The game of volleyball has its own history. Originated in the USA in the late 1800s, now the game has made marks in all parts of the world, especially in western Asia and European countries. Volleyball was first included in 1964. Since then both men’s and women’s teams around the world are regularly participating. In this article, we have listed all the famous volleyball players.
The sport that brings you an enormous amount of thrill and excitement is now established as one of the prominent sports in the world. Volleyball has a huge fan following across the world thanks to some best players who took the game to the next level. The game has produced so many legends over the years. Here is the list of few famous Volleyball players who gave nightmares to the opponent team and visual treat to an audience:
Top Ten List of Famous Volleyball Players
#1. Karch Kiraly – USA
One of the most famous volleyball players who got success in both indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. Karch Kiraly was born on November 3rd, 1960 in the USA. He was a crucial member of the USA team that won the gold medal in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. He is the only player who won gold medals in both indoor and beach volleyball games. He was nicknamed as thunder volleyball during his playing days and FIVB named him the “greatest volleyball player of the century”
#2. Ricardo Lucarelli – Brazil
Ricardo Lucarelli, One of the greatest spikes in the history of the game, already has 2 world league silvers and gold and silver in world championships. He was also part of the team that won the gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is only 24 now have every chance to become the greatest player ever in the history of the game. He continues to be the key member of the Brazilian volleyball squad.
#3. Giba – Brazil
Another fine and one of the most famous volleyball players Brazil has ever produced was Giba, He was born in the year 1976. He displaced tremendous speed and athletic ability during his playing days. He is also considered one of the finest spikers of the game. He was part of the Brazil squad that won three world championships and eight world championships and an Olympic gold medal. He played a crucial part in Brazil’s regaining supremacy in the 2000s.
#4. Lang Ping – China
Lang Ping got selected for the Chinese squad in 1978. Played as the chief spiker in the team and also nicknamed “Iron Hammer” during her playing days. her high jumps, stylish arm movements, and fearless downward punches made him so special. She played a major role and let the Chinese team that won world cups in 1980 and 1984. She also guided her team to success in the 1984 Olympics where china clinched gold.
#5. Andrea Giani – Italy
Born in 1970 currently, the coach of Italy Andrea Giani is the most successful player during his playing days. he guided Italy to three consecutive world titles in 1990, 1994, and 1998. He is considered the most famous volleyball player and was given the honorary position in the volleyball hall of frame. He was also a member of the Italian team that won 4 European titles. He was the most capped player in the history of volleyball.
#6. Mateusz Mika – Poland
This young and talented player from Poland already won many accolades for his team. Mateusz Mika literally guided his team to win world championships in 2014. In 2015 he won the “most valuable player” award.
#7. Alessandro Fei – Italy
Born in 1978, Alessandro Fei is also one of the best and only famous volleyball players who guided Italy to win a world championship and 4 world league titles.
#8. Alejandrina Mirea – Cuba
Formally known as Mireya, is a Cuban volleyball legend known for his stunning jumping abilities. He was one of the key members of the Cuban team that won Pan American championships in 1983 and 1987. He played a crucial role in winning the gold medal in the 1992 Olympics. They also successfully defended the title in the 1996 Olympics also.
#9. Srecko Lisinac- Serbia
Srecko Lisinac is just 24 and already making big in the international circuit is a key member of the Serbian volleyball squad. He made his debut at the age of 17 in 2009 already won the “best blocker” awarded 5 times. He made crucial contributions to his team that won the gold medal in the 2016 FIVB world league.
#10. Gavin Schmitt- Canada
This Canadian spiker is performing exceptionally well for his team despite not getting the necessary support from his teams. He won the best scorer, and best spiker award in three pan American games in 2008, 2009, and 2011. In 2015 he was named as an all-time best scorer and best spiker in Pan American games. No doubt he is the most famous volleyball player on the Canadian volleyball squad.