Famous Spanish Sportspersons

Find out more about the greatest Spanish Sportspersons, including Gerard Piqué, Pep Guardiola, Rafael Nadal, Fernando Torres and Pau Gasol.

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 1 Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal
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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.

 2 Kane

Kane
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: April 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Torrejón de Ardoz

Kane is an American wrestler, actor, businessman, politician, and author. Apart from being the Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, Kane is also one of the most popular WWE wrestlers of all time. He played an important role in popularizing WWE's Attitude Era throughout the late-1990s and early-2000s. He is regarded by some as the best wrestler of his generation.

 3 Andrés Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fuentealbilla
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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 4 Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol
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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. 

 5 Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso
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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.

 6 Xavi

Xavi
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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.
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 7 Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola
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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. 

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 8 Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camas, Seville

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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 9 Gerard Piqué

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

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.

 10 David de Gea

David de Gea
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid
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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 11 Raúl González

Raúl González
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Famous As: Football manager, Football player
Birthdate: June 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 12 Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas
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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.

 13 David Silva

David Silva
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arguineguín
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.

 14 Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata
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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.

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 15 Juan Mata

Juan Mata
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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.

 16 Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres
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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.

 17 Cesc Fàbregas

Cesc Fàbregas
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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.

 18 Julio Iglesias

Julio Iglesias
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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.
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 19 Marco Asensio

Marco Asensio
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palma, Majorca Palma, Spain

 20 Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tolosa, Spain

 21 Isco

Isco
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Famous As: Association football player
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. 

 22 Carlos Sainz Jr.

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

 23 Marc Márquez

Marc Márquez
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Famous As: Motorcycle Racer
Birthdate: February 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cervera, Lleida, Catalonia, 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.

 24 Seve Ballesteros

Seve Ballesteros
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: April 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pedreña, Spain
Died: May 7, 2011

 25 Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Donostia / San Sebastián

 26 Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: January 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Borriol, Province of Castellón Castellón, Spain

 27 Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

 28 Hector Bellerin

Hector Bellerin
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

 29 Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Pobla de Segur

 30 Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ondarroa, Spain

 31 Víctor Valdés

Víctor Valdés
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

 32 Ander Herrera

Ander Herrera
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zaragoza

 33 Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: December 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lugo de Llanera, Spain

 34 Bojan Krkić

Bojan Krkić
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Linyola

 35 Pepe Reina

Pepe Reina
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 36 Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Masnou, Spain

 37 Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol
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Famous As: Basketball player
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.

 38 Aymeric Laporte

Aymeric Laporte
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Famous As: Football Centre-Back Position
Birthdate: May 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Agen, France

Aymeric Laporte is a French-born footballer who plays for the Spain national team and Manchester City of Premier League. Although he represented France at youth international levels, Laporte switched national teams after receiving Spanish citizenship in 2021. A powerful defender who is renowned for his passing ability, Laporte has won many titles including three Premier Leagues and three EFL Cups.

 39 Rafael Benítez

Rafael Benítez
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: April 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid

 40 Carolina Marin

Carolina Marin
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: June 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Huelva, Spain

 41 Marcos Alonso Mendoza

Marcos Alonso Mendoza
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Famous As: Football Player
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.

 42 Jordi Alba

Jordi Alba
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marmolejo

 43 Carlos Sainz Sr.

Carlos Sainz Sr.
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Famous As: Rally driver
Birthdate: April 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 44 Lucas Vázquez

Lucas Vázquez
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Curtis

 45 César Azpilicueta

César Azpilicueta
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pamplona

 46 Fernando Llorente

Fernando Llorente
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pamplona

 47 Jesús Navas

Jesús Navas
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Palacios y Villafranca

 48 Diego Costa

Diego Costa
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barcelona

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.

 49 Sergi Roberto

Sergi Roberto
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tocopilla

 50 Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo
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Famous As: Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racer
Birthdate: May 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palma, Spain

Jorge Lorenzo is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer. He is the winner of the 2010, 2012, and 2015 MotoGP World Championships. Previously, he had won the 2006 and 2007 250 cc World Championships. In the late 2010s, he suffered from multiple injuries and announced his retirement from road racing competition in 2019.