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Famous people from Paraguay

Here is a list of famous people from Paraguay. Curious if anybody from Paraguay made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Óscar Cardozo

Soccer

Óscar René Cardozo Marín is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for S.L. Benfica in Portugal, as a striker. Known for his powerful left-foot shot and free-kick skills, he first gained notoriety whilst playing for Newell's Old Boys, which led to a move to Benfica, where he scored nearly 200 official goals and won five major titles, namely the 2010 national championship where he also was the top scorer. Nicknamed "Tacuara", Cardozo gained more than 45 caps for Paraguay, representing the nation at the 2010 World Cup.

Roque Santa Cruz

Soccer

Roque Luis Santa Cruz Cantero is a Paraguayan footballer who plays as a striker for Málaga. He is a member of the Paraguayan national team. Santa Cruz was described in his 2006 FIFA World Cup profile as having "long caused problems for opposing defences with his natural flair for goalscoring and surging runs into the penalty box." Santa Cruz started his career with Club Olimpia, progressing through their youth system to the first-team squad where he made his debut at the age of 16 in 1997. He finished his career with the club having scored 13 goals in 24 Primera División appearances where Olimpia claimed the 1998 and 1999 Primera División titles. Santa Cruz scored three goals in four appearances for Paraguay at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship before debuting for the Paraguayan national team at the 1999 Copa América, where he scored three goals in four appearances. He immediately joined Bundesliga club Bayern Munich in August 1999 for a fee of €5million where he scored five goals in 19 league appearances in his first season. He faced a series of injuries and heavy competition from team mates Élber Giovane, Roy Makaay and Claudio Pizarro which limited his impact and restricted his appearances for the club.

Nelson Haedo Valdez

Soccer

Nelson Antonio Haedo Valdez is a Paraguayan football striker who currently plays for Al Jazira Club and the Paraguayan national team. Valdez started his career with Atlético Tembetary, progressing through their youth system to the first-team squad where he made his debut at the age of 16 in Paraguayan División Intermedia in 2000. He finished his career with the club having scored 11 goals in 22 league appearances. In 2001, he was scouted to Germany's Werder Bremen II where he scored 15 goals in 30 Regionalliga Nord appearances in his second season before joining the club's first-team. In 2003, Valdez was selected for the Paraguay under-20 national team where he scored 1 goal in 4 appearances at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. In his second season with Werder Bremen, he claimed the 2003–04 Fußball-Bundesliga and 2003–04 DFB-Pokal, having scored 5 goals in 21 league appearances that season. Valdez debuted in the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League on 14 September 2004 and scored his first two Champions League goals in a 2–0 victory against Valencia in December. During his years at Werder Bremen, Valdez had his appearances limited due to competition from team mates Aílton Gonçalves da Silva, Angelos Charisteas, and both Miroslav Klose and Ivan Klasnić, who were the Bundesliga's top striking duo at the time.

José Luis Chilavert

Soccer

José Luis Félix Chilavert González is a Paraguayan former football player who played as a goalkeeper. He was a three-time IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper award winner. Outside of his goalkeeping position, Chilavert was also known for his skills as a free kick specialist, and often took penalties. He scored 62 goals in his professional career, many of them crucial, including eight in international matches. Four of his international goals were scored during Paraguay's qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Chilavert is the 2nd highest goalscoring goalkeeper of all time, surpassed only by Brazilian keeper Rogerio Ceni. Chilavert was also known for his eccentricity and at times fiery temper, which brought him his fair share of controversies; most notorious among them was his being sent off in 1997 for brawling with Colombian striker Faustino Asprilla. He was nicknamed "El Buldog" and often wore a cartoon bulldog on his goalkeeper jersey.

Larissa Riquelme

Model

Larissa Mabel Riquelme Frutos, usually known as Larissa Riquelme is a Paraguayan model and actress at the city theatre in the Paraguayan capital Asunción. She is one of the highest-paid models in Paraguay.

Alfredo Stroessner

Politician

Alfredo Stroessner Matiauda, was a Paraguayan military officer who served as President of Paraguay from 1954 to 1989. He ascended to the position after leading an army coup in 1954. His 35-year long rule, marked by an uninterrupted period of repression in his country, was the longest unbroken rule by one individual in the history of South America. His rule is ranked 14th-longest among other non-royal national leaders since 1870, and made him one of the world's longest-serving non-Communist heads of state. General Stroessner was born in Encarnación, Paraguay. He entered the national military school at the age of 16 and received his commission in 1932. By 1940, he had risen to the rank of major and joined the general staff in 1946. When civil war broke out in 1947, he initially remained loyal to President Higinio Moríñigo, then backed Felipe Molas López in a successful coup against Morínago. He then backed Federico Chávez against Lopez and by 1951 he was army chief of staff. In 1954, he ousted Chávez, becoming president after winning an election in which he was the sole candidate. An arch anti-communist, Stroessner had the backing of the United States. His supporters packed the legislature and ran the courts, and he ruthlessly suppressed all political opposition. He kept his country in what he called a constant "state of siege" that overruled his democratic constitution, enforced a cult of personality, and used torture against political opposition. Membership in his Colorado Party was a prerequisite for job promotion, free medical care and other services. The constitution had to be modified in 1967 and 1977 to legitimize his six consecutive elections to the presidency. In 1988, he won an unprecedented eighth term on a majority, according to official figures, of between 90 and 98 percent of the registered vote.

Vic Toews

Politician

Victor "Vic" Toews, PC QC MP is a Canadian politician. He represented Provencher in the Canadian House of Commons from 2000 until his resignation on July 9, 2013, and served in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, most recently as Minister of Public Safety. He previously served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1995 to 1999, and was a senior cabinet minister in the government of Gary Filmon. Toews is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Leryn Franco

Olympic athlete

Leryn Dahiana Franco Steneri is a Paraguayan model and athlete. She specializes in the javelin throw and became an Internet sensation during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her personal best throw is 57.77 metres, achieved in June 2012 in Barquisimeto.

Justo Villar

Soccer

Justo Wilmar Villar Viveros is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for Colo-Colo in the Chilean Primera División, as a goalkeeper. A Paraguayan international on more than 100 occasions, he represented the nation in three World Cups and five Copa América tournaments.

Víctor Pecci

Tennis Player

Víctor Pecci is a former professional Paraguayan tennis player. Pecci was born in Asunción. Pecci was ranked as high as World No. 9 in singles in 1980 and World No. 31 in doubles in 1984. Pecci is famous for reaching the 1979 French Open final. Pecci beat Guillermo Vilas 6–0, 6–2, 7–5 in the quarterfinals and Jimmy Connors 7–5, 6–4, 5–7, 6–3 in the semifinals, but lost to 3-time champion Björn Borg in the final, 6–3, 6–1, 6–7, 6–4. He was also runner-up in Rome in 1981 and won the French Open boys' singles in 1973.

Agustín Barrios

Composer

Agustín Pío Barrios, was a Paraguayan classical guitarist and composer. Barrios is perhaps best known for his 1921 classical guitar piece, La Catedral, a work inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach, and widely considered to be Barrios' magnum opus.

Salvador Cabañas

Soccer

Salvador Cabañas Ortega is a Paraguayan football striker who plays for General Caballero in the Paraguayan División Intermedia. A prolific and natural goalscorer, he is known for his array of skills on the field such as excellent heading, accurate shooting with either foot, receptions in tight spaces, and a combination of technique, power and positional sense. He was shot in the head in January 2010, but survived the attack. Sixteen months after the assault he returned to football and participated in a tribute match for him between Paraguay's national team and Club América.

Paulo da Silva

Soccer

Paulo César da Silva Barrios is a Paraguayan football centre back, who has played for the Paraguay national football team since 2000. He currently plays for Toluca FC in Mexico.

Pablo Zeballos

Soccer

Pablo Daniel Zeballos Ocampos is a Paraguayan football striker who currently plays for Krylya Sovetov in the Russian Premier League and the Paraguay national football team.

José Cardozo

Soccer

José Saturnino Cardozo Otazú is a former Paraguayan football striker and current manager of Club Toluca. He spent 10 years of his career playing for Toluca F.C. and is the club's all-time top goalscorer with 249 goals in 332 appearances.

Lorenzo Melgarejo

Soccer Midfielder

Lorenzo Antonio Melgarejo Sanabria is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for Russian Premier League club Kuban Krasnodar. He plays mainly as a left back.

José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia

Politician

Dr. José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia y Velasco was a Paraguayan lawyer and politician, and one of the first leaders of Paraguay following its independence from Spain. Originally a professor of philosophy, he entered the cabildo of Asunción while working as a lawyer and rose to become the head of the cabildo. After the proclamation of the Paraguayan Republic he became an important political leader in South America, and was eventually installed as supreme leader before being declared dictator for life. Inspired by French revolutionary ideals, Francia sought to create a utopian state based on Rosseau's Social Contract. Although he strived for equality of the people, Francia ruthlessly destroyed any opposition and created a Police state, imprisoning all those he deemed seditious. An isolationist, he ran the country with almost no outside influence from 1814 to 1840.

Augusto Roa Bastos

Novelist

Augusto Roa Bastos was a Paraguayan novelist and short story writer. As a teenager he fought in the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia, and he later worked as a journalist, screenwriter and professor. He is best known for his complex novel Yo el Supremo and for winning the Premio Miguel de Cervantes in 1989, Spanish literature's most prestigious prize. Yo el Supremo explores the dictations and inner thoughts of Dr. José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia, who ruled Paraguay with an iron fist and no little eccentricity from 1814 until his death in 1840. Roa Bastos' life and writing were marked by experience with dictatorial military regimes. In 1947 he was forced into exile in Argentina, and in 1976 he fled Buenos Aires for France in similar political circumstances. Most of Roa Bastos' work was written in exile, but this did not deter him from fiercely tackling Paraguayan social and historical issues in his work. Writing in a Spanish that was at times heavily augmented by Guaraní words, Roa Bastos incorporated Paraguayan myths and symbols into a Baroque style known as magical realism. He is considered a late-comer to the Latin American Boom literary movement. Roa Bastos' canon includes the novels Hijo de hombre and El fiscal, as well as numerous other novels, short stories, poems, and screenplays.

Marcelo Estigarribia

Soccer Midfielder

Marcelo Alejandro Estigarribia Balmori is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Chievo Verona, on loan from Deportivo Maldonado. Estigarribia has been known since youth as Chelo, as a diminutive of his name Marcelo. He also has an Italian passport by way of his mother.

Francisco Solano López

Politician

Francisco Solano López Carrillo was president of Paraguay from 1862 until his death in 1870. He was the eldest son of president Carlos Antonio López, whom had left his son a prosperous nation. Solano López is widely regarded as being responsible for the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance, which led to his death.

Iván Piris

Soccer

Iván Rodrigo Piris is a Paraguayan football right-footed defender who plays for Primeira Liga club Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Carlos Gamarra

Soccer

Carlos Alberto Gamarra Pavón is a former football player. He captained the Paraguay national team at international level, playing at Centre back, and is the most capped player in Paraguayan football history, having made 110 international appearances and scoring 12 goals. Gamarra is known for his leadership, heading and outstanding tackling skills, making him one of the most respected defenders in South America.

Arsenio Erico

Soccer

Arsenio Pastor Erico was a Paraguayan football forward. He is the all-time highest goalscorer in the Argentine first division, with 295 goals, all of them scored in Independiente . He is considered the best Paraguayan footballer of all time.

Julio César Romero

Soccer Midfielder

Julio César Romero Insfrán, nicknamed Romerito is a former football midfielder from Paraguay, considered among the best players in Paraguayan football history. He is the only Paraguayan named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.

Édgar Benítez

Soccer

Édgar Milciades Benítez Santander, nicknamed Pájaro is a Paraguayan football forward. He currently plays for Toluca in the Liga MX.

Federico Franco

Politician

Luis Federico Franco Gómez is a Paraguayan politician who was President of Paraguay from June 2012 until August 2013. A member of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party, he was elected as Vice President of Paraguay in the 2008 presidential election as the running mate of Fernando Lugo; he took office in August 2008. Following Lugo's impeachment by the Senate on 22 June 2012, he succeeded Lugo as President. to complete the presidential mandate until 15 August 2013. Federico is a surgeon by profession. He is the brother of Julio César Franco, senator and former chairman of Authentic Radical Liberal Party, and also a former Vice President. Federico is also former chairman of PLRA and was Governor of Central Department from 2003 to 2008.

Édgar Barreto

Soccer Midfielder

Édgar Osvaldo Barreto Cáceres is a Paraguayan footballer who currently plays for Italian Serie A club Palermo. Édgar is the brother of fellow Paraguayan goalkeeper, Diego Barreto.

Carlos Amarilla

Soccer

Carlos Arecio Amarilla Demarqui is a football referee from Paraguay. Amarilla has been a referee since 1997 and his first international game was between Uruguay and Ecuador. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup he took charge of the opening Group E match between the United States and the Czech Republic, and the Group G match between Switzerland and Togo. His work in the second half of the crucial Group H match between Ukraine and Tunisia was publicly criticized. Amarilla was not chosen to officiate Knockout Round matches. He was the referee in the first qualifying match for the 2010 World Cup between Colombia and Brazil. He was preselected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Amarilla was chosen to officiate at the finals, but was withdrawn following the failure of a fitness test by his assistant referees. On September 11, 2012, he officiated a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Uruguay and Ecuador. He was heavily criticized after not giving a clear penalty to Ecuador, robbing them of a historical win in the Estadio Centenario. Besides being a FIFA referee, Amarilla is an electrical engineer by trade.

Claudio Morel Rodríguez

Soccer

Claudio Marcelo Morel Rodríguez is a Paraguayan footballer. He currently plays for Independiente in Argentina. He also plays as a left back for the Paraguay national team. He is the son of ex-Paraguayan footballer Eugenio Morel.

Julio César Manzur

Soccer

Julio César Manzur Caffarena is a Paraguayan football player who plays for Olimpia of the Paraguayan Primera División.

Julio dos Santos

Soccer

Julio Daniel dos Santos Rodríguez is a Paraguayan footballer who currently plays for Paraguayan club Cerro Porteño. He plays usually in the hole-position, and sometimes as a second striker.

Javier Acuña

Soccer

Carlos Javier Acuña Caballero is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for Watford in the Football League Championship, as a forward.

Enrique Vera

Soccer Midfielder

Enrique Daniel Vera Torres, nicknamed Rambert is a Paraguayan football midfielder who plays for LDU Quito and the Paraguayan national team.

Nelson Cuevas

Soccer Midfielder

Nelson Rafael Cuevas Amarilla is a Paraguayan former footballer and current singer.

Osvaldo Martínez

Soccer Midfielder

Osvaldo David Martínez Arce is a Paraguayan footballer. He currently plays for Club América in the Liga MX.

Hernán Pérez

Soccer Midfielder

Hernán Arsenio Pérez González is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Villarreal CF in Spain, mainly as a right winger.

Carlos Antonio López

Politician

Carlos Antonio López Ynsfrán was the leader of Paraguay from 1841 to 1862. López was born at Manorá on November 4, 1792, and was educated in the ecclesiastical seminary of that city. He attracted the hostility of the dictator and uncle, José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia, and he was forced to keep in hiding for several years. He acquired, however, so unusual a knowledge of law and governmental affairs that, on Francia's death in 1840, he succeeded Francia as the country's leader. He was briefly secretary of the military junta that ruled the country in the interval after Francia's death from 1840–1841. In 1841, he was chosen as the country's first consul--a post equivalent to that of president--ruling alongside Mariano Roque Alonso. In 1844, he exiled Roque and assumed dictatorial powers. On March 13, 1844; Congress approved the first Paraguayan Constitution—probably the work of Lopez himself. A few months later, Congress changed his post from consul to president, and elected him to the new post for a 10-year term. The constitution not only legally sanctioned López' dictatorial powers, but included no guarantees of civil rights; indeed, the word "liberty" was not even mentioned in the text. He was reelected for a three-year term in 1854, and then reelected by successive elections for ten and three years, and in 1857 again for ten years, with power to nominate his own successor.

Santiago Salcedo

Soccer

Santiago Gabriel Salcedo González, nicknamed "Sa-Sa", is a Paraguayan footballer currently playing for Club Atlético Banfield in the Argentinian 2nd Division, Primera B Nacional.

Richard Ortiz

Soccer Midfielder

Richard Ortiz in Asunción, Paraguay is a footballer who plays as a central midfielder and left wing-back. He currently plays for Toluca FC in the Liga MX and the Paraguay national football team. Ortiz is a fast player who plays left central midfielder and is renowned for his long-distances strikes with his left foot.

Fredy Bareiro

Soccer

Fredy José Bareiro Gamarra is a Paraguayan footballer who currently plays for Club Libertad in the Paraguayan Primera Division.

Dante López

Soccer

Dante Rafael López Fariña is a football player from Paraguay. He currently plays as a striker in Paraguay for Olimpia. López's good form with lowly club Crotone earned him a call up for Paraguay at the 2007 Copa America. His form attracted some interest of a few larger Italian clubs, including Napoli. However, López moved back to Paraguay to play for Libertad, after the relegation of Crotone from Serie B.

Francisco Arce

Soccer Defender

Francisco Javier "Chiqui" Arce Rolón is a retired Paraguayan footballer and coach. He played at the right defender position, competing a total of 61 times for the Paraguay national team between 1995 and 2002.

Julio César Cáceres

Soccer

Julio César Cáceres López is a Paraguayan football defender who currently plays for his native country side Club Guaraní. He has played since 1999 in the Paraguayan national team, being part of the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

Juan Rodrigo Rojas

Soccer Midfielder

Juan Rodrigo Rojas Ovelar is a Paraguayan football midfielder, who plays for Universidad de Chile of the Chilean Primera División.

Pablo César Aguilar

Soccer

Pablo César Aguilar is a Paraguayan football defender who plays for Club Tijuana in the Mexican Primera Division on loan from San Luis.

Carlos Humberto Paredes

Soccer Midfielder

Carlos Humberto Paredes Monges is a Paraguayan footballer who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Olimpia Asunción. His style of play has led the Paraguayan media to call him the "Master of the Midfield". Paredes plays defensive midfield, though he can also play as centre-forward, being a lethal header. He also has exceptional leadership capabilities on the field, where he is constantly marshalling instructions to the rest of the team.

Nicanor Duarte

Politician

Óscar Nicanor Duarte Frutos is a Paraguayan politician who served as President of Paraguay from 2003 to 2008. He currently holds the title of Senator for life.

Arnaldo André

Actor

Arnaldo André is a soap-opera Paraguayan actor. He spent most of his career in Argentina, where he has been active since 1964. He earned a Martín Fierro award in 2010, and his most recent work was in the Los únicos TV series.

Roberto Junior Fernández

Soccer Goalkeeper

Roberto Junior Fernández Torres is a Paraguayan football goalkeeper who plays for Cerro Porteño in the Paraguayan Primera División. He is known as Gatito for being the son of former Paraguayan 1986 World Cup goalkeeper Roberto Fernández, nicknamed Gato.

Aureliano Torres

Soccer Midfielder

Aureliano Torres Román is a Paraguayan footballer who last played for Club Atletico Peñarol in the Uruguayan Primera Division. At club level, Torres achieved the 2002 Emperor's Cup in Japan, the Torneo Clausura of the 2006–07 Argentine Primera División and the 2012–13 Uruguayan Primera División of Uruguay, and with Paraguay he achieved the Silver Medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics Men's tournament and runners-up of the 2011 Copa América.

Aldo Bobadilla

Soccer

Aldo Antonio Bobadilla Ávalos is a Paraguayan retired football goalkeeper.

Carlos Bonet

Soccer

Carlos Bonet Cáceres is a Paraguayan footballer who plays as a right winger for Cerro Porteño in the Paraguayan Primera División. He has been chosen to represent his country in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

Gustavo Benítez

Soccer

Gustavo Benítez is a retired Paraguayan football defender. He currently works as a coach.

José Ortigoza

Soccer

José María Ortigoza Ortiz, is a Paraguayan football striker.

Raúl Vicente Amarilla

Soccer

Raúl Vicente Amarilla is a retired Paraguayan football striker.

Hernando Arias de Saavedra

Military Person

Hernando Arias de Saavedra, commonly known as Hernandarias, was a soldier and politician of criollo ancestry. He was the first person born in the Americas to become a governor of a European colony in the New World, serving three terms as governor of Rio de la Plata province, 1597-1599, 1602–1609, and 1615-1617.

Robin Ramírez

Soccer Midfielder

Robin Ramírez is a football forward from Paraguay who plays for UNAM.

Luis Nery Caballero

Soccer

Luis Nery Caballero Chamorro is a Paraguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Krylya Sovetov in the Russian Premier League. His father Luis was a member of the Paraguay national football team at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.

Rossana de los Ríos

Tennis Player

Rossana de los Ríos is a retired professional tennis player from Paraguay. She was born in the Paraguayan capital, Asunción, and now lives in Miami, USA, with her daughter Ana Paula Neffa de los Ríos and her husband Gustavo Neffa, a retired Paraguayan football player who played for Boca Juniors. Rossana achieved a career high singles ranking of No. 51 in September 2001, and No. 52 in doubles on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. De los Ríos played doubles with Grand Slam champions such as Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, as well as Jelena Janković and Dinara Safina. Rossana is also a former world number one Junior player, having won the 1992 Roland Garros Juniors event. She was the only female tennis representative for Paraguay in the 1992 and 2000 Olympic Games.

Verónica Cepede Royg

Tennis Player

Verónica Cepede Royg is a professional Paraguayan tennis player and a constant member of the Paraguay Fed Cup team. On 12 December 2011, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 231 whilst her best doubles ranking was 284 on 29 August 2011. She has got an Invitation entry into the 2012 London Olympics.

Diego Barreto

Soccer

Diego Daniel Barreto Cáceres is a Paraguayan football goalkeeper. He currently plays for Cerro Porteño in the Paraguayan Primera División. Diego is the brother of fellow Paraguayan footballer, Édgar Barreto.

Roque González de Santa Cruz

Deceased Person

Father Roque González de Santa Cruz S.J. was born in Asunción, Paraguay on 17 November 1576. He was the son of Don Bartolomé González de Villaverde and Doña María de Santa Cruz who were Spanish nobles. Roque González spoke Guaraní fluently from an early age. At the age of 22 he was ordained priest by the bishop of Córdoba. In 1609, he became a member of the Society of Jesus, beginning his work as a missionary. He became the first European person to enter the region known today as the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. His arrival in the area only happened after his developing delicate relationships of trust with local indigenous leaders, some of whom feared that the priests were preparing the way for the arrival of masses of Europeans in their land. In 1613 he founded the reduction of San Ignacio Miní. In 1615 he founded Itapúa, which is now the city of Posadas in the Argentine province of Misiones. Then he had to move the reduction to the other side of the river, now the site of the city of Encarnación. He also founded the reduction of Concepción de la Sierra Candelaria, Candelaria, San Javier, Yapeyú

Richart Báez

Soccer Forward

Richart Martín Báez Fernández is a Paraguayan former footballer who played as a striker.

Gustavo Neffa

Soccer Forward

Gustavo Alfredo Neffa Rodríguez is a retired footballer from Paraguay. He started his career on Olimpia Asunción, and at the age of 18, noted by Juventus, Neffa moved on loan to Serie A club U.S. Cremonese, where he failed to make his breakthrough. He returned in South America in 1992, playing for Unión de Santa Fe, Boca Juniors and Estudiantes, before leaving football and marry tennis player Rossana de los Ríos, who gave him a daughter. He also made a short comeback as a player/coach to Dallas Burn in 2000, just appearing on one pre-season match. He also appeared at the 1992 Summer Olympics in the Paraguayan football team, playing a single match against Ghana; it was during this experience that Neffa met his future wife Rossana. Italian musician Neffa took his name as a homage to Gustavo. Today they are known to be good friends .

Víctor Cáceres

Soccer Midfielder

Víctor Javier Cáceres Centurión is a Paraguayan footballer. He currently plays as Defensive midfielder for Brazilian Série A club Flamengo and also for Paraguay national team.

Denis Caniza

Soccer

Denis Ramón Caniza Acuña is a Paraguayan football defender who currently plays for Sportivo Luqueño in the Primera División Paraguaya. He started his career in Olimpia of Paraguay. He also played in Lanús of Argentina, Santos Laguna, Atlas, Cruz Azul, Leon, and Irapuato of Mexico. Caniza has always been a regular in the Paraguay national football team because of his versatility, as he can play as a side defender or as a centre-back. After the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Caniza announced his retirement from the Paraguay national team. However, when coach Gerardo Martino took the helm of the national team Caniza was called back and accepted to return to play for Paraguay. After Gerardo Martino took the head coach job in the Paraguay national football team, Caniza was voted for his teammates to become the captain of the team, so every time he plays he captains the Paraguay national football team. Caniza holds the distinction as the only Paraguayan footballer to be selected for 4 consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals, having been chosen in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. Due to his small size and industrial play, he has been described by BBC South American reporter Tim Vickery as "the Paraguayan Nobby Stiles".

Luis Alberto del Paraná

Musical Artist

Luis Alberto del Paraná was a Paraguayan singer and guitarist. During the fifties, sixties and early seventies, he traveled extensively around the globe with his group Los Paraguayos, popularizing Paraguayan music. He is the best-selling Paraguayan musician ever.

José Félix Estigarribia

Politician

Marshal José Félix Estigarribia Insaurralde was a decorated Paraguayan war hero and President of Paraguay for the Liberal party.

Enzo Prono

Soccer Forward

Enzo Prono is a Paraguayan football striker. He currently plays for Club Olimpia, on loan from Sol de América.

Wilson Pittoni

Soccer Midfielder

Wilson Omar Pittoni Rodríguez, better known as Wilson Pittoni, is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Olimpia Asunción.

Andrés Rodríguez

Politician

Andrés Rodríguez Pedotti was the President of Paraguay from February 3, 1989 to August 15, 1993. He assumed the presidency in a coup d'état against Alfredo Stroessner.

Juan Carlos Wasmosy

Politician

Juan Carlos Wasmosy Monti was the President of Paraguay from 1993 until 1998. He was a member of the Colorado Party, and the country's first civilian president in 39 years. Born in Asunción, Paraguay, Wasmosy trained as a civil engineer and became head of the Paraguayan consortium working on the Itaipu Dam. During this project, he amassed a large amount of wealth. He served as minister of integration under President Andrés Rodríguez. His ancestors immigrated to South America from Debrecen, Hungary in 1828. at that time, the surname of the family was Vámosy. His relative, Alceu Wamosy, a famous Brazilian writer, is also from this ancestry. Juan Carlos Wasmosy went to see the home town of his ancestors in 1995 during his official visit to Hungary. Rodríguez endorsed Wasmosy as his successor in the 1993 elections. He won with approximately 40 percent of the vote in what is generally acknowledged to be the first honest election in the country's history, with Domingo Laino finishing a close second. Although there were confirmed cases of fraud, a team of international observers led by Jimmy Carter concluded that Wasmosy's margin of victory was large enough to offset any wrongdoing. Carter also noted that opposition candidates took 60 percent of the vote between them—a remarkable figure in a country where opposition had been barely tolerated for most of its history up to that point.

Cindy Taylor

Actor

Cindy Taylor is a fashion model, actress and television host.

Diego Gavilán

Soccer Midfielder

Diego Antonio Gavilán Zarate is a Paraguayan footballer. He currently plays for Juan Aurich and the Paraguay national football team.

Julián Benítez

Soccer Forward

Julián Alfonso Benítez is an Paraguayan international footballer who plays in Ecuador for as a striker.

Derlis Florentín

Soccer Forward

Derlis Javier Florentín Noguera was a Paraguayan football striker.

Pablo Daniel Escobar

Soccer Midfielder

Pablo Daniel Escobar Olivetti is a Paraguayan-born Bolivian footballer that currently plays for Bolivian Primera División club The Strongest as an attacking midfielder.

Carlos Franco

Golfer

Carlos Daniel Franco is a Paraguayan professional golfer. He is the brother of golfer Angel Franco. Franco was born in Asunción, Paraguay. He comes from a poor background and grew up in a one-room, dirt-floor home. His father was a greenkeeper and caddy, and he has five brothers, all of whom became golf professionals. Carlos turned professional in 1986 and has played in many parts of the world. He has won more than twenty tournaments in Latin America, and from 1994 to 1999 he won five times on the Japan Golf Tour. He also claimed the 1994 Philippine Open title on the Asian Tour. Since 1999, he has played on the U.S. based PGA Tour, although he has not been fully exempt since 2006. He was the first rookie to surpass $1 million in earnings in a season and won the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year title. He has won four times on the PGA Tour. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings. After struggling to stay on the PGA Tour, Franco also played on the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Marcos Cáceres

Soccer Defender

Marcos Antonio Cáceres is a Paraguayan football defender currently playing for Newell's Old Boys. Cáceres started his playing career in 2006 with Cerro Porteño where he played a total of 24 games in all competitions before joining Racing Club in 2007. After 2 substitute appearances Cáceres quickly established himself as a regular starter in the Racing Club lineup.

Anthony Domingo Silva

Soccer Goalkeeper

Anthony Silva is a Paraguayan professional footballer, who plays for Deportes Tolima as a goalkeeper. Silva also holds Italian citizenship.

Miguel Samudio

Soccer Midfielder

Miguel Ángel Ramón Samudio is a Paraguayan footballer currently under contract with Libertad.

Adalberto Román

Soccer

Adalberto Román Benítez, is a Paraguayan footballer currently playing for Libertad.

Celso Ayala

Soccer Defender

Celso Rafael Ayala Gavilán is a retired Paraguayan football defender. With 85 caps and 6 goals, he is one of the most capped players in the Paraguayan national team. Ayala became a key player in Paraguay's outstanding defensive line in the 1990s, along with fellow defenders Francisco Arce and Carlos Gamarra. His characteristics were leadership in the field, good positioning and superb tackling and heading skills. Ayala made his international debut for the Paraguay national football team on 3 March 1993 in the Copa Paz de Chico match against Bolivia as a substitute.

Lino Oviedo

Politician

Lino César Oviedo Silva was a Paraguayan politician and army general. He was the leader of the National Union of Ethical Citizens, which split from the Colorado Party in 2002.

José Asunción Flores

Composer

José Asunción Flores was a Paraguayan composer and creator of the Guarania music genre.

Orlando Gaona Lugo

Soccer

Orlando Gabriel Gaona Lugo is a Paraguayan footballer currently playing for Cerro Porteño on loan from Boca Juniors.

Emiliano R. Fernández

Musician

Emiliano R. Fernández born on August 8, 1894, in Yvysunu, Guarambaré, Paraguay was a Paraguayan poet. His parents were Silvestre Fernández and Bernarda Rivarola.

Roberto Ovelar

Soccer

Roberto Andrés Ovelar Maldonado is a Paraguayan footballer that currently plays for Chilean Primera División club Universidad Católica as striker. He began his football career at amateur club Karende of the Mallorquín league, and after a long time in that team, he was scouted by Rogelio Rojas for play at Cerro Porteño, one of the most successful teams of that country. Cerro's coach in that moment Gustavo Costas, considered him in the 2006 season, and the same season he earned the Primera División title, being this his career's first honour. After a regular 2007 season, Ovelar was loaned to Peruvian side Universidad San Martín de Porres. In June 2008, he returned to Cerro Porteño, after a good season at the Peruvian football, winning the Torneo Descentralizado title. In January 2009, Ovelar joined to Mexican club Cruz Azul of the first tier of that country. In June, he returned to Peru and joined to Alianza Lima on loan, after acquiring the totality of his rights. After his great season at Alianza, in December 2011, was confirmed that he joined to Chilean Primera División club Universidad Católica for a US$1.5 million transfer fee. Ovelar also represented to Paraguayan national under-20 football team in 2001, aged 16, playing five games and not scoring goals in the South American Youth Championship.

Nicolás Leoz

Musical Artist

Nicolás Leoz Almirón was President of CONMEBOL between 1986 and 2013. Leoz assumed the presidency in 1986 and in February 2006, he was reelected as President for a sixth term. He is Paraguayan and he received Colombian citizenship in 2008. On April 23, 2013, Leoz resigned from both the FIFA Executive Committee and the CONMEBOL presidency, citing health issues. Before his position as President of CONMEBOL, Leoz was President of the Justice Department of the Paraguayan Basketball Confederation, President of Paraguayan Soccer Club Libertad, President of the Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol and Vice President of CONMEBOL. In November 2010 he was alleged by the BBC to have taken bribes in the 1990s regarding the awarding of World Cup television rights.

Alejandro Da Silva

Soccer

Alejandro Damian Da Silva is a Paraguayan football striker. He currently plays for Cerro Porteño in Asunción, Paraguay. Da Silva started his career with Cerro Porteño before moving to Italy where he played for Udinese, Foggia and Sambenedettese. In 2000 it was discovered that he had entered Italy using a forged passport and banned in July 2001. In 2005 Da Silva returned to Paraguay to rejoin Cerro Porteño where he played until his transfer to Newell's Old Boys in 2007. Da Silva made his debut for the Paraguay national football team in 2007.

Eduardo Ledesma

Soccer Midfielder

Eduardo Fabián Ledesma Trinidad is a Paraguayan football midfielder. He currently plays for Rosario Central in Argentina.

Salustiano Candia

Soccer

Salustiano Antonio Candia is a Paraguayan football defender who plays for Olimpia in the Paraguayan Primera División.

Fulgencio Yegros

Politician

Fulgencio Yegros y Franco de Torres was Paraguayan soldier and first head of state of independent Paraguay.

Raúl Cubas Grau

Politician

Raúl Alberto Cubas Grau is a Paraguayan politician. He served as the President of Paraguay from 1998 until 1999. He was a member of the Colorado Party. Prior to standing for election, he worked as an electrical engineer, and served as finance minister of Paraguay from 1993 until his resignation in April 1996. When the 1998 campaign began, army general Lino Oviedo named Cubas as his running mate. However, a few months before the election, Oviedo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a 1996 coup and was disqualified. Cubas took his place on the ballot and won the May 1998 election with 54% of the vote under the slogan "Cubas in government, Oviedo in power." To date, it is the only time since the restoration of democracy in Paraguay that a presidential candidate has won an outright majority. In June, the Paraguayan Congress passed a law that said that the president could not pardon anyone who had not served at least half of his or her prison term. In August, however, three days after his inauguration, Cubas reduced Oviedo’s sentence to the time already served, then released him from jail. Despite an order from the Paraguayan Supreme Court in December 1998, Cubas refused to send Oviedo back to jail. In response, the Chamber of Deputies voted to charge Cubas with abuse of power in February 1999. The vote was only two votes short of that necessary for a formal impeachment.

Eusebio Ayala

Politician

Eusebio Ayala was President of Paraguay from 7 November 1921 to 12 April 1923 and again from 15 August 1932 to 17 February 1936. He was a member of the Liberal Party. He was overthrown by Rafael Franco.

Eligio Ayala

Politician

José Eligio Ayala was President of Paraguay from 12 April 1923 to 17 March 1924 and again from 15 August 1924 until 15 August 1928. He was a member of the Liberal Party. Jose Eligio Ayala was born in Mbuyapey in the department of Paraguarí on 4 December 1879, son of Spanish Mariano Sisa and Paraguayan Manuela de Jesus Ayala. He was twin brother of Emilio de Jesus Ayala and brother of Eliseo’s father, Juan Pablo, Juan Bautista and Manuel Sisa. He was the father of the son of Rosaura Abelardo Gonzalez and daughter Anastasia Candelaria Duplán.

William Mendieta

Soccer Midfielder

William Mendieta is a Paraguayan international footballer who plays for Palmeiras, as an attacking midfielder and Winger.

Cayetano Ré

Soccer

Cayetano Ré Ramírez is a former Paraguayan footballer striker and coach who was born in Asunción, on 7 February 1938. He is famous for being one of the first professional footballers to be open about having Asperger syndrome.

Eulogio Martínez

Soccer

Eulogio Martínez Ramiro was a Paraguayan-Spaniard football striker. He played for the Spanish side FC Barcelona in the 1950s and 1960s, and is remembered for being a prolific striker with an excellent finishing ability.

Ricardo Tavarelli

Soccer

Ricardo Javier Tavarelli Paiva is a former Paraguayan footballer, who played as a goalkeeper.