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The best current soccer players in the world are leading 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.

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!

1
62,668 33,394
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Lionel Messi Forward

2
61,221 28,222
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
44,417 18,218
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Neymar Forward

4
24,215 18,398
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

5
25,029 16,565
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
27,369 19,306
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
24,458 14,970
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

8
22,708 14,301
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

9
18,187 8,459
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
18,602 8,703
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Eden Hazard Midfielder

11
16,125 16,332
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,215 9,230
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Sergio Agüero Forward

13
14,446 9,381
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
James Rodríguez Forward, Midfielder

14
13,961 11,179
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

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15
12,990 5,587
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Paul Pogba Midfielder

16
13,283 8,003
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mesut Özil Midfielder

17
9,283 4,010
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luka Modrić Midfielder

18
11,495 8,060
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Ángel di María Midfielder

19
10,088 4,740
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Toni Kroos Midfielder

20
10,719 5,515
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

21
9,612 6,778
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

The Best Current Female Soccer Players

22
6,711 2,853
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder

23
13,404 5,846
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

24
8,318 5,697
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

25
9,755 4,721
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Alexis Sánchez Forward

26
6,518 1,533
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

27
9,299 8,951
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Wayne Rooney Forward

28
7,475 9,343
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

29
6,299 4,337
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Silva Forward, Midfielder

30
9,158 6,704
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Xavi Midfielder

31
5,625 2,177
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added David de Gea Goalkeeper

32
6,016 3,279
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

33
7,277 7,064
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

34
6,559 3,651
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gerard Piqué Defender

35
6,029 6,376
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
6,496 5,633
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

37
5,476 5,527
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

38
3,744 1,180
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Harry Kane Forward

39
4,931 3,292
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

40
4,870 2,394
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Isco Midfielder

41
6,591 6,676
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

42
3,291 1,667
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ivan Rakitić Midfielder

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43
3,710 2,331
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Jordi Alba Defender, Midfielder

44
2,502 699
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

45
4,326 2,544
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Daniel Alves Defender

46
3,766 2,925
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Edinson Cavani Forward

47
3,968 3,131
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Diego Costa Forward, Midfielder

48
3,629 2,875
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Sergio Busquets Defender, Midfielder

49
4,091 3,023
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

50
3,953 2,885
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Karim Benzema Forward