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The Best Current Soccer Players

Updated October 17, 2020 1.8m votes 181.8k voters 1.9m views356 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, 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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  • Luka Modrić1
    19,485
    8,524

    Luka Modrić

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceZadar, Croatia

    Age35

    NationalityCroatia

  • Cristiano Ronaldo2
    69,800
    38,493

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSanto António, Portugal

    Age35

    NationalityPortugal

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  • Ronaldinho3
    35,030
    14,950

    voting closed at #3

    Ronaldinho

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePorto Alegre, Brazil

    Age40

    NationalityBrazil, Spain

    INACTIVE SINCE 2015

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    #2 of 138 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time#3 of 266 The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

  • Lionel Messi4
    72,674
    42,458

    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    Age33

    NationalitySpain, Argentina

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  • Ivan Rakitić5
    6,695
    3,209

    Ivan Rakitić

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMöhlin, Switzerland

    Age32

    NationalitySwitzerland, Croatia

  • Neymar6
    47,856
    28,966

    Neymar

    Forward

    BirthplaceMogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil

    Age28

    NationalityBrazil

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  • Mohamed Salah7
    8,201
    3,784

    Mohamed Salah

    Forward

    BirthplaceBasyoun, Egypt

    Age28

    NationalityEgypt

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  • Kylian Mbappé8
    5,327
    2,875

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Age19

    NationalityFrance

    Forward, Best young player

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    #49 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019#17 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

  • Gianluigi Buffon9
    7,837
    4,582

    BirthplaceCarrara, Italy

    Age42

    NationalityItaly

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    #194 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#171 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Kevin De Bruyne10
    14,448
    8,806

    Kevin De Bruyne

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDrongen, Belgium

    Age29

    NationalityBelgium

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  • Harry Kane11
    7,586
    4,314

    Harry Kane

    Forward

    BirthplaceChingford, London, United Kingdom

    Age27

    NationalityEngland

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  • Paulo Dybala12
    3,649
    1,747

    BirthplaceCórdoba, Argentina

    Age27

    NationalityPoland, Italy, Argentina

  • Eden Hazard13
    24,086
    14,774

    Eden Hazard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLa Louvière, Belgium

    Age29

    NationalityBelgium

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  • Robert Lewandowski14
    23,291
    14,285

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Poland

    Age32

    NationalityPoland

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    #1 of 41 The Best Bayern Munich Forwards Of All Time#3 of 100 The Best Bayern Munich Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • Antoine Griezmann15
    12,258
    7,455

    Antoine Griezmann

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMâcon, France

    Age29

    NationalityFrance

  • Toni Kroos16
    12,893
    7,883

    Toni Kroos

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGreifswald, Germany

    Age30

    NationalityGermany, German Democratic Republic

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    #20 of 56 The Best Bayern Munich Midfielders Of All Time#8 of 149 The Best Soccer Players from Germany

  • David de Gea17
    8,464
    5,131

    David de Gea

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    Age30

    NationalitySpain

  • Paul Pogba18
    17,044
    10,438

    Paul Pogba

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLagny-sur-Marne, France

    Age27

    NationalityFrance

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  • Philippe Coutinho19
    5,214
    2,880

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Age28

    NationalityBrazil

  • Sergio Ramos20
    13,294
    8,244

    Sergio Ramos

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCamas, Seville

    Age34

    NationalitySpain

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

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang21
    4,003
    2,377

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLaval, France

    Age31

    NationalityFrance, Gabon

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  • Sergio Agüero22
    18,277
    11,931

    BirthplaceQuilmes, Argentina

    Age32

    NationalityArgentina

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    #63 of 1,294 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#42 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

  • Virgil van Dijk23
    934
    468

    Virgil van Dijk

    Defender

    BirthplaceBreda, Netherlands

    Age28

    NationalityNetherlands

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    #6 of 75 The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked#8 of 135 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

  • Marc-André ter Stegen24
    2,183
    1,051

    BirthplaceMönchengladbach, Germany

    Age28

    NationalityGermany

  • Gerard Piqué25
    7,830
    4,992

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Age33

    NationalitySpain

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    #23 of 114 The Best FC Barcelona Players Of All Time, Ranked#11 of 114 The Best Soccer Players from Spain