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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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    Kallol Dasgupta addedDefender, Midfielder
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    BirthplacePandua, India

    Syed Rahim Nabi (born 14 December 1985) 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...  more
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    BirthplaceIndia

    Colin John Methven (born 10 December 1955) is an Indian-born Scottish former professional footballer. A centre-half, Methven began his career with East Fife in 1974, whilst also working as a...  more
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    Defender, Midfielder
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    BirthplaceManipur, India

    Jibon Singh is an Indian footballer who plays for Shillong Lajong in the I-League. He plays as a Left Back or in midfield positions. Singh represented India U23 in the SAFF Cup 2009 & 2012 AFC...  more
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    Goalkeeper
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    BirthplaceIndia

    Bilifang Nazary is an Indian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for ONGC F.C. in the I-League....  more
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    50

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    Sangram Mukherjee (born 1981) 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....  more
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    Irungbam Surkumar Singh (born 21 March 1983) is an Indian footballer who played for India national football team. passed out of the prestigious Tata Football Academy in 2000 and was signed on by East...  more
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    hritam-brahmachari addedForward
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    BirthplaceNoida, India

    Robin Singh (born 9 May 1990) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Pune City in the Indian Super League ....  more
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    BirthplaceSodepur, India

    Lalkamal Bhowmick (born 2 January 1987 in Kolkata) is an Indian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Pathachakra in the Calcutta Football League....  more
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    BirthplaceBangalore, India

    Shanmugam Venkatesh (born 21 November 1978) is an Indian former professional footballer and currently, the assistant manager of India....  more
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    Midfielder
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    BirthplaceKollegal, India

    Karma Tsewang (born 1 October 1988) is an Indian footballer who currently plays for Salgaocar as a midfielder....  more
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    Midfielder
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    90

    BirthplacePunjab, India, India

    Bikramjit Singh is an Indian Footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Mohun Bagan in the I-League....  more
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    Defender
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    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    Abhishek Das is an Indian footballer who plays as a Right back for East Bengal in the I-League....  more
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    BirthplaceHnahthial, India

    Jeje Lalpekhlua (born 7 January 1991) is an Indian professional footballer who plays for both the club Chennaiyin and the India national football team. He is the second highest Indian goalscorer in...  more
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    Syed Nayeemuddin (born 1944), known as Nayeem 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,...  more
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    JishithGangadharan addedMidfielder
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    BirthplaceKannur, India

    C.K. Vineeth is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Bengaluru FC in the I-League....  more
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    BirthplaceWest Bengal, India

    Shouvik Ghosh (born 5 November 1992) is an Indian footballer who plays as a left back for Northeast United FC in the Indian Super League....  more
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    85

    BirthplaceImphal, India

    Irungbam Khelemba Singh (born 1985) is an Indian football player. He currently plays for Mumbai F.C. as a defender in the I-League....  more
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    Defender
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    BirthplaceHowrah, India

    Sailendra Nath Manna (1 September 1924 – 27 February 2012), known popularly as Sailen Manna, was an Indian international footballer and is considered to be one of the best defenders India has ever...  more
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    BirthplaceBangalore, India

    R.C Prakash is an Indian football player. He is currently playing for HAL SC in the I-League in India as a forward. He is Captain of HAL SC in 2011–12 I-League....  more
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    BirthplaceIdukki district, India

    Naduparambil Pappachen Pradeep (born 28 April 1983) is an Indian footballer. A defender by trade, Pradeep hails from Thodupuzha in Kerala. He was also the captain of India's U23 team....  more
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    Midfielder
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    BirthplaceBangalore, India

    Noel Anthony Wilson (born 24 December 1979) is a former Indian professional footballer who played as a midfielder for FC Kochin, Churchill Brothers, Mohun Bagan, Mohamedan Sporting and Mumbai FC in...  more
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    Tushar Rakshit was a former professional footballer and former Assistant Coach at East Bengal FC. He was appointed to this role on August 2009.Tushar is an ex-India international and as a player has...  more
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    Goalkeeper
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    BirthplaceHyderabad, India

    Peter Thangaraj (24 December 1935 – 24 November 2008) 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...  more
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