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The Best Current Soccer Players  

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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!

list ordered by
1
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward
2
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
3
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward
4
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder
5
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
6
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder
7
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
8
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper
9
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder
10
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
11
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward
12
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
13
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder
14
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder
15
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
16
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder
17
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder
18
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder
19
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder
20
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
21
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder
22
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder
23
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
voting closed at #25 Forward, Midfielder

INACTIVE SINCE 2015

24
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder
25
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder