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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
52,649 25,044
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Lionel Messi Forward

2
47,507 24,068
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
36,866 14,429
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Neymar Forward

4
20,644 14,336
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

5
21,294 12,695
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
23,793 15,588
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
19,043 11,638
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

8
20,283 12,420
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

9
15,872 6,917
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
15,841 7,599
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Eden Hazard Midfielder

11
14,814 14,188
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
13,372 7,836
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Sergio Agüero Forward

13
12,085 9,661
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

14
12,335 8,099
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
James Rodríguez Forward, Midfielder

The Sexiest Female Soccer Players

15
10,500 4,650
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Paul Pogba Midfielder

16
11,529 6,560
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mesut Özil Midfielder

17
10,306 6,688
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Ángel di María Midfielder

18
8,490 5,645
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

19
7,913 3,994
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Toni Kroos Midfielder

20
8,825 3,793
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Alexis Sánchez Forward

21
6,704 3,406
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luka Modrić Midfielder

The Hottest Celebrities of All Time

22
8,832 4,548
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

23
7,328 4,929
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

24
11,336 4,900
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

25
4,808 1,127
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

26
4,945 2,346
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder

27
8,552 7,735
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Wayne Rooney Forward

28
8,353 5,855
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Xavi Midfielder

The Best Current Soccer (Football) Teams

29
6,937 8,424
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

30
5,549 3,757
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Silva Forward, Midfielder

31
4,432 1,696
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added David de Gea Goalkeeper

32
5,176 2,770
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

33
6,763 6,351
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

34
5,657 5,669
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

35
5,646 3,096
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gerard Piqué Defender

37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

36
6,005 5,079
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

37
5,109 4,940
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

38
4,208 2,919
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

39
2,413 847
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Harry Kane Forward

40
3,958 2,133
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Isco Midfielder

41
6,169 6,118
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

42
3,188 1,971
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Jordi Alba Defender, Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

43
3,834 2,178
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Daniel Alves Defender

44
2,575 1,395
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ivan Rakitić Midfielder

45
4,125 3,474
Yaya Touré is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Yaya Touré Defender, Midfielder

46
3,203 2,481
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Sergio Busquets Defender, Midfielder

47
3,679 2,593
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

48
1,806 818
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Forward, Midfielder

49
1,626 479
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

50
3,478 2,499
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Karim Benzema Forward