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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!

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1
56,309 27,574
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Lionel Messi Forward

2
51,948 25,587
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
39,584 15,478
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Neymar Forward

4
21,893 15,473
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

5
22,449 13,885
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
24,926 16,661
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
21,712 13,126
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

8
20,109 12,465
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

9
16,602 7,351
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
16,488 7,991
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Eden Hazard Midfielder

11
15,234 14,783
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
13,902 8,247
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Sergio Agüero Forward

13
12,653 10,085
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

14
12,885 8,499
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
James Rodríguez Forward, Midfielder

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15
12,068 6,966
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mesut Özil Midfielder

16
11,160 4,965
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Paul Pogba Midfielder

17
10,654 7,080
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Ángel di María Midfielder

18
8,477 4,232
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Toni Kroos Midfielder

19
8,813 5,994
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

20
7,239 3,626
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luka Modrić Midfielder

21
9,365 4,838
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

The Best Current Female Soccer Players

22
9,165 4,087
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Alexis Sánchez Forward

23
12,008 5,158
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

24
5,404 2,509
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder

25
7,632 5,164
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

26
5,274 1,255
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

27
8,808 8,062
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Wayne Rooney Forward

28
8,616 6,119
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Xavi Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

29
4,815 1,822
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added David de Gea Goalkeeper

30
5,774 3,932
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Silva Forward, Midfielder

31
7,088 8,703
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

32
5,416 2,928
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

33
6,905 6,568
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

34
5,938 3,221
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gerard Piqué Defender

35
5,774 5,889
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
6,152 5,244
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

37
5,220 5,108
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

38
4,355 3,046
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

39
2,712 940
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Harry Kane Forward

40
4,222 2,217
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Isco Midfielder

41
6,299 6,274
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

42
3,341 2,080
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Jordi Alba Defender, Midfielder

The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

43
3,983 2,279
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Daniel Alves Defender

44
2,735 1,489
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ivan Rakitić Midfielder

45
3,336 2,597
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Sergio Busquets Defender, Midfielder

46
3,819 2,708
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

47
4,217 3,606
Yaya Touré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Yaya Touré Defender, Midfielder

48
1,836 555
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

49
1,936 909
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Forward, Midfielder

50
3,624 2,629
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Karim Benzema Forward