Spanish

The Spanish come across as fun loving, easy going people who would rather party all night and sleep all day! Definitely fun loving, but by no means are the Spaniards lazy people! In fact the Spanish work for longer hours than do most Europeans. It is just the fact that the Spanish know that there is more to life than just running the rat race and adhering to set conventions. Take Pablo Picasso for instance. Unconventional and highly prolific, the artist co-founded the cubist movement and went on to become one of the best known figures of 20th century art. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the author of ‘Don Quixote’, gave the world the most influential work from the Spanish Golden Age.

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 1 Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain
Died: April 8, 1973

Pablo Picasso was a renowned artist whose paintings sell by millions of dollars at auctions even today, many years after his death. With masterful strokes, attractive shades and rich textures, Picasso created some of the most visually impressive arts of the 20th century. While exploring new styles and experimenting with different techniques, Picasso co-founded Cubist art style and co-invented collage.

 2 Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manacor, Spain

Rafael Nadal is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players ever and is called the king of clay. The Spanish national has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and holds the record of winning 13 French Open Championships. He also has one Australian Open, two Wimbledon and four US Open titles to his name.

 3 Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alcobendas, Spain

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish model and actress who has had major success in the American entertainment industry. Also known for her work as a philanthropist, Cruz has been touching the lives of many for the past several years. Apart from donating money to charity, Cruz has also volunteered in India and Uganda. She has also advocated for PETA's anti-fur campaign.

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 4 Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player, Football Manager
Birthdate: January 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santpedor, Spain

A football addict from beginning, Pep Guardiola went on to become a key player with the Barcelona and the Spanish National team. He played a crucial role in winning major titles like the La Liga and an Olympic gold medal. After retiring as a player, he became a coach and is widely regarded as one of the world's best coaches. 

 5 Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Surrealist Painter
Birthdate: May 11, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Figueres, Spain
Died: January 23, 1989

Salvador Dali was a Spanish artist best remembered for his precise draftsmanship and technical skills. His artwork is famous for depicting bizarre and striking images. In spite of producing brilliant artworks, Dali's ostentatious and eccentric public behavior often overshadowed his professional achievements, much to the irritation of his fans and critics. His works have influenced other artists like Jeff Koons.

 6 Philip II of Spain

Philip II of Spain
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: King of Spain (1556-1598)
Birthdate: May 21, 1527
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: September 13, 1598
Philip II, son of Charles V, was a 16-th century king of Spain and Portugal. Also known as Philip the Prudent, he became the king of Ireland and England through his marriage to Mary I. Following Mary’s death, he attempted to overthrow Elizabeth I with his armada invasions, but failed.

 7 Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Municipality of Las Palmas, Spain

Spanish actor, Javier Bardem, is an acclaimed artist and has worked in notable films like Skyfall, Love in the Time of Cholera, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Mother and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He has also acted in numerous Spanish movies. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the 2007 film No Country for Old Men.

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 8 Andrés Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: May 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fuentealbilla, Spain
Spanish midfielder Andrés Iniesta, who now captains the Japanese club Vissel Kobe, has had a 22-year stint with Barcelona, serving as a captain in three seasons and winning nine La Ligas and four UEFA Champions Leagues. He scored the winning goal to help Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

 9 Hernán Cortés

Hernán Cortés
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: 1st and 3rd Governor of New Spain
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Medellín, Spain
Died: December 2, 1547
Spanish "Conquistador" Hernán Cortés was one of the pioneers of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. He conquered the Aztec Empire and helped bring a massive portion of Mexico under the King of Castile’s rule in 16th century. As a reward, he was named the Marqués del Valle de Oaxaca.

 10 Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Four-time All-Star NBA power-forward/center Pau Gasol left medical school to join FC Barcelona. He won two NBA championships with the LA Lakers. The Spanish footballer and the 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year is an all-time EuroBasket top-scorer, reads historical novels, is a polyglot, and loves concerts and operas. 

 11 Xavi

Xavi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Terrassa, Spain
Former Barcelona footballer Xavi won multiple trophies with the team, such as the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Famous for his tiki-taka style, he also helped Spain win the FIFA World Cup in 2010. After playing for the Qatari club Al-Sadd, he began coaching the team.

 12 Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: F1 Driver
Birthdate: July 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oviedo, Spain

Two-time FIA Hall of Fame inductee Fernando Alonso began go-carting at age 3 and won several trophies by 10. The youngest to win the F-1 World Championship, for Renault, he later led a Ferrari team. When he isn’t racing, he is busy managing his e-sports team and working for UNICEF.

 13 Ana de Armas

Ana de Armas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba

A Spanish-Cuban actress, Ana de Armas worked in Spanish films and television shows before moving to Hollywood. Overcoming the obstacle of not knowing English, she established herself as a solid actress by working in films like Knives Out and Blade Runner 2049. She will play a Bond girl in No Time to Die movie and will portray Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix biopic Blonde.

 14 Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

One of the most popular Spanish singer-songwriters of all time, Enrique Iglesias is widely known as the King of Latin Pop. Having sold more than 180 million records worldwide, Enrique Iglesias is among the best-selling Latin music artists list. He often uses his popularity to help raise funds to benefit humanitarian organizations like the American Red Cross.

 15 Elsa Pataky

Elsa Pataky
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: July 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Elsa Pataky is one of the most famous Spanish models and actresses to make it big in the American film industry. She is best known for playing Officer Elena Neves alongside Dwayne Johnson in The Fast and the Furious film franchise. A polyglot, Elsa Pataky can speak Spanish, English, Romanian, Portuguese, French, and Italian fluently.

 16 Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: March 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camas, Spain

Spanish footballer, Sergio Ramos, is known for his defensive skills and also for his ability to play offensively and score goals. He plays for the Premier League Club, Real Madrid. Ramos was a member of the Spanish national side which won the European Championship in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2010. 

 17 Gerard Piqué

Gerard Piqué
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué, who plays for FC Barcelona, is considered one of the world’s best centre halves. He is amongst the few players who have won the UEFA Champions League for two consecutive years, but for different teams. He also played a crucial role in the Spain national team’s victory in 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.

 18 Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

One of the most popular Spanish-American actors of all time, Antonio Banderas has made a name for himself in Hollywood. Apart from being a successful actor, he is also an accomplished businessman. A perfume industry veteran, Antonio Banderas has been working with the fragrance and beauty company Puig for several years and is the brand's most popular representative.

 19 Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon
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Famous As: First Wife of King Henry VIII
Birthdate: December 16, 1485
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Archbishop's Palace of Alcalá de Henares, Alcala de Henares, Spain
Died: January 7, 1536

Catherine of Aragon was one of the most popular English royal consorts of all time. A patron of Renaissance humanism, she gained widespread admiration for starting a program for the relief of the poor. A woman who was ahead of her time, Catherine commissioned The Education of a Christian Woman, a controversial book promoting women's right to education.

 20 Antoni Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 25, 1852
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reus
Died: June 10, 1926
Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is remembered as a prominent figure of Catalan Modernism. Most of his works, including the incomplete church of the Sagrada Família, are in Barcelona. His innovative methods included the use of trencadís. By 2005, seven of his creations had been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 21 Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
The King of Latin Pop Ricky Martin ruled the music scene of the 1990s, with hits such as Livin' La Vida Loca and The Cup of Life. He began performing with the band Menudo at age 12 and later released multiple Billboard number 1 albums as a solo artist.

 22 Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fuenlabrada

Fernando Torres is a former football player whose ability to score goals earned him a reputation as one of the best goal-scorers in the world. He helped his Spanish football team win their first FIFA World Cup in 2010. Such is his popularity in Spain that a stadium was built in his honor in Fuenlabrada, Spain, in 2011.

 23 David de Gea

David de Gea
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: November 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea currently plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester United and has helped his team win a Premier League, an FA Cup, and an EFL Cup, among other titles. With his previous team, Atletico Madrid, he won a UEFA Europa League and a UEFA Super Cup.

 24 Juan Ponce de León

Juan Ponce de León
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1474 AD
Birthplace: Santervás de Campos
Died: June 30, 1521

Spanish explorer and conquistador Juan Ponce de León was the first governor of Puerto Rico but had to give away the governorship to Christopher Columbus's son, Diego. Juan led the first European expedition to Florida. He was knighted by King Ferdinand but died in an attempt to colonize coastal U.S.

 25 Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya
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Famous As: Painters
Birthdate: March 30, 1746
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fuendetodos
Died: April 16, 1828
One of the most successful and distinguished artists of his time, Spanish painter Francisco Goya is regarded as both the first of the moderns and last of the Old Masters. His career was initially marked by Rococo style tapestry cartoons and Spanish aristocracy and royalty but later his works became pessimistic.

 26 Rosalia

Rosalia
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 25, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Spain

Grammy-winning Spanish flamenco singer Rosalia is quite a sensation in Latin music and has often experimented with R&B, hip-hop, and electronic music, too. She gained global fame with the single Malamente and also scripted history as the first-ever Spanish-language artist to gain a Best New Artist nomination at the Grammys.

 27 Daniel Brühl

Daniel Brühl
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Spanish-German actor Daniel Brühl began his career with the soap Verbotene Liebe. Raised trilingual, he is now fluent in six languages. Hollywood knows him best as Fredrick Zoller from Inglourious Basterds, while he first made waves with the German film Good Bye, Lenin! He later co-owned two bars.

 28 Amancio Ortega Gaona

Amancio Ortega Gaona
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Busdongo de Arbás, Spain
Former chairman and founder of Inditex fashion group, Amancio Ortega Gaona is renowned for it's chain Zara. He set the ball rolling for the fast fashion movement in the mid-70s. He first ventured into retail in his early teens, 
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 29 Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Móstoles, Spain

Iker Casillas is a Spanish former footballer who won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Counted among the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the sport, Casillas was renowned for his spectacular saves and athleticism. He was named the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper on a record five occasions. Also a philanthropist, Casillas owns a charitable foundation in Spain.

 30 Oona Chaplin

Oona Chaplin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Oona Chaplin, granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, is best known as Talisa Maegyr from the iconic series Game of Thrones. She had started as a Shakespearean theater actor. She has also been seen in series such as The Hour and Taboo, and has been cast in the upcoming Avatar sequels.

 31 Cesc Fàbregas

Cesc Fàbregas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arenys de Mar, Spain

Cesc Fàbregas is a Spanish football player. Widely regarded as one of the best midfielders, Fàbregas played a key role in helping his national team win its first FIFA World Cup in 2010; his pass to Andrés Iniesta in the world cup final was converted into a goal, which gave Spain its first title.

 32 Charles II of Spain

Charles II of Spain
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Famous As: King of Spain (1665-1700)
Birthdate: November 6, 1661
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: November 1, 1700

Charles II of Spain reigned as the king of Spain from 1665 to 1700. He was the last king from the House of Habsburg to rule the Spanish Empire. Despite suffering from many illnesses throughout his life, Charles proved to be a reasonably influential king. The town of Charleroi and the Caroline Islands in modern Belgium were named after Charles.

 33 Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 29, 1547
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Died: April 22, 1616

Miguel de Cervantes was a Spanish writer best known for his work Don Quixote, which is considered one of the high points of world literature. He is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of all time and the greatest writer to ever write in the Spanish language. His works have influenced other works of art like music and paintings.

 34 Ansu Fati

Ansu Fati
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football forwarder position
Birthdate: October 31, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

 35 Pedro Almodovar

Pedro Almodovar
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Famous As: Director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calzada de Calatrava, Spain

Pedro Almodovar is a Spanish screenwriter, filmmaker, and former actor. Regarded as one of the most successful Spanish filmmakers of all time, Almodovar has two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and five British Academy Film Awards under his belt. His films are characterized by complex narratives, irreverent humor, and great music.

 36 Thiago Alcântara

Thiago Alcântara
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player as Midfielder
Birthdate: April 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Pietro Vernotico, Italy

Italian-born Brazilian-origin footballer Thiago Alcântara grew up watching his footballer father Mazinho. The talented midfielder has played for teams such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich and now represents Liverpool and the national team of Spain. An injury prevented him from playing in the World Cup 2014.

 37 El Cid

El Cid
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: 1043 AD
Birthplace: Vivar, Burgos
Died: July 10, 1099
Spanish folk hero Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, or El Cid, was a Castilian knight from medieval Spain. He had been part of both Christian and Muslim armies and is also remembered for his heroic conquest of Valencia. He remains immortalized in the Spanish epic poem El Cantar de Mio Cid.

 38 Marcelo Vieira

Marcelo Vieira
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football - Left-back for Brazil
Birthdate: May 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian footballer Marcelo Vieira, who now captains the Spanish club Real Madrid, is known as one of the world’s best left-backs. The Rio-born football star has previously had a successful stint with the Brazilian club Fluminense. He also won Brazil a team bronze and a team silver at the Olympics.

 39 Alvaro Morte

Alvaro Morte
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain

Best known to fans as The Professor from the iconic Spanish series La Casa De Papel, or Money Heist, has won several awards for the role. He overcame cancer in his 30s. The father of twins is now a co-owner of the Spanish theater company 300 Pistolas.

 40 Julio Iglesias

Julio Iglesias
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Legendary Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, father of singer Enrique Iglesias, won the first Guinness Diamond Disc for selling the most albums in the most languages ever. A Hall of Fame of Latin Composers inductee, he initially played for Real Madrid Castilla before an accident ended his football career.

 41 Maria Pedraza

Maria Pedraza
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 26, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Spanish actress and ballerina, Maria Pedraza first came to limelight with her role in the Netflix series Money Heist, debuting on screen earlier in the same year with Amar: With You Until the End of the World. Since then she has been appearing in number of productions, including the thriller teen drama series, Elite, concurrently focusing on her ballet.

 42 David Silva

David Silva
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arguineguín, Spain
Spanish footballer David Silva played a key role in Spain's victories in the UEFA Euro Cup in 2008 and 2012 and the FIFA World Cup in 2010. A midfielder, he is known for his dribbling skills and ability to retain possession of the ball. Having played for football clubs like Valencia and Manchester United, he currently plays for Real Sociedad.

 43 Úrsula Corberó

Úrsula Corberó
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sant Pere de Vilamajor, Spain

Úrsula Corberó is a Spanish actress who achieved international fame after playing Tokyo in the popular heist crime drama TV series, Money Heist. Renowned for her good looks, Corberó has been the face of many brands, such as Maybelline, Tampax, and Calzedonia. Also a philanthropist, Corberó has been part of many awareness campaigns pertaining to breast cancer and climate change.

 44 Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Alvaro Morata is a Spanish professional soccer player who has represented popular clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, and Atlético Madrid. He is also an important player for the national team, having gathered the experience of playing in high-pressure tournaments like the UEFA European Football Championship. A versatile player, Alvaro Morata is best known for his pace, energy, and technique.

 45 Juan Mata

Juan Mata
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Burgos, Spain

Known as an attacking midfielder from Spain, Juan Mata is a promising young footballer who plays for the Spanish national team and Manchester United. Born to a footballer father, he began his career with the Real Madrid youth team. While at Chelsea, fans called him Johnny Kills.

 46 Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Spanish conquistador
Birthdate: June 26, 1478
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trujillo, Spain
Died: June 26, 1541

Francisco Pizarro was a Spanish conquistador best remembered for his expeditions that eventually paved the way for the Spanish conquest of Peru. Along with Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Pizarro became the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean after crossing the Isthmus of Panama. After two failed expeditions to Peru, Pizarro led a third and successful campaign to conquer Peru.

 47 Carlos Sainz Jr.

Carlos Sainz Jr.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: September 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 48 Alba Flores

Alba Flores
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Alba Flores, the only daughter of Spanish musician Antonio Flores, achieved international fame as Nairobi in the Spanish series La Casa De Papel, or Money Heist. Apart from drama, she is trained in the piano, too. She is also an avid animal lover and has campaigned for PETA.

 49 Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Footballer midfielder
Birthdate: March 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Sebastián, Spain

 50 Isabella I of Castile

Isabella I of Castile
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Famous As: Queen of Castile (1474-1504)
Birthdate: April 22, 1451
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Spain
Died: November 26, 1504
Isabella I, the 15th-century queen of Castile and Leon and the wife of Ferdinand II, was the first Queen of Spain de facto. She was named a Servant of God by the Catholic Church and reformed the government, thus reducing crimes. She also funded Christopher Columbus's voyages to the Americas.

Spain also produced some of the major writers of the 20th century like Camilo José Cela and Miguel Delibes. The Spanish are known for their love of music and it is not surprising that several great composers like Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla and Enrique Granados were born in Spain. The contemporary Spaniards too uphold the rich traditions their forefathers were famous for.