|Full name||Gustavo Antonio Varela Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||14 May 1978|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2003||Schalke 04 II||4||(2)|
|2010–2011||→ Quilmes (loan)||21||(0)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 16:52, 11 November 2015 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:53, 19 December 2010 (UTC)
Gustavo Antonio Varela Rodríguez (born 14 May 1978) is a Uruguayan former footballer. He was a versatile right sided player who also could "be played as a lone striker, behind the front two" or at the heart of midfield.
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