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The Best Current Soccer Players

Updated October 17, 2020 1.8m votes 178.7k voters 1.8m views356 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
    Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    18,703
    7,824

    Luka Modrić

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceZadar, Croatia

    Age35

    NationalityCroatia

  • 2
    Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    14,777
    7,474

    Kevin De Bruyne

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDrongen, Belgium

    Age28

    NationalityBelgium, United Kingdom

  • 3
    Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    71,944
    38,253

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSanto António, Portugal

    Age35

    NationalityPortugal

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  • 4
    Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    35,598
    15,175

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    Ronaldinho

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePorto Alegre, Brazil

    Age40

    NationalityBrazil, Spain

    INACTIVE SINCE 2015

  • 5
    Kylian Mbappé is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    5,181
    1,430

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Age19

    NationalityFrance

    Forward, Best young player

  • 6
    Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    8,276
    2,292

    Mohamed Salah

    Forward

    BirthplaceBasyoun, Egypt

    Age27

    NationalityEgypt

  • 7
    Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    74,842
    42,582

    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    Age33

    NationalityArgentina, Spain

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  • 8
    Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    23,883
    13,534

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Poland

    Age32

    NationalityPoland

  • 9
    Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    7,695
    3,572

    Harry Kane

    Forward

    BirthplaceChingford, London, United Kingdom

    Age26

    NationalityEngland

  • 10
    Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    12,686
    6,670

    Antoine Griezmann

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMâcon, France

    Age28

    NationalityFrance

  • 11
    Neymar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    49,504
    28,956

    Neymar

    Forward

    BirthplaceMogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil

    Age28

    NationalityBrazil

  • 12
    Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    25,039
    14,588

    Eden Hazard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLa Louvière, Belgium

    Age28

    NationalityBelgium

  • 13
    David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    8,799
    4,893

    David de Gea

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    Age29

    NationalitySpain

  • 14
    Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    5,744
    2,938

    Ivan Rakitić

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMöhlin, Switzerland

    Age31

    NationalitySwitzerland, Croatia

  • 15
    Paulo Dybala is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    3,711
    1,506

    BirthplaceCórdoba, Argentina

    Age26

    NationalityPoland, Italy, Argentina

  • 16
    Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    7,984
    4,576

    BirthplaceCarrara, Italy

    Age42

    NationalityItaly

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  • 17
    Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    13,305
    7,818

    Toni Kroos

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGreifswald, Germany

    Age29

    NationalityGerman Democratic Republic, Germany

  • 18
    Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    5,388
    2,697

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Age27

    NationalityBrazil

  • 19
    Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    17,684
    10,528

    Paul Pogba

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLagny-sur-Marne, France

    Age26

    NationalityFrance

  • 20
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    4,103
    2,287

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLaval, France

    Age30

    NationalityFrance, Gabon

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  • 21
    Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    19,006
    12,318

    BirthplaceQuilmes, Argentina

    Age31

    NationalityArgentina

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    #62 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#43 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

  • 22
    Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    13,665
    8,428

    Sergio Ramos

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCamas, Seville

    Age33

    NationalitySpain

  • 23
    Marc-André ter Stegen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    2,171
    979

    BirthplaceMönchengladbach, Germany

    Age27

    NationalityGermany

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  • 24
    Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    8,116
    5,039

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Age32

    NationalitySpain

  • 25
    Isco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
    6,413
    3,851

    Isco

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBenalmádena, Spain

    Age27

    NationalitySpain

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