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List Rules Soccer players from Turkey or played for the Turkish national team.

Who comes to mind when you think of the best Turkish soccer players of all time? For many soccer fans, famous footballers such as Hakan Şükür and Arda Turan have to be in the top ten. So to see which Turkish footballers truly stand out, fans like you have voted on who they think are the best of all time. It can be a pitched battle, as there have been many top footballers from Turkey.

The list below is formatted so that the soccer players with the most votes are at the top of the list. Short biographies, photos, and details such as positions played are included when available. If you're searching for a particular famous Turkish soccer player, you can use the search box to find what you're looking for. So, if you've ever wondered whether one Turkish footballer was better than another, this list answers that question.

So who qualifies to be in the running for the best soccer players from Turkey? The player must either be Turkish born or have played for the Turkish national soccer team. So players such as Mesut Özil, who is of Turkish descent but played for Arsenal and the German national team, are not eligible. Players that are eligible for this list include Rüştü Reçber, who played for the Turkey national team.

This list should answer any questions about who are the best Turkish soccer players of all time, once and for all. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of the best Turkish soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy learning about.
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Arda Turan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Arda Turan Forward, Midfielder

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+ - 369 159
Hakan Şükür is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hakan Şükür Forward

3
+ - 234 89
Rüştü Reçber is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Rüştü Reçber Goalkeeper

4
+ - 252 100
Metin Oktay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Metin Oktay Forward

5
+ - 149 50
Nihat Kahveci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Nihat Kahveci Forward

6
+ - 222 91
Sergen Yalçın is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Sergen Yalçın Midfielder

7
+ - 187 79
Tugay Kerimoğlu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tugay Kerimoğlu Midfielder

8
+ - 158 71
Lefter Küçükandonyadis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

9
+ - 165 86
Hasan Sas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hasan Sas Forward, Midfielder

10
+ - 129 66
İlhan Mansız is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
İlhan Mansız Forward

11
+ - 200 121
Nuri Şahin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Nuri Şahin Midfielder

12
+ - 121 67
Tuncay Şanlı is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tuncay Şanlı Forward, Midfielder

13
+ - 123 73
Bülent Korkmaz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Bülent Korkmaz Defender

14
+ - 116 71
Ümit Davala is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ümit Davala Defender, Midfielder

15
+ - 107 64
Hamit Altıntop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hamit Altıntop Midfielder

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+ - 77 41
Yıldıray Baştürk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

17
+ - 123 80
Tanju Çolak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tanju Çolak Forward

18
+ - 134 90
Burak Yılmaz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Burak Yılmaz Forward, Midfielder

19
+ - 91 57
Alpay Özalan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Alpay Özalan Defender

20
+ - 77 46
Şenol Güneş is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Şenol Güneş Goalkeeper

21
+ - 81 50
Can Bartu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Can Bartu Midfielder

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+ - 104 71
Gökdeniz Karadeniz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Gökdeniz Karadeniz Defender, Midfielder

23
+ - 123 96
Caner Erkin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Caner Erkin Midfielder

24
+ - 77 60
Ali Sami Yen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

25
+ - 86 74
Volkan Demirel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Volkan Demirel Goalkeeper

26
+ - 66 55
Aykut Kocaman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Aykut Kocaman Forward

27
+ - 72 62
Hakan Balta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hakan Balta Defender

28
+ - 38 27
İlkay Gündoğan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
İlkay Gündoğan Midfielder

29
+ - 62 52
Ümit Karan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ümit Karan Forward

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+ - 59 49
Ergün Penbe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ergün Penbe Defender, Midfielder

31
+ - 49 39
Mehmet Aurélio is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Mehmet Aurélio Midfielder

32
+ - 60 54
Hakan Ünsal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

33
+ - 53 47
Fatih Tekke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Fatih Tekke Forward

34
+ - 33 26
Feyyaz Uçar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Feyyaz Uçar Forward, Midfielder

35
+ - 47 43
Suat Kaya is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

36
+ - 45 42
Oktay Derelioğlu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

37
+ - 81 83
Fatih Terim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Fatih Terim Defender

38
+ - 50 49
Ogün Temizkanoğlu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

39
+ - 32 29
Okan Buruk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Okan Buruk Midfielder

40
+ - 36 34
Cemil Turan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

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+ - 55 58
Tolga Zengin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tolga Zengin Goalkeeper

42
+ - 42 43
Abdullah Ercan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Abdullah Ercan Defender, Midfielder

43
+ - 27 26
Necati Ateş is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Necati Ateş Forward

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44
+ - 50 54
Tümer Metin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tümer Metin Midfielder

45
+ - 26 26
Mehmet Özdilek is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Mehmet Özdilek Midfielder

46
+ - 45 49
Elvir Baljić is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Elvir Baljić Forward, Midfielder

47
+ - 30 31
Mustafa Denizli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Mustafa Denizli Forward

48
+ - 30 31
Ertuğrul Sağlam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

49
+ - 29 30
Selçuk Yula is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Selçuk Yula Forward

50
+ - 43 47
Gökhan Inler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Gökhan Inler Midfielder