Famous Argentine Sportspersons

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Lionel Messi
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Lionel Messi
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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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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.
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Sergio Agüero
(Argentine Former Professional Football Player Who Played as a Striker)
Sergio Agüero
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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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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. 

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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.

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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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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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Diego Maradona
(One of the Greatest Football Players in the History of the Sport)
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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Marcelo Bielsa
(Argentine Professional Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Defender)
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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Paulo Dybala
(Argentine Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Forward)
Paulo Dybala
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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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Javier Zanetti
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Defensive Midfielder)
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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Emiliano Sala
(Footballer)
Emiliano Sala
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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Marcos Maidana
(Boxer who competed from 2004 to 2014)
Marcos Maidana
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Birthdate: July 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Margarita, Argentina
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Pablo Zabaleta
(Former Footballer who Played as a Right Back.)
Pablo Zabaleta
4
Birthdate: January 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, 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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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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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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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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Juan Román Riquelme
(Argentine Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Defensive Midfielder)
Juan Román Riquelme
5
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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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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Javier Pastore
(Association football player)
Javier Pastore
5
Birthdate: June 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Córdoba
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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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Diego Schwartzman
(Argentine Tennis Player Who Has Been a World Number 8 in Singles)
Diego Schwartzman
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Birthdate: August 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman has been a world number 8 in singles and 39 in doubles. With a height of 5’ 7”, he is considered shorter than most of his peers but is known for his control and timing on the field. He is fond of the clay court.

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Guillermo Vilas
(Legendary Argentine Tennis Player and Former World Number 1 in Singles)
Guillermo Vilas
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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.

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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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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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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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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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Pablo Aimar
(Football Attacking midfielder)
Pablo Aimar
5
Birthdate: November 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Río Cuarto, Argentina
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Carlos Tevez
(Argentine Professional Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Forward)
Carlos Tevez
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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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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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Marcos Rojo
(Football player)
Marcos Rojo
5
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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Lucas Matthysse
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Birthdate: September 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trelew, Argentina
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Javier Saviola
(Footballer)
Javier Saviola
5
Birthdate: December 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Maxi López
(Football - Forwarder for Argentina)
Maxi López
5
Birthdate: April 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina
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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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Mauricio Pellegrino
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Mauricio Pellegrino
4
Birthdate: October 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Leones
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Rogelio Funes Mori
(Footballer Striker)
Rogelio Funes Mori
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Birthdate: March 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mendoza, Argentina
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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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Maxi Rodríguez
(Association football player)
Maxi Rodríguez
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Birthdate: January 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rosario
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Santiago Solari
(Association football player)
Santiago Solari
4
Birthdate: October 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rosario
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Ezequiel Lavezzi
(Footballer)
Ezequiel Lavezzi
5
Birthdate: May 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Villa Gobernador Gálvez

Ezequiel Lavezzi is an Argentine retired football player best known for his association with Paris Saint-Germain where he won two Coupes de la Ligue, three Ligue 1 championships, and one Coupe de France. He was also an important player for his national team. Ezequiel Lavezzi helped his team win the Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.