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The Best Soccer Players from India of All Time

Updated October 8, 2019 23.3k votes 4.8k voters 215.1k 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

    NationalityIndia

    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
  • 2
    1,180
    313

    BirthplaceTinkitam, India

    NationalityIndia

    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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    1,211
    352

    BirthplaceThrissur, India

    NationalityIndia

    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
  • 4
    667
    163

    V. P. Sathyan

    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
  • 5
    494
    117

    Sandesh Jhingan

    Defender

    BirthplaceChandigarh, India

    NationalityIndia

    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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    255
    82

    C. V. Pappachan

    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
  • 7
    557
    221

    Subrata Pal

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceSodepur, India

    NationalityIndia

    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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    160
    68

    Krishanu Dey

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    NationalityIndia

    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
  • 9
    248
    132

    Gostha Pal

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    95
    34

    Inder Singh

    Forward

    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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    110
    44

    U.sharafali

  • 12

    BirthplaceJalpaiguri, India

    NationalityIndia

    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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    125
    58

    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.

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    265
    39

    Arnab Mondal

    Defender

    BirthplaceBehala, India

    NationalityIndia

    Arnab Kumar Mondal is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a Centre back for East Bengal in the I-League....  more
  • 15
    952
    442

    Renedy Singh

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceImphal, India

    NationalityIndia

    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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    80
    31

    Mehtab Hossain

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMadhyamgram, India

    NationalityIndia

    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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    195
    83

    Syed Nabi

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplacePandua, India

    NationalityIndia

    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
  • 18
    214
    101

    Holicharan Narzary

    Forward

    BirthplaceAssam, India

    NationalityIndia

    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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    180
    90

    BirthplaceHoshiarpur, India

    NationalityIndia

    Balwant Singh may refer to:...  more
  • 20
    152
    112

    Jo Paul Ancheri

    Forward, Midfielder

    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
  • 21
    77
    20

    Xavier Pius

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    113
    51

    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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    82
    29

    Colin Methven

    Defender

    BirthplaceIndia

    NationalityIndia

    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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    304
    212

    Jibon Singh

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceManipur, India

    NationalityIndia

    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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    112
    53

    Subhash Bhowmick

    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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