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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
64,669 34,996
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

2
63,645 29,215
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

3
45,636 19,476
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

4
24,913 19,529
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper

5
25,769 17,373
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
28,126 20,151
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
25,274 15,655
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

8
23,494 14,951
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

9
18,868 8,957
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
19,718 8,961
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

11
16,448 17,074
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,874 9,631
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

13
14,988 9,848
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

14
14,357 11,680
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

15
13,719 5,908
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder

16
10,206 4,177
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

17
13,766 8,442
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

18
10,679 4,980
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder

19
7,512 2,996
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

20
11,845 8,468
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

21
11,226 5,832
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder

22
9,908 7,118
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

23
7,182 1,663
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

24
8,618 5,957
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder

25
14,003 6,090
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

26
10,049 4,996
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

27
6,034 2,347
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper

28
6,360 3,456
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Goalkeeper

29
9,543 9,328
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

30
7,592 9,685
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Playmaker, Midfielder

31
6,562 4,516
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

32
9,390 6,930
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

33
7,448 7,298
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

34
6,835 3,814
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender

35
6,124 6,653
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

36
4,172 1,288
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward

37
5,232 3,422
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Goalkeeper

38
6,638 5,847
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

39
5,150 2,492
Isco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

40
5,585 5,742
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

41
2,858 781
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder

42
3,578 1,755
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

43
6,712 6,882
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

44
4,039 3,026
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

45
3,878 2,465
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

46
4,480 2,692
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender

47
4,150 3,251
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Forward, Midfielder

48
2,420 407
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Forward

49
3,764 3,020
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

50
2,389 1,212
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder