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Ask anyone to round up the best things that Argentina has to offer, and he/she will rattle away things like wine, beef, gauchos, Andes, tango, and football. While there is no denying that these are indeed some of the greatest USPs of the country, there is definitely more to the country than its dance, food, and mountains. The real treasure of Argentina is its wealth of talents — its long list of eminent men and women who have contributed immensely to earn Argentina a coveted status in the world. Without them, the country would not have held the prized place it holds today. Unless you have been living under the rock, you will be no stranger to names like Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Pope Francis, Che Guevara, Carlos Gardel, and Luis Federico Leloir. From world-famous soccer players to Nobel prize winners and from renowned scribes to avant-garde scientists, Argentina can claim to have produced some truly outstanding men and women. Read on to know all about the famous Argentines in the biographies below that trails their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts.
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Lionel Messi
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Lionel Messi
196
Listed In: Sportspersons
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
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Diego Maradona
(Football Player)
Diego Maradona
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Manu Ginóbili
(Argentine Former Professional Basketball Player Who Played at the ‘Shooting Guard' Position)
Manu Ginóbili
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Lali Espósito
(Pop Singer-Songwriter And Part Of The Band 'Teen Angels')
Lali Espósito
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentine actor-singer Lali Espósito initially soared to fame as a child actor with the telenovela Rincón de Luz and then played a lead role in the teen series Casi Angeles. She is best known for her gold-certified album Brava. She supports abortion rights and is also associated with children’s charities.

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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.

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Sergio Agüero
(Footballer)
Sergio Agüero
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.
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Paulo Dybala
(Football Player)
Paulo Dybala
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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. 

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Jorge Luis Borges
(Short Story Writer & Essayist Best Known for His Books 'Ficciones' & 'El Aleph')
Jorge Luis Borges
13
Listed In: Writers
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Juan Martín del Potro
(Argentine Professional Tennis Player)
Juan Martín del Potro
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
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. 

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Evita Peron
(Actress, First Lady of Argentina (1946-52))
Evita Peron
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Toldos, Argentina
Died: July 26, 1952

Evita Peron was an Argentine actress, activist, politician, and philanthropist. She is best remembered for her service as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952. She also served as the President of a political party called Female Peronist Party. A staunch philanthropist, Evita Peron was the president of the Eva Perón Foundation, which operated from 1948 to 1955.

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Ángel Di María
(Footballer)
Ángel Di María
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Mauro Icardi
(Footballer)
Mauro Icardi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Marcelo Bielsa
(Football Manager)
Marcelo Bielsa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Emiliano Sala
(Footballer)
Emiliano Sala
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Wanda Nara
(Actress)
Wanda Nara
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Birthdate: December 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Wanda Nara is the wife of Argentine footballer Mauro Icardi. She previously came under the spotlight for cheating on her former husband, footballer Maxi Lopez. She has been a performer on revues such as Humor en Custodia and shows such as Tiki Taka - Il calcio è il nostro gioco.

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Martina Stoessel
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 21, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Better known as Tini, Argentine actor-singer Martina Stoessel is the daughter of director-producer Alejandro Stoessel. Fans loved her award-winning performance in the Disney telenovela Violetta, which catapulted her to international fame. She made her musical debut with a chart-topping album and now makes music aided by her father’s production.

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Javier Zanetti
(Football player)
Javier Zanetti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Gabriela Sabatini
(One of the Leading Tennis Players of Her Generation)
Gabriela Sabatini
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
10
Birthdate: May 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

The queen consort of the Netherlands, Queen Máxima is the daughter of Argentine politician Jorge Zorreguieta. She initially worked in the sales departments of HDFC and Deutsche Bank. She apparently didn’t know she was meeting a prince when she met her husband, King Willem-Alexander, at the Seville Spring Fair.

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Mauricio Macri
(President of Argentina (2015-19))
Mauricio Macri
6
Listed In: Leaders
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
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Nicolás Otamendi
(Association football player)
Nicolás Otamendi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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 Pablo Di Pace
(Actor, Film actor, Model)
Juan Pablo Di Pace
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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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Juan Perón
(President of Argentina)
Juan Perón
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Willy Caballero
(Association football player)
Willy Caballero
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Elena, Entre Ríos Santa Elena, Argentina
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Sergio Romero
(Association football player)
Sergio Romero
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Martha Argerich
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
 32 
Gaspar Noé
(Director best known for his acclaimed but highly controversial 2002 film Irreversible)
Gaspar Noé
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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
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Margarita, Argentina
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Éver Banega
(Association football player)
Éver Banega
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario
 36 
Pablo Zabaleta
(Former Footballer who Played as a Right Back.)
Pablo Zabaleta
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Javier Pastore
(Association football player)
Javier Pastore
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Córdoba
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Papu Gómez
(Football player)
Papu Gómez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
 39 
Paz Lenchantin
(Bass Guitarist, Vocalist and Violinist of the Alternative Rock Band 'Pixies')
Paz Lenchantin
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mar del Plata, Argentina
Argentine-born American musician and Pixies member Paz Lenchantin was born to a classical pianist father and had started training in the violin and other instruments as a child. The camera-shy artist is known for her eccentricities, such as buying a truck and driving it around Louisville. 
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Violet Jessop
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 2, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Died: May 5, 1971
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Leandro Paredes
(Association football player)
Leandro Paredes
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Justo
 42 
Diego Milito
(Football - Striker for Argentina)
Diego Milito
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bernal, Argentina
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Daniel Barenboim
(Pianist, Conductor, Music director)
Daniel Barenboim
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Listed In: Musicians
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
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosario
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Linda Cristal
(Argentine Actress)
Linda Cristal
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Birthdate: February 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Died: June 27, 2020

Linda Cristal was an Argentine actress remembered for playing important roles in Western films. She then proved her versatility by winning awards for portraying interesting characters in comedy films, such as The Perfect Furlough, which earned her a Golden Globe Award. Also known for her work on TV, Cristal received two Emmy nominations for her performance in The High Chaparral.

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Javier Mascherano
(Football Player)
Javier Mascherano
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Alberto Ammann
(Famous for his Goya Award-winning performance as Juan the prison guard in a 2009 Spanish film titled Cell 21)
Alberto Ammann
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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.

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Mario Kempes
(Argentina Former Football Player)
Mario Kempes
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bell Ville, Argentina
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Julio Cortazar
(Novelist & Translator)
Julio Cortazar
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Listed In: Writers
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.