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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
61,469 32,442
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Lionel Messi Forward

2
59,724 27,701
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
43,576 17,547
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Neymar Forward

4
23,770 17,717
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

5
24,520 15,933
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
26,898 18,657
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
23,908 14,498
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

8
22,132 13,866
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

9
17,728 8,149
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
17,909 8,550
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Eden Hazard Midfielder

11
15,867 15,862
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
14,804 8,957
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Sergio Agüero Forward

13
13,608 10,891
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

14
13,990 9,108
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
James Rodríguez Forward, Midfielder

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15
12,424 5,432
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Paul Pogba Midfielder

16
12,951 7,687
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mesut Özil Midfielder

17
11,258 7,779
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Ángel di María Midfielder

18
8,603 3,918
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luka Modrić Midfielder

19
9,656 4,597
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Toni Kroos Midfielder

20
10,358 5,302
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

21
9,365 6,557
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

The Best Current Female Soccer Players

22
6,271 2,759
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder

23
13,047 5,641
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

24
9,545 4,536
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Alexis Sánchez Forward

25
8,095 5,543
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

26
6,094 1,456
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

27
9,164 8,656
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Wayne Rooney Forward

28
8,962 6,544
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Xavi Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

29
7,323 9,137
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

30
5,347 2,076
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added David de Gea Goalkeeper

31
6,093 4,212
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Silva Forward, Midfielder

32
5,789 3,170
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

33
7,131 6,908
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

34
6,377 3,493
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gerard Piqué Defender

35
5,925 6,228
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
6,374 5,511
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

37
5,374 5,389
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

38
3,461 1,074
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Harry Kane Forward

39
4,683 3,232
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

40
4,650 2,336
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Isco Midfielder

41
6,481 6,536
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

42
3,577 2,254
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Jordi Alba Defender, Midfielder

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43
3,068 1,618
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ivan Rakitić Midfielder

44
2,293 652
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

45
4,197 2,462
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Daniel Alves Defender

46
3,520 2,786
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Sergio Busquets Defender, Midfielder

47
3,561 2,874
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Edinson Cavani Forward

48
3,797 3,066
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Diego Costa Forward, Midfielder

49
4,335 3,835
Yaya Touré is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Yaya Touré Defender, Midfielder

50
3,986 2,942
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder