Football player 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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26 people just voted on Lionel Messi


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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Spain

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#1 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#2 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#196 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#12 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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39 people just voted on Andrés Iniesta


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Position: Midfielder

Birthplace: Fuentealbilla, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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#8 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#901 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#110 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#1 on The Best Soccer Players from Spain

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21 people just voted on Cristiano Ronaldo


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Position: Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Santo António, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

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#31 on The Most Obnoxious Athletes

#2 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#165 on Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are

#609 on The Best Athletes of All Time

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6 people just voted on Xavi


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Position: Midfielder

Birthplace: Terrassa, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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#24 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#1225 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#2 on The Best Soccer Players from Spain

#10 on The Best Soccer Players of 2013

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48 people just voted on Wayne Rooney


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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Croxteth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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#97 on The Most Obnoxious Athletes

#21 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#331 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#65 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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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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41 people just voted on Robin van Persie


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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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#34 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#880 on The Best Athletes of All Time

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

#12 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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40 people just voted on Neymar


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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#12 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#1001 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#61 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#48 on The Best Hispanic Athletes

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


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Position: Forward

Birthplace: Quilmes, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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#1 on The Best Manchester City Players of All Time

#11 on The Best Current Soccer Players

#21 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#1530 on The Best Athletes of All Time

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