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.

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!

1
63,618 34,120
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Lionel Messi Forward

2
62,381 28,657
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
45,014 18,738
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Neymar Forward

4
24,564 18,989
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

5
25,399 17,015
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
24,890 15,323
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

7
23,127 14,644
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

8
27,751 19,754
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

9
18,539 8,714
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
19,131 8,835
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Eden Hazard Midfielder

11
16,300 16,682
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Arjen Robben Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,536 9,424
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Sergio Agüero Forward

13
14,735 9,621
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
James Rodríguez Forward, Midfielder

14
14,170 11,421
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

15
13,359 5,743
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Paul Pogba Midfielder

16
13,528 8,225
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mesut Özil Midfielder

17
9,756 4,090
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Luka Modrić Midfielder

18
10,397 4,837
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Toni Kroos Midfielder

19
11,679 8,259
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Ángel di María Midfielder

20
7,104 2,917
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder

21
10,990 5,661
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

22
9,750 6,943
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

23
6,837 1,598
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Antoine Griezmann Forward, Midfielder

24
13,700 5,965
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

25
8,471 5,825
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

26
9,906 4,846
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Alexis Sánchez Forward

27
5,816 2,258
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added David de Gea Goalkeeper

28
9,421 9,142
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Wayne Rooney Forward

29
6,186 3,365
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

30
7,540 9,504
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

31
6,438 4,432
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
David Silva Forward, Midfielder

32
9,282 6,813
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Xavi Midfielder

33
7,367 7,178
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Franck Ribéry Forward, Midfielder

34
6,694 3,741
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Gerard Piqué Defender

35
6,069 6,516
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

36
3,950 1,241
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Harry Kane Forward

37
6,577 5,738
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

38
5,082 3,361
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper

39
5,015 2,438
Isco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Isco Midfielder

40
5,539 5,632
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

41
2,669 746
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

42
3,428 1,715
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Ivan Rakitić Midfielder

43
6,651 6,782
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

44
3,915 2,973
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Edinson Cavani Forward

45
3,791 2,405
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Jordi Alba Defender, Midfielder

46
2,194 371
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Mohamed Salah Forward

47
4,407 2,624
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Daniel Alves Defender

48
4,074 3,191
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Diego Costa Forward, Midfielder

49
3,689 2,957
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Sergio Busquets Defender, Midfielder

50
4,028 2,963
Karim Benzema is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Karim Benzema Forward