The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Costa Rica

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This page contains a list of the greatest Costa Rican Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 74 of which were born in Costa Rica. This makes Costa Rica the birth place of the 41st most number of Soccer Players behind Turkey and Côte d'Ivoire.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Costa Rican Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Costa Rican Soccer Players 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 Costa Rican Soccer Players.

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1. Keylor Navas (1986 - )

With an HPI of 64.58, Keylor Navas is the most famous Costa Rican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 66 different languages on wikipedia.

Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa (born 15 December 1986), known as Keylor Navas, is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Costa Rica national team. Navas started his youth career at Saprissa in his home country, where he won six Liga FPD titles and the CONCACAF Champions League, he subsequently moved to Spanish club Albacete in 2010, and then to Levante in La Liga the following year, where he won the LFP Award for Best Goalkeeper in his final season with the latter club. Navas later joined Real Madrid in 2014 for €10 million. He won a total of twelve titles with Real Madrid, including one La Liga title and three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles as the first choice goalkeeper. In 2019, he was signed by French club Paris Saint-Germain. Navas has played over 90 times for Costa Rica since making his debut in 2008. He has represented the country at two CONCACAF Gold Cups and the 2014 and 2018 editions of the FIFA World Cup. He was a member of the Costa Rica national team that reached the semi-finals of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, in which he was named best goalkeeper. His impressive performances also helped the team reach the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.Often considered one of the world's best goalkeepers, the best in the history of CONCACAF, and one of the best in the history of Latin America, Navas has also won numerous individual awards. He was named CONCACAF Men's Goalkeeper of the Year for three consecutive years between 2016 and 2018. He was also named the best male CONCACAF Player of the Decade 2011–2020 by the IFFHS. His performances in the 2017–18 season earned him the 2017–18 UEFA Club Football Award for best UEFA goalkeeper, and also saw him named in the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season of 2018.

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2. Paulo Wanchope (1976 - )

With an HPI of 57.89, Paulo Wanchope is the 2nd most famous Costa Rican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 51 different languages.

Paulo César Wanchope Watson (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpawlo wanˈtʃope]; born 31 July 1976), more commonly known as Paulo Wanchope, is a Costa Rican former professional footballer and former head coach of the Costa Rica national football team. Wanchope is the second most prolific goalscorer in the history of the Costa Rica national football team, behind Rolando Fonseca, with 45 goals in 73 international matches. Having scored against Brazil in 2002 and a brace against Germany in 2006, Wanchope is the top goalscorer for Costa Rica in the FIFA World Cup, a record he shares with Rónald Gómez.

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3. Roberto Gayón (1905 - )

With an HPI of 57.74, Roberto Gayón is the 3rd most famous Costa Rican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Roberto Gayón Márquez (born 1 January 1905 in San José, Costa Rica, date of death unknown) was a Mexican football forward who made two appearances for the Mexico at the 1930 FIFA World Cup.

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4. Bryan Ruiz (1985 - )

With an HPI of 57.38, Bryan Ruiz is the 4th most famous Costa Rican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 50 different languages.

Bryan Jafet Ruiz González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbɾajan ˈrwis]; born 18 August 1985) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Liga FPD club Alajuelense and the Costa Rica national team, whom he also captains. A left-footed attacking midfielder, he can also play as a second striker.

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5. Luis Gabelo Conejo (1960 - )

With an HPI of 53.60, Luis Gabelo Conejo is the 5th most famous Costa Rican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Luis Gabelo Conejo Jiménez (born 1 January 1960) is a Costa Rican former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He played mainly for Ramonense and Albacete, during a 17-year professional career. In 2009, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics named him the 34th best goalkeeper of the world for the period 1987–2008, and the seventh in Latin America.Conejo appeared for Costa Rica at the 1990 World Cup.

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6. Hernán Medford (1968 - )

With an HPI of 53.24, Hernán Medford is the 6th most famous Costa Rican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Hernán Evaristo Medford Bryan ( ur-NAHN, Spanish: [eɾˈnam meðˈfoɾ(ð)]; born May 23, 1968) is a retired Costa Rican football player and coach. He is currently the manager of C.S. Cartaginés.

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7. Rónald Gómez (1975 - )

With an HPI of 52.39, Rónald Gómez is the 7th most famous Costa Rican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Rónald Gómez Gómez (born 24 January 1975 in Puntarenas) is a retired Costa Rican football forward. An important player on the Costa Rica national football team during the 1990s and 2000s, Gómez is one of Costa Rica's best forwards, known for his rocket shots and top dribbling. Gómez is, along with Paulo Wanchope, the top scorer for Costa Rica in the FIFA World Cup with three goals.

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8. Christian Bolaños (1984 - )

With an HPI of 52.30, Christian Bolaños is the 8th most famous Costa Rican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 36 different languages.

Christian Bolaños Navarro (born 17 May 1984) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a winger for Saprissa. Since his international debut in 2005, Bolaños has earned over 80 international caps and played at three FIFA World Cups. His brother Jonathan is also a footballer.

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9. Rolando Fonseca (1974 - )

With an HPI of 52.24, Rolando Fonseca is the 9th most famous Costa Rican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Rolando Fonseca Jiménez (born 6 June 1974) is a Costa Rican former professional footballer who played as a forward. Nicknamed El Principito (The little prince) and El Rolo, Fonseca usually played just off the main striker and is renowned for his ability to create opportunities for his teammates and his fierce long shot.Fonseca is the Costa Rica national team's all-time top goalscorer.

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10. Walter Centeno (1974 - )

With an HPI of 52.06, Walter Centeno is the 10th most famous Costa Rican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Wálter Centeno Corea (born 6 October 1974) is a Costa Rican former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He was a regular member of the Costa Rica national team and holds the record for appearances, having gained 137 caps (135 FIFA official caps) and scored 24 goals.

Pantheon has 74 people classified as soccer players born between 1905 and 1998. Of these 74, 71 (95.95%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Keylor Navas, Paulo Wanchope, and Bryan Ruiz. The most famous deceased soccer players include Roberto Gayón, Gabriel Badilla, and Dennis Marshall. As of October 2020, 7 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Erick Lonnis, Pablo Chinchilla, and Wílmer López.

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