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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) popularly known as El Nene (The Kid), is a Peruvian former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Renowned for his technique, shooting, and ability from set pieces, he is regarded as one of the greatest players of the 1970s and is widely considered the greatest Peruvian footballer of all time.He was characterized as an attacking midfielder gifted with exquisite technique, power, change of pace, dribbling ability and great goalscoring ability. His medium and long-range free kicks were famous for the precision with which he executed them. On the field of play, he also stood out for his sportsmanship: he was never sent off.

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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. He is currently serving as ambassador for Bayern Munich. He was captain of Peru's national football team, being its fifth highest scorer. Widely considered as the greatest representative of Peruvian football in Europe and one of the best strikers in the world in the 21st century. he is the highest scorer and most successful Latin American football player in the history of German football. He is the all-time top scorer of SV Werder Bremen, the ninth top scorer in the history of Bayern Munich and the sixth top scorer in the history of the Bundesliga and its second top scorer in the 21st century. He is also among the 20 top scorers in the history of UEFA club competitions and is the seventh highest South American scorer in European football history. His professional debut came in 1996, with Deportivo Pesquero. In 1998, he joined Alianza Lima, where he won a Peruvian Primera División, being highlighted as the best player of the season. In 1999, he was signed by Werder Bremen from the Bundesliga. Just one year later, he was chosen as the newcomer player of the championship and was included in the ideal team of the 2000–01 season. In 2001, he signed for Bayern Munich and the following seasons he won one Intercontinental Cup, 2 Bundesligas, 4 DFB-Pokale (German Cups), 2 DFL-Ligapokale (German League Cups) and the DFL-Supercup (German Super Cup). In addition, he was the top scorer in the DFB-Pokal in the 2004–05 and 2005–06 editions. In 2007, he signed for Chelsea F.C. scoring on his debut and achieving runner-up in the Premier League at the end of the season. In 2009, he returned to Bremen, where he was champion of the 2008–09 DFB-Pokal and the unofficial 2009 German Supercup, in addition to becoming top scorer in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League. In 2012, he was hired again by Bayern Munich, winning the UEFA Champions League, the Club World Cup, the European Super Cup, the DFL-Supercup, three Bundesligas and two DFB-Pokale, thus becoming the foreign player with most titles in the history of Bayern Munich, a total of 18. In mid-2015, he returned to Werder Bremen. In 2017, he was hired by the 1. FC Köln, from which he separated a year later to return to Werder Bremen. Pizarro is the Peruvian football player with the most goals scored and games played in Europe and in German football. He is the second highest foreign scorer and sixth all-time historic scorer in the Bundesliga (197 goals). He is also the Latin American football player with the most goals scored and titles won in the history of German football. He is the ninth all-time top scorer for the DFB-Pokal (34 goals), top scorer for Werder Bremen (153 goals), the ninth all-time top scorer for Bayern Munich (125 goals), the tenth historical scorer of the UEFA Europa League (24 goals) and the fifth historical scorer of Peru's national football team (20 goals). He is also the foreign player with the most games played in the history of Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal. Pizarro is considered an idol by Bayern Munich's fans and a legend of Werder Bremen's, teams for which he scored more than 100 goals each. As well as being one of the players with the most seasons played in the history of the German league, Pizarro is also the oldest player to score a goal in the Bundesliga (at over 40 years old). He is regarded as a living legend of the Bundesliga, being compared to other German football legends like Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller. In international competitions, he is the fourth highest Latin American scorer in European Cups (Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League) with 48 goals, ranking only behind Lionel Messi, Alfredo Di Stéfano and Sergio Agüero. With the Peru national football team he is the fifth highest scorer with 20 goals and the tenth with the most matches (85). With the senior team, he achieved the third place at the 2015 Copa América. He also participated in the 2004 and 2007 Copa América.

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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", he was a Peruvian footballer who played as forward. All his football work was carried out as a player of the Universitario de Deportes of the Peruvian First Division. He was champion, best player and top scorer in the 1939 Copa América. That same year, he was nominated for the Global Ballon d'Or by FIFA. He is the top idol of Universitario de Deportes and Peruvian First Division.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 Cdatenero" ("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. Voted one of the greatest defenders of all times, among the 30 best defenders in football history and included within the 100 best players in the history of the Soccer World Cup by FIFA in 2018. He is also a member of the Historic Ideal Team of Copa América by CONMEBOL. In addition to being the seventh South American defender with the highest score in soccer history, after scoring 65 official goals. Considered by FIFA as one of the best South American defenders of all time, he is also one of the greatest exponents in the history of Peruvian football. He worked in the defense position. He spent most of his career at Universitario de Deportes and Sporting Cristal. He currently has a soccer school named as him, where he is dedicated to training minors. He was regarded one of the best defenders in the world during the late 60s and early 70s and is considered one of the 4 best South American defenders of all time along with Elías Figueroa, José Nasazzi and Daniel Passarella. With great defensive skills, excellent reading of the game, possession and distribution of the ball and an imposing leader role, he became one of the most legendary figures of Universitario de Deportes, a club with which he achieved 5 times the Peruvian League and was a finalist in the Copa Libertadores in 1972. In addition to having won three other national titles with Sporting Cristal, Chumpitaz is remembered for having been captain of the American team that played a friendly match against the stars of Europe, among them were Giacinto Facchetti, Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Johan Cruyff —who was the captain of Europe, among other figures. It is there that the nickname El Capitán de America (America's Captain) is gained. At the national team level, for almost fifteen years he was the captain and great defensive bulwark of the Peruvian national football team that won the Copa América 1975 and reached the quarterfinals in the Soccer World Cup of Mexico 1970 and Argentina 1978. 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 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 a member of the Peruvian team that won the 1975 Copa América and reached the quarterfinals in Mexico 1970 and Argentina 1978. "Cholo" Sotil was a skilled forward, with magnificent dribbling, handling of both profiles, electric and mischievous, with quick definition within the area, who quickly became one of the best players of America in the 70s. He also played as attacking midfielder and was a great assistant of football, due to the large number of goal passes he offered to his teammates. He made his professional debut in 1967, standing out with Deportivo Municipal and became one of the most popular players in Peru. In 1973 he gained international fame by signing for FC Barcelona forming a historic attacking duo with the Dutch star Johan Cruyff winning the Spanish League in his first season after 14 years of drought for the Catalan club. He became the first Latin American player to wear the "10" for FC Barcelona. Carrying the number 10 on his back in addition to getting 2 league runners-up and one in the Copa del Rey after 4 seasons with the Barça shirt. In 1977 he returned to Peru and became two-time national champion with Alianza Lima in 1977 and 1978. In 1973 he joined the starting team of the America National Team that faced the Europe team of Cruyff, Eusébio and Facchetti The match ended 4 to 4, and Sotil scored the third goal for his team, then in a penalty shootout the American team won 7 to 6. That night he played alongside other South American figures such as Rivelino, Morena, Brindisi, Asparagus, Cubillas and others. He was international with the Peruvian team, with which he played two editions of the Soccer World Cup: those of 1970 and 1978, where he reached the quarterfinals in both World Cups. On a continental level, he won the Copa América in 1975—, where he scored the only goal of the final match against Colombia, giving the Inca team the title of Champions of America. Hugo Sotil has been one of the most popular athletes in his country, to the point that in 1972, he starred in a film directed by Bernardo Batievsky (his great admirer) entitled Cholo.

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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. He is an international with the Peru national football team since 2004, of which he is captain and top scorer in history. 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.In 2021, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics included Guerrero in the best South American team of the last decade, being recognized as the best South American center forward between 2010 and 2020 (joining the podium with Neymar and Sergio Agüero). In addition, he was elected the "best forward center in America" in 2012 and 2017 by the newspaper El País, based on the opinion of some two hundred journalists from the region, where he was a member of America's ideal team. In the same way, CONMEBOL included him in the team of the tournament for the Copa América in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

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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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