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Famous Soccer Players from Croatia

Updated August 17, 2021 2.5k votes 62 voters 40.3k views109 items

List RulesVote up the best Croatian football players of all time.

Who are the best football players from Croatia? This list includes the greatest soccer players born in Croatia or who played on the Croatian national football team. While the Croatia men's national team has a long and storied history of producing top international talent, fans of Kockasti have been waiting for The Checkered Ones to capture international glory since FIFA officially began recognizing their departure from the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1994. So, who are the best footballers from Croatia? Who is the best Croatian soccer player of all time?

Some of the best Croatia soccer players include national legends like Luka Modric, Darijo Srna,, Stipe Pletikosa, Dario Šimić, Vedran Ćorluka, Mario Mandžukić, and Robert Jarni. There are also current Croatian football stars from the golden generation such as Ivan Rakitić, Ivan Perišić, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Šime Vrsaljko, and Ante Rebić, who led Croatia to the finals of the World Cup in 2018. 

Vote up the best soccer players from the Croatia, and help decide who is the greatest Croatian footballer of all time!

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  • 1

    Luka Modrić

    Midfielder
    72
    10

    BirthplaceZadar, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Luka Modrić (born 9 September 1985) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Croatia national team. He plays mainly as a central...  more

    #204 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#1 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019#1 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

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    Darijo Srna

    Defender, Midfielder
    70
    14

    BirthplaceMetković, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Darijo Srna (pronounced [dâːrijo sř̩na]; born 1 May 1982) is a Croatian former professional footballer who is currently working as an assistant manager for Shakhtar Donetsk.He began his career at...  more
  • 3

    Ivan Rakitić

    Midfielder
    62
    11

    BirthplaceMöhlin, Switzerland

    NationalityCroatia

    Ivan Rakitić (born 10 March 1988) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a central or attacking midfielder for Spanish club Barcelona and is also the vice-captain for the Croatia...  more

    #51 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players#35 of 113 The Best FC Barcelona Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • 4

    Stipe Pletikosa

    Goalkeeper
    61
    11

    BirthplaceSplit, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Stipe Pletikosa (pronounced [stǐːpe plětikosa]; born 8 January 1979) is a Croatian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Pletikosa began his professional career with Hajduk Split...  more
  • 5

    Vedran Ćorluka

    Defender, Midfielder
    42
    1

    BirthplaceDerventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NationalityCroatia

    Vedran Ćorluka (born 5 February 1986) is a Croatian football coach and a former player who played as a centre-back. He is currently an assistant to Zlatko Dalić in the Croatia national team. A...  more

    #1150 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#10 of 55 Soccer Players Who Retired in 2021#60 of 124 Athletes Who Retired In 2021

  • 6
    41
    1

    BirthplaceZagreb, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Dario Šimić (pronounced [dâːrio ʃǐːmitɕ]; born 12 November 1975) is a Croatian former footballer. Šimić was a versatile defender who played as full-back, sweeper or centre back; a physical and...  more
  • 7

    Ivan Perišić

    Midfielder
    62
    21

    BirthplaceSplit, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Ivan Perišić (Croatian pronunciation: [ǐʋan pěriʃitɕ]; born 2 February 1989) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Bayern Munich, on loan from Italian club Inter Milan, and the Croatia...  more
  • 8

    Ivica Olić

    Forward, Midfielder
    61
    21

    BirthplaceDavor, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Ivica Olić (pronounced [îʋitsa ǒːlitɕ]; born 14 September 1979) is a retired Croatian professional footballer who is currently working as an assistant manager of Croatia. During his career, he played...  more
  • 9
    61
    21

    BirthplaceCanberra, Australia

    NationalityCroatia

    Josip "Joe" Šimunić (Croatian pronunciation: [jǒsip ʃǐmunitɕ]; born 18 February 1978) is a Croatian former footballer and current manager of the Croatia national U19 football team. Born in Australia...  more
  • 10

    Niko Kranjčar

    Forward, Midfielder
    42
    10

    BirthplaceZagreb, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Niko Kranjčar (pronounced [nǐːko krâɲtʃaːr]; born 13 August 1984) is a former Croatian professional footballer. He primarily played as an attacking midfielder, but could also operate as a winger or...  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceSlavonski Brod, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Mario Mandžukić (Croatian pronunciation: [mâːrio mǎndʒukitɕ]; born 21 May 1986) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus. Besides being a prolific...  more
  • 12

    Robert Jarni

    Winger, Defender
    31
    0

    BirthplaceČakovec, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Robert Jarni (born 26 October 1968) is a Croatian former professional footballer who played as a left winger or wingback. He is the current head coach of Indian club NorthEast United FC. Jarni...  more
  • 13

    Mateo Kovačić

    Midfielder
    31
    0

    BirthplaceLinz, Austria

    NationalityCroatia

    Mateo Kovačić (born 6 May 1994) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Chelsea and the Croatia national team. Kovačić is usually deployed as a central...  more
  • 14

    Niko Kovač

    Midfielder
    41
    10

    BirthplaceWest Berlin

    NationalityWest Germany, Germany, Croatia

    Niko Kovač (Croatian pronunciation: [nǐːko kǒʋaːtʃ, - kô-]; born 15 October 1971) is a Croatian football manager and former professional footballer who is the current manager of Bayern Munich. Kovač...  more
  • 15
    41
    10

    BirthplaceWest Berlin, Germany

    NationalityCroatia

    Robert Kovač (Croatian pronunciation: [rǒbert kǒʋaːtʃ, - kô-]; born 6 April 1974) is a Croatian football manager and former professional player who played as a defender. He was known for his ability...  more
  • 16

    Domagoj Vida

    Defender
    51
    21

    BirthplaceOsijek, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Domagoj Vida (born 29 April 1989) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a defender for Süper Lig club Beşiktaş and the Croatia national team. He is capable of playing in any defensive position but is...  more
  • 17
    54
    30

    BirthplaceOsijek, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Davor Šuker (Croatian pronunciation: [dâʋor ʃǔːker] (listen); born 1 January 1968) is a Croatian former footballer and the current president of the Croatian Football Federation, a position he has...  more

    #62 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s#19 of 54 The Best Real Madrid Forwards Of All Time#32 of 110 The Best Real Madrid Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • 18

    Dejan Lovren

    Defender
    52
    30

    BirthplaceZenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NationalityCroatia

    Dejan Lovren (born 5 July 1989) is a Croatian professional footballer who captains the Russian Premier League club Zenit Saint Petersburg and plays for the Croatia national team as a centre-back....  more
  • 19
    32
    10

    BirthplaceZadar, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Šime Vrsaljko (Croatian pronunciation: [ʃǐːme ʋr̩sǎːʎko]; born 10 January 1992) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a right back for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Croatian...  more
  • 20

    Eduardo da Silva

    Forward, Midfielder
    51
    30

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityCroatia

    Eduardo Alves da Silva (Brazilian Portuguese: [eduˈaɾdu dɐ ˈsiwvɐ]; born 25 February 1983), commonly known as Eduardo, sometimes nicknamed Dudu, is a Brazilian-born Croatian footballer. Capable of...  more
  • 21
    41
    20

    BirthplaceSplit, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Aljoša Asanović (born 14 December 1965) is a retired Croatian footballer best known from his performances in the mid-to-late 90s when he played for Derby County and for Croatia during Euro 96 and...  more
  • 22

    Zvonimir Soldo

    Defender, Midfielder
    41
    20

    BirthplaceZagreb, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Zvonimir Soldo (born 2 November 1967) is a Croatian former football player and manager who last worked as assistant manager for Shandong Luneng. During his playing career, he mostly played as...  more
  • 23

    Jerko Leko

    Midfielder
    31
    10

    BirthplaceZagreb, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Jerko Leko (born 9 April 1980) is a retired Croatian footballer. He last played for NK Lokomotiva. He primary played as central midfielder, but could also operate as a right one, or more defensively,...  more
  • 24
    31
    10

    BirthplaceZagreb, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Andrej Kramarić (Croatian pronunciation: [ǎndrej krǎmaritɕ]; born 19 June 1991) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a forward or attacking midfielder for German club 1899 Hoffenheim...  more
  • 25

    Danijel Pranjić

    Defender, Midfielder
    21
    0

    BirthplaceNašice, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

    Danijel Pranjić (born 2 December 1981) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Omonia Aradippou in the Cypriot Second Division. Being a versatile left-footed player, he can play all...  more