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Wondering who are the best soccer players from Russia? Whether you want to find the very best or you already have an idea of who is, this list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Russia, along with photos when available. Moreover, the list of best Russian soccer players is ordered by popularity (determined by you), so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Russian soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for. Some of the top footballers on the list include Yegor Titov, Andrei Kanchelskis and more.

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

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Russia in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Russian soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching. Of course, you can also vote up the players you think are best, and vote any down if you feel they should be lower on the list. 

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Lev Yashin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Lev Yashin Goalkeeper Lev Ivanovich Yashin, nicknamed as "The Black Spider" or "The Black Panther", was a Soviet-Russian football goalkeeper, considered by many to be the greatest goalkeeper in ...more

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Andrei Arshavin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Andrei Arshavin Forward, Midfielder Andrey Sergeyevich Arshavin is a Russian professional footballer who currently plays for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Russian Premier League. Arshavin is an ex-captain of the Russian ...more

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Igor Akinfeev is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Igor Akinfeev Goalkeeper Igor Vladimirovich Akinfeev is a Russian international football goalkeeper who is the captain of CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League. He is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers ...more

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Yuri Zhirkov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Yuri Zhirkov Defender, Midfielder Yuri Valentinovich Zhirkov is a Russian footballer who plays for Dynamo Moscow and the Russian national team. A left-sided player who can play full-back or winger, he began his career at local ...more

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Alan Dzagoev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Alan Dzagoev Midfielder Alan Yelizbarovich Dzagoev is a Russian international footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League. After joining Akademiya Tolyatti in 2006, he ...more

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Eduard Streltsov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Eduard Streltsov Forward Eduard Anatolyevich Streltsov was a Soviet footballer who represented Torpedo Moscow and the Soviet national team as a forward. Joining Torpedo at the age of 16 from the Fraser factory team in ...more

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Aleksandr Kerzhakov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Aleksandr Kerzhakov Forward Aleksandr Anatolyevich Kerzhakov is a Russian international association football striker who currently plays for Russian Premier League club Zenit St. Petersburg and the Russia national football ...more

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Rinat Dasayev is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Rinat Dasayev Goalkeeper Rinat Fayzrakhmanovich Dasayev is a Russian former football goalkeeper of Tatar ethnicity, who played in three World Cups with the Soviet national team. He is considered the second best Russian ...more

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Roman Pavlyuchenko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Roman Pavlyuchenko Forward Roman Anatolyevich Pavlyuchenko is a Russian footballer playing as a striker for Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow. He started his career at Dynamo Stavropol, and Rotor Volgograd, before ...more

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Roman Shirokov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Roman Shirokov Defender, Midfielder Roman Nikolayevich Shirokov is a Russian international footballer who plays for FC Krasnodar on loan from FC Spartak Moscow and for the Russia national football team. He is described as "a ...more

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Viktor Onopko is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Viktor Onopko Defender Viktor Savelyevich Onopko is an association football coach and a former defender and holds the record for most international appearances for the Russian national team. Currently he works as an ...more

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Andrei Kanchelskis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Andrei Kanchelskis Midfielder Andrei Antanasovich Kanchelskis is a Ukrainian-born Russian former professional footballer and former manager of FC Jūrmala. As a player from 1988 to 2006, he was a right winger, and is ...more

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Igor Netto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Igor Netto Midfielder Igor Aleksandrovich Netto was a Soviet–Russian footballer, considered one of the greatest Soviet players ever. He started out playing on the left of defense but, due to his offensive mentality, ...more

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Valeri Karpin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Valeri Karpin Midfielder Valeri Georgievich Karpin is a Russian retired professional association footballer who played as midfielder, and the current coach of Spanish club RCD Mallorca. He was primarily a right

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Vasili Berezutski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Vasili Berezutski Defender Vasili Vladimirovich Berezutski is a Russian footballer who plays as a defender for CSKA Moscow. He began his professional career in 1999 at the age of 17 in Torpedo-ZIL. He is now playing for ...more

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Konstantin Zyryanov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Konstantin Zyryanov Midfielder Konstantin Georgiyevich Zyryanov is a Russian footballer of Komi descent who is a player-coach for Zenit-2 St. Petersburg.

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Roman Eremenko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Roman Eremenko Midfielder Roman Alekseevich Eremenko is a Finnish footballer who plays for CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League. He is best known for his time in Dynamo Kyiv, with whom he became leader, winning the ...more

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Albert Shesternyov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Albert Shesternyov Defender Albert Alekseyevich Shesternyov was a soccer player for CSKA Moscow and the Soviet Union. He is generally regarded as the best football defender in Soviet football history. Nicknamed "Ivan ...more

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Fyodor Cherenkov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Fyodor Cherenkov Midfielder Fyodor Fyodorovich Cherenkov was a Soviet and Russian football midfielder who played for Spartak Moscow and Red Star Football Club.

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Aleksandr Anyukov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Aleksandr Anyukov Defender, Midfielder Aleksandr Gennadyevich Anyukov is a Russia international association football defender. Aleksandr Anyukov attended football school in Samara since the age of six. In 2000 he started playing for ...more

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Vagiz Khidiyatullin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Vagiz Khidiyatullin Defender Vagiz Nazirovich Khidiyatullin is a former footballer who played as central defender. He earned 58 caps and scored 6 goals for the USSR national football team, and played for them in the 1980 ...more

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Igor Chislenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Igor Chislenko Forward Igor Leonidovich Chislenko was a Soviet footballer. He played over 200 league games for FC Dinamo Moscow, winning two Soviet league titles and the Soviet Cup on one occasion. He also played for ...more

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Oleg Salenko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Oleg Salenko Forward Oleg Anatolyevich Salenko is a retired Russian footballer, who played as a striker. He scored a record five goals in a group stage match in the 1994 World Cup, helping him earn the Golden Boot ...more

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Anatoli Bashashkin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Anatoli Bashashkin Defender Anatoli Vasilievich Bashashkin was a Russian footballer in the 1940s and 1950s and a football coach later. He played as a central defender. He was captain of the Soviet Union at the 1952 ...more

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Ivan Saenko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Ivan Saenko Winger, Forward, Midfielder Ivan Ivanovich Saenko is a retired Russian footballer who played as a winger.

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Yuri Gavrilov is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Yuri Gavrilov Yuri Vasilyevich Gavrilov is a Russian football manager and a former midfielder who played for Dynamo Moscow and Spartak Moscow. He made 46 appearances for the USSR national football team and ...more

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Ilya Tsymbalar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Ilya Tsymbalar Midfielder Ilya Vladimirovich Tsymbalar was a professional football player and coach. A midfielder, he represented both Ukraine and Russia on the international level.

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Valentin Kozmich Ivanov is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Valentin Kozmich Ivanov Forward Valentin Kozmich Ivanov was a football winger/striker, co-leading scorer at the 1962 World Cup and co-1960 European Nations' Cup top scorer. Ivanov appeared 59 times for the Soviet Union, ...more

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Sergei Yuran is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Sergei Yuran Forward Sergei Nikolayevich Yuran is a Ukrainian association football coach who works now as a manager of FC Baltika Kaliningrad in Russian National Football League. As a striker, he represented the ...more

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Vladimir Bystrov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Vladimir Bystrov Midfielder Vladimir Sergeyevich Bystrov is an association football right winger who currently plays for FC Krasnodar and the Russian national football team. He is renowned for his blistering pace and is ...more

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Evgeni Aldonin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Evgeni Aldonin Midfielder Evgeni Valerievich Aldonin is a Russian footballer who last played for FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod. He once told the press that he could not stand "those filthy krauts". He is similar to ...more

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Yuriy Nikiforov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Yuriy Nikiforov Defender Yuri Valeryevich Nikiforov is a retired Ukrainian-Russian footballer who played mainly as a central defender.

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Georgi Schennikov is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Georgi Schennikov Defender Georgi Mikhailovich Shchennikov is a Russian footballer who plays as a left-back for PFC CSKA Moscow. He also plays for the Russian national team. He is a son of the Olympic medalist race walker ...more

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Yuriy Kalitvintsev is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Yuriy Kalitvintsev Midfielder Yuriy Mykolayovych Kalitvintsev is a former footballer, Ukraine international who after retiring works as a coach in Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Master of Sports, International Class. He ...more

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Vladislav Radimov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Vladislav Radimov Midfielder Vladislav Nikolayevich Radimov is a retired association footballer who played midfielder. Currently, he works as a manager with FC Zenit-2 St. Petersburg. He was previously the captain of FC ...more

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Valery Voronin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Valery Voronin Midfielder Valery Ivanovich Voronin was a Soviet footballer who represented Torpedo Moscow and the Soviet national team. He was a versatile defensive midfielder whose impressive technical abilities and ...more

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Denis Kolodin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Denis Kolodin Defender Denis Alexeyevich Kolodin is an association footballer who plays as defender for FC Sokol Saratov. Kolodin was called up to the Russia squad for UEFA Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

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Sergei Ignashevich is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
LukaPavlečić added Sergei Ignashevich Defender Sergei Nikolaievich Ignashevich is a Russian footballer who plays as a central defender for CSKA Moscow and the Russian national team. He has also played for Lokomotiv Moscow in his career, and ...more

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Aleksandr Starostin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Aleksandr Starostin Defender

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Anton Grigoryev is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Anton Grigoryev Defender Anton Vladimirovich Grigoryev is a Russian football central defender who plays for FC Atyrau.

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Evgeny Lovchev is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Evgeny Lovchev Defender Evgeny Serafimovich Lovchev is a former Russian footballer.

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Grigory Fedotov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Grigory Fedotov Grigory Ivanovich Fedotov was a Soviet professional football player and manager.

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Igor Semshov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Igor Semshov Midfielder Igor Petrovich Semshov is a Russian professional footballer who last played for FC Krylia Sovetov Samara.

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Valery Gazzaev is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Valery Gazzaev Forward Valery Georgievich Gazzaev is a Russian football manager and former footballer of Ossetian descent who was recently the president and manager of FC Alania Vladikavkaz before the club withdrew ...more

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Vyacheslav Dayev is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Vyacheslav Dayev Defender Vyacheslav Yevgenyevich Dayev is a retired association football player. He played for a few clubs, including FC Kristall Smolensk, FC Krylia Sovetov Samara, FC Baltika Kaliningrad, FC Torpedo ...more

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Dmitri Khokhlov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Dmitri Khokhlov Midfielder Dmitri Valeryevich Khokhlov is a retired Russian football player and a current coach. He played as a holding midfielder or playmaker. He is currently the reserves team manager for FC Dynamo ...more

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Dmitri Popov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Dmitri Popov Midfielder Dmitri Lvovich Popov is a Russian retired footballer who played as a left midfielder. He is currently the director of sports for FC Spartak Moscow.

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Nikolai Starostin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Nikolai Starostin Nikolai Petrovich Starostin was a Russian footballer and ice hockey player, and founder of Spartak Moscow.

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Aleksandr Borodyuk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Aleksandr Borodyuk Forward, Midfielder Aleksandr Genrikhovich Borodyuk is a Russian football manager and former international player for USSR and Russia. Borodyuk attended the Fakel football school and spent one season with their ...more

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Boris Dmitriyevich Kuznetsov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Boris Dmitriyevich Kuznetsov Defender Boris Dmitriyevich Kuznetsov was a Russian and Soviet footballer.