is the former manager of Mexican club...  more
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    BirthplaceAsunción, Paraguay

    Roque Luis Santa Cruz Cantero (locally [ˈroke ˈlwis santa ˈkɾus kanˈteɾo]; born 16 August 1981) is a Paraguayan footballer who plays as a striker for Paraguayan club Olimpia. He is the record goal...  more
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    70
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    BirthplaceYpacaraí, Paraguay

    Carlos Alberto Gamarra Pavón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaɾlos alˈβeɾto ɣaˈmara paˈβon]) (born 17 February 1971) is a Paraguayan former football player. He captained the Paraguay national team at...  more
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    Justo Villar

    Goalkeeper
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    11

    BirthplaceCerrito, Paraguay

    Justo Wilmar Villar Viveros (born 30 June 1977) is a Paraguayan former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. A Paraguay international on 120 occasions, he represented the nation in...  more
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    Paulo da Silva

    Defender
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    11

    BirthplaceAsunción, Paraguay

    Paulo César da Silva Barrios (born 1 February 1980) is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Libertad in Paraguay, as a centre back. He has previously played top-flight football in Paraguay, Italy,...  more
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    Carlos Bonet

    Defender
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    BirthplaceAsunción, Paraguay

    Carlos Bonet Cáceres (born 2 October 1977 in Asunción) is a Paraguayan former footballer who played as a right winger for Club Nacional in the Paraguayan Primera División. He was chosen to represent...  more
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    Celso Ayala

    Defender
    47
    0

    BirthplaceAsunción, Paraguay

    Celso Rafael Ayala Gavilán (locally [ˈselso rafaˈel aˈʝala ɣaβiˈlan]; born 20 August 1970) is a retired Paraguayan football defender. He was most recently the head coach of Deportivo Capiatá. With 85...  more
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    Cristian Riveros

    Midfielder
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    22

    BirthplaceJuan Augusto Saldívar, Paraguay

    Cristian Miguel Riveros Núñez (born 16 October 1982) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for Club Libertad and the Paraguay national football team as a defensive midfielder. A full...  more
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    Denis Caniza

    Defender
    70
    22

    BirthplaceBella Vista, Paraguay

    Denis Ramón Caniza Acuña (born 29 August 1974) is a Paraguayan former football defender....  more
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    Roberto Acuña

    Midfielder
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    24

    BirthplaceAvellaneda, Argentina

    Roberto Miguel Acuña Cabello (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβeɾto miˈɣel aˈkuɲa kaˈβeʎo]; born 25 March 1972) is a Paraguayan former footballer. Nicknamed El Toro (bull) due to his strength and...  more
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    Salvador Cabañas

    Forward, Midfielder
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    BirthplaceAsunción, Paraguay

    Salvador Cabañas Ortega (born 5 August 1980) is a Paraguayan former football striker. Cabañas played for Club 12 de Octubre, Guaraní, Audax Italiano, Chiapas, Club América, General Caballero, Tanabi...  more
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    BirthplaceJuan Eulogio Estigarribia, Paraguay

    Óscar René Cardozo Marín (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈoskaɾ reˈne kaɾˈðoso maˈɾin]; born 20 May 1983) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Club Libertad and the Paraguay...  more
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    Julio dos Santos

    Forward, Midfielder
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    BirthplaceAsunción, Paraguay

    Julio Daniel dos Santos Rodríguez (born 7 May 1983) is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Cerro Porteño. He plays usually in the hole-position, and sometimes as a second striker....  more
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    BirthplaceCaaguazú District, Paraguay

    Nelson Antonio Haedo Valdez (born 28 November 1983) commonly known as Nelson Valdez or Nelson Haedo in Spanish speaking countries, is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Cerro Porteño and the...  more
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    Roberto Cabañas

    Forward
    47
    11

    BirthplacePilar, Paraguay

    Roberto Cabañas González (11 April 1961 – 9 January 2017) was a Paraguayan footballer who played as a forward....  more
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    Miguel Ángel Benítez

    Forward
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    BirthplaceSantísima Trinidad, Paraguay

    Miguel Ángel Benítez Pavón (born 19 May 1970), also known as Peque Benítez, is a Paraguayan retired footballer who played as a forward. He is best known for his spell with Spain's Espanyol, where he...  more
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    BirthplaceLuque, Paraguay

    Julio César Romero Insfrán (born 28 August 1960 in Luque, Paraguay), nicknamed Romerito, is a former football midfielder from Paraguay, considered among the best players in Paraguayan football...  more

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    Saturnino Arrúa

    Forward
    58
    22

    BirthplaceItá, Paraguay

    Saturnino 'Nino' Arrúa Molinas (born 7 April 1949) is a Paraguayan retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and a current coach. Considered one of the greatest footballers to ever...  more
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    BirthplaceAsunción, Paraguay

    Claudio Marcelo Morel Rodríguez (born 2 February 1978 in Asunción) is a Paraguayan footballer who currently plays for Sarmiento de Leones in the Torneo Federal B. He also plays as a left back for the...  more
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    BirthplaceSan Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Lucas Ramón Barrios Cáceres (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlukaz raˈmom ˈbarjos ˈkaseɾes]; born 13 November 1984) is an Argentine-born Paraguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Argentine First...  more
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    Pablo Zeballos

    Forward
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    BirthplaceSan Lázaro, Paraguay

    Pablo Daniel Zeballos Ocampos (born 4 March 1986) is a Paraguayan football attacking midfielder who most recently played for Oriente Petrolero. Zeballos represented the Paraguay national team from...  more
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    Pablo César Aguilar

    Defender
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    BirthplaceLuque, Paraguay

    Pablo César Aguilar Benítez (born 2 April 1987) is a Paraguayan footballer currently playing as a defender for Liga MX club Cruz Azul and the Paraguay national team. From March to July 2017, ...  more
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    Derlis González

    Forward
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    22

    BirthplaceMariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay

    Derlis Alberto González Galeano is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for FC Basel and the Paraguay national team. He began his career with Rubio Ñu in 2009, and in 2012 was signed by...  more
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    Ángel Romero

    Forward
    47
    22

    BirthplaceFernando de la Mora, Paraguay

    Ángel Rodrigo Romero Villamayor, more commonly known as Ángel Romero, is a Paraguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Corinthians. He is the brother of Óscar Romero....  more
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    Fernando Fernández

    Striker
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    22

    BirthplaceCapiatá, Paraguay

    Fernando Fabián Fernández Acosta (born 8 January 1992) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays as a forward for Guaraní....  more
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