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The Most Famous

ATHLETES from Argentina

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This page contains a list of the greatest Argentinean Athletes. The pantheon dataset contains 3,059 Athletes, 20 of which were born in Argentina. This makes Argentina the birth place of the 45th most number of Athletes behind Brazil and Kazakhstan.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Argentinean Athletes of all time. This list of famous Argentinean Athletes is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Argentinean Athletes.

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1. Juan Carlos Zabala (1911 - 1983)

With an HPI of 51.18, Juan Carlos Zabala is the most famous Argentinean Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages on wikipedia.

Juan Carlos Zabala (October 11, 1911 – January 24, 1983), also known as "El Ñandú Criollo", was an Argentine long-distance runner, who won the marathon at the 1932 Summer Olympics.

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2. Eduardo Guerrero (1928 - 2015)

With an HPI of 48.31, Eduardo Guerrero is the 2nd most famous Argentinean Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Eduardo Guerrero (4 March 1928 – 17 August 2015) was an Argentine rower and Olympic champion who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics. He was born in Salto, Buenos Aires Province. Guerrero participated in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki where he won gold medal in double sculls competition together with Tranquilo Cappozzo. That was for 52 years the last gold medal at Olympics for Argentina until the victories of Soccer and Basketball men teams in 2004 games. Guerrero died on 17 August 2015 at the age of 87.

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3. Delfo Cabrera (1919 - 1981)

With an HPI of 45.89, Delfo Cabrera is the 3rd most famous Argentinean Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Delfo Cabrera Gómez (April 2, 1919 – August 2, 1981) was an Argentine athlete, winner of the marathon race at the 1948 Summer Olympics in one of the most dramatic finishes in athletics history.

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4. Luis Brunetto (1901 - 1968)

With an HPI of 43.66, Luis Brunetto is the 4th most famous Argentinean Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Luis Antonio Brunetto (October 27, 1901 – May 7, 1968) was an Argentine athlete who competed mainly in the triple jump. He competed for Argentina in the 1924 Summer Olympics held in Paris, France, in the triple jump where he won the silver medal.

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5. Noemí Simonetto de Portela (1926 - 2011)

With an HPI of 42.79, Noemí Simonetto de Portela is the 5th most famous Argentinean Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Noemí Simonetto (February 1, 1926 – February 20, 2011) was an Argentine athlete who competed mainly in the long jump.

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6. Víctor Peralta (1908 - 1995)

With an HPI of 41.53, Víctor Peralta is the 6th most famous Argentinean Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Víctor Peralta (March 6, 1908 – December 25, 1995) was an Argentine boxer who competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was born in Buenos Aires. In 1928 he won the silver medal in the featherweight class after losing the final against Bep van Klaveren.

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7. Alberto Demiddi (1944 - 2000)

With an HPI of 40.24, Alberto Demiddi is the 7th most famous Argentinean Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Alberto Demiddi (11 April 1944 – 25 October 2000) was an Argentine rower who specialized in the single sculls event. He competed in the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics and placed fourth, third and second, respectively. He held the world title in 1970 and European title in 1969 and 1971. In 2010 he won the Honor Konex Award from Argentina as recognition for his sport merits during his life.

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8. Luciana Aymar (1977 - )

With an HPI of 36.58, Luciana Aymar is the 8th most famous Argentinean Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Luciana Paula Aymar (Spanish pronunciation: [luˈsjana ajˈmaɾ]; born 10 August 1977) is an Argentine retired field hockey player.She is the only player in history to receive the FIH Player of the Year Award eight times, and she is considered as the best female hockey player of all time. In 2010 she was granted the Platinum Konex Award as the best Hockey player of the last decade in Argentina.Luciana is known for her ability to beat opposing players using her pace and dribbling skills, drawing comparisons with Argentine footballer Diego Maradona. For this reason she has received the nicknames "La Maga" ("The Magician") and "The Maradona of Field Hockey". Aymar was the flag bearer for Argentina at the 2012 Summer Olympics, becoming the second field hockey athlete being honoured this way after Marcelo Garraffo.

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9. Paula Pareto (1986 - )

With an HPI of 31.33, Paula Pareto is the 9th most famous Argentinean Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Paula Belén Pareto (born 16 January 1986) is an Argentine retired judoka and physician. She was the flag bearer for her country at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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10. Magdalena Aicega (1973 - )

With an HPI of 26.68, Magdalena Aicega is the 10th most famous Argentinean Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

María Magdalena Aicega Amicarelli (born November 1, 1973, in Buenos Aires) is a retired field hockey player from Argentina, who won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China with the Argentina national team. Aicega, who played as central defender, is regarded as one of the most notable players in the history of Las Leonas, for whom she played more than 15 years.

Pantheon has 20 people classified as athletes born between 1901 and 1990. Of these 20, 13 (65.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living athletes include Luciana Aymar, Paula Pareto, and Magdalena Aicega. The most famous deceased athletes include Juan Carlos Zabala, Eduardo Guerrero, and Delfo Cabrera. As of April 2022, 7 new athletes have been added to Pantheon including Víctor Peralta, Alberto Demiddi, and Magdalena Aicega.

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Which Athletes were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 6 most globally memorable Athletes since 1700.