Best Athletes The Best Current Soccer Players  

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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. 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
65,277 35,430
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

2
64,310 29,529
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

3
46,021 19,828
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

4
25,102 19,869
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper

5
26,000 17,582
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
25,494 15,853
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

7
28,346 20,406
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

8
23,713 15,137
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

9
20,040 9,039
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

10
19,080 9,107
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

11
16,088 9,750
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

12
16,565 17,311
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

13
15,130 10,013
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

14
14,453 11,849
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

15
13,906 6,032
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder

16
10,476 4,241
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

17
13,921 8,558
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

18
10,844 5,066
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder

19
7,757 3,046
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

20
11,958 8,587
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

21
11,387 5,922
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder

22
7,387 1,719
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

23
10,013 7,216
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

24
8,714 6,050
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder

25
14,191 6,174
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

26
10,127 5,094
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

27
6,175 2,401
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper

28
6,655 4,570
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

29
6,467 3,515
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Goalkeeper

30
9,615 9,432
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

31
7,629 9,793
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Playmaker, Midfielder

32
9,464 7,004
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

33
7,495 7,386
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

34
6,932 3,864
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender

35
4,310 1,329
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward

36
6,158 6,746
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

37
5,320 3,468
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Goalkeeper

38
2,959 802
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder

39
6,695 5,900
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

40
5,243 2,526
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

41
5,617 5,817
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

42
3,658 1,785
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

43
2,556 423
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Forward

44
4,105 3,062
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

45
6,751 6,939
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

46
3,936 2,492
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

47
4,527 2,733
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender

48
4,205 3,283
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Forward, Midfielder

49
3,818 3,048
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

50
2,438 1,238
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder