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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
62,740 33,461
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Lionel Messi Forward

2
61,318 28,257
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
44,470 18,263
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Neymar Forward

4
24,242 18,444
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

5
25,065 16,607
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
27,403 19,348
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
24,499 15,004
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

8
22,754 14,336
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

9
18,216 8,482
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
18,657 8,713
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Eden Hazard Midfielder

11
16,144 16,369
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,241 9,254
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Sergio Agüero Forward

13
14,472 9,407
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
James Rodríguez Forward, Midfielder

14
13,985 11,201
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

The Sexiest Female Soccer Players

15
13,023 5,608
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Paul Pogba Midfielder

16
13,311 8,025
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mesut Özil Midfielder

17
9,328 4,020
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luka Modrić Midfielder

18
11,506 8,086
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Ángel di María Midfielder

19
10,115 4,754
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Toni Kroos Midfielder

20
10,747 5,529
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

21
9,627 6,798
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

The Hottest Celebrities of All Time

22
6,744 2,861
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder

23
13,435 5,858
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

24
8,341 5,708
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

25
9,770 4,735
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Alexis Sánchez Forward

26
6,550 1,540
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

27
9,308 8,969
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Wayne Rooney Forward

28
7,482 9,362
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

The Best Current Soccer (Football) Teams

29
6,313 4,347
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Silva Forward, Midfielder

30
5,644 2,184
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added David de Gea Goalkeeper

31
9,168 6,719
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Xavi Midfielder

32
6,031 3,289
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

33
7,287 7,074
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

34
6,565 3,666
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gerard Piqué Defender

35
6,035 6,390
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

36
6,504 5,643
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

37
5,480 5,541
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

38
3,759 1,191
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Harry Kane Forward

39
4,941 3,304
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

40
4,884 2,399
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Isco Midfielder

41
6,597 6,690
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

42
3,308 1,670
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ivan Rakitić Midfielder

Coolest Soccer Players

43
3,715 2,341
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Jordi Alba Defender, Midfielder

44
2,515 705
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

45
4,335 2,553
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Daniel Alves Defender

46
3,777 2,934
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Edinson Cavani Forward

47
3,980 3,138
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Diego Costa Forward, Midfielder

48
3,634 2,887
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Sergio Busquets Defender, Midfielder

49
4,098 3,032
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

50
3,961 2,899
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Karim Benzema Forward