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TOP 10 Croatian Sportsmen of All Time

dzCroatia is mainly renowned around the world these days for a couple of things – its spectacular coast and its world-class sportsmen…

For such a small nation, with only just over 4 million people, Croatia has produced a ridiculous amount of stars over the years. Leading daily Jutarnji list put together a jury of sports journalists recently to come up with the TOP 10 Croatian sportsmen of all time. Here is their list:

10. Dragutin Šurbek – Table Tennis
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– 33 World & European Championship medals
– 1968 European Table Tennis Champion

9. Perica Bukić – Water Polo
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– Over 40 medals and one of the players with the most medals in world water polo history
– 2 Olympic gold medals (88, 84) 1 silver (96)
– World Champs gold (86, 91), 4-time European club champion

8. Davor Šuker – Football

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– Gold medal World U-20 in Chile (87)
– Bronze World Cup 1998, Golden Boot World Cup 1998
– Champions League winner Real Madrid 1998
– On World Soccer’s list of top 100 players of 20th Century

7. Dražen Petrović – Basketball
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– Olympic games silver (88, 92), bronze (84)
– World Championship gold (90), bronze (86)
– European Championship gold (89), bronze (87)
– European club champion (85, 86)

6. Ivica Kostelić – Skiing

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– 4 Olympic games silver medals (06, 10, 14)
– Slalom World champion (03)
– Crystal Globe winner

5. Ivano Balić – Handball

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– Olympic games gold (01, 04), bronze (12)
– World Championship gold (03), silver (05, 09)
– European Championship silver (08, 10), bronze (12)
– Voted best player in handball history and numerous player of the World & European champs

4. Toni Kukoč – Basketball

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– Olympic games silver (88, 92)
– World Championship gold (90), bronze (94)
– European Championship gold (89, 91), bronze (87, 95)
– 3-time European club champion
– 3-time NBA champion

3. Krešimir Ćosić – Basketball

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– Olympic games gold (80), silver (68, 76)
– World Championship gold (70, 78)
– First non-American in the NBA Draft
– Only 3rd non-American inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

2. Mate Parlov – Boxing

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– Olympic games gold light heavyweight (72)
– World Championship gold (74)
– European gold (71, 73), silver (69)
– World professional champion 1978

1. Goran Ivanišević – Tennis

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– Wimbledon winner 2001 plus 3 finals
– 22 ATP titles
– World Number 2 (94)
– Olympic games bronze (2) (92)
– Davis Cup winner 2005

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