Famous Argentine Men

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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
196
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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Che Guevara
(Revolutionary)
Che Guevara
143
Birthdate: June 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Died: October 9, 1967

Argentine Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara, was a major figure of the Cuban Revolution. A physician by profession, he developed radical views upon witnessing the injustices in the world and joined Fidel Castro’s revolutionary 26th of July Movement. Assassinated in 1967, he remains both a revered and reviled historical figure.

 3 
Diego Maradona
(Football Player)
Diego Maradona
98
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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 4 
Manu Ginóbili
(Argentine Former Professional Basketball Player Who Played at the ‘Shooting Guard' Position)
Manu Ginóbili
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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.
 5 
Pope Francis
(Pope, Head of the Catholic church (Since 2013))
Pope Francis
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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.

 6 
Sergio Agüero
(Footballer)
Sergio Agüero
46
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.
 7 
Paulo Dybala
(Football Player)
Paulo Dybala
32
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. 

 8 
Jorge Luis Borges
(Short Story Writer & Essayist Best Known for His Books 'Ficciones' & 'El Aleph')
Jorge Luis Borges
13
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.

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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.

 10 
Juan Martín del Potro
(Argentine Professional Tennis Player)
Juan Martín del Potro
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Birthdate: September 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tandil, Argentina

Juan Martín del Potro is an Argentine tennis player best known for winning the 2009 US Open after defeating Roger Federer in the final. He also helped his team win the prestigious Davis Cup in 2016. One of the greatest Argentine players of all time, Juan Martín del Potro also won Olympic bronze and silver in 2012 and 2016 respectively. 

 11 
Ángel Di María
(Footballer)
Ángel Di María
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Birthdate: February 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rosario

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.

 12 
Mauro Icardi
(Footballer)
Mauro Icardi
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Birthdate: February 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosario

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.

 13 
Marcelo Bielsa
(Football Manager)
Marcelo Bielsa
11
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.

 14 
Emiliano Sala
(Footballer)
Emiliano Sala
16
Birthdate: October 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cululú, Santa Fe
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.

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Gonzalo Higuain
(Football player)
Gonzalo Higuain
10
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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Diego Simeone
(Former Argentine Football Midfielder and Current Football Manager of 'Atlético Madrid' )
Diego Simeone
8
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.

 17 
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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Mauricio Macri
(President of Argentina (2015-19))
Mauricio Macri
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Birthdate: February 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tandil, Argentina
Son of Italian-Argentine businessman Franco Macri, Mauricio Macri had been a Boca Juniors president before becoming the president of Argentina. Interestingly, he was once kidnapped by corrupt police officers and released only after his father paid a ransom worth $6 million, an event that led him to join politics.
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Juan Manuel Fangio
(Entrepreneur, Formula One driver, Racecar driver)
Juan Manuel Fangio
4
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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Juan Pablo Di Pace
(Actor, Film actor, Model)
Juan Pablo Di Pace
5
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.

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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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Juan Perón
(President of Argentina)
Juan Perón
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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.
 23 
Willy Caballero
(Association football player)
Willy Caballero
3
Birthdate: September 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Elena, Entre Ríos Santa Elena, Argentina
 24 
Sergio Romero
(Association football player)
Sergio Romero
7
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.

 25 
Gaspar Noé
(Director best known for his acclaimed but highly controversial 2002 film Irreversible)
Gaspar Noé
1
Birthdate: December 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gaspar Noé is an Argentine filmmaker best known for directing award-winning films such as I Stand Alone, Irréversible, Enter the Void, Climax, and Vortex. Over the course of his career, Gaspar Noé's films have been lauded in film festivals across the world.

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Gabriel Batistuta
(One of the Greatest Football Strikers of All Time)
Gabriel Batistuta
11
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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Marcos Maidana
(Boxer who competed from 2004 to 2014)
Marcos Maidana
3
Birthdate: July 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Margarita, Argentina
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Éver Banega
(Association football player)
Éver Banega
5
Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario
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Pablo Zabaleta
(Former Footballer who Played as a Right Back.)
Pablo Zabaleta
0
Birthdate: January 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
 30 
Javier Pastore
(Association football player)
Javier Pastore
3
Birthdate: June 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Córdoba
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Papu Gómez
(Football player)
Papu Gómez
5
Birthdate: February 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
 32 
Leandro Paredes
(Association football player)
Leandro Paredes
4
Birthdate: June 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Justo
 33 
Diego Milito
(Football - Striker for Argentina)
Diego Milito
2
Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bernal, Argentina
 34 
Daniel Barenboim
(Pianist, Conductor, Music director)
Daniel Barenboim
5
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
(Association football player)
Ángel Correa
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Birthdate: March 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosario
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Javier Mascherano
(Football Player)
Javier Mascherano
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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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José de San Martín
(Military Leader, Politician)
José de San Martín
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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.

 38 
Alberto Ammann
(Famous for his Goya Award-winning performance as Juan the prison guard in a 2009 Spanish film titled Cell 21)
Alberto Ammann
0
Birthdate: October 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Córdoba, Argentina

Alberto Ammann is an Argentine actor renowned for his versatality. He has played a variety of roles in television, films, and theater. His portrayal of Juan in the 2009 prison film Cell 211 earned him the prestigious Goya Award under the Best New Actor category. Ammann is also known for portraying Pacho Herrera in the popular crime drama series Narcos.

 39 
Julio Cortazar
(Novelist & Translator)
Julio Cortazar
4
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.

 40 
Mario Kempes
(Argentina Former Football Player)
Mario Kempes
1
Birthdate: July 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bell Ville, Argentina
 41 
René Gerónimo Favaloro
(Cardiovascular Surgeon)
René Gerónimo Favaloro
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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.

 42 
Maxi López
(Football - Forwarder for Argentina)
Maxi López
4
Birthdate: April 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina
 43 
Pablo Aimar
(Football Attacking midfielder)
Pablo Aimar
1
Birthdate: November 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Río Cuarto, Argentina
 44 
Luka Romero
(Football Attacking Midfielder)
Luka Romero
2
Birthdate: November 18, 2004
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Durango City, Mexico
 45 
Neal Maupay
(Football player)
Neal Maupay
0
Birthdate: August 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Versailles, Yvelines Versailles, France
 46 
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
5
Birthdate: October 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rosario
 48 
Sebastián Rulli
(Actor, Model)
Sebastián Rulli
2
Birthdate: July 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
 49 
Paulo Gazzaniga
(Association football player)
Paulo Gazzaniga
1
Birthdate: January 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murphy, Santa Fe
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Lucas Matthysse
0
Birthdate: September 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trelew, Argentina

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.