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The Best Current Soccer Players

Updated March 23, 2021 1.4m votes 183.3k voters 1.9m views240 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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  • 1
    19,819
    8,747

    Luka Modrić

    Midfielder
  • 2
    68,149
    38,313

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 3
    70,842
    42,209

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  • 4
    6,600
    3,366

    Ivan Rakitić

    Midfielder
  • 5
    46,607
    28,666

    Neymar

    Forward

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  • 6
    8,136
    4,142

    Mohamed Salah

    Forward

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  • 7
    14,209
    8,664

    Kevin De Bruyne

    Midfielder

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  • 8
    5,445
    3,021

    Forward, Best young player

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  • 9
    7,675
    4,605

    More Gianluigi Buffon 

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  • 10
    7,458
    4,362

    Harry Kane

    Forward

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  • 11
    3,602
    1,872
  • 12
    22,759
    14,112

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    #1 of 41 The Best Bayern Munich Forwards Of All Time#1 of 100 The Best Bayern Munich Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • 13
    12,587
    7,778

    Toni Kroos

    Midfielder

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    #17 of 56 The Best Bayern Munich Midfielders Of All Time#25 of 108 The Best Real Madrid Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • 14
    23,425
    14,529

    Eden Hazard

    Midfielder

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  • 15
    16,550
    10,245

    Paul Pogba

    Midfielder

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  • 16
    1,042
    506

    Virgil van Dijk

    Defender

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  • 17
    5,077
    2,891
  • 18
    2,182
    1,052

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    #1 of 32 The Best Goalies In The World Right Now#18 of 114 The Best FC Barcelona Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • 19
    12,957
    8,032

    Sergio Ramos

    Defender, Midfielder

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  • 20
    3,913
    2,363

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 21
    11,901
    7,357

    Antoine Griezmann

    Forward, Midfielder
  • 22
    2,764
    1,486
  • 23
    17,740
    11,625

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    #61 of 1,299 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#16 of 138 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

  • 24
    684
    283

    Sadio Mané

    Forward, Midfielder
  • 25
    8,189
    5,066

    David de Gea

    Goalkeeper

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    #13 of 102 Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked#17 of 114 The Best Soccer Players from Spain