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The Best Current Soccer Players 

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Updated July 25, 2020 1.8M votes 177.3k voters 1.8M views 356 items

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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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1
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward and Midfielder from Santo António, Portugal

Age: 34

Nationality: Portugal

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2
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from Zadar, Croatia

Age: 34

Nationality: Croatia

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#11 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players #1 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

3
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward from Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil

Age: 27

Nationality: Brazil

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4
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward from Rosario, Argentina

Age: 32

Nationality: Argentina, Spain

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5
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward from Warsaw, Poland

Age: 31

Nationality: Poland

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6
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from Drongen, Belgium

Age: 28

Nationality: Belgium, United Kingdom

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7
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from La Louvière, Belgium

Age: 28

Nationality: Belgium

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8
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
voting closed at #25 Forward and Midfielder from Porto Alegre, Brazil

Age: 39

Nationality: Brazil

INACTIVE SINCE 2015

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9
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward and Midfielder from Mâcon, France

Age: 28

Nationality: France

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10
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder from Lagny-sur-Marne, France

Age: 26

Nationality: France

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11
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder from Greifswald, Germany

Age: 29

Nationality: German Democratic Republic, Germany

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12
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper from Madrid, Spain

Age: 29

Nationality: Spain

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13
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender and Midfielder from Camas, Seville

Age: 33

Nationality: Spain

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14
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward from Chingford, London, United Kingdom

Age: 26

Nationality: England

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15
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
16
Kylian Mbappé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kidiot added

Age: 19

Nationality: France

Forward, Best young player

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17
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Mohamed Salah Forward from Basyoun, Egypt

Age: 27

Nationality: Egypt

18
Paulo Dybala is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward from Córdoba, Argentina

Age: 26

Nationality: Poland, Italy, Argentina

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#306 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #18 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

19
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from Fuentealbilla, Spain

Age: 35

Nationality: Spain

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20
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from Möhlin, Switzerland

Age: 31

Nationality: Switzerland, Croatia

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21
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Age: 27

Nationality: Brazil

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22
Isco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from Benalmádena, Spain

Age: 27

Nationality: Spain

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23
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
24
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender from Barcelona, Spain

Age: 32

Nationality: Spain

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25
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger and Forward from Salto, Uruguay

Age: 32

Nationality: Uruguay

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