Famous Spanish Sportspersons

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Find out more about the greatest Spanish Sportspersons, including Gerard Piqué, Pep Guardiola, Rafael Nadal, Fernando Torres and Pau Gasol.
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Rafael Nadal
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All Time)
Rafael Nadal
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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.

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Pep Guardiola
(Former Spanish Football Player Who is Considered One of the Greatest Managers of All Time)
Pep Guardiola
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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. 

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Andrés Iniesta
(Spanish Footballer Who is Regarded as One of the Greatest Midfielders of All Time)
Andrés Iniesta
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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.
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Xavi
(One of the Greatest Football Midfielders of All Time)
Xavi
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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.
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Fernando Alonso
(F1 Driver)
Fernando Alonso
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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.

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Pau Gasol
(One of the Greatest Basketball Power Forwards of All Time)
Pau Gasol
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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. 
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Gerard Piqué
(Spanish Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Gerard Piqué
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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.

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Sergio Ramos
(Spanish Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Sergio Ramos
14
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. 

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Carlos Sainz Jr.
(Racing driver)
Carlos Sainz Jr.
8
Birthdate: September 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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David de Gea
(Spanish Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
David de Gea
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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.
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Thiago Alcântara
(Spanish Football Player Who Plays as a Central Midfielder)
Thiago Alcântara
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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.

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Alfredo Di Stéfano
(Argentine Professional Footballer and Coach Who Played as a Forward)
Alfredo Di Stéfano
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Birthdate: July 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barracas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: July 7, 2014

Alfredo Di Stéfano was an Argentine-born Spanish football player and coach. Counted among the greatest football players of all time, Di Stéfano is remembered for his association with Real Madrid, where he played a major role in the club's domination of La Liga and the European Cup during the 1950s. In 2004, he was included in Pele’s FIFA 100 list.

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David Silva
(One of the Greatest Midfielders of His Generation)
David Silva
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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.
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Fernando Torres
(Footballer)
Fernando Torres
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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.

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Iker Casillas
(Spanish Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Iker Casillas
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Birthdate: May 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, 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.

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Alvaro Morata
(Football player)
Alvaro Morata
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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.

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Juan Mata
(Spanish Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Midfielder )
Juan Mata
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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.

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Isco
(Spanish Professional Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder )
Isco
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Birthdate: April 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Benalmádena, Spain

Isco is a Spanish football player best known for his excellent ball control and technique. Over the years, he has represented popular teams like Real Madrid and the Spain national team. He was named among the world's 30 best players during the 2017-18 season. 

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Marco Asensio
(Association football player)
Marco Asensio
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Birthdate: January 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palma, Majorca Palma, Spain
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Cesc Fàbregas
(Footballer)
Cesc Fàbregas
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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.

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Xabi Alonso
(Football Midfielder)
Xabi Alonso
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Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tolosa, Spain
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Marc Márquez
(Spanish Professional Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racer)
Marc Márquez
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Birthdate: February 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cervera, Spain

Marc Márquez is a Spanish professional road racer best known for his association with Repsol Honda. Having won eight Grand Prix World Championships so far, Márquez is counted among the most successful motorcycle racers in the history of motorcycle racing. The most successful and popular Spanish rider in MotoGP history, Márquez is also counted among the greatest innovators of MotoGP.

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Julio Iglesias
(Singer-songwriter - One of The Best-Selling Hispanic Artist of All-Time)
Julio Iglesias
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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.
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Raúl González
(Football manager, Football player)
Raúl González
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Birthdate: June 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Seve Ballesteros
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Birthdate: April 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pedreña, Spain
Died: May 7, 2011
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César Azpilicueta
(Association football player)
César Azpilicueta
5
Birthdate: August 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pamplona
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Sergio Busquets
(Football- Defensive midfielder for Spain)
Sergio Busquets
6
Birthdate: July 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sabadell, Spain
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Carolina Marin
(Badminton player)
Carolina Marin
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Birthdate: June 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Huelva, Spain
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Carles Puyol
(Footballer Defender)
Carles Puyol
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Birthdate: April 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Pobla de Segur, Spain
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Mikel Arteta
(Former Footballer midfielder)
Mikel Arteta
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Birthdate: March 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Sebastián, Spain
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Hector Bellerin
(Football player)
Hector Bellerin
5
Birthdate: March 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
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Serge Ibaka
(Basketball player)
Serge Ibaka
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Birthdate: September 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
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Sergio Garcia
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Birthdate: January 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Borriol, Province of Castellón Castellón, Spain
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Ricky Rubio
(Basketball player)
Ricky Rubio
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Birthdate: October 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Masnou, Spain
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Ander Herrera
(Football player Midfielder)
Ander Herrera
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Birthdate: August 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bilbao, Spain
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Fernando Llorente
(Association football player)
Fernando Llorente
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Birthdate: February 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pamplona
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Víctor Valdés
(Football player)
Víctor Valdés
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Birthdate: January 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
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Kepa Arrizabalaga
(Football player)
Kepa Arrizabalaga
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Birthdate: October 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ondarroa, Spain
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Carlos Sainz Sr.
(Rally driver)
Carlos Sainz Sr.
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Birthdate: April 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Pepe Reina
(Footballer)
Pepe Reina
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Birthdate: August 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Marc Gasol
(Spanish Basketball Player Who Plays at the 'Cente' Position)
Marc Gasol
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Birthdate: January 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Spanish basketball sensation Marc Gasol is one of the most promising centers from his country. He has previously been part of NBA teams such as the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers. The 3-time NBA All-Star has also earned 2 Olympic team silver medals as part of the Spanish national team.

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Rafael Benítez
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Rafael Benítez
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Birthdate: April 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid
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Bojan Krkić
(Footballer Forward / Winger)
Bojan Krkić
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Birthdate: August 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Linyola
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Marcos Alonso Mendoza
(Football Player)
Marcos Alonso Mendoza
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Birthdate: December 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid

Marcos Alonso Mendoza is a Spanish football player who plays for the Chelsea Football Club of Premier League. Alonso was part of the Chelsea Football Club when they won the 25th season of the Premier League and the 48th season of UEFA Europa League. Over the years, Alonso has also been an important member of the Spain national team.

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Jordi Alba
(Association football player)
Jordi Alba
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Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marmolejo
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Diego Costa
(Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Diego Costa
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Birthdate: October 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lagarto, State of Sergipe, Brazil

Diego Costa is a professional football player who helped Atlético Madrid win a UEFA Super Cup, Copa del Rey title, and La Liga title. Costa is one of the few footballers to have represented two international teams, having played for the Brazil national team and Spain national team; he played for the latter at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.

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Santi Cazorla
(Football player)
Santi Cazorla
5
Birthdate: December 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Llanera, Asturias, Spain
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Pedro
(Football player)
Pedro
5
Birthdate: July 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
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Lucas Vázquez
(Association football player)
Lucas Vázquez
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Birthdate: July 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Curtis
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José Antonio Reyes
(Footballer left winger)
José Antonio Reyes
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Birthdate: September 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Utrera, Spain
Died: June 1, 2019