The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

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List Criteria: 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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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Nihat Kahveci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Nihat Kahveci Forward

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    Tugay Kerimoğlu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Tugay Kerimoğlu Midfielder

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    Hasan Sas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Hasan Sas Forward, Midfielder

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    Gökdeniz Karadeniz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Gökdeniz Karadeniz Defender, Midfielder

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    Defender, Midfielder

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Caner Erkin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Caner Erkin Midfielder

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    Şenol Güneş is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Şenol Güneş Goalkeeper

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    Ogün Temizkanoğlu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Ogün Temizkanoğlu Defender

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    Fatih Terim is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Fatih Terim Defender

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    Hakan Ünsal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Hakan Ünsal

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    Aykut Kocaman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Aykut Kocaman Forward

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    Ali Sami Yen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Ali Sami Yen

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    Hakan Balta is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Hakan Balta Defender

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    Ergün Penbe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Ergün Penbe Defender, Midfielder

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    Fatih Tekke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Fatih Tekke Forward

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    Suat Kaya is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Suat Kaya

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    Oktay Derelioğlu Forward

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    Tümer Metin Midfielder

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    Okan Buruk Midfielder

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    Tolga Zengin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Tolga Zengin Goalkeeper

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    Turan Sofuoğlu

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    Feyyaz Uçar Forward, Midfielder

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    Egemen Korkmaz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Egemen Korkmaz Defender

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    Selçuk Yula is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Selçuk Yula Forward

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    Cemil Turan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

    Cemil Turan

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