Ivano Balic (born 1 April 1979 in Split) is a former Croatian handballer, world and Olympic champion.He was voted 5 times in a row as the most valuable player in major international competitions,and is one of only two handball players who received the IHF World Player of the Year award on two occasions (2003, 2006).
2003-Before playing handball, Balic trained with the basketball club KK Split. He began his handball career with RK Split. Balic was a member of the Croatian national team that won the 2003 World Men's Handball Championship in Portugal.
2004-He won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and silver at the 2005 World Championship in Tunisia.
2007- Even though Croatia won the 5th place on the 2007 World Men's Handball Championship in Germany, he was declared the tournament's MVP.
2008- In the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship he was the equal top scorer with 44 goals as he led Croatia to a silver medal and was also voted to the All-Star Team of the tournament. His playing position is centre back.
EHF Champions League:
2002, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
IHF Super Globe:
Silver: 2005, 2009
Silver: 2008, 2010
IHF World Player of the Year: 2003, 2006
Croatian Sportsman of the year: 2007
Best Male Handball Player Ever – fans poll