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The best current soccer players in the world are leading the 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!

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list ordered by
1
70,326 37,587
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward
2
68,441 32,092
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
3
48,685 21,810
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward
4
26,507 22,539
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper
5
27,789 19,011
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder
6
26,749 17,820
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
7
29,753 22,097
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
8
25,202 16,562
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder
9
22,291 9,732
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder
10
20,577 10,044
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
11
17,648 10,585
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward
12
17,311 18,856
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder
13
15,174 13,110
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
14
16,026 11,181
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
15
15,385 6,783
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder
16
12,006 4,891
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder
17
9,445 3,431
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder
18
14,729 9,662
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder
19
11,847 5,741
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder
20
12,688 9,488
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder
21
12,372 6,645
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder
22
10,723 7,874
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
23
8,719 2,067
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
24
9,318 6,678
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder
25
15,467 6,630
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder