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List Rules Vote 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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Sunil Chhetri is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Forward Sunil Chhetri is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bengaluru FC in the I-League. He is the captain of the Indian national football team. Born in Secunderabad, old ...more

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I. M. Vijayan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Forward I.M. Vijayan is an actor.

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Baichung Bhutia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Forward Baichung Bhutia or Bhaichung Bhutia is an Indian footballer of Sikkimese-Bhutia descent who plays as a striker for East Bengal in the I-League. Bhutia is considered to be the torchbearer of ...more

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V. P. Sathyan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
JishithGangadharan added V. P. Sathyan Vatta Parambath Sathyan, popularly known as V. P. Sathyan, was a captain of the India national football team who played in the centre back position. He was named the 1995 AIFF player of the

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Subrata Pal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Subrata Pal Goalkeeper Subrata Pal, often known as Subrata Paul, is an Indian footballer currently playing for I-League club Salgaocar on loan from Indian Super League club Mumbai City FC.

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Sandesh Jhingan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Kallol Dasgupta added Sandesh Jhingan Defender 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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Jeje Lalpekhlua is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Jeje Lalpekhlua Forward Jeje Lalpekhlua is an Indian footballer who currently plays for Mohun Bagan in the I-League. He scored the only goal in a win against Afghanistan in the SAFF Cup group stage match in Bangladesh. ...more

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Renedy Singh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Renedy Singh Midfielder Potsangbam Renedy Singh or just Renedy Singh is an Indian professional football player, who plays in midfield position for Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia on loan from Kerala Blasters FC.

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C. V. Pappachan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
densil-jacob added C. V. Pappachan C. V. Pappachan is a former Indian football player from Thrissur, Kerala. He captained India in a couple of tournaments.

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Gostha Pal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Gostha Pal

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Krishanu Dey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Krishanu Dey Midfielder Krishanu Dey was an Indian footballer from Kolkata, India. He was an attacking midfielder and was known as the "Indian Maradona" among his fans due to his footballing skills and

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Sailen Manna is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Sailen Manna Defender Sailendra Nath Manna, known popularly as Sailen Manna, was an Indian International Footballer and is considered to be one of the best defenders India has ever produced. He has represented and ...more

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Pradip Kumar Banerjee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Forward Pradip Kumar Banerjee or PK Banerjee as he is called often, is an Indian footballer. He made 84 appearances for the India, scoring 65 goals during the course of his career. He was one of the ...more

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Peter Thangaraj is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Peter Thangaraj Goalkeeper Peter Thangaraj was an Indian football player. Thangaraj played for the Indian national side at the 1956 Melbourne and 1960 Rome Olympics. He was Voted Asia’s best goalkeeper in 1958. Thangaraj ...more

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Gouramangi Singh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Gouramangi Singh Defender Moirangthem Gouramangi Singh is an Indian professional association football player who plays as a center back for Bharat FC team.

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Jo Paul Ancheri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Jo Paul Ancheri Forward, Midfielder Jo Paul Ancheri 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 in 1994 and

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Pappachen Pradeep is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Pappachen Pradeep Midfielder Naduparambil Pappachen Pradeep is an Indian footballer. A defender by trade, Pradeep hails from Thodupuzha in Kerala. He was also the captain of India's U23 team.

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U.sharafali is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
densil-jacob added U.sharafali

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Neville D'Souza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Forward Neville Stephen J. D'Souza was an Indian footballer who represented his nation at the 1956 Summer Olympics, where he became the first Asian player to score a hat-trick in an Olympic Games. ...more

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Arnab Mondal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Kallol Dasgupta added Arnab Mondal Defender Arnab Kumar Mondal is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a Centre back for East Bengal in the I-League.

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Israel Gurung is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
densil-jacob added Israel Gurung

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Satyajit Chatterjee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Satyajit Chatterjee Midfielder Satyajit Chatterjee is a Indian former footballer and coach. He was born in Bally in the Howrah district of West Bengal.

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Chuni Goswami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Subimal Goswami commonly known by his nickname Chuni Goswami is an Indian international footballer and first class cricketer. He was born in Kishoreganj District of undivided Bengal. As a ...more

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Shyam Thapa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
ManasThapa added Shyam Thapa

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Mehtab Hossain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Mehtab Hossain Midfielder Mehtab Hussain is an Indian footballer who plays for East Bengal in the I-League as a Defensive Midfielder. Hossain has represented India several times. He was born in a Bengali Muslim family.

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Raju Gaikwad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Raju Gaikwad Defender Raju Eknath Gaikwad is an Indian footballer who plays as a center back for East Bengal in the I-League and the India national football team.

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Deepak Mondal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Deepak Mondal Defender Deepak Kumar Mondal or just Deepak Mondal is an Indian professional football player currently playing for East Bengal F.C.. He plays as a defender and is known for his high work rate which was ...more

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Syed Nabi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Kallol Dasgupta added Defender, Midfielder Syed Rahim Nabi popularly known as Nabi is a professional Indian football player who primarily plays as a Midfielder though he can play as a striker and defender. Nabi currently plays for Bharat ...more

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Climax Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Climax Lawrence Midfielder Climax Lawrence is an Indian professional football player. He plays as a midfielder for Mumbai in the I-League.

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Robin Singh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
hritam-brahmachari added Robin Singh Forward Robin Singh is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a Forward for Bengaluru FC in the I-League. Big, strong and aerially very effective, Robin is a target man.

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Lalkamal Bhowmick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Lalkamal Bhowmick Midfielder Lalkamal Bhowmick is an Indian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Mohun Bagan in the I-League.

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C.K. Vineeth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
JishithGangadharan added C.K. Vineeth Midfielder C.K. Vineeth is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Bengaluru FC in the I-League.

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Sandip Nandy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Kallol Dasgupta added Sandip Nandy Goalkeeper Sandip Nandy is an Indian footballer who currently plays for the Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters as a goalkeeper. He has also represented India a number of occasions.

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Balwant Singh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Kallol Dasgupta added Forward Balwant Singh is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a Striker for Mohun Bagan in the I-League.

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Anas Edathodika is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
MubashirRoyal added Anas Edathodika Defender

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.

Anas Edathodika is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a Central Defender and captain for Pune in the I-League.

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Inder Singh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Noel Joliyan added Inder Singh Forward Inder Singh was a former Indian football player and captain, manager and administrator. He played for Leaders Club, JCT Mills and the Indian national team as a forward. He began his senior ...more

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Jibon Singh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Jibon Singh Defender, Midfielder Jibon Singh is an Indian footballer who plays for Shillong Lajong in the I-League. He play as a Left Back or in midfield positions. Jibon Singh represented the India U23 in the SAFF Cup 2009 ...more

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Holicharan Narzary is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Holicharan Narzary Forward Holicharan Narzary in Assam, is an Indian footballer who plays as a striker or winger for Dempo in the I-League.

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Sahu Mewalal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Kallol Dasgupta added Sahu Mewalal Forward Sahu Mewalal was an Indian Olympian footballer who plied his trade at Kolkata. His playing position was striker and he was known for his excellent fitness, bicycle kicks and goal scoring

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Dipendu Biswas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Kallol Dasgupta added Dipendu Biswas 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 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Kallol Dasgupta added Subhash Bhowmick Subhash Bhowmick, nicknamed Bhombal, 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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Irungbam Surkumar Singh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Irungbam Surkumar Singh Surkumar Singh passed out of the prestigious Tata Football Academy in 2000 and was signed on by East Bengal FC and now he plays for United Sikkim F.C. in the 2nd Division of the I-League. He is ...more

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Sangram Mukherjee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Kallol Dasgupta added Sangram Mukherjee Goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee is an Indian international football player. He is from Kanchrapara. He is currently playing for Prayag United in the I-League in India as a Goalkeeper.

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Alvito D'Cunha is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Midfielder Alvito Ronaldo Correia D'Cunha is a football player from India. He is a former member of the Indian team and represented India in the 2002 world cup qualifiers. He currently plays for East ...more

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Syed Nayeemuddin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Noel Joliyan added Syed Nayeemuddin Syed Nayeemuddin is an Indian football coach and former player. He played for and was captain of the Indian national team and has coached Mahindra United, Brothers Union, India and Bangladesh. ...more

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Shanmugam Venkatesh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Shanmugam Venkatesh Midfielder Shanmugam Venkatesh is an Indian former professional footballer and current Assistant Coach of India

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Bikramjit Singh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Bikramjit Singh Midfielder Bikramjit Singh is an Indian Footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Mohun Bagan in the I-League.

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Lenny Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Kallol Dasgupta added Midfielder Lenny Rodrigues is an Indian footballer who plays as Midfielder for I-League club Dempo as a Central midfielder.

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Abhishek Das is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Abhishek Das Defender Abhishek Das is an Indian footballer who plays as a Right back for East Bengal in the I-League.

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Tushar Rakshit is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Kallol Dasgupta added Tushar Rakshit Tushar Rakshit is a former professional footballer and currently Assistant Coach at Kingfisher East Bengal FC. He was appointed to this role on August 2009. Tushar is an ex-India international ...more