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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!

list ordered by

1
64,165 34,642
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

2
63,085 28,967
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

3
45,340 19,156
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

4
24,743 19,282
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper

5
25,572 17,217
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
25,100 15,486
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

7
23,304 14,813
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

8
27,937 19,951
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

9
18,699 8,853
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
19,447 8,906
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

11
16,387 16,888
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,716 9,534
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

13
14,869 9,749
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

14
14,267 11,563
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

15
13,551 5,827
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder

16
10,001 4,132
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

17
13,640 8,352
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

18
10,547 4,912
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder

19
7,302 2,965
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

20
11,760 8,376
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

21
11,118 5,742
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder

22
9,822 7,039
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

23
7,014 1,634
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

24
13,845 6,030
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

25
8,549 5,888
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder

26
9,977 4,925
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

27
5,929 2,301
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper

28
9,480 9,240
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

29
6,267 3,409
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Goalkeeper

30
7,564 9,600
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Playmaker, Midfielder

31
6,496 4,483
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

32
9,332 6,877
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

33
7,404 7,241
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

34
6,769 3,778
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender

35
6,100 6,588
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

36
4,066 1,266
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward

37
6,606 5,797
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

38
5,157 3,394
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Goalkeeper

39
5,086 2,470
Isco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

40
5,564 5,690
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

41
2,763 766
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder

42
3,506 1,736
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

43
6,677 6,836
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

44
3,973 3,005
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

45
3,835 2,439
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

46
4,440 2,660
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender

47
4,114 3,221
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Forward, Midfielder

48
2,307 396
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Forward

49
3,725 2,987
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

50
4,060 3,004
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward