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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
48,311 22,512
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Lionel Messi Forward

2
43,145 21,930
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
33,859 12,857
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Neymar Forward

4
19,086 12,697
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

5
19,552 11,166
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
22,169 14,025
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
18,726 11,024
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

8
17,307 10,512
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

9
14,503 6,325
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
14,706 6,875
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Eden Hazard Midfielder

11
14,110 13,246
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
12,448 7,170
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Sergio Agüero Forward

13
11,327 8,883
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

14
11,504 7,421
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
James Rodríguez Forward, Midfielder

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15
9,492 4,071
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Paul Pogba Midfielder

16
10,673 5,946
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mesut Özil Midfielder

17
9,764 5,993
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Ángel di María Midfielder

18
7,977 5,031
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

19
8,177 3,237
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Alexis Sánchez Forward

20
7,080 3,586
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Toni Kroos Midfielder

21
8,012 4,102
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
5,981 3,082
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luka Modrić Midfielder

23
6,899 4,491
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

24
10,308 4,528
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

25
4,026 908
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

26
8,178 7,149
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Wayne Rooney Forward

27
7,905 5,470
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Xavi Midfielder

28
6,701 7,945
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

Coolest Soccer Players

29
4,147 2,148
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder

30
5,161 3,478
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Silva Forward, Midfielder

31
6,451 5,999
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

32
5,457 5,275
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

33
4,688 2,541
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

34
3,807 1,548
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added David de Gea Goalkeeper

35
5,213 2,871
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gerard Piqué Defender

The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
5,766 4,800
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

37
4,903 4,660
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

38
3,944 2,688
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

39
5,977 5,811
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

40
3,553 1,959
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Isco Midfielder

41
3,562 1,976
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Daniel Alves Defender

42
1,894 702
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Harry Kane Forward

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43
2,897 1,785
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Jordi Alba Defender, Midfielder

44
3,991 3,215
Yaya Touré is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Yaya Touré Defender, Midfielder

45
1,537 648
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Forward, Midfielder

46
3,491 2,380
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

47
2,290 1,229
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ivan Rakitić Midfielder

48
2,957 2,298
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Sergio Busquets Defender, Midfielder

49
3,273 2,266
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Karim Benzema Forward

50
3,140 2,615
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Diego Costa Forward, Midfielder