Famous Croatian Sportspersons

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 1 
Luka Modrić
(Football Player)

Luka Modrić
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Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić has won 17 big trophies for his club. He had a difficult childhood, growing up amid the Croatian War of Independence. He has played for Tottenham Hotspur, and in 2018, he led Croatia to their first football World Cup final and won the Golden Ball.

 2 
Mirko Cro Cop
(Mixed martial artist)

Mirko Cro Cop
4
Birthdate: September 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vinkovci, Croatia

 3 
Mario Mandžukić
(Football player)

Mario Mandžukić
4
Birthdate: May 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Slavonski Brod, Croatia

 4 
Ivan Rakitić
(Football player)

Ivan Rakitić
5
Birthdate: March 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rheinfelden, Switzerland

Popular Croatian central midfielder Ivan Rakitić now represents FC Barcelona. Though born in Switzerland, the talented footballer has never played for the country. Known for his energy on the field, he was instrumental in taking his team to the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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 5 
Goran Ivanisevic
(Tennis Player)

Goran Ivanisevic
5
Birthdate: September 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
The first Croat to win a Wimbledon men’s singles, Goran Ivanisevic also remains the only player to win the title on a wild card. His rankings improved dramatically from 125th to 16th after his Wimbledon triumph in 2001. Interestingly, the tennis star is also a skilled football player.

 6 
Mateo Kovačić
(Football player)

Mateo Kovačić
4
Birthdate: May 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Linz, Austria
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 7 
Davor Šuker
(Footballer)

Davor Šuker
4
Birthdate: January 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Osijek
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 8 
Ivan Perisic
(Footballer)

Ivan Perisic
4
Birthdate: February 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Split

 9 
Toni Kukoč
(Basketball player)

Toni Kukoč
4
Birthdate: September 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Split, Croatia

 10 
Marin Čilić
(Čilić has won 20 ATP Tour singles Titles)

Marin Čilić
6
Birthdate: September 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Međugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 11 
Dražen Petrović
(Basketball player)

Dražen Petrović
9
Birthdate: October 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Šibenik, Croatia
Died: June 7, 1993

 12 
Niko Kovač
(Retired soccer star remembered for being the longtime captain of the Croatian national team)

Niko Kovač
4
Birthdate: October 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 13 
Dejan Lovren
(Footballer)

Dejan Lovren
5
Birthdate: July 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zenica, Bosnia

Following his 6-year stint with Liverpool, Croatian footballer Dejan Lovren has now moved to Russia to captain Zenit Saint Petersburg. He spent his early childhood in the war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina and then escaped to Germany and eventually to Croatia. He led Croatia to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

 14 
Bojan Bogdanović
(Basketball player)

Bojan Bogdanović
4
Birthdate: April 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 15 
Donna Vekic
(Tennis player)

Donna Vekic
6
Birthdate: June 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia

 16 
Nikola Kalinić
(Footballer striker)

Nikola Kalinić
4
Birthdate: January 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Solin, Croatia

 17 
Domagoj Vida
(Croatian footballer)

Domagoj Vida
3
Birthdate: April 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Našice, Croatia

 18 
Dario Šarić
(Basketball player)

Dario Šarić
4
Birthdate: April 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Šibenik, Croatia

 19 
Mario Hezonja
(Basketball player)

Mario Hezonja
3
Birthdate: February 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dubrovnik, Croatia

 20 
Siniša Mihajlović
(Football manager and former footballer, who is the manager of Serie A club Bologna)

Siniša Mihajlović
4
Birthdate: February 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vukovar, Croatia

 21 
Darijo Srna
(Croatian footballer)

Darijo Srna
3
Birthdate: May 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Metković

 22 
Ivica Zubac
(Basketball player)

Ivica Zubac
3
Birthdate: March 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 23 
Dragan Bender
(Basketball player)

Dragan Bender
3
Birthdate: November 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Čapljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 24 
Niko Kranjčar
(Football player - Attacking midfielder)

Niko Kranjčar
3
Birthdate: August 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

 25 
Nikolai Volkoff
(Professional wrestler)

Nikolai Volkoff
3
Birthdate: October 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: July 29, 2018

 26 
Marko Pjaca
(Croatian footballer)

Marko Pjaca
3
Birthdate: May 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zagreb

 27 
Borna Ćorić
(Tennis player)

Borna Ćorić
4
Birthdate: November 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

 28 
Robert Prosinečki
(Football Midfielder and manager)

Robert Prosinečki
3
Birthdate: January 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Villingen-Schwenningen Schwenningen, West Germany

 29 
Ajla Tomljanovic
(Tennis player)

Ajla Tomljanovic
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Birthdate: May 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

Ajla Tomljanovic is a Croatian-Australian tennis player best known for her performance as a junior player. Tomljanović, who played for Croatia from 2009 to 2018, has been representing Australia at all events on the WTA Tour since 2018. Ajla Tomljanovic reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in 2021 when her fourth round opponent Emma Raducanu retired in the second set.

 30 
Mario Pašalić
(Football central midfielder)

Mario Pašalić
1
Birthdate: February 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany

 31 
Ivica Olić
(Football player)

Ivica Olić
4
Birthdate: September 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Davor, Croatia

 32 
Zvonimir Boban
(Footballer)

Zvonimir Boban
3
Birthdate: October 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Imotski

 33 
Satoshi Ishii
(Mixed martial artist)

Satoshi Ishii
3
Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan

 34 
Edin Terzić
(Football coach and Former player)

Edin Terzić
1
Birthdate: October 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Menden, Germany

 35 
Ivo Karlović
(Tennis player)

Ivo Karlović
4
Birthdate: February 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

 36 
Milan Badelj
(Croatian footballer)

Milan Badelj
3
Birthdate: February 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zagreb

 37 
Luka Šamanić
(Basketball player)

Luka Šamanić
3
Birthdate: January 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

 38 
Dino Rađa
(Basketball player)

Dino Rađa
3
Birthdate: April 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Split, Croatia

 39 
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
(Tennis player)

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
5
Birthdate: March 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dortmund, West Germany

 40 
Blanka Vlašić
(Former track and field athlete)

Blanka Vlašić
3
Birthdate: November 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Split, Croatia

 41 
Petra Martić
(Tennis player)

Petra Martić
4
Birthdate: January 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Split, Croatia

 42 
Ante Žižić
(Basketball player)

Ante Žižić
3
Birthdate: January 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Split, Croatia

 43 

Filip Hrgović
3
Birthdate: June 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

 44 
Tin Jedvaj
(Footballer)

Tin Jedvaj
3
Birthdate: November 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zagreb

 45 
Dado Pršo
(Footballer)

Dado Pršo
3
Birthdate: November 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zadar

 46 
Janica Kostelić
(Alpine ski racer)

Janica Kostelić
2
Birthdate: January 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

 47 
Marko Rog
(Croatian footballer)

Marko Rog
3
Birthdate: July 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Varaždin

 48 
Roberto Soldić
(Mixed martial artist)

Roberto Soldić
3
Birthdate: January 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vitez, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 49 
Igor Tudor
(Croatian football manager)

Igor Tudor
3
Birthdate: April 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Split

 50 
Ivan Ljubičić
(Tennis player)

Ivan Ljubičić
3
Birthdate: March 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina