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List of famous athletes from Croatia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Croatia has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Croatian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Croatia and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Croatia then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

A list made up of athletes like Ivan Leko and Matej Delač.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Croatian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Croatia?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Croatia in order to get more information about each one.

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Mirko Filipović is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Mirko Filipović is a Croatian heavyweight kickboxer, mixed martial artist, retired boxer, politician, and law enforcement officer. As of April 13, 2015, he is #15 in official UFC Heavyweight ...more

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Josip Skoblar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Olympique de Marseille Josip "Joško" Skoblar is a Croatian former football player and manager. He was primarily a forward, and also capable of playing on both wings.

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Jelena Dokić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Jelena Dokic is an Australian female professional tennis player. During the height of her career, she played for the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and reached a career-high ranking of World No. ...more

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Mladen Petrić is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Borussia Dortmund Mladen Petrić is a Croatian international footballer who plays for Greek club Panathinaikos. He also holds Swiss citizenship. He has previously played for Grasshopper, Basel, Borussia Dortmund, ...more

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Duje Draganja is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Duje Draganja is a retired Croatian swimmer who won the silver medal in men's 50 metres freestyle race at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

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Blanka Vlašić is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Blanka Vlašić is a Croatian athlete who specialises in the high jump. She is the Croatian record holder in the event, and the former indoor World Champion. The daughter of Croatian decathlon ...more

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Branko Šegota is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Branimir "Branko" Šegota is a former Canadian professional soccer forward, starring in the original Major Indoor Soccer League, the North American Soccer League, the Continental Indoor ...more

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Vedran Ćorluka is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Bayer Leverkusen Vedran Ćorluka is a Croatian footballer who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow and the Croatia national team. He plays as a centre-back, though he has played in other positions across the defensive ...more

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Andrijana Stipaničić is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Andrijana Stipaničić is a Croatian biathlete. She is the first female Croatian biathlete to win points in World Cup by winning 39th place in 15 km Individual at Biathlon World Championships

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Nika Fleiss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Nika Fleiss is a former Croatian alpine skier. Fleiss was born in Brežice, at the time SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia. She lives in Samobor. Having started skiing at the age of 3, her best results ...more

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Matea Ferk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Matea Ferk is an alpine skier from Croatia. She has competed for Croatia at both the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. Her best result in the Olympics was a 34th place in the slalom in 2010.

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Goran Ivanisevic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Goran Ivanišević is a retired Croatian professional tennis player. He is the only person to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard. He achieved this in 2001, having previously ...more

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András Haklits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
András Haklits is a Croatian hammer thrower. He represented Hungary until July 1998. He finished tenth at the 2006 European Athletics Championships and eighth at the 2008 Olympic Games. ...more

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Emir Spahić is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
FC Lokomotiv Moscow Emir Spahić is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a centre back. During his club career, he has represented teams in his homeland, Croatia, Russia, France, Spain and Germany. His ...more

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Mario Ančić is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Mario Ančić is a retired Croatian professional tennis player. He won three singles titles and five doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking came during the 2006 ATP Tour, when he reached ...more

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Ana Jelušić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Ana Jelušić is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Croatia. Born in Rijeka, at the time SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia, Jelušić specialized in slalom and competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics at ...more

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Ivica Kostelić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Ivica Kostelić is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Croatia. He specializes in slalom and combined, but is also one of the few alpine World Cup ski racers able to score points in all ...more

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Tea Palić is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Tea Palić is an Olympic Alpine Skier from Croatia.

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Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Toni Kukoč is a retired Croatian professional basketball player. Kukoč was renowned for his versatility and passing ability; although his natural position was small forward, he played all five ...more

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Ivica Vastić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
SK Sturm Graz Ivica Vastić is a retired Croatian-born Austrian football international midfielder, formerly a striker and current coach. He played, amongst others for FK Austria Wien, SK Sturm Graz and LASK ...more

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Jakov Fak is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Jakov Fak is a Croatian and Slovenian biathlete. As a member of the Croatian biathlon team, Fak won a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2009 and another bronze at the 2010 Winter ...more

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Ivano Balić is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Ivano Balić is a Croatian handballer, world and Olympic champion. Balić is widely considered by experts and fans to be one of the best handball players of all time. He was voted 5 times in a row ...more

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Ivan Ljubičić is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Ivan Ljubičić is a retired Croatian tennis player. His career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 3. He achieved his best results in indoor tournaments played on carpet or hardcourt. Mostly a ...more

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Jelena Kostanić Tošić is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Jelena Kostanić Tošić is a retired professional female tennis player from Croatia. On July 26, 2004 she reached her career-high singles ranking of World No. 32. On October 4, 2004 she reached ...more

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Ivan Šola is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Ivan Šola is a Croatian bobsledder who has competed since 1999. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 20th in the four-man event at Vancouver in 2010. Šola also ...more

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Karolina Šprem is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Karolina Šprem is a professional tennis player from Croatia. She has won eleven titles all at the ITF level. Her highest ranking is world no. 17, which she achieved in October 2004.

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Nina Broznić‎ is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Nina Broznić is a Croatian cross country skier who has competed since 2007. She finished 52nd in the individual sprint event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Broznić has two victories ...more

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Ivan Radeljić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Gençlerbirliği Ivan Radeljić is a Croatian-born Bosnian football player who plays in defense for RNK Split.

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Robert Kovač is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Dinamo Zagreb Robert Kovač is the assistant coach of the Croatian national football team and a retired Croatian football defender. He was known for his ability with the ball and skill at dispossessing

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Niko Kovač is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Red Bull Salzburg Niko Kovač is a former Croatian footballer and current manager of the Croatian national football team. He was the long-standing captain of Croatia before retiring from international football in ...more

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Zdravko Miljak is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Zdravko Miljak is a Croatian handball player who competed for Yugoslavia in the 1972 Summer Olympics and in the 1976 Summer Olympics. He was born in Vinkovci, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia. In 1972 he ...more

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Vojislav Vranjković is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Pandurii Târgu-Jiu Vojislav Vranjković is a Serbian football attacking midfielder. He is under contract with the Romanian side Corona Brașov. Previously, he played in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Iva Majoli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Iva Majoli Marić is a former professional tennis player from Croatia. She upset Martina Hingis to win the women's singles title at the French Open in 1997. Majoli also won eight singles titles ...more

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Venio Losert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Venio Losert is a Croatian team handball player who plays at the goalkeeper position. Losert was born in Zavidovići, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, grew up in Slavonski Brod, SR Croatia. Winning the ...more

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Danko Marinelli is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Danko Marinelli is an alpine skier from Croatia. He competed for Croatia at the 2006 Olympics and the 2010 Olympics. His best result was a 32nd in the slalom in 2010.

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Dalibor Samsal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Dalibor Samsal is an alpine skier.

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Igor Vori is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Igor Vori is a Croatian handball player. He is World champion from 2003 with the Croatian national team, and Olympic champion from 2004. He received a silver medal at the 2005 World ...more

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Sofija Novoselić is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Sofija Novoselić is a Croatian alpine skier, member of the Croatian Alpine Ski Team. Her strongest discipline is slalom. Novoselić was born in Zagreb, at the time in SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia. ...more

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Ivan Gubijan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Ivan Gubijan was a Yugoslav athlete who competed for the former Yugoslavia in the hammer throw at the 1948 Summer Olympics. After WWII, he came to Belgrade and joined the "Partizan" ...more

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Natko Zrnčić-Dim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Natko Zrnčić-Dim is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Croatia. He won a bronze medal in super combined at the World Championships in 2009 at Val-d'Isère, France, and is a member of SK ...more

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Igor Marić is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Igor Marić is an Olympic Bobsleigher from Croatia.

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Mario Varglien is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Mario Varglien also known as Varglien I was an Italian football player born in Fiume. He played club football for Juventus, winning five Serie A championships, he was also part of the Italian ...more

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Bernard Vukas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Bernard "Bajdo" Vukas was a Croatian football player. Vukas played as a left winger/forward and is mostly remembered for his extraordinary dribbling ability. In 2000, he was voted by ...more

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Silvija Talaja is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Silvija Talaja is a former Croatian professional tennis player. Her most successful year was 2000, when she won two WTA tournaments and received career-high ranking of number 18. She also won ...more

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Marin Čilić is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Marin Čilić is a Croatian professional tennis player. He is the reigning US Open champion. To date, Čilić has won 13 ATP singles titles. His career-high singles ranking is world No. 8, achieved ...more

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Mate Mezulić is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Mate Mezulić is an Olympic Bobsleigher from Croatia.

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Mirza Džomba is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Mirza Džomba is a retired Croatian handball player, World champion and Olympic champion.

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Slaven Krajačić is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Slaven Krajačić is a Croatian sportsperson. He started his career as a sprinter specializing in the 100 metres, and competed at the 2000 Olympic Games. Since 2003, he has competed as a ...more

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Eduardo da Silva is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Dinamo Zagreb Eduardo Alves da Silva, commonly known as Eduardo, sometimes nicknamed Dudu, is a Brazilian-born Croatian footballer who plays for Flamengo. Capable of playing any forward position, he started ...more

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Tomislav Ivković is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Croatia
Tomislav Ivković is a former Croatian football player turned manager. He has been managing Croatian club NK Lokomotiva since 2011. During his playing career from the late 1970s to the late ...more