Famous 20th Century Argentine Sportspersons

Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Argentine Sportspersons, including Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Carlos Tevez, Paulo Dybala and Alfredo Di Stéfano.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Considered one of the best football players in the world and a prolific goal scorer, Lionel Messi has shattered and created numerous records in his playing career. Regarded by another soccer legend, Diego Maradona, as his successor, the Argentinian superstar is also one of the world’s highest paid athletes.

 2 Gabriel Batistuta

Gabriel Batistuta
9
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santa Fe Province, Argentina
Argentine former footballer Gabriel Batistuta, also known as “Batigol” and “El Ángel Gabriel,” has played for clubs such as Fiorentina and Roma. A powerful striker, he was Argentina's all-time leading goal-scorer until Lionel Messi broke his record. He is also the only footballer with two hat-tricks in separate World Cups

 3 Alfredo Di Stéfano

Alfredo Di Stéfano
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barracas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: July 7, 2014
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 4 Juan Manuel Fangio

Juan Manuel Fangio
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Formula One driver, Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Balcarce, Argentina
Died: July 17, 1995

 5 Javier Saviola

Javier Saviola
4
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 6 Mario Kempes

Mario Kempes
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bell Ville, Argentina

 7 Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa
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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: July 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario

Renowned football manager and the current head coach of Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa is best known for remarkably improving the performance of the players he coaches. As a manager, his high point arrived when he helped the Argentinean national team bag the 2004 Olympics gold medal and later guided the Chile’s national team to qualify for the 2010 world cup.

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 8 Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone
8
Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: April 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina

 9 Guillermo Vilas

Guillermo Vilas
5
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

 10 Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: October 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lanús, Argentina
Died: November 25, 2020

Nicknamed The Golden Boy, Diego Maradona is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. Thanks to his popularity and controversial personal life, which includes drug abuse issues and addiction to cocaine, Diego Maradona became a world-renowned counterculture icon. He was also an iconic figure in popular culture.

 11 Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: March 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Fe Province

 12 Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: December 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brest, Fracnce

Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, known as El Pipita or Pipa, has had an illustrious career, representing clubs such as Real Madrid, Juventus, and Chelsea. Apart from six league titles, he also won the UEFA Europa League. With his 36 goals in a single season in Naples, he equalled a record.

 13 Papu Gómez

Papu Gómez
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 14 Marcos Rojo

Marcos Rojo
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina

 15 Carlos Monzon

Carlos Monzon
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Javier, Santa Fe, Argentina
Died: January 8, 1995

 16 Gabriela Sabatini

Gabriela Sabatini
5
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gabriela Sabatini is an Argentine former professional tennis player. One of the leading female tennis players in the 1980s and 1990s, she amassed 41 titles, including the WTA Finals in 1988 and the 1990 US Open. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006. Also a businesswoman, she runs a line of fragrances.

 17 Nicolás Otamendi

Nicolás Otamendi
5
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

 18 Hernán Crespo

Hernán Crespo
5
Famous As: Football player, Football manager
Birthdate: July 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florida, Argentina

 19 Marcos Maidana

Marcos Maidana
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Fe

 20 Willy Caballero

Willy Caballero
5
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Elena, Entre Ríos Santa Elena, Argentina

 21 Éver Banega

Éver Banega
5
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario

 22 Santiago Solari

Santiago Solari
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rosario

 23 Javier Zanetti

Javier Zanetti
5
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 24 Daniel Passarella

Daniel Passarella
4
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chacabuco, Argentina

 25 Pablo Zabaleta

Pablo Zabaleta
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

 26 Juan Sebastián Verón

Juan Sebastián Verón
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina

 27 Ángel Correa

Ángel Correa
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosario

 28 Diego Milito

Diego Milito
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bernal, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 29 Juan Román Riquelme

Juan Román Riquelme
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Fernando, Argentina

 30 Leandro Paredes

Leandro Paredes
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Justo

 31 Javier Pastore

Javier Pastore
5
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Córdoba

 32 Esteban Cambiasso

Esteban Cambiasso
4
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

 33 Gerardo Martino

Gerardo Martino
4
Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valparaíso

 34 Gabriel Heinze

Gabriel Heinze
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: April 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crespo

 35 Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: October 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Leones

 36 Fernando Muslera

Fernando Muslera
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo

 37 Pablo Aimar

Pablo Aimar
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Argentina

 38 Nicolino Locche

Nicolino Locche
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tunuyan, Mendoza, Argentina
Died: September 7, 2005

 39 Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 40 Maxi Rodríguez

Maxi Rodríguez
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rosario

 41 Sergio Romero

Sergio Romero
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bernardo de Irigoyen

 42 Ezequiel Garay

Ezequiel Garay
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rosario

 43 Mauro Camoranesi

Mauro Camoranesi
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: October 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tandil

 44 Dani Osvaldo

Dani Osvaldo
5
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

 45 Maxi López

Maxi López
5
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina

 46 Rodrigo Palacio

Rodrigo Palacio
3
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bahía Blanca

 47 Fernando Redondo

Fernando Redondo
3
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Adrogué, Argentina

 48 Juan Antonio Pizzi

Juan Antonio Pizzi
3
Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: June 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chile

 49 Mateo Musacchio

Mateo Musacchio
3
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

 50 Osvaldo Ardiles

Osvaldo Ardiles
4
Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bell Ville