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. 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!

list ordered by

1
64,261 34,735
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

2
63,209 29,020
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

3
45,399 19,241
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

4
24,791 19,316
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper

5
25,609 17,242
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
25,134 15,515
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

7
23,337 14,841
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

8
27,975 19,983
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

9
18,730 8,872
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
19,494 8,915
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

11
16,398 16,918
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,746 9,553
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

13
14,891 9,764
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

14
14,282 11,579
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

15
13,579 5,838
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder

16
10,042 4,137
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

17
13,665 8,367
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

18
10,569 4,923
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder

19
7,339 2,970
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

20
11,772 8,391
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

21
11,140 5,753
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder

22
9,832 7,052
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

23
7,048 1,636
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

24
13,878 6,036
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

25
8,561 5,895
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder

26
9,989 4,932
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

27
5,947 2,304
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper

28
9,489 9,257
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

29
6,284 3,413
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Goalkeeper

30
7,569 9,613
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Playmaker, Midfielder

31
6,501 4,488
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

32
9,342 6,885
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

33
7,413 7,247
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

34
6,780 3,783
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender

35
6,101 6,596
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

36
4,083 1,270
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward

37
6,611 5,804
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

38
5,170 3,396
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Goalkeeper

39
5,094 2,473
Isco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

40
5,564 5,701
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

41
2,778 767
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder

42
3,518 1,738
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

43
6,681 6,843
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

44
3,984 3,007
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

45
3,841 2,443
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

46
4,447 2,663
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender

47
4,118 3,225
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Forward, Midfielder

48
2,324 398
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Forward

49
3,732 2,991
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

50
4,062 3,012
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward