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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!

list ordered by

1
66,134 35,878
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

2
65,080 29,971
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

3
46,480 20,190
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

4
25,344 20,343
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper

5
26,291 17,856
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
25,768 16,132
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

7
28,612 20,697
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

8
24,002 15,369
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

9
20,442 9,169
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

10
19,349 9,275
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

11
16,309 9,925
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

12
16,704 17,605
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

13
15,304 10,224
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

14
14,580 12,067
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

15
14,171 6,181
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder

16
10,774 4,345
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

17
14,081 8,751
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

18
8,038 3,115
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

19
11,030 5,173
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder

20
12,085 8,743
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

21
11,566 6,038
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder

22
7,602 1,798
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

23
10,145 7,323
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

24
8,833 6,155
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder

25
14,428 6,267
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

26
10,229 5,215
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

27
6,358 2,464
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper

28
6,774 4,652
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

29
6,581 3,591
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Goalkeeper

30
9,699 9,552
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

31
7,672 9,920
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Playmaker, Midfielder

32
9,553 7,087
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

33
7,565 7,476
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

34
7,033 3,925
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender

35
4,476 1,383
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward

36
6,197 6,850
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

37
5,416 3,532
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Goalkeeper

38
6,755 5,972
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

39
3,083 848
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder

40
5,341 2,579
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

41
5,668 5,896
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

42
3,753 1,841
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

43
2,794 463
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Forward

44
4,200 3,114
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

45
6,801 7,007
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

46
3,995 2,541
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

47
4,584 2,782
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender

48
4,263 3,335
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Forward, Midfielder

49
3,877 3,097
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

50
2,511 1,279
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder