Famous soccer players from Argentina

Famous Soccer Players from Argentina

The Argentinian national soccer team, also know as La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue), is one of the most loved and successful teams around the world. Their style of play is something that fans travel across the globe to watch. For now, we will have a look at the most famous Argentine soccer players of all time.
Argentina has won the FIFA World Cup twice, Copa América fourteen times, Copa Roca four times, and the Confederations Cup once.
Soccer, or association football is easily the most popular sport in Argentina, with nearly 3,400 clubs spread all over the country. This great footballing nation has given us many superstars overs the decades. The fact that so many talented footballers have come through the ranks in Argentina is what makes this country so successful at international events. The game is governed in the country by the Argentine Football Association (AFA).

With the kind of history and system that it has in place, it is no surprise that Argentina has produced players of the highest standard over the decades. And these players, in turn, have helped their country win numerous major trophies all across the globe. Let's check out the best Argentinian soccer players to have played the game. The list provided here is purely in alphabetical order.

Famous Argentine Soccer Players

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Alfredo Di Stéfano

Lived: July 4, 1926 - July 7, 2014
Position: Forward

Clubs
  • River Plate (1945 - 1951)
  • Millonarios (1951 - 1953)
  • Real Madrid (1953 - 1964)
  • Espanyol (1964 - 1966)
National Team
  • Argentina (1947)
  • Colombia (1949)
  • Spain (1957 - 1961)

Ángel di María

Born: February 14, 1988
Position: Winger, Attacking Midfielder

Clubs
  • Rosario Central (2005 - 2007)
  • Benfica (2007 - 2010)
  • Real Madrid (2010 - present)
National Team
  • U20 (2007)
  • Argentina (2008 - present)

Ariel Ortega

Born: March 4, 1974
Position: Attacking Midfielder, Forward

Clubs
  • River Plate (1991 - 1996)
  • Valencia (1997 - 1998)
  • Sampdoria (1998 - 1999)
  • Parma (1999 - 2000)
  • River Plate (2000 - 2002)
  • Fenerbahçe (2002 - 2003)
  • Newell's Old Boys (2004 - 2006)
  • River Plate (2006 - 2012)
  • Herminio Arrieta de Ledesma (2014 - present)
National Team
  • Argentina (1993 - 2010)

Carlos Tevez

Born: February 5, 1984
Position: Forward

Clubs
  • Boca Juniors (2001 - 2004)
  • Corinthians (2004 - 2006)
  • West Ham United (2006 - 2007)
  • Manchester United (2007 - 2009)
  • Manchester City (2009 - 2013)
  • Juventus (2013 - present)
National Team
  • U17 (2001)
  • U23 (2004)
  • Argentina (2004 - 2011)

Daniel Bertoni

Born: March 14, 1955
Position: Right Winger

Clubs
  • Quilmes (1971 - 1972)
  • Independiente (1973 - 1977)
  • Sevilla (1978 - 1980)
  • Fiorentina (1981 - 1984)
  • Napoli (1984 - 1986)
  • Udinese (1986 - 1987)
National Team
  • Argentina (1974 - 1982)

Daniel Passarella

Born: May 25, 1953
Position: Center Back, Sweeper

Clubs
  • Sarmiento (1971 - 1973)
  • River Plate (1974 - 1982)
  • Fiorentina (1982 - 1986)
  • Internazionale (1986 - 1988)
  • River Plate (1988 - 1989)
National Team
  • Argentina (1974 - 1986)

Diego Maradona

Born: October 30, 1960
Position: Attacking Midfielder, Striker

Clubs
  • Argentinos Juniors (1976 - 1981)
  • Boca Juniors (1981 - 1982)
  • Barcelona (1982 - 1984)
  • Napoli (1984 - 1991)
  • Sevilla (1992 - 1993)
  • Newell's Old Boys (1993 - 1994)
  • Boca Juniors (1995 - 1997)
National Team
  • U20 (1977 - 1979)
  • Argentina (1977 - 1994)

Diego Milito

Born: June 12, 1979
Position: Striker

Clubs
  • Racing (1999 - 2003)
  • Genoa (2003 - 2005)
  • Zaragoza (2005 - 2008)
  • Genoa (2008 - 2009)
  • Internazionale (2009 - 2014)
National Team
  • Argentina (2003 - 2011)

Diego Simeone

Born: April 28, 1970
Position: Defensive Midfielder

Clubs
  • Vélez Sársfield (1987 - 1990)
  • Pisa (1990 - 1992)
  • Sevilla (1992 - 1994)
  • Atlético Madrid (1994 - 1997)
  • Internazionale (1997 - 1999)
  • Lazio (1999 - 2003)
  • Atlético Madrid (2003 - 2005)
  • Racing (2005 - 2006)
National Team
  • U20 (1989)
  • Argentina (1988 - 2002)

Esteban Cambiasso

Born: August 18, 1980
Position: Central Midfielder

Clubs
  • Independiente (1998 - 2001)
  • River Plate (2001 - 2002)
  • Real Madrid (2002 - 2004)
  • Internazionale (2004 - 2014)
National Team
  • U17 (1995)
  • U20 (1997 - 1999)
  • Argentina (2000 - 2011)

Fernando Redondo

Born: June 6, 1969
Position: Defensive Midfielder

Clubs
  • Argentinos Juniors (1985 - 1990)
  • Tenerife (1990 - 1994)
  • Real Madrid (1994 - 2000)
  • Milan (2000 - 2004)
National Team
  • Argentina (1992 - 1999)

Gabriel Batistuta

Born: February 1, 1969
Position: Striker

Clubs
  • Newell's Old Boys (1988 - 1989)
  • River Plate (1989 - 1990)
  • Boca Juniors (1990 - 1991)
  • Fiorentina (1991 - 2000)
  • Roma (2000 - 2003)
  • Al Arabi (2003 - 2005)
National Team
  • Argentina (1991 - 2002)

Hernán Crespo

Born: July 5, 1975
Position: Striker

Clubs
  • River Plate (1993 - 1996)
  • Parma (1996 - 2000)
  • Lazio (2000 - 2002)
  • Internazionale (2002 - 2003)
  • Chelsea (2003 - 2008)
  • Internazionale (2008 - 2009)
  • Genoa (2009 - 2010)
  • Parma (2010 - 2012)
National Team
  • U23 (1996)
  • Argentina (1995 - 2007)

Javier Mascherano

Born: June 8, 1984
Position: Center Back, Defensive Midfielder

Clubs
  • River Plate (2003 - 2005)
  • Corinthians (2005 - 2006)
  • West Ham United (2006 - 2007)
  • Liverpool (2007 - 2010)
  • Barcelona (2010 - present)
National Team
  • U20 (2003 - 2004)
  • U23 (2004 - 2008)
  • Argentina (2003 - present)

Javier Saviola

Born: December 11, 1981
Position: Striker

Clubs
  • River Plate (1998 - 2001)
  • Barcelona (2001 - 2007)
  • Real Madrid (2007 - 2009)
  • Benfica (2009 - 2012)
  • Málaga (2012 - 2013)
  • Olympiacos (2013 - present)
National Team
  • U20 (2001)
  • Argentina (2000 - 2007)

Javier Zanetti

Born: August 10, 1973
Position: Right Wingback, Defensive Midfielder

Clubs
  • Talleres RE (1992 - 1993)
  • Banfield (1993 - 1995)
  • Internazionale (1995 - 2014)
National Team
  • U23 (1996)
  • Argentina (1994 - 2011)

Jorge Burruchaga

Born: October 9, 1962
Position: Attacking Midfielder

Clubs
  • Arsenal de Sarandí (1979 - 1981)
  • Independiente (1982 - 1985)
  • Nantes (1985 - 1992)
  • Valenciennes (1992 - 1993)
  • Independiente (1995 - 1998)
National Team
  • U20 (1981)
  • Argentina (1983 - 1990)

José Sanfilippo

Born: May 4, 1935
Position: Striker

Clubs
  • San Lorenzo (1953 - 1962)
  • Boca Juniors (1963)
  • Nacional (1964 - 1965)
  • Banfield (1966 - 1967)
  • Bangu (1968)
  • EC Bahia (1968 - 1971)
  • San Lorenzo (1972)
  • San Miguel (1978)
National Team
  • Argentina (1957 - 1962)

Juan Román Riquelme

Born: June 24, 1978
Position: Attacking Midfielder

Clubs
  • Boca Juniors (1996 - 2002)
  • Barcelona (2002 - 2005)
  • Villarreal (2005 - 2007)
  • Boca Juniors (2008 - present)
National Team
  • U20 (1997 - 1998)
  • U23 (2008)
  • Argentina (1997 - 2008)

Juan Sebastián Verón

Born: March 9, 1975
Position: Attacking Midfielder

Clubs
  • Estudiantes (1994 - 1996)
  • Boca Juniors (1996)
  • Sampdoria (1996 - 1998)
  • Parma (1998 - 1999)
  • Lazio (1999 - 2001)
  • Manchester United (2001 - 2003)
  • Chelsea (2003 - 2007)
  • Estudiantes (2007 - 2012)
  • Brandsen (2012 - 2013)
  • Estudiantes (2013 - 2014)
National Team
  • Argentina (1996 - 2010)

Leopoldo Luque

Born: May 3, 1949
Position: Striker

Clubs
  • Gimnasia de Jujuy (1967 - 1969)
  • Central Norte (1969 - 1971)
  • Unión (1971)
  • Rosario Central (1972)
  • Unión (1973 - 1975)
  • River Plate (1975 - 1980)
  • Unión (1980 - 1981)
  • Racing Club (1981 - 1982)
  • Santos (1983)
  • Chacarita Juniors (1983 - 1984)
  • Santos (1984)
  • Textil Mandiyú (1984 - 1985)
National Team
  • Argentina (1975 - 1981)

Lionel Messi

Born: June 24, 1987
Position: Forward

Clubs
  • Barcelona (2004 - present)
National Team
  • U20 (2004 - 2005)
  • U23 (2007 - 2008)
  • Argentina (2005 - present)

Mario Kempes

Born: July 15, 1954
Position: Striker

Clubs
  • Instituto (1970 - 1973)
  • Rosario Central (1974 - 1976)
  • Valencia (1977 - 1981)
  • River Plate (1981 - 1982)
  • Valencia (1982 - 1984)
  • Hércules (1984 - 1986)
  • First Vienna (1986 - 1987)
  • St. Pölten (1987 - 1990)
  • Kremser SC (1990 - 1992)
  • Fernández Vial (1995)
  • Pelita Jaya (1999)
National Team
  • Argentina (1973 - 1982)

Martín Palermo

Born: November 7, 1973
Position: Striker

Clubs
  • Estudiantes (1992 - 1997)
  • Boca Juniors (1997 - 2000)
  • Villarreal (2001 - 2003)
  • Betis (2003 - 2004)
  • Alavés (2004)
  • Boca Juniors (2004 - 2011)
National Team
  • Argentina (1999 - 2010)

Matías Almeyda

Born: December 21, 1973
Position: Defensive Midfielder

Clubs
  • River Plate (1991 - 1996)
  • Sevilla (1996 - 1997)
  • Lazio (1997 - 2000)
  • Parma (2000 - 2002)
  • Inter Milan (2002 - 2004)
  • Brescia (2004 - 2005)
  • Quilmes (2005)
  • Lyn (2007)
  • Fénix (2009)
  • River Plate (2009 - 2011)
National Team
  • Argentina (1996 - 2003)

Osvaldo Ardiles

Born: August 3, 1952
Position: Central Midfielder

Clubs
  • Instituto de Córdoba (1973)
  • Belgrano (1974)
  • Huracán (1975 - 1978)
  • Tottenham Hotspur (1978 - 1988)
  • Blackburn Rovers (1988)
  • Queens Park Rangers (1988 - 1989)
  • Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (1989)
  • Swindon Town (1989 - 1991)
National Team
  • Argentina (1975 - 1982)

Pablo Aimar

Born: November 3, 1979
Position: Attacking Midfielder

Clubs
  • River Plate (1996 - 2000)
  • Valencia (2001 - 2006)
  • Zaragoza (2006 - 2008)
  • Benfica (2008 - 2013)
  • Johor Darul Takzim (2013 - 2014)
National Team
  • U17 (1995)
  • U20 (1997)
  • Argentina (1999 - 2009)

Rogelio Funes Mori

Born: March 5, 1991
Position: Striker

Clubs
  • River Plate (2009 - 2013)
  • Benfica (2013 - present)
National Team
  • U20 (2011)
  • Argentina (2012 - present)

Sergio Agüero

Born: June 2, 1988
Position: Striker

Clubs
  • Independiente (2003 - 2006)
  • Atlético Madrid (2006 - 2011)
  • Manchester City (2011 - present)
National Team
  • U17 (2004)
  • U20 (2005 - 2007)
  • Argentina (2006 - present)

Ubaldo Fillol

Born: July 21, 1950
Position: Goalkeeper

Clubs
  • Quilmes AC (1965 - 1971)
  • Racing Club (1972 - 1973)
  • River Plate (1974 - 1983)
  • Argentinos Juniors (1983)
  • Flamengo (1984 - 1985)
  • Atlético Madrid (1985 - 1986)
  • Racing Club (1986 - 1989)
  • Vélez Sársfield (1989 - 1991)
National Team
  • Argentina (1974 - 1985)

These were the most famous soccer players from Argentina. It would be safe to say that Argentina, with the consistent high standard that it has maintained through the decades, will definitely give us many more greats as the years go by. For now, let's just enjoy the likes of Messi and Co. dazzle everyone with their play on the pitch.
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