Total Player 2023 by Francesco Di Fulvio

December 8, 2023

The gold medal at the World Championships four years ago, Olympic bronze, and four titles in the Champions League are some of the most significant successes in his career.

He has been among the top contenders for winning the Total Player Award several times. Last year, he was voted as the best of the best.

Of course, it is Francesco Di Fulvio, one of Pro Recco’s and Italy’s key players, the winner of the 2022 Total Player Award.

These are the Top 5 in his opinion in 2023:


+1 Pts | Alexandros Papanastasiou (GRE)

Greek National Team Player. Club: Olympiacos. Position: Driver.

He left Greece a few years ago as a young player with lots of promise and came back to Greece as a mature and key player for both Olympiacos and the Greek National Team. He played very well in the Champions League, and he was probably the best attacker for Greece at the World Championships.

+2 Pts | Alvaro Granados (ESP)

Spanish National Team Player. Club: Novi Beograd. Position: Attacker.

In his first year far from Barcelona, he had an incredible season with Novi Beograd. 10 goals in the second game of the final of the Serbian League, 5 in the final of the Champions League, and more, 4 in the final of the World Cup. He is the best player for Spain and carries that responsibility extremely well.

+3 Pts | Ben Hallock (USA)

USA National Team Player. Club: Pro Recco. Position: Center-forward.

He had a great season with Pro Recco, probably his best so far. He is now the captain of Team USA and helped lead the team to the bronze medal at the World Cup. Who knows what would have happened without that brutality…
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+4 Pts | Marco Del Lungo (ITA)

Italian National Team Player. Club: Pro Recco. Position: Goalkeeper

I think he had one of his best seasons last year. He was crucial for Pro Recco to achieve all its goals, and he also had a great World Championship, showing that he is the best goalie in Italy and one of the best in the world.

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+5 Pts | Gergo Zalanki (HUN)

Hungarian National Team Player. Club: Pro Recco. Position: Wing

He has been the best shooter and the best lefty in the world in the last few years. Last season, he won everything with Recco and the World Championships with Hungary.