Famous 20th Century Argentine Sportspersons

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Alfredo Di Stéfano
(Argentine Professional Footballer and Coach Who Played as a Forward)
Alfredo Di Stéfano
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Birthdate: July 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barracas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: July 7, 2014

Alfredo Di Stéfano was an Argentine-born Spanish football player and coach. Counted among the greatest football players of all time, Di Stéfano is remembered for his association with Real Madrid, where he played a major role in the club's domination of La Liga and the European Cup during the 1950s. In 2004, he was included in Pele’s FIFA 100 list.

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Diego Maradona
(Football Player)
Diego Maradona
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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.

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Javier Zanetti
(Football player)
Javier Zanetti
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Birthdate: August 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Javier Zanetti is an Argentine retired professional football player. He is best known for his contribution to Inter Milan's successful 2009–10 season, during which the club achieved a treble. Counted among the greatest players of his generation, Javier Zanetti also helped his national football team win a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

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

Juan Manuel Fangio was an Argentine race car driver who dominated the first 10 years of Formula One racing. He won the World Drivers' Championship on five occasions, a record which was broken by Michael Schumacher after 46 years. Juan Manuel Fangio is also the only Argentine racer to have won the prestigious Argentine Grand Prix.

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Gabriel Batistuta
(One of the Greatest Football Strikers of All Time)
Gabriel Batistuta
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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
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Mario Kempes
(Argentina Former Football Player)
Mario Kempes
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Birthdate: July 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bell Ville, Argentina
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Marcelo Bielsa
(Football Manager)
Marcelo Bielsa
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Birthdate: July 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

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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Diego Simeone
(Former Argentine Football Midfielder and Current Football Manager of 'Atlético Madrid' )
Diego Simeone
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Birthdate: April 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Diego Simeone is an Argentine former football player who was part of the silver medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. An important player for his country, Simeone also represented Argentina at the 1994, 1998, and 2002 World Cups. Simeone also won two Copa América titles for Argentina. He is currently serving as the coach of Atlético Madrid.

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Gonzalo Higuain
(Football player)
Gonzalo Higuain
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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.

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Guillermo Vilas
(Tennis player, No. 1 of the Grand Prix seasons in 1974, 1975 and 1977)
Guillermo Vilas
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Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mar del Plata, Argentina
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Gabriela Sabatini
(One of the Leading Tennis Players of Her Generation)
Gabriela Sabatini
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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.

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

Sergio Romero is an Argentine football player and the most capped goalkeeper for the Argentine national team. Apart from representing his country at three Copa América tournaments and two FIFA World Cups so far, Sergio Romero also played for his national side at the 2008 Olympic Games where his team won the gold medal.

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Nicolás Otamendi
(Association football player)
Nicolás Otamendi
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Birthdate: February 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

Nicolás Otamendi is an Argentine football player best known for helping his national team win the 2021 Copa América in Brazil. He has also represented Argentina at two FIFA World Cups. Nicolás Otamendi has also helped Manchester City win two Premier League titles and one FA Cup. He has also won three successive Primeira Liga with Porto.

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Willy Caballero
(Association football player)
Willy Caballero
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Birthdate: September 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Elena, Entre Ríos Santa Elena, Argentina
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Pablo Zabaleta
(Former Footballer who Played as a Right Back.)
Pablo Zabaleta
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Birthdate: January 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Éver Banega
(Association football player)
Éver Banega
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Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario
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Papu Gómez
(Football player)
Papu Gómez
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Birthdate: February 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Juan Sebastián Verón
(Football player)
Juan Sebastián Verón
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Birthdate: March 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina
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Diego Milito
(Football - Striker for Argentina)
Diego Milito
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Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bernal, Argentina
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Javier Pastore
(Association football player)
Javier Pastore
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Birthdate: June 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Córdoba
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Leandro Paredes
(Association football player)
Leandro Paredes
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Birthdate: June 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Justo
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Ángel Correa
(Association football player)
Ángel Correa
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Birthdate: March 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosario
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Maxi López
(Football - Forwarder for Argentina)
Maxi López
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Birthdate: April 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina
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Javier Saviola
(Footballer)
Javier Saviola
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Birthdate: December 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Juan Román Riquelme
(Football player)
Juan Román Riquelme
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Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Fernando, Argentina

Juan Román Riquelme is an Argentine former football player best known for his association with Boca Juniors, winning 10 titles for the club. Counted among the greatest Argentine players ever, Riquelme led his team at the 2008 Olympics where they won the gold medal. Juan Román Riquelme is also widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation.

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Santiago Solari
(Association football player)
Santiago Solari
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Birthdate: October 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rosario
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Mauricio Pochettino
(Football manager, Former football central defender)
Mauricio Pochettino
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Birthdate: March 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Murphy, Argentina

Mauricio Pochettino is an Argentine former football player best known for helping Espanyol win their first trophy in six decades when he won the 2000 Copa del Rey. After retiring as a player, Mauricio Pochettino started his managerial career and is currently serving as the head coach of the popular Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.

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Pablo Aimar
(Football Attacking midfielder)
Pablo Aimar
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Birthdate: November 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Río Cuarto, Argentina
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Esteban Cambiasso
(Association football player)
Esteban Cambiasso
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Birthdate: August 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
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Carlos Monzon
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Birthdate: August 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Javier, Santa Fe, Argentina
Died: January 8, 1995
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Paulo Gazzaniga
(Association football player)
Paulo Gazzaniga
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Birthdate: January 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murphy, Santa Fe
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Marcos Rojo
(Football player)
Marcos Rojo
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Birthdate: March 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina

Argentine footballer Marcos Rojo is best known as the defender for Boca Juniors. He has previously represented Manchester United, winning many titles, such as the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. He is also known for his multiple tattoos and is married to lingerie model Eugenia Lusardo.

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Mauricio Pellegrino
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Mauricio Pellegrino
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Birthdate: October 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Leones
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Daniel Passarella
(Football player)
Daniel Passarella
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Birthdate: May 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chacabuco, Argentina
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Maxi Rodríguez
(Association football player)
Maxi Rodríguez
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Birthdate: January 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rosario
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Mauro Camoranesi
(Former footballer right midfielder or right winger position)
Mauro Camoranesi
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Birthdate: October 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tandil, Argentina
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Rodrigo Palacio
(Footballer Forward)
Rodrigo Palacio
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Birthdate: February 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bahía Blanca, Argentina
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Luis Scola
(Basketball player)
Luis Scola
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Birthdate: April 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

Former Argentine basketball player Luis Scola now serves as the CEO of the Italian team Pallacanestro Varese, after a successful 22-year career with the national team. The Olympic gold medalist also has one Pan American Games gold medal and 2 World Cup silver medals in his kitty.

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Gerónimo Rulli
(Association football player)
Gerónimo Rulli
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Birthdate: May 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: La Plata
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Giovanni Simeone
(Association football player)
Giovanni Simeone
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Birthdate: July 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
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Diego Perotti
(Association football player)
Diego Perotti
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Birthdate: July 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
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Mateo Musacchio
(Footballer)
Mateo Musacchio
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Birthdate: August 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
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Gerardo Martino
(Former Football player - Attacking midfielder and current manager of the Mexico national team)
Gerardo Martino
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Birthdate: November 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
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Osvaldo Ardiles
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Osvaldo Ardiles
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Birthdate: August 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bell Ville
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Nicolino Locche
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Birthdate: September 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tunuyan, Mendoza, Argentina
Died: September 7, 2005
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Gabriel Heinze
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Gabriel Heinze
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Birthdate: April 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crespo
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Omar Sivori
(Football player Forward)
Omar Sivori
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Birthdate: October 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Argentina
Died: February 17, 2005
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Erik Lamela
(Association football player)
Erik Lamela
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Birthdate: March 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Martín Palermo
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Martín Palermo
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Birthdate: November 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: La Plata
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Leonardo Ulloa
(Association football player)
Leonardo Ulloa
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Birthdate: July 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Río Negro Province