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The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time

Updated October 8, 2019 22.3k votes 4.8k voters 215.2k views77 items

List RulesVote for who you think is the best Indian soccer player.

Here are the best soccer players from India of all time. This list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from India, along with photos when available. This list of best Indian soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. Featuring soccer players from Indian football clubs like Mohun Bagan A.C., East Bengal F.C., and Dempo S.C., the list has all the greatest footballers from India.

If you're searching for a particular famous Indian soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for. Bhaichung Bhutia, I. M. Vijayan, and Sunil Chhetri are among the legendary Indian football players included in this list. This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Indian footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Indian soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of India in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Indian soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.

 

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    BirthplaceSecunderabad, India

    Sunil Chhetri (born 3 August 1984) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a striker or winger and captains both the Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC and the Indian national team....  more
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    BirthplaceTinkitam, India

    Bhaichung Bhutia (born 15 December 1976), also spelled as Baichung Bhutia, is a former Indian footballer from the state of Sikkim, who played as a striker. Bhutia is considered the torchbearer of...  more
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    BirthplaceThrissur, India

    Inivalappil Mani Vijayan, (born 25 April 1969) popularly known as Kalo Harin, is a former professional Indian football player. Playing in the striker position, he formed a successful attacking...  more
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    Vatta Parambath Sathyan (29 April 1965 – 18 July 2006), popularly known as V. P. Sathyan, was a former Indian professional footballer who played the centre back position. He was the captain of the...  more
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    Kallol Dasgupta addedDefender
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    BirthplaceChandigarh, India

    Sandesh Jhingan is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Sporting Goa in the Indian I-League on loan from Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League. A versatile...  more
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    C. V. Pappachan (born 20 May 1965) is a former Indian football player from Thrissur, Kerala. He captained India in a couple of tournaments....  more
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    BirthplaceSodepur, India

    Subrata Pal (born 24 November 1986) is an Indian professional footballer who currently plays for Jamshedpur in the Indian Super League and the India national football team. ...  more
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    BirthplaceKerala, India

    Delhi Dynamos and Mohun Bagan defender Anas Edathodika, who had been consistent throughout the season, was named the best Indian footballer of the year, having led his team to semi-final in Indian Super League (ISL) and second best positions in I-League and Federation Cup.

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    BirthplaceThrissur, India

    Jo Paul Ancheri (born 2 August 1975) is a leading Indian football player and was the former Indian Football team Captain. He was named the AIFF Player of the Year by the All India Football Federation...  more
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    BirthplacePhagwara, India

    Inder Singh (born 23 December 1943) was a former Indian football player and captain, manager and administrator. He played for Leaders Club (Jalandhar), JCT Mills and the Indian national team as a...  more
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    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    Krishanu Dey (Bengali: কৃশানু দে; 14 February 1962 – 20 March 2003) was an Indian footballer from Kolkata, India. He was an attacking midfielder and was known as the "Indian Maradona" among his fans...  more
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    Subimal Goswami (born 15 January 1938), commonly known by his nickname Chuni Goswami, is a former Indian international footballer and first class cricketer. He was born in Kishoreganj District of...  more
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    Midfielder
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    BirthplaceImphal, India

    Potsangbam Renedy Singh or just Renedy Singh (born 20 June 1979) is an Indian former football player, head coach of I-League club NEROCA FC, and football pundit. He is the former captain of the...  more
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    BirthplaceJalpaiguri, India

    Pradip Kumar Banerjee (born 23 June 1936) or P. K. Banerjee as he is called often, is a distinguished former Indian footballer and football coach. He made 84 appearances for India, scoring 65 goals...  more
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    BirthplaceIndia

    Sheoo Mewalal (1 July 1926 – 27 December 2008) was an Indian Olympian footballer who plied his trade at Kolkata (then Calcutta). His playing position was striker and he was known for his excellent...  more
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    BirthplaceBehala, India

    Arnab Kumar Mondal is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a Centre back for East Bengal in the I-League....  more
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    BirthplaceAssam, India

    Holicharan Narzary in Assam, is an Indian footballer who plays as a striker or winger for Dempo in the I-League....  more
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    BirthplaceNoamundi, India

    Deepak Kumar Mondal (born 12 October 1979) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a right back for Ozone FC. A graduate of the Tata Football Academy, Mondol, an Arjuna Award winner, was...  more
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    BirthplaceHoshiarpur, India

    Balwant Singh may refer to:...  more
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    Defender
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    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Raju Eknath Gaikwad (born 25 September 1990 in Mumbai, Maharashtra) is an Indian footballer who plays as a defender for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League. Gaikwad is very comfortable on the...  more
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    Midfielder
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    BirthplaceMadhyamgram, India

    Mehtab Hossain (born 5 September 1985) is a retired Indian professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. During his career, Hossain has played for both of the Kolkata football giants,...  more
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    Dipendu Biswas is an Indian footballer. He graduated from the Tata Football Academy in 1996 He rejoined Mohun Bagan in 2012. His earnings in 1998–1999 were reported to be Rs1.2 million and in...  more
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    Subhash Bhowmick, nicknamed নিউক্লিয়াস দাদু, born at West Bengal is a retired Indian football international player and club level coach and manager. During his playing career, he represented the...  more
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