Uruguay is squeezed between Brazil and Argentina, and it has almost four million inhabitants, nearly half of whom are living in the capital Montevideo. It’s a small country with a diverse landscape and a melting pot of cultures and styles. The official language is Spanish, and the country has a rich history filled with great personalities.
Since not many people know about Uruguay, I’ve decided to talk about some of the famous people that come from this Latin underdog. It might be small, but the people on this list are anything but. I’ve tried to pick one from each social category to emphasize the diversity of the land.
One of the most beloved and popular persons to have ever come from Uruguay is Luiz Suárez. He is a footballer who plays for the British team Liverpool, but also for Uruguay’s national team. He reached fame at the young age of nineteen, and he was awarded the title Player of the Year two years in a row.
He is one of the best-paid players in the world, his transfer to Liverpool costing more than 26 million dollars. On the 26th of October 2013, Suarez scored his fourth Premiership hat-trick for the British team, making him the most frequent scorer of hat-tricks in history.
Edinson Cavani is another footballer with origins in Uruguay. He plays for the Paris Saint-Germain team, and just like Suárez, he is also part of the national team. He is mostly known for the fact that he scores impressive goals, both aesthetically and from a technical point of view.
The guy was even was listed in The Guardian’s list of the 100 best footballers in the world at number ten, which is something that is only achieved through hard work and dedication. He scored hundreds of goals, received many awards, and he never allowed fame to ruin him, as he is praised for his charity work.
Next on the list is a novelist. Mario Benedetti was an Uruguayan who dedicated his life to the art of writing. A poet, novelist, and journalist, he didn’t shy away from controversy, as he is known for criticizing his government for their shady practices.
He was a member of the Generación del 45, and he published more than eighty books, but despite this, he is still unknown to the English speaking world. Nevertheless, he is considered one of the most prominent and vital writers in Latin America and all the other Hispanic countries.
And to close this article, I chose one of my favorite football players – Diego Lugano. He plays for the West Bromwich Albion team and is famous for his mindblowing scores and flamboyant style. As expected, he is part of the Uruguayan national team, where he acts as a central defender, but also as its captain.