Uruguayan

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Squeezed between the European countries of Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay has always been deemed as an underdog by rest of the world. However, after thriving under the shadows of its two powerful neighbors, Uruguay, South America’s smallest country, has finally succeeded to find its place under the sun. Dynamic, safe, and sophisticated, Uruguay has plenty of opportunities and experiences to offer to its visitors. But that is not the sole unique selling point of Uruguay. To tell the truth, the ingenious, extraordinary men and women are the real asset of Uruguay. Diego Forlan, Carlos Gardel, Juan Carlos Onetti, Horacio Quiroga, Jose Gervasio Artigas, Barbara Mori, Cristina Perri Rosi, and Jorge Drexler are just some of the exemplary Uruguayans the world looks up to. Join us as we explore the legendary Uruguayans — the rich, the famous, and the extraordinarily talented men and women whose biographies will surely serve as an inspiration to many. All said, their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts is worth your perusal.
Vote For Your Favourite Uruguayan Personality
 1 
Luis Suarez
(Football Player)
Luis Suarez
57
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay

Controversy’s favorite child Uruguayan professional Luis Suarez has been in the news for an infamous handball and also for biting opponents. He now plays for Atlético Madrid and has previously represented Barcelona and Liverpool, winning 19 trophies in his career to date. He is Uruguay's leading goalscorer of all time.

 2 
Edinson Cavani
(Footballer)
Edinson Cavani
24
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay

Uruguayan footballer, Edinson Cavani, is the second-most highest scorer among Uruguayan internationals, next only to Luis Suarez. During his time in Italy, he was called El Matador for his composure while scoring goals. Although considered one of the best strikers of his generation, Cavani has been criticized for his relatively poor performance in important games.

 3 
José Mujica
(Former President of Uruguay)
José Mujica
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montevideo

José Mujica is an Uruguayan retired politician. From 2010 to 2015, Mujica served as the president of Uruguay. A well-known philanthropist, Mujica won the hearts of many for his donation of 90 percent of his monthly salary to charities. Due to his generosity and austere lifestyle, José Mujica has often been referred to as the world's humblest head of state.

Recommended Lists:
 4 
Diego Forlán
(Football player)
Diego Forlán
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 5 
Diego Godín
(Footballer)
Diego Godín
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rosario, Uruguay
 6 
Martín Cáceres
(Uruguayan footballer)
Martín Cáceres
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montevideo
 7 
Natalia Oreiro
(Uruguayan Actress, Singer and Model)
Natalia Oreiro
3
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Villa del Cerro, Montevideo, Uruguay

Natalia Oreiro is a Uruguayan actress, fashion designer, singer, songwriter, host, and producer. Apart from appearing in telenovelas and films, Oreiro has also worked on social awareness events and shows for organizations like UNICEF and Greenpeace. As a singer, Natalia Oreiro has sold more than 10 million records so far.

 8 
Natalia Cigliuti
2
Birthdate: September 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 9 
Eduardo Galeano
(Uruguayan Journalist & Writer Best-Known for His Works ‘Las venas abiertas de América Latina’ & ‘Memoria del Fuego’)
Eduardo Galeano
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 3, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: April 13, 2015

Eduardo Galeano was a Uruguayan novelist, journalist, and writer. Regarded as one of the most respected writers of Uruguay, Galeano was honored by the Global Exchange with the prestigious International Human Rights Award in 2006. In 2010, he was awarded the Stig Dagerman Prize.

 10 
Fernando Muslera
(Plays as a Goalkeeper for Turkish Club Galatasaray and the Uruguay National Team)
Fernando Muslera
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
 11 
Diego Lugano
(Association football player)
Diego Lugano
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canelones
 12 
Mario Benedetti
(Journalist, Novelist and Poet)
Mario Benedetti
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 14, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paso de los Toros, Uruguay
Died: May 17, 2009

Mario Benedetti was a Uruguayan novelist, journalist, and poet. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most important writers in the Spanish-speaking world, Benedetti was a key member of the Generation '45. Benedetti's works were published in 20 languages and he also contributed to the weekly newspaper, Marcha, where he served as the literary director from 1954 to 1973.  

 13 
Pablo Cuevas
(Tennis player)
Pablo Cuevas
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Concordia, Argentina
 14 
Horacio Quiroga
(Uruguayan Playwright, Poet and Short Story Writer)
Horacio Quiroga
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 31, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay
Died: February 19, 1937

Horacio Quiroga was a Uruguayan poet, playwright, and short story writer. He is best remembered for depicting jungles and characters with mental illnesses in his stories. Horacio Quiroga is credited with influencing the works of Gabriel García Márquez and Julio Cortázar.

 15 
Jorge Drexler
(First Uruguayan Composer to Win an Academy Award)
Jorge Drexler
2
Birthdate: September 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Son of German immigrants who escaped the Holocaust, Jorge Drexler was born in Uruguay. Inspired by his physician parents, Dexler, became an otolaryngologist, but his love for music turned him into a Latin pop sensation. His song Al Otro Lado Del Rio from The Motorcycle Diaries won him an Oscar.

 16 
Kenya Mori
(Actress)
Kenya Mori
2
Birthdate: January 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 17 
Lucia Topolansky
(President of the Senate of Uruguay)
Lucia Topolansky
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Lucia Topolansky is a Uruguayan politician best known for her service as the Vice President of Uruguay from 13 September 2017 to 1 March 2020. She also served as a Senator from 2005 to 2017 and as the First Lady of her country from 2010 to 2015.

 18 
Gabriela Hearst
(Women's luxury ready-to-wear and Accessories designer)
Gabriela Hearst
0
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uruguay
 19 
Angel Bonanni
3
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Angel Bonanni is an Israeli model and actor. He is known for playing important roles in popular American TV series like Absentia and Condor. One of the most popular models in Israel, Bonanni has appeared in fashion campaigns for major designers like Donna Karan and Jean Paul Gaultier. He has also appeared in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar.

 20 
Paolo Montero
(Association football player)
Paolo Montero
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo
 21 
Jayson Granger
(Basketball player)
Jayson Granger
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 22 
Luis Suárez Miramontes
(Footballer Attacking Midfielder)
Luis Suárez Miramontes
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
 23 
Álvaro Recoba
(Football player - Attacking midfielder, forward)
Álvaro Recoba
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 24 
Juan Alberto Schiaffino
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: November 13, 2002
 25 
José Gervasio Artigas
(Politician, Military general)
José Gervasio Artigas
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 19, 1764
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: September 23, 1850

José Gervasio Artigas was a Uruguayan military general, political leader, and statesman. Considered a national hero in Uruguay, Artigas played a major role in the Latin American wars of independence against the Hispanic Monarchy. Apart from monuments and statues that have been erected in his honor, several public places have also been named after José Gervasio Artigas.

 26 
Sebastián Coates
(Association football player)
Sebastián Coates
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montevideo
 27 
Alfredo Evangelista
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 28 
Gus Poyet
(Football manager)
Gus Poyet
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 29 
Alcides Ghiggia
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Alcides Ghiggia
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo
Died: July 16, 2015
 30 
Sebastián Abreu
(Association football player)
Sebastián Abreu
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Minas
 31 
Lorena Ponce de Leon
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: October 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 32 
Diego Laxalt
(Association football player)
Diego Laxalt
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevideo
 33 
Erwin Schrott
(Bass-baritone)
Erwin Schrott
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: tevideo, Uruguay

Erwin Schrott is a Uruguayan opera singer best known for his bass-baritone voice. Over the years, Schrott has played important roles in popular operas like Macbeth and Don Giovanni. He has performed in famous venues such as the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House. Erwin Schrott has also received prestigious awards for his work.

 34 
Enzo Francescoli
(Football player)
Enzo Francescoli
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 35 
Gustavo Rojo
1
Birthdate: September 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: April 22, 2017

Gustavo Rojo was an Uruguayan film producer and actor who appeared in over 160 television shows and films between 1938 and 2016. He made his theater debut in his mother Mercedes Pinto's play in the late 1920s. After moving to Mexico along with his family in the 1940s, Rojo started appearing in telenovelas, such as No creo en los hombres.

Gonzalo Rodríguez
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevideo
Died: September 11, 1999
 37 
Tabaré Vázquez
(39th and 41st President of Uruguay (2005 - 2010, 2015 - 2020))
Tabaré Vázquez
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: December 6, 2020

Tabaré Vázquez was a Uruguayan politician who served as the 39th and 41st president of Uruguay from 2005 to 2010 and from 2015 to 2020 respectively. The first socialist president of Uruguay, Vázquez's first presidency strengthened the country's diplomatic ties with Argentina and Brazil. In 2006, Tabaré Vázquez was honored by WHO for implementing strict tobacco control laws in Uruguay.

 38 
Nicolás Lodeiro
(Association football player)
Nicolás Lodeiro
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paysandú
 39 
Diego Aguirre
(Football player, Football manager)
Diego Aguirre
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Fede Alvarez
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montevideo

Fede Alvarez is a Uruguayan filmmaker best known for directing American films like Evil Dead and Don't Breathe. Alvarez achieved international prominence after the release of Evil Dead, which grossed $97 million against a budget of $17 million. Fede Álvarez is also known for directing popular short films like Ataque de pánico!

 41 
Chris Namus
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 42 
Rodrigo Zalazar
(Football player - Midfielder)
Rodrigo Zalazar
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albacete, Spain
 43 
Martin Mendez
(Bassist)
Martin Mendez
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Martin Mendez is a Uruguayan Swedish bassist best known for his association with the popular Swedish progressive metal band, Opeth. He is the second-longest serving member of Opeth. Apart from Opeth, Martin Mendez has also played for several other bands like Proxima, Vinterkrig, and Fifth to Infinity.

 44 
Rafael Viñoly
(Architect)
Rafael Viñoly
1
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: June 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 45 
Maximiliano Pereira
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo
 46 
Jorge Fossati
(Association football manager, Association football player)
Jorge Fossati
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 47 
Santiago Vescovi
(Basketball player)
Santiago Vescovi
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
 48 
Carlos Páez Rodríguez
(Writer, Motivational speaker, Businessperson)
Carlos Páez Rodríguez
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 31, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo

Carlos Páez Rodríguez is a Uruguayan motivational speaker and writer. Nicknamed the man of the iron spirit, Rodríguez is best known for surviving a plane crash and spending 72 days in the Andes, during which the survivors resorted to cannibalism to keep themselves alive. The story inspired a film titled Alive where Carlos Páez Rodríguez was played by Bruce Ramsay.

 49 
Juan María Bordaberry
(President of Uruguay (1972 – 1976) and Minister of Agriculture (1969 – 1972))
Juan María Bordaberry
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: July 17, 2011

Juan María Bordaberry was a Uruguayan politician best remembered for his service as the President of Uruguay from 1972 to 1976. He served as constitutional President from 1972 to 1973 and then as the chief of a civilian-military dictatorship until 1976. An important politician, Bordaberry also served as the Minister of Agriculture from 14 October 1969 to 1 February 1972.

 50 
Luisel Ramos
4
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: August 2, 2006