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Facts You Should Know About These 13 Legendary Soccer Players from Latin America

Latin America has always been home to some of the most talented soccer players in the world. After all, in every street of Latin America, football breathes and lives. It is even possible to think that these wonderful players are born to play football all their life.

To explore the talent that the continent has, we have compiled some interesting facts about 13 legendary soccer players from Latin America. Let’s get started.

Lionel Messi

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The Argentine professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team is among the phenomenon players the world has ever seen. In fact, by the age of 21, Messi had already received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. Even after being diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child, Messi went ahead and made his debut in Barcelona’s youth academy. 


With Barcelona, he has won almost everything from Spanish League, Super Cup in Europe, King’s Cup in Spain, UEFA’s Champions League, and World Cup of clubs. As if that’s not enough, he still proves to be among the best soccer players in the world.


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The Brazilian athlete is at the peak of his career as a striker in Paris Saint-Germain. Thanks to his great dribbling, skill, finishing, pace, and ability to play with both feet, he is considered to be one of the best players in the world. 

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With a record of 59 goals in a total of 94 matches for the Brazil team, Neymar is the third highest goalscorer for his national team, just behind Pele and Ronaldo. Off the pitch, he’s a prominent sportsman and an ambassador of some great brands which contribute to his huge earnings. Actually, France Football ranked him the third highest paid footballer in 2018.

Javier Hernandez

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Known by his stage name “Chicharito,” Javier Hernandez is a Mexican soccer player with several accolades under his sleeve. He is an all-time leading goalscorer for Mexican national team. He has been described as a “goal-poacher” thanks to his exceptional ability to score goals at close-range.  

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Did you know that his nickname means little pea in Spanish? Actually, it originated from his father who was nicknamed “Chicharo (pea)” because of his green eyes.

Luis Suarez

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The Uruguayan’s soccer player who plays for the famous Spanish club FC Barcelona plays alongside Lionel Messi and continues to win every game with the team.

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You can recall him when he became famous from the old behavior on the field including bites which was criticized heavily across the globe. As a result of his excellent performance, he has achieved five titles with his current club. The most unforgettable being the one he scored against Juventus, in the Champions League Finals and his five goals in the World cups of clubs. As a result, he became the best in that tournament.

Sergio Aguero

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“Kun” is an Argentine professional footballer and is known to be among the youngest soccer players to play in the Argentine Primera Division when he was 15 years old. He actually broke this record that was formerly held by the famous Diego Maradona in 1976. 

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Following his incredible performance in the 2015-2016 season, he entered the books of record of the Premier League when he scored five goals against Newcastle United. He joined the exclusive group of great players like Andy Cole, Dimitar Berbatov, Jermain Defore, and Alan Shearer, as the only players that have made it. Aguero shares a close friendship with Lionel Messi.

Carlos Tevez

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Following his shining performance with a number of European teams, Tevez is considered an indispensable player who plays as a forward for Boca Juniors and the Argentina national team.  In his first season in the team, he scored nine goals in 15 games which was a major boost for the team. 

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An interesting fact about Tevez is that at one time, he performed as the front man for a musical group known as Piola Vago alongside his brother Diego. One of the groups hit “Lost Your Control” became one of the most successful hits in Argentina.

Arturo Vidal

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The Chilean athlete plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Barcelona and Chile’s national team. He collected his fourth title in a row after winning in the A series with Juventus. Arturo has also earned 103 caps for the Chile national team since his first appearance in 2007. 

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He further helped his national team to victory during the 2015 Copa America and the Copa America Centenario. In 2013, EA Sports indicated that they had decided to feature Vidal on FIFA 14 in Central and South Americans, alongside global cover star Lionel Messi.

Alexis Sanchez

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During his era in Arsenal, he was awarded the Best Player of his club. The Chilean professional footballer plays for Manchester United and the Chile national team. 

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The 2015-2016 season was historic for Sanchez after he became the first player to achieve a hat-trick in three of the most famous European competitions (Spanish League, Italian A Series, and Premier League). Sanchez used his incredible “Panenka-style” shot to seal Argentina’s victory in the America Cup championship.

James Rodriguez

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James David Rodrigues or “James” is a Colombian professional soccer player who plays for the German club Bayer Munich on loan from Real Madrid as well as the Colombian national team. 

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He is a versatile footballer with the ability to play in several positions across the front-line or midfielder, having played as a central midfielder, winger, and playmaker for both club and the national team.

Roberto Firmino

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The Liverpool attacking midfielder is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League, but his impact on the team cannot go unnoticed. 

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In the 2017-2018 season, the Brazilian professional footballer switched his shirt to number 9, with the new signing Mohamed Salah assuming his previous number 11. Firmino has been nicknamed “Bobby’ by Liverpool players and fans, shortening of his name “Roberto.”

Keylor Navas

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The Costa Rican professional soccer player is a talented goalkeeper who plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid and Costa Rica national team. His exceptional speed and reflexes earned him the best player of the season award in La Liga in 2014. 

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He is a committed Christian and his favorite Bible verse is Galatians 1:10 which says: “If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Edinson Cavani

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Regardless of which league he plays, Edinson Cavani always scores lots of goals. The talented Uruguayan footballer who plays as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain, as well as the Uruguay national team, has been at his best ever scoring six goals in seven Champions League games so far. Although he is a quick and strong center forwarder, he is capable of playing in several positions including a winger or as a supporting winger.

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Javier Mascherano

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“El Jefecito” may not be the trending type of guy because he doesn’t score goals, but stops other people from doing it. The Argentinean footballer is known for his versatile and tactical approach in organizing his team in the field. 

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He has been a member of Barcelona for five years and his position and contribution in one of the best clubs in the world is indisputable. In 2015, this talented defender won five titles with Barcelona making it one of the most memorable years in his career.

21 Shots of Latin America That Left Us in Awe

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21 Shots of Latin America That Left Us in Awe

You don’t need us to tell you, Latin America’s dripping in spellbinding scenery and boasts a rich culture and history. In light of this, we’ve collated 21 stunning images that portray South America in all its glory. From rolling valleys to urban skylines, we’ve covered it all. Let’s dive in!

1. Rio at Sunset

Credit: Rio. Digital Image. Pixabay, ujasnpandya. Jan. 27, 2015

This snap doesn’t need a description. The natural beauty here does all the talking. From the impeccable sunset over the mountains to the dreamy harbor- this shot captures some of the best features of Rio de Janeiro.

2. Cows in Rural Paraguay

Credit: Nature. Digital Image. Pxhere. Dec. 31, 2016

The mountainous landforms in Paraguay not only look sublime, but they’re the perfect place for herds of cattle to roam. Ethical farming amidst stunning scenery- what could be better?

3. Morning Brakes in Guatemala

Credit: Dawn. Digital Image. Pixabay marcoreyes. May. 25, 2015

Waking up at dawn and walking through the streets of Guatemala is one of the most peaceful experiences you’re ever likely to have. If you haven’t done it yet, put it on your bucket list.  For what this country lacks in size it more than makes up for in culture. Paraguay’s intriguing history coupled with its natural beauty creates a land full of breathtaking sites and photo ops.

4. Christ the Redeemer

Credit: Rio. Digital Image. Pixabay, fabiowanderley. July 26, 2016

We couldn’t compile a list of stunning Latin American images without including this magnificent structure! The colossal statue of Christ has proudly stood for 87 years at the summit of Mount Corcovado. This landmark’s one of Rio’s most internationally recognized hotspots. No one can visit this stature without being in utter awe of it

5. A Chilean Night’s Sky

Credit: Space. Digital Image. Pixabay, CristinaLaFee. Aug. 18, 2017

Have you ever seen a starry night’s sky as mesmerizing as this? On a clear evening, you can see dozens of twinkling stars. There’s so many dotted around you’ll struggle to count them all! Could you imagine anything more idyllic than setting up a hammock and sleeping here, under a sky as gorgeous as this?

6. Cycling in Paraguay

Credit:  Tree. Digital Image. Pxhere. 3 July. 2017

This snap captures an inkling of Latin American culture and tradition. This man’s working hard, transporting grass through the streets of Paraguay on the back of his bike.

7. Lima: A Dreamy Peruvian Coastline

Credit: Lima. Digital Image. Pixabay, ygrrr. Oct. 25, 2014

This image encompasses a gorgeous blend of cosmopolitanism and scenic coastal views. Lima truly has something for everyone to enjoy! Take a stroll down Miraflores boardwalk and explore all the nearby streets and parks. Lose yourself amidst the beautiful lanes lining the shore. It’s the perfect way to spend a laid-back afternoon.

8. Traditional Puerto Rican Architecture

Credit: Puerto Rico. Digital Image. Pixabay, sjdents. Nov. 10, 2014

Latin American culture’s full of color, creativity, and vibrancy- so it’s not surprising Puerto Rico’s architecture reflects these traits. The choice of bold paint is a treat for the eyes. The best word to describe the overall aesthetic is: ‘divine.’

9. A Long Peruvian Road

Credit: Peru. Digital Image. Pixabay, al3xitox100pre. Dec. 8, 2016

What could be better than jumping in a car and heading out on a road trip through the mysterious mountains of Peru? This image makes you want to pack up your bags and go on the adventure of a lifetime.

10. Glaciers in Argentina

Credit: Glacier. Digital Image. Pixabay, derwiki. Dec. 30, 2014

To the southwest of Argentina, there are more than 300 glaciers. Some are as large as 217-miles long in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

11. Ipanema Beach

Credit: Ipanema Beach. Digital Image. Pixabay, eacuna. Dec. 21, 2012

Situated towards the South of Rio de Janeiro, this beach is famous for its breathtaking sunsets and natural beauty. People flock from all around the globe to visit this place- judging from the picture; we’re sure you can see why!

12. Colors of Peru

Credit: Substances. Digital Image. Pixabay, LoggaWiggler. Aug. 17, 2011

Peruvian fabrics are famous for their bold use of color- it’s hard not to smile when you see a market stall brimming with hues as bright as these. After all, they say variety’s the spice of life- so, why shouldn’t this apply to color-filled fashion.

13. Machu Picchu In All Its Glory

Credit: Machu Picchu. Digital Image. Pixabay, skeeze. Aug. 5, 2016

Behold, Machu Picchu. As you probably already know, this is the Incan citadel that sits proudly amidst the Andes Mountains. The structures were expertly crafted back in the 15th century and later abandoned. The best thing about this mysterious place is that no one’s 100% sure what the remains were used for by the Incas- eerie!

14. Colombian Street Art

Credit: Face. Digital Image. Pixabay, lanur. Aug. 23, 2014

The street art in Colombia is astounding. Take a walk through Bogotá, and marvel at the world-renown graffiti that’s captured the hearts and imaginations of art-lovers from around the world. The quality and the diversity of the work plastered across the walls is second to none.

15. Tango Like No One’s Watching

Credit: Tango. Digital Image. Pixabay, pinthemapproject. Sept. 14, 2015

Check out this stunning couple as they enjoy dancing the Tango in the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Can you think of anything more romantic?

16. Penguin Colony in Argentina

Credit: South America. Digital Image. Pixabay, magicaltravelling. Feb. 24, 2016

Everyone loves penguins, and Argentina is home to four beautiful species. The colony pictured above is nothing short of majestic.

17. Rainbow Mountain

Credit: Peru. Digital Image. Pixabay, jerzykwpodrozy. March 29, 2017

This beautiful Peruvian mountain looks as though it’s painted in stunning golds, emeralds, reds, and violets. Once upon a time, this mountain was covered in ice. As it began to melt, the water combined with the minerals in the rocks and created the colors you see here- how neat is that?

18. Chilean Shanty Town

Credit: Landscape. Digital Image. Pxhere. 03/04 2017

This photo’s living proof that money isn’t everything. These Chilean slums exude color right across the Valparaíso coastline. As you can imagine, the skyline’s mesmerizing!

19. Ecuadorian Llamas

Credit: Landscape. Digital Image. Pxhere. 4th April 2017

These Ecuadorian llamas are gorgeous. It looks like the one in the brown fur’s gazing out across the lake- and who can blame him? The mountainous landscape set behind the blue body of water looks idyllic.

20. Peruvian Dress

Credit: Architecture. Digital Image. Pxhere. 3rd July 2017

These Quechuan ladies are proudly sporting traditional Peruvian dress. Living high within the Andes, this community farms wool to produce beautiful handicrafts.

21. Traveling in Paraguay

Credit: Tree. Digital Image. Pxhere. 3rd Dec. 2017

This snapshot provides another quick insight into the traditional culture of Paraguay. This man’s elegantly riding a cart pulled by cattle. A mode of transport that’s better known as an oxcart. Initially, oxcarts were used in Costa Rica during the mid-nineteenth century to transport coffee beans. Although they’re rarer in today’s society, they remain a beautiful symbol of Latin American history.

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