The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Peru

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This page contains a list of the greatest Peruvian Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 70 of which were born in Peru. This makes Peru the birth place of the 43rd most number of Soccer Players behind Costa Rica and Iran.

Top 10

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

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1. Teófilo Cubillas (1949 - )

With an HPI of 68.66, Teófilo Cubillas is the most famous Peruvian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 41 different languages on wikipedia.

Teófilo Juan Cubillas Arizaga (Spanish pronunciation: [teˈofilo kuˈβiʎas]; born 8 March 1949) is a Peruvian former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He was selected as Peru's greatest ever player in an IFFHS poll, in which he was also included in the world's Top 50. He was renowned for his technique, shooting ability and free kick ability.Nicknamed El Nene (The Kid), he was part of the Peru national football team that won the 1975 Copa América. He helped Peru reach the quarter finals at the 1970 FIFA World Cup and again at the 1978 World Cup and was elected the South American Footballer of the Year in 1972. In 2004, Pelé selected Cubillas as one of the FIFA 100, a list of 125 footballing greats. In February 2008, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Brazilian World Cup victory, he was selected in the All-Star First Team of South America of the past 50 years. Cubillas is one of only three players to score five or more goals in two different World Cups, the other two being Miroslav Klose and Thomas Müller.

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2. Claudio Pizarro (1978 - )

With an HPI of 65.15, Claudio Pizarro is the 2nd most famous Peruvian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 53 different languages.

Claudio Miguel Pizarro Bosio (American Spanish: [ˈklawðjo piˈsaro]; born 3 October 1978) is a Peruvian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Mostly playing with Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen, he scored 337 goals in 872 games in his career. Pizarro started his career with Deportivo Pesquero in 1998, before moving to Alianza Lima. Then, he moved over to Germany playing for Werder Bremen. He has spent most of his career playing in the Bundesliga, having two spells at Bayern Munich and four at Werder Bremen, during which he won 17 trophies, 16 of which occurred at Bayern. These include the UEFA Champions League, six Bundesliga titles and six DFB Pokal cups. He had a short spell with Chelsea in 2007, scoring on his debut and being the first Peruvian to ever play for the club. On 23 October 2010, Pizarro set a new record for most goals scored by a foreign player in the Bundesliga, surpassing Giovane Élber's record of 132 in a game against Borussia Mönchengladbach. As of 18 May 2019, Pizarro is the fifth highest goalscorer in Bundesliga history with 197 goals and the all-time top scorer for Werder Bremen. With his goal on 16 February 2019 against Hertha BSC, Pizarro became the oldest goalscorer in Bundesliga history, breaking the previous record held by Miroslav Votava.A full Peruvian international since 1999, Pizarro represented and captained the Peru national football team at four Copa América tournaments and four FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns, where he did help his side qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but did not get picked for the finals. He holds the record for the fastest ever goal scored for Peru just after 18 seconds in the match. He retired from international football in 2016.

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3. Teodoro Fernández (1913 - 1996)

With an HPI of 61.00, Teodoro Fernández is the 3rd most famous Peruvian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Teodoro Fernández Meyzán (born 20 May 1913 in Cañete — died 17 September 1996 in Lima), nicknamed "Lolo", was a Peruvian football striker. He was part of the Peru national football team that reached quarter-finals in the 1936 Summer Olympics and won the 1939 Copa America, a tournament where he emerged as the top scorer and best player. He was captain of the Peru national football team from 1935 to 1947 scoring 24 goals in 32 matches.Fernández is the most emblematic player in the history of club Universitario de Deportes for which he played his whole career, winning six times the Primera División Peruana. Although he sporadically reinforced other clubs in friendly matches, clubs such as Alianza Lima and Colo-Colo, Fernández never represented a club other than Universitario in official competitions. Known as "El Cañonero" ("The Cannoneer") due to his excellence as a centre-forward and his strong shooting, Fernández was the Primera División Peruana top-scorer seven times.

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4. Luis de Souza Ferreira (1908 - 2008)

With an HPI of 60.03, Luis de Souza Ferreira is the 4th most famous Peruvian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Luis Emilio de Souza Ferreira Huby (born October 6, 1908 in Lima – died September 29, 2008 in La Punta) was a football forward player from Peru who played for Universitario de Deportes.

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5. Héctor Chumpitaz (1943 - )

With an HPI of 59.75, Héctor Chumpitaz is the 5th most famous Peruvian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Héctor Eduardo Chumpitaz Gonzáles (American Spanish: [ˈektoɾ ˈtʃumpitas]; born April 12, 1943 in Cañete) is a former footballer from Peru. He, Teófilo Cubillas and Hugo Sotil have been some of Peru's most recognized football players. He was the captain of the Peru national football team that was victorious at Copa America 1975 and during the 1970 and 1978 World Cups. He was nicknamed El Capitán de America (America's Captain) being selected captain of the American continent's team that played against Europe. Chumpitaz is considered one of the greatest South American defenders of all-time and was named to the list of best World Cup players of all time by Terra.com in 2006. He was elected the 35th best South American footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2000.

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6. Hugo Sotil (1949 - )

With an HPI of 59.52, Hugo Sotil is the 6th most famous Peruvian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Hugo Alejandro Sotil Yerén (born 18 May 1949) is a Peruvian former professional football player. Nicknamed El Cholo, he played as a striker or midfielder. Together with Teófilo Cubillas and Héctor Chumpitaz, he was one of Peru's most recognized football players of the 1970s. He also was a popular player in Peru, and a biopic on his life was released in that decade.He was part of the Peruvian squad that won the Copa América 1975. He also played for Peru at the 1970 and 1978 FIFA World Cups. He won the 1973–74 La Liga title with FC Barcelona, with Johan Cruyff as a teammate. He escaped from FC Barcelona training to play the 1975 Copa América final with Peru. He was the scorer of the goal in the 1975 Copa América final against Colombia.

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7. Víctor Benítez (1935 - )

With an HPI of 59.39, Víctor Benítez is the 7th most famous Peruvian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Víctor Benítez Morales (born 12 September 1935) is a Peruvian former footballer, who played as a centre-back or defensive midfielder. Nicknamed "El Conejo", he played for several clubs, notably Italian clubs A.C. Milan, A.S. Roma and F.C. Internazionale Milano as well as Argentine club Boca Juniors. He won the European Cup title with A.C. Milan in 1963. Along with José Velásquez, he is recognised as one of Peru's most important defensive midfielders of all time.

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8. Paolo Guerrero (1984 - )

With an HPI of 59.27, Paolo Guerrero is the 8th most famous Peruvian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 49 different languages.

José Paolo Guerrero Gonzales (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse paˈolo ɣeˈreɾo ɣonˈsales]; born 1 January 1984) is a Peruvian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazilian club Internacional and the Peru national team. Guerrero spent his early career in Germany, formed at Bayern Munich, and later playing at Hamburger SV, amassing Bundesliga totals of 161 games and 47 goals across eight seasons. He later played in Brazil, scoring the goal which won the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final for Corinthians. Since his international debut in 2004, Guerrero has earned over 100 caps for Peru and is the nation's all-time top goalscorer with 38 goals, representing them at five Copa América tournaments. He helped them to third place in the 2011 and 2015 editions, and to runners-up in 2019, finishing as top scorer in all three of these tournaments. He is also the current all time top scorer in the history of the Copa América among active players. He was one of 59 nominees for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or, the first Peruvian to receive that recognition.

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9. Alberto Gallardo (1940 - 2001)

With an HPI of 59.16, Alberto Gallardo is the 9th most famous Peruvian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Félix Alberto Gallardo Mendoza (28 November 1940 – 19 January 2001) was a Peruvian football player and manager.

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10. Alejandro Villanueva (1908 - 1944)

With an HPI of 58.97, Alejandro Villanueva is the 10th most famous Peruvian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Carlos Alejandro Villanueva Martínez (4 June 1908 – 11 April 1944) was a Peruvian footballer who played for Alianza Lima and the Peru national football team. He is considered one of the most important Alianza strikers in the 1920s and 1930s.

Pantheon has 70 people classified as soccer players born between 1905 and 1996. Of these 70, 51 (72.86%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Teófilo Cubillas, Claudio Pizarro, and Héctor Chumpitaz. The most famous deceased soccer players include Teodoro Fernández, Luis de Souza Ferreira, and Alberto Gallardo. As of October 2020, 20 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Héctor Chumpitaz, Víctor Benítez, and Alberto Gallardo.

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