Gustavo Antonio Varela Rodríguez (born 14 May 1978) is a Uruguayan football player who currently plays for C.A. Cerro. Varela is a versatile right sided player who also "can be played as a lone striker, behind the front two" or at the heart of midfield.
Varela started his career in Nacional in Uruguay, and played between 2002 and 2008 for FC Schalke 04 in Germany. After his contract with Schalke 04 expired in January 2009, Varela returned to Nacional.