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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
52,381 24,890
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Lionel Messi Forward

2
47,244 23,943
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
36,670 14,325
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Neymar Forward

4
20,547 14,229
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

5
21,198 12,590
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
23,698 15,482
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
18,943 11,564
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

8
20,176 12,339
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

9
15,790 6,881
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
15,785 7,547
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Eden Hazard Midfielder

11
14,774 14,123
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
13,316 7,789
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Sergio Agüero Forward

13
12,038 9,608
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

14
12,280 8,055
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
James Rodríguez Forward, Midfielder

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15
10,446 4,603
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Paul Pogba Midfielder

16
11,479 6,516
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mesut Özil Midfielder

17
10,276 6,643
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Ángel di María Midfielder

18
8,464 5,605
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

19
7,866 3,970
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Toni Kroos Midfielder

20
8,793 3,754
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Alexis Sánchez Forward

21
6,665 3,372
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luka Modrić Midfielder

The Best Current Female Soccer Players

22
8,788 4,513
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

23
7,305 4,895
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

24
11,278 4,882
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

25
4,769 1,109
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

26
4,896 2,331
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder

27
8,532 7,695
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Wayne Rooney Forward

28
8,332 5,825
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Xavi Midfielder

Coolest Soccer Players

29
6,922 8,390
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

30
5,526 3,733
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Silva Forward, Midfielder

31
4,397 1,680
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added David de Gea Goalkeeper

32
5,151 2,751
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

33
6,742 6,325
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

34
5,645 5,640
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

35
5,622 3,078
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gerard Piqué Defender

The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
5,985 5,061
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

37
5,098 4,919
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

38
4,191 2,901
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

39
2,384 837
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Harry Kane Forward

40
3,932 2,119
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Isco Midfielder

41
6,158 6,096
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

42
3,176 1,956
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
1,606 469
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

44
3,821 2,163
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Daniel Alves Defender

45
2,562 1,380
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ivan Rakitić Midfielder

46
3,192 2,468
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Sergio Busquets Defender, Midfielder

47
4,116 3,459
Yaya Touré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Yaya Touré Defender, Midfielder

48
1,795 802
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Forward, Midfielder

49
3,664 2,581
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

50
3,464 2,483
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Karim Benzema Forward