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The Best Current Soccer Players

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Who is the best soccer player right now? The best current soccer players in the world are leading the charge as some of the most iconic stars in the history of the game. These talented soccer athletes are leading their respective teams to championships with some of the biggest football clubs in the world, winning numerous awards and are fan favorites across the globe. If you were building the ultimate soccer dream team and had your selection of the elite players of today, these guys should be your top picks. Ranking the world's greatest footballers is no easy task, so cast your votes!

Unsurprisingly, the top current soccer players are also many of the top-paid professionals in the world today. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Lionel Messi sit high atop the list and are well paid for their services, earning fees in the hundreds of millions. Then there's players like Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, and Mohamed Salah, who are all playing the best football of their careers. They are peaking in the sport and see little signs of stopping anytime soon. Whether it's the best players in the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A, the Bundesliga, Major League Soccer, or elsewhere around the globe, all the top soccer stars right now are on this list.

Which soccer players are impressing you right now? Who do you think are the best current football players? Vote for your favorites or re-rank this list of the best current soccer players below. The players in the top 10 can be considered the most popular players in the world. When you're done, head over and rank the best soccer players of all time too!

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  • Kylian Mbappé
    1
    Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. Mbappé came into prominence at an early age, starring for the ...more
  • Mohamed Salah
    2
    Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly (born 15 June 1992) is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Egypt national team. Considered one of ...more
  • Kevin De Bruyne
    3
    Kevin De Bruyne (born 28 June 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgian national team. His playing style has ...more
  • Antoine Griezmann
    4
    Antoine Griezmann (born 21 March 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Atlético Madrid, on loan from Barcelona, and the France national team. A versatile ...more
  • Erling Braut Haaland (born 21 July 2000) is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Norway national team. A prolific goalscorer, ...more
  • Son Heung-min
    6
    Son Heung-min (born 8 July 1992) is a South Korean professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the South Korea national team.Son finished his ...more
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    7
    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team. Often ...more
  • Lionel Messi
    8
    Lionel "Leo" Andrés Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Paris Saint-Germain and captains the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in ...more
  • Robert Lewandowski
    9
    Robert Lewandowski (born 21 August 1988) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Poland national team. After being the top scorer in the ...more
  • Virgil van Dijk
    10
    Virgil van Dijk (born 8 July 1991) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Liverpool and the Netherlands national team. Considered one of the best ...more
  • Neymar
    11
    Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (born 5 February 1992), commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain ...more
  • Harry Kane
    12
    Harry Edward Kane (born 28 July 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the England national team. Born and raised ...more
  • Sadio Mané
    13
    Sadio Mané (born 10 April 1992) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Senegal national team. Mané finished fourth for the 2019 Ballon ...more
  • Eden Hazard
    14
    Eden Michael Hazard (born 7 January 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Belgium national team. Known ...more
  • Paulo Dybala
    15
    Paulo Exequiel Dybala (born 15 November 1993) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and the Argentina national team. Dybala made his senior ...more
  • Toni Kroos
    16
    Toni Kroos (born 4 January 1990) is a German professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the German national team. Kroos plays mainly as a central midfielder, but is also used ...more
  • Paul Pogba
    17
    Paul Labile Pogba (born 15 March 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Juventus and the France national team. He operates primarily as a central midfielder, but can ...more
  • Sergio Ramos
    18
    Sergio Ramos García (born 30 March 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for and captains both Paris Saint-Germain and the Spain national team as a centre back. He has also played as a ...more
  • David de Gea
    19
    David de Gea Quintana (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ðe ˈxea kinˈtana]; born 7 November 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Manchester United ...more
  • Philippe Coutinho
    20
    Philippe Coutinho Correia (born 12 June 1992) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Premier League club Aston Villa, on loan from La Liga club ...more
  • Trent John Alexander-Arnold (born 7 October 1998) is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Liverpool and the England national team. Alexander-Arnold ...more
  • Roberto Firmino
    22
    Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira (born 2 October 1991) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward or attacking midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool and the Brazil ...more
  • Leroy Sane
    23
    Leroy Aziz Sané (born 11 January 1996) is a German professional footballer who plays as a winger for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the German national team. Sané made his professional debut for ...more
  • Andrés Iniesta
    24
    Andrés Iniesta Luján (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈdɾes iˈnjesta luˈxan]; born 11 May 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Japanese club Vissel Kobe. He ...more
  • Romelu Lukaku
    25
    Romelu Menama Lukaku Bolingoli (born 13 May 1993) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Chelsea and the Belgium national team. A Belgian international, ...more