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Famous Soccer Players from Uruguay

Updated July 16, 2021 3.8k votes 68 voters 75.4k views125 items

List RulesVote up the best football players from Uruguay.

Who are the best football players from Uruguay? This list includes the greatest soccer players born in Uruguay or who played on the Uruguay national football team. While the Uruguay men's national team has a long and storied history of producing top international talent, fans of La Celeste have been waiting for their team to recapture international glory since winning the World Cup in 1950. So, who are the best footballers from Uruguay? Who is the best Uruguayan soccer player of all time?

Some of the best Uruguay soccer players include national legends like Diego Forlan, Maxi Pereira, Cristian Rodríguez, and Ángel Romano. There are also current Uruguay football stars such as Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, and Diego Godín, who are making an impact across the globe. 

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

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    Luis Suárez

    Winger, Forward

    BirthplaceSalto, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (American Spanish: [ˈlwis ˈswaɾes]; born 24 January 1987) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national...  more

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    #42 of 348 The Best Current Soccer Players#24 of 80 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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    Diego Forlán

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Diego Martín Forlán Corazo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo foɾˈlan]; born 19 May 1979) is a Uruguayan former professional footballer who played as a forward. A prolific goalscorer, he is regarded as...  more

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    #116 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#714 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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    Maximiliano Pereira

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Victorio Maximiliano "Maxi" Pereira Páez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaksi peˈrejra]; born 8 June 1984) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a right back. He played with Defensor in...  more
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    Cristian Rodríguez

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceJuan Lacaze

    NationalityUruguay

    Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez Barotti (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkɾistjan roˈðɾiɣes]; born 30 September 1985) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a left winger for Peñarol. Having received the...  more
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    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Nationality Uruguay

    Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol (born 16 June 1986) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Turkish club Galatasaray and the Uruguay national team. He is considered one of...  more
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    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    José Martín Cáceres Silva (Spanish pronunciation: [maɾˈtiŋ ˈkaseɾes]; born 7 April 1987) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Fiorentina and the Uruguay national team. Mainly a...  more
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    Diego Lugano

    Defender

    BirthplaceCanelones, Uruguay, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Diego Alfredo Lugano Morena (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo luˈɣano]; (born 2 November 1980) is a Uruguayan former professional footballer who played as a central defender. Nicknamed Tota, Lugano...  more
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    BirthplaceSalto, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeðinsoŋ kaˈβani]; born 14 February 1987) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain and the Uruguay...  more
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    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Carlos Aguilera may refer to: Carlos Aguilera (theater director) (1945–2009), Uruguayan theater director Carlos Aguilera (Uruguayan footballer) (born 1964), Uruguayan footballer Carlos Aguilera...  more
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    61
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    Darío Rodríguez

    Defender

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Octavio Darío Rodríguez Peña (born 17 September 1974 in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan former footballer who played as a centre back or left back for Peñarol. He was capped 51 times for the Uruguay...  more
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    Fernando Morena

    Forward

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Fernando Morena Belora (born 2 February 1952 in Montevideo) is a retired football striker from Uruguay. His most known nicknames were "Nando"(abridged form of Fernando) and "Potrillo" (Colt, although...  more
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    Álvaro Recoba

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Álvaro Alexánder Recoba Rivero (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo alekˈsandeɾ reˈkoβa riˈβeɾo]; born 17 March 1976; nickname "El Chino") is a retired Uruguayan footballer who played as a forward or...  more
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    Darío Silva

    Forward

    BirthplaceTreinta y Tres, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Darío Debray Silva Pereira (born 2 November 1972) is a Uruguayan retired footballer who played as a striker. After making a name for himself in his country and in Italy with Cagliari, he spent the...  more
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    Diego Pérez

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityItaly, Uruguay

    Diego Fernando Pérez Aguado (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo ˈpeɾes]; born 18 May 1980), nicknamed "Ruso" (Spanish for "Russian"), is a retired Uruguayan footballer who last played as a defensive...  more
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    Enzo Francescoli

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Enzo Francescoli Uriarte (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈenso fɾansesˈkoli uˈɾjaɾte]; Italian: [ˈɛntso frantʃeˈskɔːli]; born 12 November 1961) is a former Uruguayan football player. Due to his elegant...  more
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    Gustavo Méndez

    Defender

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    For the Uruguayan football (soccer) referee see Gustavo Méndez (referee) Gustavo Emilio Méndez Techera (born 3 February 1971 in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan footballer. He played for several clubs,...  more
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    Jorge Barrios

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLas Piedras, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Jorge Wálter Barrios Balestrasse (born January 24, 1961 in Las Piedras) is a retired football midfielder from Uruguay, who was nicknamed "Chifle" during his professional career. Having made his...  more
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    Fabián Carini

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Héctor Fabián Carini Hernández (born 26 December 1979 in Montevideo) is a retired Uruguayan football goalkeeper....  more
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    Fernando Álvez

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Fernando Harry Álvez Mosquera (born September 4, 1959 in Montevideo) is a retired Uruguayan football goalkeeper who played for the Uruguay national team and played club football in Uruguay, Paraguay,...  more
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    41
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    Gianni Guigou

    Winger, Midfielder

    BirthplaceNueva Palmira, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Gianni Bismark Guigou Martínez (born 22 February 1975 in Nueva Palmira) is a retired Uruguayan footballer who played as a midfielder....  more
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    Jorge Fucile

    Defender

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Jorge Ciro Fucile Perdomo (pronounced [ˈxoɾxe fuˈtʃile]; born 19 November 1984) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Cartagena. A defender, he is equally at ease on...  more
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    Álvaro Pereira

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Álvaro Daniel Pereira Barragán (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo peˈɾeiɾa]; born 28 November 1985) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Nacional on loan from Argentine club Estudiantes. Mainly a...  more
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    Eber Moas

    Defender

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Éber Alejandro Moas Silveira (born March 21, 1969 in Montevideo) is a retired football defender from Uruguay, who obtained 48 international caps for his national team. Having made his debut on...  more
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    Eduardo Mario Acevedo

    Defender

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Eduardo Mario Acevedo Cardozo (born September 25, 1959 in Montevideo) is a retired football defender. He obtained a total number of 42 international caps for the Uruguay national football team and...  more
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    Alejandro Lembo

    Defender

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

    Daniel Alejandro Lembo Betancor (born 15 February 1978) is a Uruguayan retired footballer who played mainly as a central defender....  more