Best Athletes The Best Current Soccer Players  

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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. 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
64,258 34,733
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

2
63,206 29,018
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

3
45,398 19,239
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

4
24,791 19,314
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper

5
25,609 17,240
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
25,134 15,513
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

7
23,336 14,838
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

8
27,973 19,981
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

9
18,727 8,871
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
19,492 8,915
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

11
16,398 16,916
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,743 9,552
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

13
14,891 9,761
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

14
14,281 11,577
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

15
13,578 5,837
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder

16
10,039 4,137
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

17
13,665 8,365
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

18
10,568 4,921
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder

19
7,337 2,970
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

20
11,770 8,390
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

21
11,139 5,752
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder

22
9,831 7,051
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

23
7,046 1,636
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

24
13,877 6,035
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

25
8,560 5,894
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder

26
9,989 4,930
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

27
5,945 2,304
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper

28
9,489 9,255
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

29
6,282 3,413
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Goalkeeper

30
7,569 9,611
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Playmaker, Midfielder

31
6,500 4,488
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

32
9,342 6,883
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

33
7,412 7,246
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

34
6,780 3,782
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender

35
6,101 6,595
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

36
4,080 1,270
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward

37
6,611 5,802
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

38
5,169 3,395
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Goalkeeper

39
5,093 2,472
Isco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

40
5,564 5,699
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

41
2,776 767
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder

42
3,516 1,738
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

43
6,680 6,842
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

44
3,982 3,007
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

45
3,841 2,442
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

46
4,447 2,662
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender

47
4,118 3,224
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Forward, Midfielder

48
2,322 398
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Forward

49
3,732 2,990
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

50
4,062 3,011
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward