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
66,019 35,819
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

2
64,974 29,921
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

3
46,423 20,146
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

4
25,317 20,285
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper

5
26,255 17,821
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
25,736 16,094
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

7
28,584 20,661
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

8
23,969 15,337
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

9
20,382 9,158
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

10
19,313 9,254
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

11
16,273 9,901
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

12
16,683 17,569
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

13
15,279 10,199
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

14
14,558 12,037
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

15
14,135 6,159
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder

16
10,731 4,330
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

17
14,057 8,726
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

18
7,994 3,106
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

19
11,001 5,160
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder

20
12,069 8,720
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

21
11,536 6,022
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder

22
7,573 1,787
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

23
10,125 7,310
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

24
8,813 6,141
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder

25
14,393 6,257
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

26
10,217 5,194
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

27
6,330 2,455
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper

28
6,753 4,646
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

29
6,564 3,580
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Goalkeeper

30
9,687 9,532
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

31
7,665 9,900
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Playmaker, Midfielder

32
9,543 7,074
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

33
7,560 7,462
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

34
7,018 3,919
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender

35
4,449 1,378
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward

36
6,192 6,834
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

37
5,404 3,523
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Goalkeeper

38
6,747 5,960
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

39
3,067 839
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder

40
5,327 2,570
Isco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

41
5,665 5,883
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

42
3,740 1,833
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

43
2,759 460
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Forward

44
4,189 3,107
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

45
6,793 6,999
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

46
3,986 2,536
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

47
4,578 2,774
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender

48
4,255 3,330
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Forward, Midfielder

49
3,868 3,090
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

50
2,502 1,275
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder