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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
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
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
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
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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Eduard Streltsov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Rinat Dasayev is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added 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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Alan Dzagoev is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Aleksandr Kerzhakov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Roman Pavlyuchenko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Igor Netto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Andrei Kanchelskis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Viktor Onopko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Roman Shirokov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Valeri Karpin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Konstantin Zyryanov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Vasili Berezutski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Igor Chislenko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added 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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Albert Shesternyov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added 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 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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Roman Eremenko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Oleg Salenko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Vagiz Khidiyatullin is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Yuri Gavrilov is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Aleksandr Anyukov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Ilya Tsymbalar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added 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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Anatoli Bashashkin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added 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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Sergei Yuran is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Ivan Saenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Winger, Forward, Midfielder Ivan Ivanovich Saenko is a retired Russian footballer who played as a winger.

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Vladimir Bystrov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Yuriy Kalitvintsev is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Yuriy Nikiforov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Defender Yuri Valeryevich Nikiforov is a retired Ukrainian-Russian footballer who played mainly as a central defender.

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Evgeni Aldonin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Georgi Schennikov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Sergei Ignashevich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
LukaPavlečić added 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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Valery Voronin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added 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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Vladislav Radimov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Aleksandr Starostin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Aleksandr Starostin Defender

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Grigory Fedotov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Grigory Ivanovich Fedotov was a Soviet professional football player and manager.

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Evgeny Lovchev is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Defender Evgeny Serafimovich Lovchev is a former Russian footballer.

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Aleksandr Borodyuk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Denis Kolodin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Valery Gazzaev is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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) 44 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) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Boris Dmitriyevich Kuznetsov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Defender Boris Dmitriyevich Kuznetsov was a Russian and Soviet footballer.

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Dmitri Popov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
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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Anton Grigoryev is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Defender Anton Vladimirovich Grigoryev is a Russian football central defender who plays for FC Atyrau.

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Dmitri Torbinski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Midfielder Dmitri Yevgenyevich Torbinski is a professional association footballer who plays as a midfielder for FC Rostov. He is a winger known for his pace and accurate crosses.

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Anatoli Maslyonkin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Defender, Midfielder Anatoli Yevstigneyevich Maslyonkin was a Soviet Russian footballer.