The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Venezuelan Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Venezuelan 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 Venezuelan Soccer Players.
With an HPI of 56.99, Leonardo Jardim is the most famous Venezuelan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 26 different languages on wikipedia.
José Leonardo Nunes Alves Sousa Jardim (European Portuguese: [liuˈnaɾðu ʒɐɾˈðĩ]; born 1 August 1974) is a Portuguese football manager, currently in charge of Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal SFC. He started working at the professional level at the age of 35, initially with Camacha and Chaves, before winning promotion to the Primeira Liga with Beira-Mar in 2009–10. He later managed Braga, Olympiacos and Sporting CP. Jardim joined Monaco in 2014, and led the club to its eighth Ligue 1 championship in 2016–17. After being dismissed in October 2018, he was replaced by Thierry Henry and reappointed in January 2019, before being sacked once again in December.
With an HPI of 56.02, Jorge Valdivia is the 2nd most famous Venezuelan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 37 different languages.
Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxoɾxe ˈlwjs βalˈdjβja], born 19 October 1983) is a Venezuelan-born Chilean footballer who plays as a midfielder for Unión La Calera.Product of Colo-Colo youth ranks, Valdivia had an impressing loan spell at Universidad de Concepción during his debut season in 2003. Then after another two loan spells in Europe, he definitely joined Colo-Colo in 2005 winning one year later the Torneo Apertura title, before moving to Palmeiras. Since joining Brazilian club, he spent seven years playing for Verdão — interrupted by his spell at Al Ain — and has appeared in more than 100 games, winning one Paulistão in 2008, a Copa do Brasil in 2012 and a Série B title in 2013.A Chilean international between 2004 until 2017, he was an integral member of the 2015 Copa América winning squad (the first ever achieved by his national team in its history), having previously appeared in two past editions (2007 and 2011) and in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. During his years active, Valdivia has reached 7 goals in 78 caps. He is considered one of the greatest playmakers in the Chilean football history and has been praised by football legends like Pelé or Carlos Valderrama. His figure is very prominent at Palmeiras recent history, where he is mostly a divisive figure, but more often considered to be an idol. He also enjoys great fame at Al Ain. He is nicknamed "El Mago" due to his passing ability and skills.
With an HPI of 55.84, Danny is the 3rd most famous Venezuelan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.
Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes (born 7 August 1983), commonly known as Danny, is a Portuguese former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Also a winger, he was known for his dribbling and key passes.He spent most of his career in Russia in service of Dynamo Moscow and Zenit, after arriving at the age of 21 from Sporting. He won six items of silverware with Zenit, including three Russian Premier League titles. Danny represented Portugal at the 2010 World Cup and the 2004 Olympics.
With an HPI of 54.09, Jeffrén Suárez is the 4th most famous Venezuelan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.
Jeffrén Isaac Suárez Bermúdez (born 20 January 1988), known simply as Jeffrén, is a Venezuelan footballer who plays as a forward or winger for Thai club Lamphun Warrior. He started his career with Barcelona, appearing rarely and signing with Sporting CP in 2011. Other than in Spain, he also played professionally in Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Cyprus, Croatia, the United Arab Emirates and Thailand. Jeffrén won 30 caps for Spain at youth level, winning the European Championships with the under-19 and the under-21 teams. In 2015, he made his senior debut for Venezuela.
With an HPI of 53.83, Juan Arango is the 5th most famous Venezuelan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.
Juan Fernando Arango Sáenz (born 16 May 1980) is a Venezuelan former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He spent the better part of his professional career in La Liga with Mallorca, appearing in 196 official games, and also played several years with Borussia Mönchengladbach for which he signed at the age of 29.Arango was Venezuela's record holder in international caps and goals for several years, scoring 22 times in 129 matches between 1999 and 2015. He represented the nation in six Copa América tournaments.
With an HPI of 52.51, Tomás Rincón is the 6th most famous Venezuelan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.
Tomás Eduardo Rincón Hernández (Spanish pronunciation: [toˈmas riŋˈkon]; born 13 January 1988) is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or full-back for Serie A club Torino and the Venezuela national team, which he captains.
With an HPI of 52.48, Salomón Rondón is the 7th most famous Venezuelan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 42 different languages.
José Salomón Rondón Giménez (Spanish pronunciation: [saloˈmon ronˈdon]; born 16 September 1989) is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Chinese Super League club Dalian Professional and the Venezuela national team. After starting out at Aragua, he went on to spend most of his career in Europe, appearing in La Liga with Málaga, the Russian Premier League with Rubin Kazan, Zenit Saint Petersburg (winning the 2015 national championship with the latter club) & CSKA Moscow, and the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United. A Venezuela international since 2008, Rondón is the country's all-time top goalscorer with 31 goals, and he represented his country in four Copa América tournaments.
With an HPI of 50.58, Fernando Amorebieta is the 8th most famous Venezuelan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.
Fernando Gabriel Amorebieta Mardaras (born 29 March 1985) is a professional footballer who last played as a central defender for Paraguayan club Cerro Porteño. He spent most of his career with Athletic Bilbao, appearing in 253 competitive matches over eight La Liga seasons and scoring four goals. He also competed professionally in England (with Fulham and Middlesbrough), Argentina and Paraguay. Internationally, Amorebieta played for Spain (where he spent most of his early life) at youth level, but later decided to represent his country of birth Venezuela at senior level, appearing for the nation at the 2015 Copa América.
With an HPI of 48.58, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo is the 9th most famous Venezuelan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.
Oswaldo Augusto Vizcarrondo Araujo (Spanish pronunciation: [oˈswaldo βiθkaˈrondo], born 31 May 1984) is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for French amateur club AS Sautron. He has played for the Venezuela national team. An international since 2004, Vizcarrondo has reached more than 80 appearances and 7 goals for La Vinotinto and was part of the historical 2011 Copa América fourth place squad.
With an HPI of 48.55, José Manuel Rey is the 10th most famous Venezuelan Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.
José Manuel Rey Cortegoso (born 20 May 1975) is a Venezuelan football manager and former player who played as a central defender. Known as Pokemón and Tetero, and a free kick specialist, he played almost 20 years as a professional, mainly representing Caracas. Rey was at one time Venezuela's second-most ever capped player, surpassing 100 international appearances. He was part of the squads at six Copa América tournaments.
Pantheon has 33 people classified as soccer players born between 1973 and 1998. Of these 33, 33 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Leonardo Jardim, Jorge Valdivia, and Danny. As of October 2020, 8 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Ruberth Morán, Giancarlo Maldonado, and Wuilker Faríñez.
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