|Full name||Nelson Alberto Barahona Collins|
|Date of birth||22 November 1987|
|Place of birth||Colón, Panama|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Escuelita Blanco y Negro|
|2008||→ Fénix (loan)||11||(1)|
|2009||→ Atlético Huila (loan)||26||(1)|
|2011||→ Caracas (loan)||13||(3)|
|2011||→ Deportivo Táchira (loan)||7||(1)|
|2012||→ Atlético Huila (loan)||26||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 February 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2013
Nicknamed el Russo, Barahona played numerous of years in Árabe Unido's youth team before in 2007 making his debut with the senior team. After having several good appearances with the club and the Panama youth team he moved to Uruguayan side Fénix. Russo made his league debut with Fénix as a second-half substitute on 27 February 2008 against Nacional. Unfortunately, Fénix where relegated and Barahona returned to ANAPROF side Árabe Unido where he was crowned champion of the ANAPROF Clausura 2008.
On 28 February 2009 Barahona signed a 1-year loan contract with Colombian side Atlético Huila making him the second Panamanian in team after Amilcar Henriquez was signed in December 2008. He played his last game for Árabe Unido on 27 February 2009.
By 2010 he was transferred to Independiente Medellín, a club with which he had the chance to play the 2010 Copa Libertadores. At the end of the year, he was loaned to Venezuelan side Caracas FC.
In mid-2011 he returned to Independiente Medellín, club owner of his sports rights, but on 2 September 2011 he was hired by Deportivo Táchira of Venezuela whom he subsequently left in December 2011.
On 17 January 2012 Atlético Huila confirmed him as the new reinforcement for the 2012 season, Barahona joining compatriots Amílcar Henríquez and Alejandro Vélez at the club. This is his second stay in the club. In February 2013, he signed with Itagüí and he moved to Alianza Petrolera in December 2013.
He made his senior debut for Panama on 22 August 2007 against Guatemala and has, as of 1 May 2015, earned a total of 45 caps, scoring 4 goals. He represented his country in 13 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and was part of the national team that won the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup in Honduras. In 2011, he was called up by Julio Dely Valdés to play at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
|1||20 May 2009||Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe, Argentina||Argentina||1–1||1–3||Friendly|
|2||5 July 2009||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, United States||Guadeloupe||1–2||1–2||2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|3||12 June 2012||Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama||Cuba||1–0||1–0||2014 World Cup qualifier|
|4||16 October 2012||Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba||Cuba||1–1||1–1||2014 World Cup qualifier|
- Árabe Unido
- Atlético Huila
- Torneo Finalización 2009 (Runner-up)
Mejor jugador de fútbol profesional local COSAWARDS 2017
- 'Ojota' con Nacional
- Barahona al futbol Colombiano
- El panameño Nelson Barahona es nuevo jugador del Medellín
- Nelson Barahona reforzará al Caracas
- Barahona no jugará más con el Deportivo Táchira El Universal (in Spanish)
- Barahona se integró al Huila El panameño compartirá vestuario con sus compatriotas Amílcar Henríquez y Alejandro Vélez – La Prensa (in Spanish)
- Barahona ficha por el Itagüí – PanamaFutbol (in Spanish)
- Barahona apunta y dispara La Prensa (in Spanish)
- El Russo Barahona jugará en la LPF con el San Francisco La última vez que Barahona jugó en el fútbol panameño fue hace siete años, cuando salió campeón con el Árabe en 2008 La Prensa (in Spanish)
- Nelson Barahona – FIFA competition record
- Panama – Record International Players – RSSSF
- UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2009 – Details – RSSSF