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The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time  

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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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Baichung Bhutia is listed (or ranked) 2 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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I. M. Vijayan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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I.M. Vijayan is an actor.
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V. P. Sathyan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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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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Sandesh Jhingan is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Subrata Pal is listed (or ranked) 6 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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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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C. V. Pappachan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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C. V. Pappachan is a former Indian football player from Thrissur, Kerala. He captained India in a couple of tournaments.
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Renedy Singh is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Jo Paul Ancheri is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Gostha Pal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
Gostha Pal
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Krishanu Dey is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Peter Thangaraj is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Sailen Manna is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Pappachen Pradeep is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Anas Edathodika is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Pradip Kumar Banerjee is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Arnab Mondal is listed (or ranked) 18 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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U.sharafali is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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C.K. Vineeth is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Mehtab Hossain is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Chuni Goswami is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Gouramangi Singh is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Neville D'Souza is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Israel Gurung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time
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