Argentine

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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 1 Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
79
Listed In: Sportspersons
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 Che Guevara

Che Guevara
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
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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 3 Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona
43
Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 4 Manu Ginóbili

Manu Ginóbili
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bahía Blanca
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 Lali Espósito

Lali Espósito
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer
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.

 6 Pope Francis

Pope Francis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: 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.

 7 Sergio Agüero

Sergio Agüero
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
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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 8 Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: November 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Laguna Larga

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. 

 9 Evita Peron

Evita Peron
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Toldos, Argentina
Died: July 26, 1952

 10 Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet & Short Story Writer
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.

 11 Gabriel Batistuta

Gabriel Batistuta
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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

 12 Alfredo Di Stéfano

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

 13 Stephanie Beatriz

Stephanie Beatriz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Neuquén, Neuquén, Argentina

Stephanie Beatriz is an Argentine-American actress who became popular after playing Detective Rosa Diaz in the long-running police procedural TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. An openly bisexual actress who also identifies as queer, Stephanie Beatriz serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.

 14 Ángel Di María

Ángel Di María
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
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.

 15 Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
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.

 16 Juan Martín del Potro

Juan Martín del Potro
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tandil, Argentina

 17 Emiliano Sala

Emiliano Sala
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
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.

 18 Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 19 Wanda Nara

Wanda Nara
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Famous As: Model & Wife of Mauro Icardi
Birthdate: December 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boulogne Sur Mer

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.

 20 Diego Simeone

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

 21 Camila Morrone

Camila Morrone
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: June 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

Camila Morrone is an Argentine-American actress who has appeared in films like Never Goin' Back and Death Wish. She was honored at the 2019 San Diego International Film Festival with the Rising Star Award. Also a model, Morrone has been featured on the cover of Turkish Vogue.

 22 Martina Stoessel

Martina Stoessel
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress
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.

 23 Juan Perón

Juan Perón
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Argentina
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.

 24 Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Lorenzo, Santa Fe
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.

 25 Luisana Lopilato

Luisana Lopilato
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Luisana Lopilato is an Argentine actress, model, and singer. Lopilato, who started her career as a child model, went on to become the face of popular brands, such as Ultimo and Promesse. She then went on to establish herself as an actress, appearing in popular telenovelas like Alguien que me quiera.

 26 Papu Gómez

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

 27 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Argentina
Birthdate: February 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Plata
Lawyer-turned-politician Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is the incumbent vice president of Argentina. She had previously served as the president of her country and the national senator of Buenos Aires. Cristina became the first directly elected lady Argentine president, though her presidency was riddled with corruption scandals and protests.

 28 Mauricio Macri

Mauricio Macri
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Current President of Argentina
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.

 29 Julie Gonzalo

Julie Gonzalo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lanús Oeste, Argentina

Julie Gonzalo is an Argentine-American actress who achieved popularity after portraying Pamela Rebecca Barnes in the popular television soap opera, Dallas. After starting her career as a model, Gonzalo went on to establish herself in the film and TV industry, sharing on-screen space with popular personalities like Tori Spelling, Lindsay Lohan, Chad Michael Murray, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Hilary Duff.

 30 Gabriela Sabatini

Gabriela Sabatini
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 31 Marcos Rojo

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

 32 Mauricio Pochettino

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

 33 Nicolás Otamendi

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

 34 Marcos Maidana

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

 35 Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

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

 36 Gaspar Noé

Gaspar Noé
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: December 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 37 Juan Manuel Fangio

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

 38 Santiago Solari

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

 39 Juan Pablo Di Pace

Juan Pablo Di Pace
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Model
Birthdate: July 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

 40 Éver Banega

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

 41 Diego Schwartzman

Diego Schwartzman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 42 Jae-hyung Park

Jae-hyung Park
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
Korean-American artist Park Jae-hyung gained fame as a vocalist and electric guitarist of the South Korean rock band Day6. He had initially made it to the final six of the singing reality show K-pop Star. He also owns a popular YouTube channel, JaeSix, later named eaJ, and a podcast.

 43 Willy Caballero

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

 44 Chris de Burgh

Chris de Burgh
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Fe

 45 Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: pianist
Birthdate: June 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

 46 Javier Saviola

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

 47 Violet Jessop

Violet Jessop
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: October 2, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Died: May 5, 1971

 48 Pablo Zabaleta

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

 49 Ángel Correa

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

 50 Paz Lenchantin

Paz Lenchantin
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
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.