Best Athletes 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
66,073 35,846
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

2
65,017 29,944
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

3
46,447 20,169
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

4
25,327 20,320
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper

5
26,271 17,843
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
25,752 16,116
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

7
23,988 15,354
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

8
28,596 20,683
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

9
20,413 9,165
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

10
19,330 9,267
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

11
16,293 9,914
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

12
16,692 17,589
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

13
15,291 10,215
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

14
14,571 12,055
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

15
14,153 6,173
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder

16
10,751 4,340
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

17
14,068 8,742
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

18
8,020 3,111
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

19
11,018 5,168
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder

20
12,078 8,736
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

21
11,551 6,032
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder

22
7,591 1,794
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

23
10,138 7,317
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

24
8,822 6,151
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder

25
14,411 6,263
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

26
10,225 5,207
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

27
6,348 2,461
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper

28
6,767 4,649
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

29
6,572 3,588
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Goalkeeper

30
9,692 9,546
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

31
7,671 9,911
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Playmaker, Midfielder

32
9,551 7,081
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

33
7,564 7,469
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

34
7,027 3,923
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender

35
4,465 1,380
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward

36
6,196 6,841
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

37
5,411 3,527
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Goalkeeper

38
6,751 5,967
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

39
3,076 844
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder

40
5,334 2,574
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

41
5,667 5,891
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

42
3,746 1,838
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

43
2,776 461
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Forward

44
4,194 3,111
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

45
6,798 7,002
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

46
3,991 2,538
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

47
4,582 2,776
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender

48
4,259 3,332
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Forward, Midfielder

49
3,874 3,093
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

50
2,505 1,277
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder