The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Montenegrin Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Montenegrin Soccer 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 Montenegrin Soccer Players.
With an HPI of 65.55, Dejan Savićević is the most famous Montenegrin Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 39 different languages on wikipedia.
Dejan Savićević (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Савићевић, pronounced [dějan saʋǐːtɕeʋitɕ]; born 15 September 1966) is a Montenegrin former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Since 2004, he has been the president of the Montenegrin Football Association (FSCG), currently in his fifth term at the post. Savićević was considered one of the best players in the world during the 1990s, and is regarded as one of the greatest Montenegrin and Yugoslavian footballers of all-time. During his time in A.C. Milan, he was nicknamed Il Genio (The Genius) by the Italian sports press. After beginning his professional career with hometown Budućnost Titograd in Yugoslavia, Savićević moved to the more established Yugoslav First League club Red Star Belgrade in 1988 where he became prominent part of the team that won the 1990–91 European Cup—coming second in the 1991 Ballon d’Or voting—before making a big money transfer to Italian champions A.C. Milan in 1992. With Milan, he won three Serie A titles and the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, among other trophies. He later returned to Red Star for half a season in 1999, before ending his career with Rapid Wien in 2001. At the international level, he represented Yugoslavia at the 1990 and 1998 FIFA World Cups and, after retiring from playing, coached the Serbia and Montenegro national team from 2001 until 2003. Following an illustrious professional playing career that lasted 18 seasons, as well as a short and unsuccessful head coaching stint during the early 2000s, he has turned to administrative matters—becoming, during the summer of 2004, the president of the Montenegrin FA.
With an HPI of 65.24, Predrag Mijatović is the 2nd most famous Montenegrin Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 39 different languages.
Predrag "Peđa" Mijatović (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Пеђа Мијатовић, pronounced [prêdraːɡ pêdʑa mijȃːtoʋitɕ, – mîːjaː-]; born 19 January 1969) is a Montenegrin retired professional footballer who played as a striker. At club level, Mijatović played for six clubs: Budućnost, Partizan, Valencia, Real Madrid, Fiorentina and Levante. Internationally, he played for Yugoslavia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and at the UEFA Euro 2000. Mijatović scored 28 goals in the 1995–96 La Liga season for Valencia, which prompted a move to Real Madrid, where he scored a goal in the 1998 UEFA Champions League Final which ensured Madrid's first European Cup in 32 years. In 1997, Mijatović was named runner-up for the Ballon d'Or, behind Ronaldo and ahead of Zinedine Zidane. After his playing career, he served as director of football for Real Madrid from 2006 to 2009.
With an HPI of 60.04, Milovan Jakšić is the 3rd most famous Montenegrin Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.
Milovan Jakšić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милован Jaкшић) (21 September 1909 in Kolašin, Principality of Montenegro–25 December 1953 in Cairo, Egypt) was a Serbian football goalkeeper. Remembered mostly as "El Grande Milovan", the nickname he earned for his excellent saves in the game that Yugoslavia won against Brasil in the First World Cup in Uruguay 1930 FIFA World Cup. He is considered one of the major contributors for Yugoslavia reaching the semi-finals in that tournament. Being of medium stature, but very strong physically, Jakšić's main characteristics were his bravure and excellent reflexes. Jakšić spent most of his career playing in BASK Belgrade, named SK Soko before 1931, where he played until 1939. The only exceptions were the Czechoslovak SK Slavia Praha, where Jakšić played a few months of the 1934-35 season, and SK Ljubljana and ND Ilirija at the end of his career. Milovan Jakšić played a total of seventeen matches for the Yugoslavia national football team. His debut was on 13 April 1930, in a friendly game against Bulgaria in Belgrade, a 6-1 win, and his fairway match was on 2 September 1934, another friendly game, this time in Prague, against Czechoslovakia, a 3-1 loss. Despite all the competition that he faced for the national team goalkeeping place, Jakšić was selected to be the main goalkeeper at the 1930 World Cup. Having displayed magnificent exhibitions in all the matches at the tournament, it is specially remembered by his contributions in the match against Brazil, and it was after that match, that the delighted journalists started calling him by his new nickname: "El Grande Milovan". After retiring, Jaksic stayed connected to football. After the World War II, in March 1945, he established Red Star Belgrade football club, and was the club's Technical Director. Jakšić was also the President of the Football Coaching Federation of Yugoslavia, from 1950 until the winter of 1953, when he died unexpectedly of a heart-attack during the football tournament in Cairo, Egypt, where he accompanied Red Star Belgrade.
With an HPI of 59.29, Željko Petrović is the 4th most famous Montenegrin Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 48 different languages.
Željko Petrović (Serbian Cyrillic: Жељко Петровић; born 13 November 1965) is a retired Montenegrin footballer and current head coach at Eredivisie club Willem II. He represented the FR Yugoslavia national team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
With an HPI of 58.69, Zoran Filipović is the 5th most famous Montenegrin Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.
Zoran Filipović (Serbian Cyrillic: Зоран Филиповић, pronounced [zǒran filǐːpoʋitɕ, - fǐli-]; born 6 February 1953) is a former Montenegrin football coach and former player, best known for his playing stints with Red Star Belgrade and S.L. Benfica.
With an HPI of 58.02, Zoran Simović is the 6th most famous Montenegrin Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Zoran Simović (Cyrillic: Зоран Симовић; born 2 November 1954) is a former Yugoslav and Montenegrin footballer who played as a goalkeeper.Simović was named the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year in 1983. He also won the Turkish Footballer of the Year award for three consecutive years (1985, 1986, and 1987).
With an HPI of 57.53, Mirko Vučinić is the 7th most famous Montenegrin Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 45 different languages.
Mirko Vučinić (Serbian Cyrillic: Мирко Вучинић, pronounced [mǐːrko ʋǔtʃinitɕ]; born 1 October 1983) is a Montenegrin former professional footballer who played as a forward.Having caught the attention of Pantaleo Corvino, the sporting director of the Italian club Lecce, he transferred there in the summer of 2000. He played for Lecce as they moved between Serie A and B. His highest-scoring season was 2004–05, with 19 goals in 28 games in Serie A. In 2006, he joined Roma, where he won the Coppa Italia twice; he later moved on to Juventus in 2011, where he won three consecutive Serie A titles. In July 2014, he moved to Al Jazira on an undisclosed fee. On the international stage, Vučinić played for the Serbia and Montenegro under-21 team. Due to injury, he was unable to represent Serbia and Montenegro at the FIFA World Cup in 2006. Following the split of Serbia and Montenegro in the spring of 2006, Vučinić chose to represent his native Montenegro. Quick, versatile, and physically strong, Vučinić was known for his creativity, technique, and intelligence as a footballer, as well as his powerful striking ability from distance.In 2018, he began a golf career as a member of the Princess Milica Golf Club based in Tivat.
With an HPI of 57.31, Anto Drobnjak is the 8th most famous Montenegrin Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 47 different languages.
Anto Drobnjak (Cyrillic: Анто Дробњак; born 21 September 1968) is a Montenegrin former professional footballer who played as a striker. He was one of two top scorers of the First League of Yugoslavia in 1993 when he played for Red Star Belgrade. Internationally, he played for FR Yugoslavia national team in the qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, although he was not selected to the country's squad for the final tournament.
With an HPI of 56.81, Stevan Jovetić is the 9th most famous Montenegrin Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 42 different languages.
Stevan Jovetić (Serbian Cyrillic: Стеван Јоветић, pronounced [stêʋaːn jǒʋetitɕ]; born 2 November 1989) is a Montenegrin footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Hertha BSC and serves as captain for the Montenegro national team.Jovetić's primary position is a second striker, although he can also operate as an attacking midfielder or a winger. He is known for his dribbling, technical ability, and creativity, and his playing style has led to comparisons with Roberto Baggio.Jovetić began his career with FK Partizan, winning the double of Serbian Superliga and Serbian Cup in 2008, then joined ACF Fiorentina for an approximate €10.8 million. In five seasons at the Italian club, he scored 40 times in 134 matches, prompting an approximate €26.7 million transfer to Manchester City. In his first season in England, he won the League Cup and the Premier League. He subsequently returned to Italy to play for Inter Milan in 2015, and also had a loan spell in Spain with Sevilla in 2017, before joining Ligue 1 club Monaco later that year.Jovetić is a Montenegro international, having previously represented his team at under-21 level. He made his senior international debut in 2007, in Montenegro's first international football match as an independent country. With 31 goals, he is the country's all-time top goalscorer.
With an HPI of 55.53, Budimir Vujačić is the 10th most famous Montenegrin Soccer Player. Her biography has been translated into 41 different languages.
Budimir Vujačić (born 4 January 1964) is a Montenegrin former professional footballer. Mainly a left-back, he could also operate as a centre-back.
Pantheon has 31 people classified as soccer players born between 1909 and 1994. Of these 31, 30 (96.77%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Dejan Savićević, Predrag Mijatović, and Željko Petrović. The most famous deceased soccer players include Milovan Jakšić. As of October 2020, 8 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Zoran Simović, Branko Brnović, and Senad Tiganj.
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