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The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time

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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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  • 1
    Sunil Chhetri is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    BirthplaceSecunderabad, India

    NationalityIndia

    Sunil Chhetri (born 3 August 1984) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a striker... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Baichung Bhutia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    BirthplaceTinkitam, India

    NationalityIndia

    Bhaichung Bhutia (born 15 December 1976), also spelled as Baichung Bhutia, is a former Indian... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    I. M. Vijayan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    399

    BirthplaceThrissur, India

    NationalityIndia

    Inivalappil Mani Vijayan, (born 25 April 1969) popularly known as Kalo Harin, is a former... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    V. P. Sathyan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    V. P. Sathyan

    Vatta Parambath Sathyan (29 April 1965 – 18 July 2006), popularly known as V. P. Sathyan, was... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Sandesh Jhingan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    Sandesh Jhingan

    Defender

    BirthplaceChandigarh, India

    NationalityIndia

    Sandesh Jhingan is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Sporting... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    C. V. Pappachan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    C. V. Pappachan

    C. V. Pappachan (born 20 May 1965) is a former Indian football player from Thrissur, Kerala.... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Subrata Pal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    Subrata Pal

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceSodepur, India

    NationalityIndia

    Subrata Pal (born 24 November 1986) is an Indian professional footballer who currently plays... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Jo Paul Ancheri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    53

    Jo Paul Ancheri

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceThrissur, India

    Jo Paul Ancheri (born 2 August 1975) is a leading Indian football player and was the former... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Anas Edathodika is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    27

    Anas Edathodika

    Defender

    BirthplaceKerala, India

    NationalityIndia

    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.

  • 10
    Krishanu Dey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    Krishanu Dey

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    NationalityIndia

    Krishanu Dey (Bengali: কৃশানু দে; 14 February 1962 – 20 March 2003) was an Indian footballer... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Gostha Pal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    Gostha Pal

  • 12
    Sailen Manna is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    120

    Sailen Manna

    Defender

    BirthplaceHowrah, India

    NationalityIndia

    Sailendra Nath Manna (1 September 1924 – 27 February 2012), known popularly as Sailen Manna,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Peter Thangaraj is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    108

    Peter Thangaraj

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceHyderabad, India

    Peter Thangaraj (24 December 1935 – 24 November 2008) was an Indian football player. Thangaraj... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Chuni Goswami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
    Subimal Goswami (born 15 January 1938), commonly known by his nickname Chuni Goswami, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Pradip Kumar Banerjee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time

    BirthplaceJalpaiguri, India

    NationalityIndia

    Pradip Kumar Banerjee (born 23 June 1936) or P. K. Banerjee as he is called often, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Pappachen Pradeep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    75

    Pappachen Pradeep

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceIdukki district, India

    NationalityIndia

    Naduparambil Pappachen Pradeep (born 28 April 1983) is an Indian footballer. A defender by... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    U.sharafali is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    51

    U.sharafali

  • 18
    Mehtab Hossain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
    91
    34

    Mehtab Hossain

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMadhyamgram, India

    NationalityIndia

    Mehtab Hossain (born 5 September 1985) is a retired Indian professional footballer who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Neville D'Souza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
    111
    57

    BirthplaceMaharashtra, India

    NationalityIndia

    Neville Stephen J. D'Souza (3 August 1932 – 16 March 1980) was an Indian footballer.
  • 20
    Jeje Lalpekhlua is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    Jeje Lalpekhlua

    Forward

    BirthplaceHnahthial, India

    NationalityIndia

    Jeje Lalpekhlua (born 7 January 1991) is an Indian professional footballer who plays for both... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Israel Gurung is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
    108
    53

    Israel Gurung

  • 22
    Shyam Thapa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
    75
    36

    Shyam Thapa

  • 23
    Renedy Singh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    187

    Renedy Singh

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceImphal, India

    NationalityIndia

    Potsangbam Renedy Singh or just Renedy Singh (born 20 June 1979) is an Indian former football... more on Wikipedia
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    C.K. Vineeth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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    41

    C.K. Vineeth

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceKannur, India

    NationalityIndia

    C.K. Vineeth is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Bengaluru FC in... more on Wikipedia
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    Arnab Mondal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
    120
    44

    Arnab Mondal

    Defender

    BirthplaceBehala, India

    NationalityIndia

    Arnab Kumar Mondal is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a Centre back for East... more on Wikipedia
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