Famous Swedish Sportspersons

Find out more about the greatest Swedish Sportspersons, including Zlatan Ibrahimović, Alexander Gustafsson, Henrik Larsson, Björn Borg and Sven-Göran Eriksson.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 
Zlatan Ibrahimović
(Football player)

Zlatan Ibrahimović
66
Birthdate: October 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malmo, Sweden

Swedish professional footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović currently plays as a striker for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, he is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world.  He is Sweden's all-time leading goalscorer. He is a brash person and has been involved in several violent incidents with teammates.

 2 
Björn Borg
(Tennis Player)

Björn Borg
10
Birthdate: June 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Regarded as one of the best tennis players from Sweden, Björn Borg won 11 Grand Slam singles titles during his playing career. He started off as a teenage sensation and helped popularize tennis during the 1970s. The 2017 film Borg vs McEnroe was inspired by his rivalry against John McEnroe.

 3 
Dolph Lundgren
(Starred in Rocky IV as The Imposing Soviet Boxer 'Ivan Drago')

Dolph Lundgren
5
Birthdate: November 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Spånga, Sweden

Swedish actor, Dolph Lundgre,n is mainly known as an action hero. He gained recognition with the 1985 Hollywood film Rocky IV and then went on to do many action and thriller movies like Joshua Tree, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Bridge of Dragons, Universal Soldier, Diamond Dogs and The Expendables. He has also directed several films like Missionary Man and Icarus.

 4 
Henrik Larsson
(Football player)

Henrik Larsson
9
Birthdate: September 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden
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 5 
Peter Forsberg
(Ice hockey player)

Peter Forsberg
5
Birthdate: July 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Örnsköldsvik

 6 
Stefan Edberg
(Tennis player)

Stefan Edberg
7
Birthdate: January 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Västervik, Sweden

Swedish former tennis player Stefan Edberg was once the world No. 1 professional tennis player (in both singles and doubles). He won six Grand Slam singles titles and three Grand Slam men's doubles titles, besides the Masters Grand Prix. Following his retirement from professional tennis, he began playing competitive squash and became an elite player in Sweden. 

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 7 
Henrik Lundqvist
(Ice hockey player)

Henrik Lundqvist
8
Birthdate: March 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Åre
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 8 
Alexander Gustafsson
(Mixed martial artist)

Alexander Gustafsson
8
Birthdate: January 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arboga, Sweden
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 9 
Mats Wilander
(Tennis player)

Mats Wilander
8
Birthdate: August 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Växjö, Sweden

Mats Wilander is a former tennis player who won seven Grand Slam singles titles from 1982 to 1988. A former world No. 1, Wilander is one of six men to have emerged victorious in Grand Slam singles tournaments on hard courts, grass courts, and clay courts. In 2002, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

 10 
Keke Rosberg
(Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

Keke Rosberg
5
Birthdate: December 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solna Municipality

 11 
Victor Lindelof
(Football player)

Victor Lindelof
13
Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Västerås, Sweden

 12 
Mats Sundin
(Ice hockey Centreman)

Mats Sundin
4
Birthdate: February 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bromma, Sweden
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Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland
5
Birthdate: May 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

 14 
Armand Duplantis
(Pole vaulter)

Armand Duplantis
4
Birthdate: November 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

Armand Duplantis is a Swedish pole vaulter. He currently holds the world indoor record with a height of 6.18 meters. When he was 15 years old, Duplantis won a gold medal at the 2015 World Youth Championships. He then went on to win a gold medal at the 2018 European Championships and a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.

 15 

Henrik Stenson
4
Birthdate: April 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson is the first major champion from the Nordic region. Starting his stint with golf at 12, he appeared in his first international match at 18. Winner of multiple PGA and European tours, he also owns stakes in a golf course in Sweden.

 16 
Erik Karlsson
(Ice Hockey Player)

Erik Karlsson
6
Birthdate: May 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Landsbro, Sweden

Erik Karlsson is a Swedish ice hockey player who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks of the NHL. An important member of the Sweden men's national team, Karlsson was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He also helped his national team win the bronze medal at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

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 17 
Khamzat Chimaev
(Mixed martial artist)

Khamzat Chimaev
4
Birthdate: May 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chechnya, Russia

Russia-born Swedish freestyle wrestler and mixed martial artist Khamzat Chimaev began wrestling as a child, possibly to save himself from the bullies. Eventually, he took up freestyle wrestling, winning the Swedish Championship three times between 2015 and 2018, thereafter emerging as an award winning mixed martial artist. Currently, he competes in the welterweight and middleweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

 18 
Jonas Jerebko
(Basketball player)

Jonas Jerebko
4
Birthdate: March 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kinna, Sweden

 19 

Sarah Sjöström
4
Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salem, Stockholm County, Sweden

 20 
Ronnie Peterson
(Racecar driver)

Ronnie Peterson
3
Birthdate: February 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Örebro
Died: September 11, 1978

 21 
Dejan Kulusevski
(Football player - winger, midfielder)

Dejan Kulusevski
1
Birthdate: April 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 22 
Badou Jack
(Boxer)

Badou Jack
5
Birthdate: October 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 23 
Jon Olsson
(Alpine skier, Freestyle skier)

Jon Olsson
5
Birthdate: August 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mora Municipality, Sweden

 24 
Marcus Berg
(Association football player)

Marcus Berg
7
Birthdate: August 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Torsby Municipality

 25 
Henrik Sedin
(Ice hockey player - Centre)

Henrik Sedin
4
Birthdate: September 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Henrik Sedin is a Swedish ice hockey executive. A former professional ice hockey player, Sedin played 18 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League (NHL). He also led the Vancouver Canucks from 2010 until his retirement in 2018. A two-time Olympian, Henrik Sedin helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Games.

 26 
Fredrik Ljungberg
(Footballer)

Fredrik Ljungberg
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Birthdate: April 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vittsjö, Sweden

Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
3
Birthdate: April 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: January 26, 1947

 28 
Ingemar Stenmark
(Alpine Ski Racer)

Ingemar Stenmark
3
Birthdate: March 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Joesjö, Sweden

 29 
Sven-Göran Eriksson
(Association football player)

Sven-Göran Eriksson
6
Birthdate: February 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Torsby

 30 

Robert Helenius
4
Birthdate: January 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 31 
Ilir Latifi
(Mixed martial artist)

Ilir Latifi
5
Birthdate: July 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Malmö Municipality, Sweden

 32 
Alexander Isak
(Football forwarder)

Alexander Isak
1
Birthdate: September 21, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solna, Sweden

 33 
Nicklas Lidström
(Ice hockey player - Defenceman)

Nicklas Lidström
4
Birthdate: April 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Krylbo, Avesta, Sweden

 34 
Ola Toivonen
(Footballer attacking midfielder or striker)

Ola Toivonen
4
Birthdate: July 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Degerfors, Sweden

 35 
Martin Olsson
(Footballer left back)

Martin Olsson
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Birthdate: May 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gävle, Sweden

 36 

Annika Sörenstam
6
Birthdate: October 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bro, Stockholm County, Sweden

 37 
Robin Söderling
(Tennis player)

Robin Söderling
5
Birthdate: August 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tibro, Sweden

 38 
Gabriel Landeskog
(Ice hockey player)

Gabriel Landeskog
3
Birthdate: November 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm

Gabriel Landeskog is a professional ice hockey player who is currently leading the Colorado Avalanche which competes in the National Hockey League (NHL). Landeskog is also an important player for the Swedish national team. He helped Sweden win the gold medal at the 2013 World Championships. He also helped his team win a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Kim Källström
3
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Sandviken Municipality

 40 
Emil Forsberg
(Association football player)

Emil Forsberg
5
Birthdate: October 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sundsvall

 41 
John Guidetti
(Football striker)

John Guidetti
7
Birthdate: April 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 42 
Gunnar Nordahl
(One of the Greatest Swedish Football Players of All-Time)

Gunnar Nordahl
4
Birthdate: October 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hörnefors, Sweden
Died: September 15, 1995

 43 
Sebastian Larsson
(Association football player)

Sebastian Larsson
3
Birthdate: June 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Eskilstuna

 44 
Henrik Zetterberg
(Ice hockey player)

Henrik Zetterberg
3
Birthdate: October 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sundsvall

 45 
Andreas Granqvist
(Association football player)

Andreas Granqvist
3
Birthdate: April 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Helsingborg

 46 
Saman Ghoddos
(Footballer attacking midfielder, striker or winger)

Saman Ghoddos
3
Birthdate: September 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Malmö, Sweden

Born in Sweden, Iranian-origin footballer Saman Ghoddos had initially played for the Swedish national team but later joined the Iranian national team. Best known as an attacking midfielder and winger for Brentford, has previously won the Svenska Cupen for Östersunds FK and the EFL Championship play-offs for Brentford.

 47 
Jan-Ove Waldner
(Table tennis player)

Jan-Ove Waldner
3
Birthdate: October 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 48 
Marcus Ericsson
(Racecar driver)

Marcus Ericsson
5
Birthdate: September 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kumla, Sweden

 49 
Kosovare Asllani
(Football player)

Kosovare Asllani
3
Birthdate: July 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kristianstad, Sweden

 50 
Victor Hedman
(Ice hockey player)

Victor Hedman
3
Birthdate: December 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Örnsköldsvik