Best Athletes The Best Current Soccer Players  

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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
63,631 34,129
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Lionel Messi Forward

2
62,393 28,664
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
45,018 18,746
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Neymar Forward

4
24,569 18,992
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

5
25,402 17,019
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
24,895 15,327
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

7
23,130 14,649
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

8
27,755 19,759
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

9
18,544 8,716
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
19,139 8,837
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Eden Hazard Midfielder

11
16,303 16,686
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,538 9,427
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Sergio Agüero Forward

13
14,737 9,624
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
James Rodríguez Forward, Midfielder

14
14,172 11,424
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

15
13,360 5,747
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Paul Pogba Midfielder

16
13,531 8,228
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mesut Özil Midfielder

17
9,763 4,092
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luka Modrić Midfielder

18
10,402 4,839
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Toni Kroos Midfielder

19
11,681 8,263
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Ángel di María Midfielder

20
7,109 2,919
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder

21
10,992 5,663
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

22
9,752 6,945
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

23
6,840 1,599
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

24
13,701 5,967
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

25
8,473 5,826
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

26
9,908 4,847
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Alexis Sánchez Forward

27
5,817 2,260
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added David de Gea Goalkeeper

28
9,422 9,144
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Wayne Rooney Forward

29
6,189 3,366
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

30
7,542 9,505
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

31
6,439 4,434
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Silva Forward, Midfielder

32
9,283 6,815
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Xavi Midfielder

33
7,370 7,178
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

34
6,695 3,742
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gerard Piqué Defender

35
6,069 6,518
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

36
3,951 1,242
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Harry Kane Forward

37
6,577 5,739
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

38
5,083 3,362
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

39
5,016 2,439
Isco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Isco Midfielder

40
5,539 5,634
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

41
2,669 747
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

42
3,428 1,716
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ivan Rakitić Midfielder

43
6,651 6,784
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

44
3,915 2,975
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Edinson Cavani Forward

45
3,791 2,406
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Jordi Alba Defender, Midfielder

46
2,197 374
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Mohamed Salah Forward

47
4,407 2,626
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Daniel Alves Defender

48
4,075 3,192
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Diego Costa Forward, Midfielder

49
3,689 2,958
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Sergio Busquets Defender, Midfielder

50
4,028 2,964
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Karim Benzema Forward