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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
64,787 35,099
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

2
63,782 29,280
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

3
45,702 19,564
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

4
24,952 19,599
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper

5
25,823 17,417
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
28,176 20,206
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
25,327 15,696
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

8
23,540 14,990
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

9
18,919 8,985
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
19,785 8,981
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

11
16,475 17,126
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,916 9,663
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

13
15,022 9,882
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

14
14,385 11,714
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

15
13,755 5,937
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder

16
10,263 4,192
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

17
13,802 8,467
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

18
10,719 4,997
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder

19
7,559 3,011
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

20
11,872 8,496
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

21
11,260 5,857
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder

22
9,931 7,145
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

23
7,228 1,676
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

24
8,639 5,975
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder

25
14,046 6,106
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

26
10,067 5,018
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

27
6,064 2,360
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper

28
6,388 3,468
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Goalkeeper

29
9,563 9,348
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

30
6,584 4,528
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

31
7,602 9,709
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Playmaker, Midfielder

32
9,403 6,950
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

33
7,458 7,319
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

34
6,853 3,827
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender

35
6,133 6,671
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

36
4,194 1,301
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward

37
5,254 3,434
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Goalkeeper

38
6,648 5,862
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

39
5,173 2,501
Isco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

40
5,594 5,757
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

41
2,878 786
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder

42
3,597 1,760
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

43
6,720 6,892
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

44
4,051 3,033
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

45
3,889 2,470
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

46
4,486 2,701
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender

47
4,162 3,257
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Forward, Midfielder

48
2,449 411
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Forward

49
3,774 3,025
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

50
4,096 3,050
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward