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The Best Soccer Players from Belgium

Updated August 16, 2021 4.4k votes 70 voters 45.1k views150 items

List RulesVote up the best Belgian football players of all time.

Who are the best football players from Belgium? This list includes the greatest soccer players born in Belgium or who played on the Belgian national football team. While the Belgium men's national team has a long and storied history of producing top international talent, fans of De Rode Duivels have been waiting for The Red Devils to capture international glory for some time now. So, who are the best footballers from Belgium? Who is the best Belgian soccer player of all time?

Some of the best Belgium soccer players include national legends like Jan Ceulemans, Vincent Kompany, Timmy Simons, Marouane Fellaini, Jan Vertonghen, Alex Witsel, and Toby Alderweireld. There are also current Belgian football stars from the golden generation such as Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Thibaut Courtois, Thomas Vermaelen, and Eden Hazard, who led Belgium to a third place finish at the World Cup in 2018. 

Vote up the best soccer players from the Belgium, and help decide who is the greatest Belgian footballer of all time!

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    Midfielder
    79
    13

    BirthplaceDrongen, Belgium

    Kevin De Bruyne (born 28 June 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgian national team. His playing style has...  more

    #599 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#57 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#11 of 347 The Best Current Soccer Players

  • 2
    77
    13

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    Romelu Menama Lukaku Bolingoli (born 13 May 1993) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Chelsea and the Belgium national team. A Belgian international,...  more
  • 3
    76
    14

    BirthplaceUccle, Belgium

    Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany (born 10 April 1986) is a Belgian retired professional footballer who played as a centre back and is currently the manager of Belgian club RSC Anderlecht. He most notably...  more
  • 4
    Forward, Midfielder
    71
    16

    BirthplaceLier, Belgium, Belgium

    Jan Anna Gumaar Ceulemans (born 28 February 1957 in Lier, Belgium) is a former Belgian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. A prolific goalscorer, Ceulemans was well known for his...  more
  • 5
    Midfielder
    64
    13

    BirthplaceLiège, Belgium

    Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel (born 12 January 1989) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Belgian national team. Witsel broke into...  more
  • 6
    64
    13

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    Toby Albertine Maurits Alderweireld (born 2 March 1989) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back or right-back for Qatari club Al-Duhail and the Belgium national team....  more
  • 7
    Midfielder
    70
    20

    BirthplaceLa Louvière, Belgium

    Eden Michael Hazard (born 7 January 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Belgium national team. Known...  more
  • 8
    Defender, Midfielder
    63
    14

    BirthplaceSint-Niklaas, Belgium

    Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen (born 24 April 1987) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Primeira Liga club Benfica and the Belgium national team. Mainly a central defender, he can also play...  more
  • 9
    Defender, Midfielder
    61
    14

    BirthplaceDiest, Belgium

    Timmy Simons (born 11 December 1976) is a former Belgian professional footballer who last played for Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League. He played as a defensive midfielder, and is known for his...  more
  • 10
    46
    1

    BirthplaceBree, Belgium

    Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois (born 11 May 1992) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Belgium national team. He is considered by many to...  more
  • 11
    Defender, Forward
    66
    21

    BirthplaceEtterbeek, Belgium

    Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui (born 22 November 1987) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chinese club Shandong Luneng Taishan and former of the Belgium national football...  more
  • 12
    Attacking Midfielder
    66
    21

    BirthplaceLeuven, Belgium

    Dries Mertens (born 6 May 1987), nicknamed Ciro, is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker or winger for Italian club Napoli and the Belgium national team. Mertens made his Belgium...  more
  • 13
    66
    21

    BirthplaceSainte-Ode, Belgium

    Thomas Meunier (born 12 September 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Belgium national team....  more
  • 14
    41
    3

    BirthplaceKapellen, Belgium

    Thomas Vermaelen (born 14 November 1985) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for J1 League club Vissel Kobe and the Belgium national team. Being left-footed, he usually...  more
  • 15
    41
    3

    BirthplaceNinove, Belgium

    Wesley Sonck (born 9 August 1978) is a Belgian former footballer who played as a striker for Molenbeek, Germinal Ekeren, Germinal Beerschot, Genk, Ajax, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Club Brugge. He...  more
  • 16
    40
    4

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    Raymond "Ray" Ernest Michel Braine (28 April 1907 – 24 December 1978) was a Belgian football striker. He was also the first Belgian professional player, when he obtained a transfer to Sparta Prague...  more
  • 17
    Midfielder
    54
    21

    BirthplaceLa Louvière, Belgium

    Thorgan Ganael Francis Hazard (born 29 March 1993) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder and winger for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Belgium national...  more
  • 18
    33
    1

    BirthplaceBrussels, Schaerbeek, Belgium

    Georges Serge Grün (born 25 January 1962, in Schaerbeek, Belgium) is a former Belgian football defender, who currently works as a television presenter for the UEFA Champions League matches at RTL...  more
  • 19
    Forward, Midfielder
    43
    11

    BirthplaceJodoigne, Belgium

    Marc Robert Wilmots (born 22 February 1969) is a Belgian international former footballer who is currently the manager of the Iran national football team. During his club career as attacking...  more
  • 20
    Forward, Midfielder
    43
    11

    BirthplaceLiège, Belgium

    Nacer Chadli (born 2 August 1989) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger for İstanbul Başakşehir and the Belgium national team. He began his career in the Eerste Divisie with...  more
  • 21
    31
    1

    BirthplaceNinove, Belgium

    Franky Van der Elst (born 30 April 1961) is a Belgian retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and is a manager, currently employed as assistant manager at Oostende. During a 21-year...  more
  • 22
    41
    11

    BirthplaceSint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium

    Paul Van Himst (born 2 October 1943) is a retired Belgian football forward and a football manager. Now retired, he still supports R.S.C. Anderlecht, his former team....  more
  • 23
    Forward, Midfielder
    43
    13

    BirthplaceKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Christian Benteke Liolo (born 3 December 1990) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Crystal Palace and the Belgium national team. He began his career at...  more
  • 24
    Forward, Midfielder
    51
    21

    BirthplaceRoeselare, Belgium

    Marc Gabriel Degryse (born 4 September 1965), nicknamed Le Lutin d'Ardooie ("The Imp of Ardooie") and The Little One, is a Belgian retired footballer who played as a forward. In a 19-year...  more
  • 25
    Goalkeeper
    51
    21

    BirthplaceSint-Truiden, Belgium

    Simon Luc Hildebert Mignolet (born 6 March 1988) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Belgian club Club Brugge and the Belgium national team. Mignolet has represented...  more