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The Best Soccer Players from Iran 

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Updated June 14, 2019 12.9k votes 1.1k voters 50.2k views

Here's an extensive list of the best soccer players from Iran. The list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Iran, along with photos when available. This list of best Iranian soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Iranian soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

Everything from Bakhtiar Rahmani to Mohammad Sahimi is included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Iranian footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Iranian soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Iran in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Iranian soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.

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Ali Karimi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Forward and Midfielder from Karaj

Nationality: Iran

Ali Karimi (Persian: علی کریمی‎ Persian: [ɑli kæriˈmi] (listen) (born 8 November 1978) nicknamed "Maradona of Asia", is an Iranian coach and retired footballer. He has played for ...more
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Ali Daei is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Forward from Ardabil

Nationality: Iran

Ali Daei (Persian: علی دایی ‎ pronounced [ʔæliː dɑːjiː]; born 21 March 1969) is an Iranian former footballer and businessman. Daei is record holder for the world's all-time leading ...more
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Mehdi Mahdavikia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Defender and Midfielder from Tehran

Nationality: Iran

Mehdi Mahdavikia (Persian: مهدی مهدوی‌کیا ‎, born 24 July 1977) is an Iranian retired footballer who played for Persepolis, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt, Steel Azin, Damash Gilan and ...more
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Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Goalkeeper from Abadan

Nationality: Iran

Ahmadreza Abedzadeh (Persian: احمدرضا عابدزاده‎, born 25 May 1966) is an Iranian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He played for Esteghlal, Sepahan, Persepolis and the Iranian ...more
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Karim Bagheri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Midfielder from Tabriz

Nationality: Iran

Karim Bagheri (Persian: کريم باقری ‎; born 20 February 1974) is a retired Iranian professional football player and coach. He played over half of his professional career for Persepolis in the ...more
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Ashkan Dejagah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Forward and Midfielder from Tehran

Nationality: Iran, Germany

Seyed Ashkan Dejagah (Persian: سید اشكان دژآگه‎, born 5 July 1986), known as Ashkan Dejagah, is an Iranian professional footballer who captains the Iran national football team and playing for ...more
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Sardar Azmoun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran

Nationality: Iran

Sardar Azmoun is an Iranian professional footballer who plays for FC Rostov on loan from Rubin Kazan in the Russian Premier League and the Iranian national team.
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Javad Nekounam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Javad Nekounam Midfielder from Tehran

Nationality: Iran

Javad Nekounam (Persian: جواد نکونام‎; born 7 September 1980) is an Iranian retired footballer who played as a central midfielder, and he currently coaches Foolad in Persian Gulf Pro League. He ...more
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Khodadad Azizi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Khodadad Azizi Forward from Mashhad

Nationality: Iran

Khodadad Azizi (Persian: خداداد عزیزی‎, born 22 June 1971) is an Iranian retired professional football striker and a current coach. He was born in Mashhad,Iran.
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Nasser Hejazi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Nasser Hejazi Goalkeeper from Tehran

Nationality: Iran

Nasser Hejazi (Persian: ناصر حجازی nāser hejāzi; 14 December 1949 – 23 May 2011), nicknamed "the legendary Iranian goalkeeper", was an Iranian football player and coach who most ...more
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Reza Ghoochannejhad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Forward from Mashhad

Nationality: Iran, Netherlands

Reza Ghoochannejhad Nournia (Persian: رضا قوچان‌نژاد نورنیا‎, born 20 September 1987) is an Iranian professional footballer who currently plays for Apoel as a forward, He is also known as ...more
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Andranik Teymourian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Midfielder from Tehran

Nationality: Iran, Armenia

Andranik Timotian-Samarani, commonly known as Andranik "Ando" Teymourian (Persian: آندرانيک تیموریان‎, Ândrânik Teymuryân; Armenian: Անդրանիկ Թէյմուրեան, Andranik ...more
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Ali Parvin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Midfielder from Tehran

Nationality: Iran

Ali Parvin (Persian: علی پروین‎; born 20 ُSeptember 1946) is a retired Iranian football player and coach. He is regarded as one of the most prominent Iranian footballers. During his career, he ...more
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Vahid Hashemian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Vahid Hashemian Forward from Tehran

Nationality: Iran

Vahid Hashemian (Persian: وحيد هاشميان‎, born 21 July 1976) is a retired Iranian football striker and current coach.
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Jalal Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Defender from Bandar-e Anzali

Nationality: Iran

Seyyed Jalaleddin Hosseini (Persian: سید جلال‌الدین حسینی‎, born 3 February 1982), commonly known as Jalal Hosseini, is an Iranian football defender who currently plays and captains for ...more
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Farhad Majidi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Farhad Majidi Forward from Tehran

Nationality: Iran

Farhad Majidi Ghadikolaei (Persian: فرهاد مجیدی قادیکلائی‎, born 3 June 1976) is an Iranian coach and retired footballer who currently coaches Iran national under-23 team.He mostly played as an ...more
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Karim Ansarifard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Karim Ansarifard Forward and Midfielder from Ardabil

Nationality: Iran

Karim Ansarifard (Persian: کریم انصاری‌فرد‎; born 3 April 1990) is an Iranian footballer who plays as a forward for Al-Sailiya and the Iranian national team. His playing style and ability have ...more
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Sirous Ghayeghran is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Sirous Ghayeghran Midfielder from Bandar-e Anzali

Nationality: Iran

Sirous Ghayeghran (Persian: سيروس قايقران‎) (22 January 1962 – 7 April 1998) was a famous Iranian footballer and former captain of Iran national football team. He is notably referred as the ...more
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Hassan Rowshan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Forward from Tehran

Nationality: Iran

Hassan Rowshan (Persian: حسن روشن‎, born 2 June 1955) is an Iranian football coach, manager, and former player. He usually played as a striker. He is currently the head of technical committee of ...more
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Masoud Shojaei is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Masoud Shojaei Forward and Midfielder from Shiraz

Nationality: Iran

Masoud Soleimani Shojaei (Persian: مسعود سلیمانی شجاعی‎; born 9 June 1984) is an Iranian professional footballer who plays for Tractor. Mainly an attacking midfielder, he can also play as a ...more
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Mehdi Rahmati is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Mehdi Rahmati Goalkeeper from Tehran

Nationality: Iran

Seyed Mehdi Rahmati Oskuei (Persian: سید مهدی رحمتی اسکویی‎, born February 3, 1983) is an Iranian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Padideh in the Persian Gulf Pro League. He played for ...more
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Yahya Golmohammadi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Yahya Golmohammadi Defender from Mahmudabad

Nationality: Iran

Yahya Golmohammadi (Persian: يحيى گل محمدى‎, born 19 March 1971) is an Iranian former footballer and coach who is currently head coach of Padideh. He is one of only eight Iranians to score in a ...more
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Hamid Estili is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Hamid Estili Midfielder from Tehran

Nationality: Iran

Hamid Reza Estili (Persian: حميد استيلی‎, born 1 April 1967) is an Iranian football coach and retired player. Estili was a member of Iran national football team and is mostly remembered for his ...more
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Alireza Haghighi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Goalkeeper from Tehran

Nationality: Iran

Alireza Haghighi (Persian: علیرضا حقیقی ‎, born 6 May 1988) is an Iranian goalkeeper who plays for the Swedish based team GIF Sundsvall.
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Khosro Heydari is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Iran
Khosro Heydari Defender and Midfielder from Tehran

Nationality: Iran

Khosro Heydari (Persian: خسرو حیدری‎, born September 14, 1983) is a retired Iranian football player who mostly played as a defender for Esteghlal.