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The Best Current Soccer Players 

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Updated April 22, 2020 1.8M votes 173.8k voters 1.8M views 535 items

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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, 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. Money aside, any of these guys could be considered the best soccer player in the world right now.

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
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward and Midfielder from Santo António, Portugal

Age: 34

Nationality: Portugal

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2
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward from Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil

Age: 27

Nationality: Brazil

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#20 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,445 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #16 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

3
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from Drongen, Belgium

Age: 28

Nationality: Belgium, United Kingdom

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#120 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #691 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #437 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

4
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from Zadar, Croatia

Age: 34

Nationality: Croatia

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#12 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players #1 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019

5
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from La Louvière, Belgium

Age: 28

Nationality: Belgium

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#53 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #4 of 230 The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time

6
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward from Rosario, Argentina

Age: 32

Nationality: Argentina, Spain

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#753 of 2,835 The Most Influential People of All Time #2 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #17 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time

7
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward and Midfielder from Mâcon, France

Age: 28

Nationality: France

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#177 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #17 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players #7 of 238 The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

8
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward from Warsaw, Poland

Age: 31

Nationality: Poland

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#45 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #351 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #23 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019

9
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
voting closed at #25 Forward and Midfielder from Porto Alegre, Brazil

Age: 39

Nationality: Brazil

INACTIVE SINCE 2015

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#5 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #359 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

10
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder from Lagny-sur-Marne, France

Age: 26

Nationality: France

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#199 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,439 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time #420 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

11
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper from Madrid, Spain

Age: 29

Nationality: Spain

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#9 of 230 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time #387 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #920 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time

12
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder from Greifswald, Germany

Age: 29

Nationality: German Democratic Republic, Germany

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#42 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,120 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #25 of 56 The Best Bayern Munich Midfielders Of All Time

13
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender and Midfielder from Camas, Seville

Age: 33

Nationality: Spain

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#27 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,859 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #20 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

14
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward from Chingford, London, United Kingdom

Age: 26

Nationality: England

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15
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward from Quilmes, Argentina

Age: 31

Nationality: Argentina

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#72 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1 of 154 Who's the Best Player in the Premier League? #55 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

16
Kylian Mbappé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kidiot added

Age: 19

Nationality: France

Forward, Best young player

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#150 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #2,098 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #40 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019

17
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Mohamed Salah Forward from Basyoun, Egypt

Age: 27

Nationality: Egypt

18
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from Fuentealbilla, Spain

Age: 35

Nationality: Spain

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#9 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,210 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #31 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

19
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Age: 27

Nationality: Brazil

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#46 of 142 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time #28 of 264 The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

20
Paulo Dybala is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward from Córdoba, Argentina

Age: 26

Nationality: Argentina

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#334 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #278 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #18 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

21
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
22
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from Möhlin, Switzerland

Age: 31

Nationality: Switzerland, Croatia

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#48 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players #35 of 103 The Best FC Barcelona Players Of All Time, Ranked

23
Isco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder from Benalmádena, Spain

Age: 27

Nationality: Spain

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#63 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #10 of 49 The Best Real Madrid Midfielders Of All Time #24 of 109 The Best Soccer Players from Spain

24
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender from Barcelona, Spain

Age: 32

Nationality: Spain

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#142 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #17 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #23 of 103 The Best FC Barcelona Players Of All Time, Ranked

25
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger and Forward from Salto, Uruguay

Age: 32

Nationality: Uruguay

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#39 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #150 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #13 of 136 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time