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Mauricio Baldivieso is a Bolivian footballer who last played as a midfielder for Club San José in the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano. At the age of 12, Baldivieso became the youngest player ever to play professional football when his father, Julio Baldivieso, who managed Club Aurora at the time, sent him on as a late substitute against La Paz on 19 July 2009.
He returned to Aurora in 2011 alongside his father, who took over for a second time as manager.
On 30 June 2013, Baldivieso signed for Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano club Nacional Potosí on a free transfer.
He made his debut for his new side on 4 August 2013, starting in a 2–0 win over his former club Aurora before being substituted in the 50th minute.
Baldivieso was selected for the Bolivian U-20 team to play in the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship.
In 2015, he signed with Universitario de Sucre.