The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Handball Players of all time. This list of famous Handball Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Handball Players.
With an HPI of 38.27, Antonio Carlos Ortega is the most famous Handball Player. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages on wikipedia.
Antonio Carlos Ortega Pérez (born 14 July 1971) is a former Spanish handball player who is the current head coach of FC Barcelona. He competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics and in the 2004 Summer Olympics. In 2000 he won the bronze medal with the Spanish team. He played all eight matches and scored 31 goals. Four years later he finished seventh with the Spanish handball team in the 2004 Olympic tournament. He played all seven matches and scored 23 goals.
With an HPI of 38.09, David Barrufet is the 2nd most famous Handball Player. His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.
David Barrufet Bofill (born 4 June 1970 in Barcelona, Spain) is a former Spanish handball goalkeeper, who last played for FC Barcelona Handbol during the 2009-10 season. He began playing handball in SAFA Horta school in Barcelona at 8 years old. Six years later he went to F.C. Barcelona for playing in younger categories till 1988, when he played with the professional team. In 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 seasons was elected by International Handball Federation as the best goalkeeper in the world. On 8 February 2010, Barrufet announced his retirement from handball at the end of the 2009-10 season and F.C. Barcelona decided to retire the shirt number 16 on his honor.
With an HPI of 37.57, Julen Aguinagalde is the 3rd most famous Handball Player. His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.
Julen Aguinagalde Akizu (Julen); born 8 December 1982) is a Spanish handballer for PGE Vive Kielce and the Spain national team.
With an HPI of 37.35, Raúl González is the 4th most famous Handball Player. His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.
Raúl González Gutiérrez (born 8 January 1970) is a Spanish retired handball player who competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics and current coach of Paris Saint-Germain.
With an HPI of 36.57, Raúl Entrerríos is the 5th most famous Handball Player. His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.
Raúl Entrerríos Rodríguez (born 12 February 1981) is a Spanish handball player and handball coach.He participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as a member of the Spain men's national handball team. The team won a bronze medal, defeating Croatia. His older brother Alberto Entrerríos is a Spanish international handball player. In 2021 he ended his club career, and will from the summer of 2021 be coaching FC Barcelona's U18-team.
With an HPI of 36.50, Joan Cañellas is the 6th most famous Handball Player. His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.
Joan Cañellas Reixach (born 30 September 1986) is a Spanish handball player for Kadetten Schaffhausen and the Spain national team.Cañellas scored 50 goals for Spain at the 2014 European Championship in Denmark. He was the tournament's top scorer. While playing in Madrid, he also studied pharmacy at University of Barcelona and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Joan is a member of a pharmacist dynasty, six of his family members are pharmacists.
With an HPI of 36.46, Alex Dujshebaev is the 7th most famous Handball Player. His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.
Alex Dujshebaev Dobichebaeva (Kyrgyz: Алекс Талантович Дүйшөбаев; latin: Alex Talantovič Dujshebaev; born 17 December 1992) is a Spanish handball player for Łomża Vive Kielce and the Spanish national team.His mother is of Russian descent, and his father, Talant Dujshebaev who is a former handball player and current coach, is of Kyrgyz descent. His brother Daniel Dujshebaev is also a handball player.
With an HPI of 35.98, Iker Romero is the 8th most famous Handball Player. His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.
Iker Romero Fernández (born 15 June 1980 in Vitoria, Álava, Basque Country, Spain) is a retired Spanish handball player, currently working as an assistant coach for TSV Hannover-Burgdorf. He won the World Men's Handball Championship in 2005 with the Spain men's national handball team in Tunisia.
With an HPI of 35.17, Alberto Entrerríos is the 9th most famous Handball Player. His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.
Alberto Entrerrios (born 7 November 1976 in Gijón, Asturias) is a Spanish former professional handball player. He is 192 cm tall and weighs 102 kg. He spent 10 seasons (2002–2012) playing for BM Ciudad Real and 1 season (2011–2012) for BM Atlético de Madrid.He has won the Champions League title with BM Ciudad Real, together with two World Championships (Tunisia 2005 and Spain 2013) with the Spanish national team. He accounts for 225 international matches with Spain, which makes him a seasoned international handball player. His brother Raúl Entrerríos is also a Spanish international handball player.
With an HPI of 35.07, Silvia Navarro is the 10th most famous Handball Player. Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Silvia Navarro Giménez (born 20 March 1979) is a Spanish handball goalkeeper for BM Remudas and the Spanish national team.She holds two bronze medals from the 2011 World Championships and 2012 London Summer Olympics.
Pantheon has 34 people classified as handball players born between 1969 and 1992. Of these 34, 34 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living handball players include Antonio Carlos Ortega, David Barrufet, and Julen Aguinagalde. As of April 2022, 3 new handball players have been added to Pantheon including Antonio Carlos Ortega, Enric Masip, and Patricia Elorza.
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