Marcelo Salas

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José Marcelo Salas Melinao (Latin American Spanish: [maɾˈselo ˈsalas]; born 24 December 1974), nicknamed Matador (due to his goalscoring celebrations), El Fenómeno and Shileno, is a Chilean former footballer who played as a striker. Salas is considered the best striker in the history of Chile. He stood out during the 1990s and 2000s in clubs such as Universidad de Chile, River Plate, Lazio and Juventus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marcelo Salas has received more than 970,916 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Marcelo Salas is the 890th most popular soccer player (down from 881st in 2019), the 45th most popular biography from Chile (up from 49th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Chilean Soccer Player.

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    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among soccer players, Marcelo Salas ranks 890 out of 21,273Before him are Lothar Emmerich, Fukusaburo Harada, Sjaak Swart, Roberto Ayala, Jozef Vengloš, and Dimitar Penev. After him are Txiki Begiristain, Jean-Marc Bosman, Javier Irureta, Roy Keane, Takao Nishiyama, and Franky Van der Elst.

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Among people born in 1974, Marcelo Salas ranks 34Before him are Sébastien Loeb, Ariel Ortega, Chris Kyle, Kate Moss, Mahershala Ali, and Ben Wallace. After him are Ingrida Šimonytė, Gaizka Mendieta, James Blunt, Jordi Cruyff, Muqtada al-Sadr, and Kajol.

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In Chile

Among people born in Chile, Marcelo Salas ranks 45 out of 321Before him are Lucía Hiriart (1923), René Schneider (1913), Gabriel González Videla (1898), Laura Vicuña (1891), José Manuel Balmaceda (1840), and Patricio Guzmán (1941). After him are Tom Araya (1961), Jorge Medina (1926), Guillermo Subiabre (1903), Jorge Toro (1939), Roberto Rojas (1957), and Juan Ignacio Molina (1740).


Among soccer players born in Chile, Marcelo Salas ranks 6Before him are Elías Figueroa (1946), Iván Zamorano (1967), Leonel Sánchez (1936), Alexis Sánchez (1988), and Arturo Vidal (1987). After him are Guillermo Subiabre (1903), Jorge Toro (1939), Roberto Rojas (1957), Claudio Bravo (1983), Fernando Riera (1920), and Carlos Vidal (1902).