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The Best Current Soccer Players

Updated May 17, 2021 1.4m votes 183.4k voters 1.9m views238 items

List RulesSoccer / football / futbol players currently playing

The best current soccer players in the world are leading the 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, Kylian Mbappe, 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 Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, and Mohamed Salah, 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
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    42,226

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  • 2
    68,160
    38,333

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 3
    46,620
    28,683

    Neymar

    Forward

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  • 4
    26,811
    20,800

    Luis Suárez

    Winger, Forward

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  • 5
    22,767
    14,115

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  • 6
    24,533
    19,336

    Gareth Bale

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 7
    23,427
    14,532

    Eden Hazard

    Midfielder
  • 8
    23,527
    23,533

    Manuel Neuer

    Goalkeeper

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  • 9
    23,602
    17,605

    Andrés Iniesta

    Midfielder

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  • 10
    26,501
    21,581

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  • 11
    17,741
    11,625

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  • 12
    19,838
    8,757

    Luka Modrić

    Midfielder
  • 13
    14,450
    12,450

    James Rodríguez

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 14
    16,550
    10,246

    Paul Pogba

    Midfielder

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  • 15
    14,276
    18,076

    Arjen Robben

    Winger, Forward

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  • 16
    13,211
    13,189

    Thomas Müller

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 17
    11,353
    10,106
  • 18
    14,222
    8,664

    Kevin De Bruyne

    Midfielder

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  • 19
    13,369
    10,641

    Mesut Özil

    Midfielder

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  • 20
    12,590
    7,778

    Toni Kroos

    Midfielder
  • 21
    10,107
    8,003

    Marco Reus

    Forward, Midfielder
  • 22
    12,959
    8,032

    Sergio Ramos

    Defender, Midfielder

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    #1 of 32 The Best Real Madrid Defenders Of All Time#14 of 35 Celebrities Born On Easter Sunday

  • 23
    8,628
    6,939

    Thiago Silva

    Defender, Midfielder
  • 24
    11,901
    7,360

    Antoine Griezmann

    Forward, Midfielder
  • 25
    9,273
    7,324

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