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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
56,239 27,481
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Lionel Messi Forward

2
51,817 25,556
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
39,522 15,450
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Neymar Forward

4
21,868 15,432
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

5
22,419 13,847
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
24,895 16,629
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
21,672 13,105
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

8
20,086 12,439
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

9
16,587 7,338
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
16,473 7,980
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Eden Hazard Midfielder

11
15,221 14,770
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
13,888 8,237
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Sergio Agüero Forward

13
12,638 10,076
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

14
12,875 8,489
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
James Rodríguez Forward, Midfielder

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15
12,053 6,957
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mesut Özil Midfielder

16
11,145 4,957
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Paul Pogba Midfielder

17
10,649 7,067
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Ángel di María Midfielder

18
8,459 4,226
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Toni Kroos Midfielder

19
8,804 5,985
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

20
7,222 3,623
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luka Modrić Midfielder

21
9,348 4,832
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
9,163 4,079
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Alexis Sánchez Forward

23
11,990 5,151
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

24
5,397 2,504
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder

25
7,625 5,157
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

26
5,264 1,252
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

27
8,802 8,054
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Wayne Rooney Forward

28
8,609 6,113
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Xavi Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

29
4,809 1,817
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added David de Gea Goalkeeper

30
5,770 3,925
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Silva Forward, Midfielder

31
7,085 8,696
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

32
5,413 2,922
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

33
6,903 6,563
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

34
5,931 3,216
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gerard Piqué Defender

35
5,768 5,884
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
6,149 5,239
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

37
5,217 5,104
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

38
4,354 3,041
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

39
2,705 938
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Harry Kane Forward

40
4,214 2,216
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Isco Midfielder

41
6,296 6,270
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

42
3,337 2,077
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
3,979 2,275
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Daniel Alves Defender

44
2,730 1,487
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ivan Rakitić Midfielder

45
3,334 2,593
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Sergio Busquets Defender, Midfielder

46
3,814 2,704
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

47
4,216 3,602
Yaya Touré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Yaya Touré Defender, Midfielder

48
1,829 554
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

49
1,934 904
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Forward, Midfielder

50
3,620 2,626
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Karim Benzema Forward