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Best 4 male volleyball players in the world

Last Updated: 07.05.19


Although not as popular as football or basketball, volleyball still manages to gather millions of supporters on all continents and has also been an important competition in the Olympic Games ever since 1964.

To play performance volleyball you don’t only have to have strong hands, but also an athletic and well-built body, as well as a strong mind. You have to be a good team player and support all of your team colleagues as the victory cannot be achieved individually. Luckily, volleyball can be played on various types of courts, including in gyms, on beaches and on grass fields, so that plenty of people enjoy attending official and unofficial volleyball matches.

However, there is a huge difference between the demonstrative games played by amateurs on beaches during Spring Break and the struggles of true professionals who have chosen volleyball as their sports careers. In order to honor their efforts and endless training sessions, here are the best male volleyball players in the world right now.

Simone Giannelli

Although still young, Simone Giannelli is already a member of Italy’s National Volleyball Team. He was born in Bolzano in 1996 and he has proved an upcoming star and was easily welcomed in the national male volleyball team of Italy.

At 2.05 meters tall he is not considered one of the tallest volleyball players, but he surely possesses a threat to all his field opponents. He only joined the national team three years ago, in 2015, but he already managed to score a silver medal at the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Some of his other acclaimed performances include a silver medal at the 2015 World Cup held in Japan, as well as a silver medal at the 2017 World Grand Champions Cup, also held in Japan. Giannelli was part of the volleyball team that scored a bronze medal at the 2015 European Championship. He is still young so he has plenty of time to grow as a professional and prove his skills in the upcoming Olympic Games and world cups.


Ivan Zaytsev

He was born in 1988 and is of Russian origin but plays for the national Italian volleyball team. At 2.02 meters he is considered an average-height volleyball player but nonetheless extremely talented.

He started his professional volleyball career back in 2004 as a setter but then he switched positions to become an outside hitter. Ever since 2004, he played for numerous Italian volleyball teams, as well as the Russian Dinamo Moscow and for Qatar’s team, Al Arabi.

Zaytsev debuted for Italy’s national volleyball team in 2008 and ever since then, he has gained worldwide success. He was a member of Italy’s Olympic Games and managed to win a bronze medal in 2012 in London, as well as a silver medal in 2016 in Rio. Although he doesn’t have any gold medals yet, he is still a young player with a great career ahead.

Apart from the Olympic Games medals, he also won one silver medal at the 2015 World Cup in Japan, as well as two silver medals at the European Championships in 2011 and 2013. As a player at the World League contests, Zaytsev scored two bronze medals, in 2013, and 2014.

He is also the most followed Italian volleyball player on social media, scoring around 400,000 followers on Instagram.

Men Playing Beach Volleyball — Image by © Ewan Burns/Corbis

Micah Christenson

Born in 1993, Micah is currently one of the rising stars of the American volleyball. He is a full member of USA’s National Volleyball Team since 2013 and, although he has a long career in front of him, he is still considered one of the most successful volleyball players at this time.

Born in Honolulu, he has a strong connection with the sports world, both his parents being professional players. His father was a former basketball player while his mother and sister both play volley, with his mother winning three national championships. Micah played basketball like his father but eventually gave up to pursue a career as a professional volleyball player.

At only 23 years old, Christenson participated at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where he scored a bronze medal with his American volleyball team. His other great athletic performances include one gold medal at the 2015 World Cup in Japan, as well as a gold medal at the World League held in Florence, in 2014. Christenson also gained two gold medals at the NORCECA Championships in 2013 and 2017.


Reid Priddy

Last but certainly not least, William Reid Priddy was born in 1977 and he was a member of the American Male Volleyball National Team from 2000 to 2016.

He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2000 with a major in communication studies. As a member of the American National Team, he appeared in 42 games and won a series of international prizes and achievements.

He started his career in the American National Team by playing at the Pan American Games in 1999. One year later, he took part in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games and, later that year, he began playing for a club team in Italy. Priddy took a break from the national team but he rejoined the squad back in 2002, eager for success.

He was a member of the American National Team to participate at the Olympic Games and has won one gold medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing, as well as a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Some of his other astonishing performances include three other medals obtained at the World League Championships, as followed: one gold medal at the 2008 representation in Rio, one silver medal at the 2012 games in Sofia, and one bronze medal in 2007 at Katowice. He earned many other prizes with his club teams and on his own in both national and international competitions.




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