Soccer The Top Soccer Players of 2012  

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List Rules Please rank the players based only on their 2012 season

The top soccer players of 2012 are the leading scorers and fieldsmen who will see the most success in the 2012 season. While it's easy to argue about how to select which footie player is the best, each of the stars below all strive to lead their respective teams to league titles and cup championships. Think one soccer player is better than the bunch? Want to add one not listed or re-rank this list your way? Do all of that and more below!

If you judge soccer players by their 2012 stats, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi easily rank among the top. All set scoring records led their leagues in statistical categories and, in the past, have led their team to Cup victories. It's safe to say that these leaders are nearly guaranteed to go down as some of the best players of all time.
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Lionel Messi


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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Spain

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#11 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#6 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#11 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#4 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

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Andrés Iniesta


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Position: Midfielder

Birthplace: Fuentealbilla, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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#18 on The Best Short Male Athletes

#17 on Who Should Win the 2016 Ballon d'Or?

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12 people just voted on Cristiano Ronaldo


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Position: Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Santo António, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

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#21 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#2 on Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

#48 on Celebrities Whose Lives You Want

#79 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Xavi


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Position: Midfielder

Birthplace: Terrassa, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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6 people just voted on Wayne Rooney


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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Croxteth, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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#65 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#7 on Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

#21 on Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?

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Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Soccer Players of 2012
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Robin van Persie


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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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#24 on Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

#11 on The Best Arsenal Players of All Time

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Neymar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Soccer Players of 2012
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7 people just voted on Neymar


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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#10 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#61 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#3 on The Best Hispanic Athletes

#7 on Coolest Soccer Players

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Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Soccer Players of 2012
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Sergio Agüero


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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Quilmes, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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#22 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#1 on The Best Manchester City Players of All Time

#1 on Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?

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