Famous Argentine Men

Ask anyone to define Argentina by a few names today and almost instantly the answer would be Lionel Messi, Pope Francis, Diego Maradona, Che Guevara, Carlos Gardel, and so on - that’s the kind of impact Argentine men have left on the world. Belonging to the land of diversely spectacular landscapes and scenic waterfalls, Argentina is one of the most striking countries in South America. Though the land is famous for its food, wine and festival, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to talking about the country. It is its people, or Argentines who have contributed immensely to help the country bag a popular place in the world. While both men and women have excessively impacted the country rich culture and heritage, many a times, Argentine men take an upper hand.

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Lionel Messi
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Lionel Messi
412
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.

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Diego Maradona
(One of the Greatest Football Players in the History of the Sport)
Diego Maradona
202
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.

 3 
Manu Ginóbili
(Argentine Former Professional Basketball Player Who Played at the ‘Shooting Guard' Position)
Manu Ginóbili
53
Birthdate: July 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Argentine-Italian former basketball player Manu Ginóbili became one of two players in history to have won the EuroLeague title, the NBA championship, and an Olympic gold medal. The four-time NBA champion has had a 23-season stint with the NBA team San Antonio Spurs. He is also an Italian League champion.
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 4 
Alfredo Di Stéfano
(Argentine Professional Footballer and Coach Who Played as a Forward)
Alfredo Di Stéfano
42
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.

 5 
Sergio Agüero
(Argentine Former Professional Football Player Who Played as a Striker)
Sergio Agüero
113
Birthdate: June 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentine footballer and Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero was the youngest footballer of the Argentine Primera División, at 15. From scoring two goals in the semi-final to help Argentina win the 2008 Olympic gold medal, to being the fourth-highest goal-scorer of Premier League, he has many feats to his credit.
 6 
Paulo Dybala
(Argentine Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Forward)
Paulo Dybala
76
Birthdate: November 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Laguna Larga, Argentina

Argentine professional footballer Paulo Dybala currently plays for football club Juventus and the Argentina national team. He plays as a forward and is known for his creative style of play, pace, talent, and technique. Revered for his playing skills, he is considered one of the world's most valuable players. He loves tattoos and has many on his body. 

 7 
Ángel Di María
(One of the Greatest Argentine Football Players of All Time)
Ángel Di María
62
Birthdate: February 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Ángel Di María is an Argentine football player. An important member of the Argentina national team, Ángel Di María helped Argentina win a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics by scoring the only goal of the gold medal match against Nigeria at the 58th minute of the match. Ángel Di María has also represented Argentina at three FIFA World Cups.

 8 
Javier Zanetti
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Defensive Midfielder)
Javier Zanetti
13
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.

 9 
Mauro Icardi
(Argentine Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Mauro Icardi
54
Birthdate: February 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Argentine footballer, Mauro Icard,i plays as a striker for Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint-Germain, and the Argentina national team. He began playing football as a boy and made his senior debut in 2012. He is known for his excellent attacking movement, positioning, and eye for goal. His marriage to a teammate’s ex-wife is a subject of controversy.

 10 
Emiliano Sala
(Argentine Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Emiliano Sala
52
Birthdate: October 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cululú, Argentina
Died: January 21, 2019

Emiliano Sala was an Argentine football player who played for prominent French clubs like Bordeaux and Nantes. He was renowned for his powerful strike and eye for goal. In 2019, he was included in the Nantes Team of the Decade. Emiliano Sala died in a plane crash on 21 January 2019. His body was recovered four days after the crash.

 11 
Jorge Luis Borges
(Short Story Writer & Essayist Best Known for His Books 'Ficciones' & 'El Aleph')
Jorge Luis Borges
49
Birthdate: August 24, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: June 14, 1986

Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine essayist, poet, short-story writer, and translator. An important figure in Spanish-language literature, Jorge Luis Borges' works have contributed immensely to fantasy and the philosophical literature genre. It is also said that his works, which incorporated themes like labyrinths, dreams, and mythology, marked the beginning of 20th-century Latin American literature's magic realist movement.

 12 
Diego Simeone
(Former Argentine Football Midfielder and Current Football Manager of 'Atlético Madrid')
Diego Simeone
27
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.

 13 
Nicolás Otamendi
(Argentine Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre Back)
Nicolás Otamendi
23
Birthdate: February 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.

 14 
Marcelo Bielsa
(Argentine Professional Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Defender)
Marcelo Bielsa
29
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.

 15 
Juan Manuel Fangio
(Argentine Race Car Driver Who Won the World Drivers' Championship Five Times)
Juan Manuel Fangio
12
Birthdate: June 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Balcarce, Buenos Aires 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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Javier Mascherano
(Argentine Professional Football Coach and Former Center-Back / Defensive Midfielder)
Javier Mascherano
14
Birthdate: June 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Lorenzo, Argentina
Nicknamed “el Jefecito,” Argentine footballer Javier Mascherano played for West Ham United and then Liverpool. After joining Barcelona, he turned from a defensive midfielder to full central defender and won five La Ligas and two UEFA Champions Leagues, among others. He has also won two Summer Olympic golds for Argentina.
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Juan Pablo Di Pace
(Actor, Film actor, Model)
Juan Pablo Di Pace
13
Birthdate: July 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

Juan Pablo Di Pace is an Argentine singer and actor best known for his portrayal of Jesus Christ in the American biblical drama television series A.D. The Bible Continues, which earned him a couple of MovieGuide Awards in 2016. Juan Pablo Di Pace is also renowned for his theatre work in the UK and Spain.

 18 
Leandro Paredes
(Argentine Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defensive Midfielder)
Leandro Paredes
16
Birthdate: June 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Justo, Argentina
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 19 
Daniel Barenboim
(Pianist, Conductor, Music director)
Daniel Barenboim
12
Birthdate: November 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

Daniel Barenboim is a pianist and conductor currently serving as the general music director of the Berlin State Opera and the Staatskapelle Berlin. He has previously been the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and La Scala in Milan. He is a recipient of Spain's Prince of Asturias Concord Award among others.

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Ángel Correa
(Argentine Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward and Winger)
Ángel Correa
15
Birthdate: March 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Éver Banega
(Argentine Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Central Midfielder)
Éver Banega
18
Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Julio Cortazar
(Novelist & Translator)
Julio Cortazar
10
Birthdate: August 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
Died: February 12, 1984

Julio Cortázar was an Argentine novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Counted among the founders of a literary movement called the Latin American Boom, Cortázar is credited with influencing a generation of Spanish-speaking writers and readers in Europe and America. He is also regarded as one of the most innovative authors of his time.

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Diego Milito
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker and Manager)
Diego Milito
9
Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bernal, Argentina
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 24 
José de San Martín
(Military Leader, Politician)
José de San Martín
20
Birthdate: February 25, 1778
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yapeyú
Died: August 17, 1850

José de San Martín was an Argentine general who played an important role in the Spanish American wars of independence. San Martín is considered a national hero of Peru and Argentina. The Order of the Liberator General San Martín, the highest honor conferred by the government of Argentina, was created in his honor.

 25 
Pope Francis
(Pope, Head of the Catholic church (Since 2013))
Pope Francis
80
Birthdate: December 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pope Francis is the sovereign of the Vatican City and head of the Catholic Church. He is the first Jesuit pope and first non-European pope since Pope Gregory III. Often praised for having a comparatively less formal approach, Pope Francis is popular for his humility, international visibility, and concern for the poor.

 26 
Pablo Zabaleta
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Right Back)
Pablo Zabaleta
7
Birthdate: January 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 27 
Mario Kempes
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker / Attacking Midfielder)
Mario Kempes
10
Birthdate: July 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bell Ville, Argentina
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Juan Román Riquelme
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Defensive Midfielder)
Juan Román Riquelme
10
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.

 29 
René Gerónimo Favaloro
(Cardiovascular Surgeon)
René Gerónimo Favaloro
9
Birthdate: July 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina
Died: July 29, 2000

René Gerónimo Favaloro was an Argentine educator and cardiac surgeon. He is best remembered for his work on coronary artery bypass surgery. Favaloro is credited with establishing the Favaloro Foundation in an attempt to emulate Cleveland Clinic. He is also credited with founding the Basic Investigation Laboratory, which was financed with his own money.

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Gustavo Santaolalla
(Film Score Composer Known for His Collaboration with Acclaimed Director 'Alejandro González Iñárritu')
Gustavo Santaolalla
4
Birthdate: August 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ciudad Jardín Lomas del Palomar, Argentina

Legendary Argentine rockstar Gustavo Santaolalla started his career as the founder of the band Arco Iris. He is also an Academy Award-winning film composer and has composed for iconic movies such as Brokeback Mountain, Babel, and The Motorcycle Diaries. He has also been named to the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Maxi Rodríguez
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer)
Maxi Rodríguez
8
Birthdate: January 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 32 
Esteban Cambiasso
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Esteban Cambiasso
12
Birthdate: August 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 33 
Guillermo Vilas
(Legendary Argentine Tennis Player and Former World Number 1 in Singles)
Guillermo Vilas
3
Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mar del Plata, Argentina

Part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, legendary Argentine tennis player Guillermo Vilas is a former world number 1 in singles. His wins include 2 Australian Open titles, 1 French Open, and 1 US Open. The 2020 Netflix documentary Guillermo Vilas: Settling the Score was based on his life.

 34 
Gustavo Cerati
(One of the Most Important and Influential Figures of Ibero-American Rock)
Gustavo Cerati
5
Birthdate: August 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina
Died: September 4, 2014

Gustavo Cerati was one of the finest South American singers and one of the pioneers of Ibero-American rock. He headed the popular pop-rock trio Soda Stereo and later also penned lyrics and recorded for artists such as Shakira. He died at age 55, after a stroke and a 4-year coma.

 35 
Lucas Matthysse
(Argentine Former Professional Boxer)
Lucas Matthysse
2
Birthdate: September 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trelew, Argentina
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 36 
Leonardo Nam
(Actor)
Leonardo Nam
3
Birthdate: November 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Korean-origin Argentine-Australian actor Leonardo Nam is best remembered for his role as Morimoto in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. In his initial days in New York, he worked in bars and slept on pavements, before bagging his breakthrough role in The Perfect Score.

 37 
Neal Maupay
(French Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Neal Maupay
8
Birthdate: August 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Versailles, Yvelines Versailles, France
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 38 
Ástor Piazzolla
(Former Composer remembered best for pioneering the classical and jazz-influenced Argentine nuevo tango music genre)
Ástor Piazzolla
5
Birthdate: March 11, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mar Del Plata, Argentina
Died: July 4, 1992
 39 
Gerónimo Rulli
(Argentine Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Gerónimo Rulli
3
Birthdate: May 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 40 
Néstor Kirchner
(Lawyer, Politician)
Néstor Kirchner
11
Birthdate: February 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Río Gallegos
Died: October 27, 2010

Néstor Kirchner was an Argentine politician and lawyer best remembered for his service as the President of Argentina from 25 May 2003 to 10 December 2007. He also served as the Governor of Santa Cruz from 1991 to 2003. Kirchner, who had a great impact on Argentine politics, played a key role in the economic and foreign policies of Argentina.

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Carlos Gardel
(One the Most Popular Tango Singer of All Time)
Carlos Gardel
6
Birthdate: December 11, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toulouse, France
Died: June 24, 1935

Carlos Gardel was a French Argentine composer, singer-songwriter, and actor. Widely regarded as the most important personality in the history of tango, Gardel is the world's most famous tango singer of all time. Remembered for his baritone voice, Gardel is often referred to as The King of Tango. His life inspired the 1939 musical film, The Life of Carlos Gardel.

 42 
Mauro Zarate
(Argentine Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Mauro Zarate
3
Birthdate: March 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Haedo, Argentina
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 43 
Mateo Musacchio
(Argentine Footballer Who Plays as a Central Defender)
Mateo Musacchio
4
Birthdate: August 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 44 
Mauro Camoranesi
(Italian Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Right Midfielder / Right Winger)
Mauro Camoranesi
3
Birthdate: October 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tandil, Argentina
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Carlos Tevez
(Argentine Football Manager and Former Forward )
Carlos Tevez
20
Birthdate: February 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ciudadela, Argentina

Carlos Tevez is an Argentine footballer who helped his national team win a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. At the same event, Tevez won the Golden Boot, having scored eight goals in the tournament. With three South American Footballer of the Year awards under his belt, Tevez is one of the best Argentine footballers of his generation.

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Martín Palermo
(Argentine Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Striker)
Martín Palermo
4
Birthdate: November 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 47 
Juan Perón
(President of Argentina)
Juan Perón
24
Birthdate: October 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lobos
Died: July 1, 1974
Juan Perón, the Argentine president who reigned first from 1946 to 1955 and then from 1973 to 1974, established the movement known as Peronism, now known as Justicialism. Both he and his wife, Evita, became icons for the working class. His critics, however, termed him a dictator.
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Paulo Londra
(Rapper)
Paulo Londra
7
Birthdate: April 12, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cordoba

Paulo Londra is an Argentine rapper, composer, and singer. One of the most popular Argentine rappers of the current generation, Londra has been producing highly successful music that has topped Argentine charts. Over the course of his career, Paulo Londra has won several prestigious awards, such as Gardel Awards and MTV Millennial Award.

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Gabriel Batistuta
(One of the Greatest Football Strikers of All Time)
Gabriel Batistuta
24
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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Alejandro Rey
(Argentine-American Actor and Television Director )
Alejandro Rey
2
Birthdate: February 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: May 21, 1987
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

Be it the revolutionary Che Guevara the face of counterculture and revolutionary movement in the world across or Lionel Messi the heartthrob of soccer lovers, religious icon and devout Catholic Pope Francis or political leader and current President Mauricio Marci, Argentine men have helped the country make a strong footprint on the world map. Explore this segment and update yourself with the life and works of famous Argentine men.