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
64,840 35,150
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

2
63,855 29,308
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

3
45,736 19,605
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

4
24,967 19,623
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Goalkeeper

5
25,837 17,439
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

6
28,197 20,232
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

7
25,341 15,711
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

8
23,562 15,006
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

9
18,935 8,997
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

10
19,813 8,986
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

11
16,484 17,147
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

12
15,936 9,674
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

13
15,029 9,897
James Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

14
14,394 11,727
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

15
13,775 5,948
Paul Pogba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
beernbugs added Midfielder

16
10,289 4,196
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

17
13,815 8,482
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

18
10,733 5,006
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Mendrick6181 added Midfielder

19
7,585 3,015
Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

20
11,882 8,507
Ángel di María is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

21
11,278 5,864
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender, Midfielder

22
9,942 7,153
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

23
7,251 1,680
Antoine Griezmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

24
8,650 5,984
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender, Midfielder

25
14,061 6,117
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

26
10,074 5,026
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

27
6,079 2,364
David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper

28
6,397 3,476
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Goalkeeper

29
9,569 9,358
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

30
6,592 4,533
David Silva is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

31
7,606 9,718
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Playmaker, Midfielder

32
9,411 6,957
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

33
7,464 7,325
Franck Ribéry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

34
6,864 3,829
Gerard Piqué is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Defender

35
6,137 6,679
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder

36
4,211 1,302
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
tconmallory1 added Forward

37
5,264 3,437
Thibaut Courtois is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Goalkeeper

38
6,655 5,867
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

39
5,181 2,504
Isco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

40
5,600 5,763
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
joel joliyan added Midfielder

41
2,887 787
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
IanHarvey added Midfielder

42
3,606 1,761
Ivan Rakitić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Midfielder

43
6,725 6,897
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players

44
4,058 3,035
Edinson Cavani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward

45
3,895 2,473
Jordi Alba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

46
4,492 2,704
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Defender

47
4,167 3,260
Diego Costa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
MichaelNedergaard added Forward, Midfielder

48
2,462 411
Mohamed Salah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Khaled Akram added Forward

49
3,779 3,027
Sergio Busquets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
wiabux added Defender, Midfielder

50
2,401 1,220
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Soccer Players
Forward, Midfielder