The 10 Best Uruguayan Players In History

Best Uruguayan Players in History

Best Uruguayan Players in History: In this article we talk about best Uruguayan players in history. The Uruguayan team is one of the most historically important teams in the world. For many, that a country of just over three million inhabitants has been the cradle of so many epic deeds and talented players has no explanation. However, the Uruguayans themselves are in charge of explaining that soccer is in their blood and they live it like no other.

In general, it is common to define the Uruguayan soccer player as a leader, a player who leaves everything on the field or a man who does not leave any ball to play.

Best Uruguayan Players in History:

For this reason, they have been able, from the very origins of world football. Therefore, today we will highlight the career of ten Uruguayan players who, according to us, are the best in their history.

10. Diego Lugano

  • Full Name: Diego Alfredo Lugano Morena
  • Date of Birth: 2 November 1980
  • Place of Birth: Canelones, Uruguay
  • Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Position(s): Centre back

The player who opens our ranking is none other than the legendary defender Diego Lugano. This tireless captain and leader was in charge of wearing the Uruguayan team’s badge in relatively recent times.

Under his period as captain, the Uruguayan team was one of the most solid defensively thanks to its impenetrable central pair made up of Lugano and Diego Godín.

Among His Great Achievements We can Highlight the Following:

  • Champion of the Copa América 2011.
  • Club World Champion with Sao Paulo (2005).
  • Champion of the Copa Libertadores with Sao Paulo (2005).
  • 2 national championships with Nacional, 2 with Sao Paulo and 4 with Fenerbahçe.
  • Ninth player with the most games in the national team (95).

9. Ángel Romano

  • Full Name: Alfredo Ángel Romano
  • Date of Birth: 2 August 1893
  • Place of Birth: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Position(s): Second striker or Inside-forward

In ninth place in our ranking we find a true legend of world football. Angel “El Loco” Romano may be a player that does not sound familiar to many people, mainly because his period of activity began in 1910 and ended in 1930.

However, Romano is one of the Most Successful Players in the History of Uruguayan Football:

  • Champion of the Copa América six times: 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926.
  • Champion of the 1924 Olympic Games.
  • He played 9 tournaments of the Copa America
  • 8 national trophies with Nacional de Uruguay
  • Fifth top scorer in the history of the Uruguayan team (28 goals in 69 games).

8. Jose Leandro Andrade

  • Full Name: José Leandro Andrade
  • Date of Birth: 22 November 1901
  • Place of Birth: Salto, Uruguay
  • Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Position(s): Defensive midfielder

In eighth place in our ranking we can find one of the great black talents in the history of Uruguay. This great player, affectionately nicknamed The Black Wonder, was a one-of-a-kind forward.

Within this list, Andrade is one of the few who could boast of being World Champion, America’s Cup Champion and Olympic Games gold medalist.

Among his Achievements we can Find the Following:

  • Champion of the Copa América three times (1923, 1924 and 1925).
  • Champion of the World Cup (1930).
  • Double Olympic medalist (Gold) at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games.

7. Hector Scarone

  • Full Name: Héctor Pedro Scarone Beretta
  • Date of Birth: 26 November 1898
  • Place of Birth: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Height: 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
  • Position(s): Inside right

Hector “El Mago” Scarone was another of the great strikers that Uruguay has had throughout its history. At the time, Scarone held the position of top scorer in the history of his team. However, it was not until 2011 that he lost that title.

At the club level, Scarone is a true Nacional legend, a club in which he played practically his entire career. In addition, at the selection level he was not far behind, being part of the greatest successes of the Uruguayan team to date.

Among its Achievements We Highlight:

  • Champion of the Copa América four times (1917,1923,1924 and 1925).
  • Champion of the World Cup (1930).
  • Double Olympic medalist (Gold) at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games.
  • Champion of 22 national titles with Club Nacional.
  • Champion of 23 international titles with National Club.
  • Champion of the King’s Cup and the Catalan Championship with FC Barcelona (1926).
  • Fourth highest historical scorer of the national team (31 goals in 52 games).

6. Alcides Ghiggia

  • Full Name: Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia Pereyra
  • Date of Birth: 22 December 1926
  • Place of Birth: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Height: 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
  • Position(s): Winger

Today it is very difficult for anyone on this planet not to know what the Maracanazo meant. This feat is popularly referred to as the time that, before the astonished eyes of 200,000 Brazilians, Uruguay humiliated Brazil in their own home in a World Cup final.

However, what history books tend to forget is that such a feat would not have been possible if it weren’t for Alcides Ghiggia’s goalscoring contribution. This Italian-Uruguayan striker was in charge of scoring the second goal that would silence Maracana and complete the most epic feat in World Cup history. That’s called being an immortal soccer legend.

  • Champion Cup of the World 1950
  • Historical player of Penarol.

5. Obdulio Varela

  • Full Name: Obdulio Jacinto Muiños Varela
  • Date of Birth: September 20, 1917
  • Place of Birth: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
  • Position(s): Holding midfielder, Centre back

Obdulio Varela has been, according to many, the best captain in the entire history of the Uruguayan team. El Negro Boss, as this center-back was known, was the author of the phrase that motivated the Uruguayan team to win the final of the 1950 World Cup:


  • 1950 World Cup Champion
  • 1942 Copa America Champion
  • Idolo de Penarol, a club where he won six national titles.

4. Luis Alberto Suarez

  • Full Name: Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz
  • Date of Birth: 24 January 1987
  • Place of Birth: Salto, Uruguay
  • Height: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
  • Position(s): Striker

Luis Alberto Suarez is the only player still active on this entire list. ‘El pistolero’, as he is popularly known, has become a true legend not only of Uruguayan football, but also of European football in general. The time he has been at Barça has helped him to be considered one of the best players in the history of the Catalan team.

This talented forward stood out mainly at Liverpool, a club where he is considered a legend. However, his most fruitful years would be with Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona, where he won practically everything he played. The footballer has been one of the best players in the world for years thanks to his goal scoring and his associative game.

Among His Most Outstanding Achievements we Find:

  • Champion of the Copa América 2011.
  • Top scorer of the Uruguayan national team (63 goals in 116 games).
  • Champion of the UEFA Champions League with FC Barcelona (2014-2015).
  • Third historical top scorer for FC Barcelona (198 goals).
  • Double Golden Boot winner (2014 and 2016)
  • Winner of 10 national titles with FC Barcelona.
  • Fourth place at the 2010 World Cup.

3. Diego Forlan

  • Full Name: Diego Martín Forlán Corazzo
  • Date of Birth: 19 May 1979
  • Place of birth: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Position(s): Forward

Diego Forlan is a player who needs no introduction. “Cachavacha Forlán” was a striker with a unique quality and an innate talent to score impossible goals. Among his great achievements, we highlight, without a doubt, his ability to dominate the complicated ball of the 2010 World Cup, Jabulani.

However, highlighting only that would be an injustice for one of the best strikers in the history of the southern country.

Therefore, We would like to Highlight These data From Diego Forlan’s Career:

  • 2011 Copa America Champion.
  • Fourth place in the 2010 World Cup (MVP).
  • 2010 World Cup Golden Ball.
  • Best goal of the 2010 World Cup.
  • Fifth place in the Golden Ball 2010.
  • Champion of the Premier League (Manchester United)
  • Intertoto Champion with Villarreal (2004)
  • Champion of the UEFA Europa League and the European Super Cup with Atlético de Madrid (2009-2010).
  • Double winner of the Golden Boot (2004-2005 and 2008-2009).

2. Enzo Francescoli

  • Full Name: Enzo Francescoli Uriarte
  • Date of Birth: 12 November 1961
  • Place of Birth: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Height: 5 ft (1.81 m)
  • Position(s): Attacking midfielder

Enzo Francescoli is a player that every River Plate fan will know perfectly. “ El Príncipe” as he was known throughout his career, was a talented striker who played for big clubs in Europe, but is always remembered for his fruitful stint at El Millonario.

With the Argentine team he managed to become the top foreign scorer in the history of River Plate. In addition to lifting the coveted Copa Libertadores and returning River to the top.

However, these are just a few of Prince Enzo’s accomplishments:

  • Three-time champion of the Copa América (1983, 1987 and 1995).
  • Top foreign scorer in the history of River Plate (136 goals).
  • Champion of the Copa Libertadores (1996).
  • Champion of the South American Super Cup (1996).

1. Juan Alberto Schiaffino

  • Full Name: Juan Alberto Schiaffino Villano
  • Date of Birth: 28 July 1925
  • Place of Birth: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
  • Position(s): Attacking Midfielder/Forward

Finally, the best Uruguayan player in all of history is, for us, Juan Alberto Schiaffino. This great Uruguayan striker was the first great player of this country. In addition to standing out from a very young age at Club Atletico Penarol, and being one of the institution’s greatest idols, Schiaffino was one of the architects of the world championship achieved in 1950.

In Italy his time at AC Milan is fondly remembered, a club in which he managed to lift four titles. Despite being a forward or, at the time, a top player, Schiaffino stood out for his cerebral passes and his ability to understand the game.

For this Reason, He is Widely Tecognized as One of the Best South American Players in all of History.

  • 1950 World Cup Champion
  • Champion of Serie A and the Latin Cup with AC Milan.
  • Winner of four national titles with Peñarol.


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