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The Best Current Soccer Players

Updated October 17, 2020 1.8m votes 181.0k voters 1.9m views356 items

List RulesSoccer / football / futbol players currently playing

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, these top current soccer players are also many of the top-paid professionals in the world today. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar, and Lionel Messi sit high atop both lists with each earning tens of millions of dollars annually in combined income between their soccer salaries and their numerous product endorsements. Money aside, any of these guys could be considered the best soccer player in the world right now.

These players like Robin van Persie, Gareth Bale, and Andres Iniesta, are playing the best football of their careers. They are peaking in the sport and see little signs of stopping anytime soon.

Which soccer players are impressing you right now? Who do you think are the best current football players? Vote for your favorites, add those not listed 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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  • Luka Modrić1
    19,771
    8,584

    Luka Modrić

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceZadar, Croatia

    Age35

    NationalityCroatia

  • Cristiano Ronaldo2
    72,523
    39,502

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSanto António, Portugal

    Age35

    NationalityPortugal

  • Ronaldinho3
    35,598
    15,175

    voting closed at #3

    Ronaldinho

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePorto Alegre, Brazil

    Age40

    NationalityBrazil, Spain

    INACTIVE SINCE 2015

  • Lionel Messi4
    75,579
    43,655

    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    Age33

    NationalityArgentina

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  • Mohamed Salah5
    8,545
    3,409

    Mohamed Salah

    Forward

    BirthplaceBasyoun, Egypt

    Age28

    NationalityEgypt

  • Kevin De Bruyne6
    15,090
    8,557

    Kevin De Bruyne

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDrongen, Belgium

    Age29

    NationalityBelgium

  • Kylian Mbappé7
    5,515
    2,503

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Age19

    NationalityFrance

    Forward, Best young player

  • Ivan Rakitić8
    6,644
    3,238

    Ivan Rakitić

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMöhlin, Switzerland

    Age32

    NationalitySwitzerland, Croatia

  • Neymar9
    49,811
    29,690

    Neymar

    Forward

    BirthplaceMogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil

    Age28

    NationalityBrazil

  • Harry Kane10
    7,898
    4,246

    Harry Kane

    Forward

    BirthplaceChingford, London, United Kingdom

    Age27

    NationalityEngland

  • Eden Hazard11
    25,171
    14,982

    Eden Hazard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLa Louvière, Belgium

    Age29

    NationalityBelgium

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  • Robert Lewandowski12
    24,278
    14,465

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Poland

    Age32

    NationalityPoland

  • Antoine Griezmann13
    12,812
    7,481

    Antoine Griezmann

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMâcon, France

    Age29

    NationalityFrance

  • Paulo Dybala14
    3,825
    1,700

    BirthplaceCórdoba, Argentina

    Age27

    NationalityPoland, Italy, Argentina

  • Gianluigi Buffon15
    8,144
    4,725

    BirthplaceCarrara, Italy

    Age42

    NationalityItaly

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  • David de Gea16
    8,873
    5,158

    David de Gea

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    Age30

    NationalitySpain

  • Toni Kroos17
    13,425
    7,972

    Toni Kroos

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGreifswald, Germany

    Age30

    NationalityGerman Democratic Republic, Germany

  • Philippe Coutinho18
    5,463
    2,867

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Age28

    NationalityBrazil

  • Paul Pogba19
    17,788
    10,693

    Paul Pogba

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLagny-sur-Marne, France

    Age27

    NationalityFrance

  • Sergio Ramos20
    13,812
    8,512

    Sergio Ramos

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCamas, Seville

    Age34

    NationalitySpain

  • Sergio Agüero21
    19,110
    12,422

    BirthplaceQuilmes, Argentina

    Age32

    NationalityArgentina

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    #61 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#42 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang22
    4,185
    2,422

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLaval, France

    Age31

    NationalityFrance, Gabon

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  • Virgil van Dijk23
    934
    463

    Virgil van Dijk

    Defender

    BirthplaceBreda, Netherlands

    Age28

    NationalityNetherlands

  • Marc-André ter Stegen24
    2,264
    1,069

    BirthplaceMönchengladbach, Germany

    Age28

    NationalityGermany

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    #19 of 186 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time#1 of 32 The Best Goalies In The World Right Now

  • Gerard Piqué25
    8,170
    5,166

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Age33

    NationalitySpain

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