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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!

1
62,701 33,428
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Lionel Messi Forward

2
61,265 28,240
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
44,441 18,238
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Neymar Forward

4
24,229 18,424
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

5
25,046 16,583
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
27,386 19,326
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
24,479 14,984
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

8
22,727 14,323
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

9
18,196 8,474
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
18,628 8,708
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Eden Hazard Midfielder

11
16,133 16,352
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,225 9,244
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Sergio Agüero Forward

13
14,455 9,397
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
James Rodríguez Forward, Midfielder

14
13,969 11,192
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

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15
13,001 5,600
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Paul Pogba Midfielder

16
13,294 8,016
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mesut Özil Midfielder

17
9,305 4,017
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luka Modrić Midfielder

18
11,503 8,073
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Ángel di María Midfielder

19
10,099 4,748
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Toni Kroos Midfielder

20
10,732 5,523
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

21
9,619 6,789
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

The Best Current Female Soccer Players

22
6,724 2,858
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder

23
13,419 5,851
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

24
8,325 5,704
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

25
9,762 4,728
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Alexis Sánchez Forward

26
6,531 1,538
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

27
9,302 8,958
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Wayne Rooney Forward

28
7,477 9,351
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

29
6,304 4,341
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Silva Forward, Midfielder

30
9,160 6,712
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Xavi Midfielder

31
5,631 2,181
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added David de Gea Goalkeeper

32
6,021 3,284
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

33
7,281 7,069
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

34
6,560 3,659
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gerard Piqué Defender

35
6,031 6,382
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
6,499 5,638
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

37
5,477 5,535
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

38
3,748 1,186
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Harry Kane Forward

39
4,934 3,298
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

40
4,875 2,397
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Isco Midfielder

41
6,592 6,682
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

42
3,297 1,670
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ivan Rakitić Midfielder

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43
3,711 2,337
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Jordi Alba Defender, Midfielder

44
2,506 703
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

45
4,328 2,549
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Daniel Alves Defender

46
3,770 2,928
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Edinson Cavani Forward

47
3,972 3,134
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Diego Costa Forward, Midfielder

48
3,631 2,880
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Sergio Busquets Defender, Midfielder

49
4,093 3,026
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

50
3,955 2,892
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Karim Benzema Forward