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By Rob

Swedes love sport, so much so that it's estimated that half of the population is active in some kind of sport.

By Rob

It's a known fact that the Swedes love sport, so much so that it's estimated that half of the population is active in some kind of sport. The most popular sports played in Sweden include handball, football, athletics, and golf, followed by ice hockey, tennis, basketball, table tennis, and bandy. Swedes don't just love to play sports, they also like to bet on their favourite sport and athletes, according to Out of the many sports athletes, only a few earn the status of legend. In this article, we're going to have a look at the ones whose names are synonymous with gold medals, top scores, and record-holding achievements!

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1.Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The name Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become synonymous with football. He has played with some of the most celebrated football clubs in the world, from Ajax to Inter and AC Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Man United. The Swedish superstar has scored a total of 552 goals, making him the 13th top scorer in the history of the sport according to the latest IFFHS rankings. From his first appearance on the pitch to this day, the man never disappoints.

2. Charlotte Kalla

Charlotte Kalla's glorious career as a cross-country skier is a celebrated journey of World Championship victories and Olympic medals. Her incredible ability in the sport has seen her fly from her iconic debut in the Tour de Ski back in 2008 to her Gold medal at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.

3. Victor Lindelof

The national football team's captain Victor Lindelof is a loved and celebrated sports icon, who got signed with Man United at the age of 23. His achievements have been honoured many a time both with his team and for his individual dedication to the sport. He was also given the award for best defender by the Swedish award association Fotbollsgalan in 2016 and 2019.

4. Anna Nordqvist

After winning the Ladies Professional Golf Association Championship at only 22, many thought Nordqvist's career was over, but her victorious return in 2017 at the Evian Championship after battling mononucleosis was a feat that drew a lot of admiration for her dedication to the sport.

5. Erik Karlsson

Along with Pettersson, Erik Karlsson is one of the most talented Swedish ice-hockey players, whose career has flourished as he's become not just a pivotal defense player but the alternate captain for the Californian team the San Jose Sharks. He was also awarded the James Norris Memorial Trophy twice in his career, a trophy that is awarded annually to the NHL's top defense player who shows the greatest ability in his position throughout the season.

6. Jim Gottridsson

28-year-old Jim Gottridsson is currently the highlight Swedish player in the world of handball. He's been awarded the Swedish national handball player of the year award in 2018, and the MVP twice from the Handball Bundesliga and from the European Championship. In the past eight years, his team, SG Flensburh-Handewitt in Germany, has always managed to rank in the first three positions of the league, winning in 2018 and 2019.

7. Henrik Stenson

Golf in Sweden has an incredible reputation in the women's championships, but nonetheless, that doesn't exclude the achievements in the men's championships. The contemporary definite example of this is Henrik Stenson, who is the only male to have won a major golf championship in Sweden.

8. Elias Pettersson

One of the youngest in the list, Elias Pettersson is a professional ice hockey player who plays in the NFL with the Vancouver Canucks. He was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy that's given to the most proficient 'rookie' (first-year player) in the league by the NHL.

9. Nilla Fischer

An outspoken advocate for both LGBTQ rights and women's football, Nilla Fischer has become an icon in Sweden. From her debut with the Swedish National team back in 2001, her sportsmanship led her to win the Bundesliga and the Champions League in 2017, and in 2019, she also won the World Cup bronze.

10. Alexander Gustafsson

Alexander Gustafasson is a professional mixed martial artist who is currently competing in the heavyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and holds a record of 18 wins and seven losses from 25 fights. In 2019, most people thought they'd never see Gustafsson again after he had retired from the MMA, but the determined fighter returned to the sport in 2020 to the delight of many Swedish fans.

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