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The Best Soccer Players from Russia 

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Updated November 21, 2019 6.9k votes 1.3k voters 111.2k views 93 items

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

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Lev Ivanovich Yashin (Russian: Лев Ива́нович Я́шин, 22 October 1929 – 20 March 1990), nicknamed the "Black Spider" or the "Black Panther", was a Soviet professional ...more
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Andrei Arshavin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Andrey Sergeyevich Arshavin (Russian: Андрей Сергеевич Аршавин [ɐnˈdrʲej sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ɐrˈʂavʲɪn]; born 29 May 1981) is a Russian former professional footballer who played as a forward or ...more

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Igor Akinfeev is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Igor Akinfeev Goalkeeper

Birthplace: Vidnoye, Moscow Oblast, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Igor Vladimirovich Akinfeev (Russian: Игорь Владимирович Акинфеев, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ ɐkʲɪnˈfʲe(j)ɪf]; born 8 April 1986) is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a ...more
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Eduard Streltsov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Forward

Birthplace: Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Eduard Anatolyevich Streltsov (Russian: Эдуа́рд Анато́льевич Стрельцо́в, IPA: [ɪdʊˈart ɐnɐˈtolʲɪvʲitɕ strʲɪlʲˈtsof] (listen), 21 July 1937 – 22 July 1990) was a footballer from the Soviet Union ...more
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Rinat Dasayev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Goalkeeper

Birthplace: Astrakhan, Russia

Nationality: Soviet Union

Rinat Fayzrakhmanovich Dasayev (Russian: Ринат Файзрахманович Дасаев, Tatar: Ринат Фәйзерахман улы Дасаев; born 13 June 1957) is a Soviet-Russian football coach and a former goalkeeper, who ...more
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Yuri Zhirkov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Defender, Midfielder

Birthplace: Tambov, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Yuri Valentinovich Zhirkov (Russian: Ю́рий Валенти́нович Жирко́в, IPA: [ˈjʉrʲɪj vəlʲɪnˈtʲinəvʲɪtɕ ʐɨrˈkof]; born 20 August 1983) is a Russian footballer who plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg. A ...more
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Alan Dzagoev is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Midfielder

Birthplace: Beslan, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Alan Yelizbarovich Dzagoev (Russian: Алан Елизбарович Дзагоев, pronounced [ɐˈlan jɪlʲɪˈzbarəvʲɪtɕ dzɐˈgo(j)ɪf]; Ossetian: Дзæгъойты Елизбары фырт Алан; romanized as Dzagoyev; born 17 June ...more
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Aleksandr Kerzhakov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Forward

Birthplace: Kingisepp, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Aleksandr Anatolyevich Kerzhakov (Russian: Александр Анатольевич Кержаков [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ɐnɐˈtolʲɪvʲɪtɕ kʲɪrʐɐˈkof]; born 27 November 1982) is a Russian football manager and a former Russian ...more
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Roman Pavlyuchenko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Forward

Birthplace: Mostovskoy, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Roman Anatolyevich Pavlyuchenko (Russian: Роман Анатольевич Павлюченко; born 15 December 1981) is a Russian footballer who plays as a striker for FC Znamya Noginsk. He started his career at ...more
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Andrei Kanchelskis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Midfielder

Birthplace: Kirovohrad, Ukraine

Nationality: Ukraine, Russia, Soviet Union

Andrei Antanasovich Kanchelskis (Ukrainian: Андрій Антанасович Канчельскіс; Russian: Андрей Антанасович Канчельскис; born 23 January 1969) is a Russian professional football manager and a former ...more
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Igor Netto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Midfielder

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Igor Aleksandrovich Netto (Russian: Игорь Александрович Нетто; 9 January 1930 – 30 March 1999) was a Soviet–Russian footballer, considered one of the greatest Soviet players ever. He started out ...more
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Viktor Onopko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Defender

Birthplace: Luhansk, Ukraine

Nationality: Ukraine, Russia, Soviet Union

Viktor Savelyevich Onopko (Russian: Виктор Савельевич Онопко) (born 14 October 1969) is a football coach and a former defender. He held the record for most international appearances for the ...more
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Valeri Karpin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Midfielder

Birthplace: Narva, Estonia

Nationality: Estonia, Spain, Russia, Soviet Union

Valeri Georgievich Karpin (Russian: Валерий Георгиевич Карпин; born 2 February 1969) is a Russian football manager of FC Rostov and a former midfielder, primarily a right midfielder.
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Roman Shirokov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Defender, Midfielder

Birthplace: Dedovsk, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Roman Nikolayevich Shirokov (Russian: Роман Николаевич Широков [rɐˈman nʲɪkɐˈɫaɪvʲɪtɕ ʂɨˈrokəf]; born 6 July 1981) is a Russian international football official and a former player. As a player, ...more
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Valentin Kozmich Ivanov ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Forward

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Soviet Union

Valentin Kozmich Ivanov (Russian: Валентин Козьмич Иванов, 19 November 1934 – 8 November 2011) was a Soviet-Russian footballer who played as a winger or as a forward. He was the co-leading ...more
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Vagiz Khidiyatullin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Vagiz Khidiyatullin Defender

Birthplace: Gubakha, Russia

Nationality: Soviet Union

Vagiz Nazirovich Khidiyatullin (Russian: Вагиз Назирович Хидиятуллин; Tatar: Cyrillic Вагыйзь Назир улы Һидиятуллин, Latin Wağiz Nazir uğlı Hidiätullin) (born 3 March 1959 in Gubakha, Perm ...more
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Fyodor Cherenkov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Midfielder

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Soviet Union

Fyodor Fyodorovich Cherenkov (Russian: Фёдор Фёдорович Черенко́в) (25 July 1959, Moscow – 4 October 2014, Moscow) was a Soviet and Russian football midfielder who played for Spartak Moscow ...more
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Oleg Salenko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Forward

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: Ukraine, Russia, Soviet Union

Oleg Anatolyevich Salenko (Russian: Олег Анатольевич Саленко; Ukrainian: Олег Анатолійович Саленко) (born 25 October 1969) is a retired Russian-Ukrainian footballer who played as a forward. He ...more
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Vasili Berezutski is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Defender

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Vasiliy Vladimirovich Berezutski (Василий Владимирович Березуцкий; born 20 June 1982) is a Russian football coach and a former player who played as a defender. He is an assistant coach with ...more
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Albert Shesternyov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Defender

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Albert Alekseyevich Shesternyov (Russian: Альбе́рт Алексе́евич Шестернёв, IPA: [ɐlʲˈbʲert ɐlʲɪˈksʲeɪvʲɪtɕ ʂɨsʲtʲɪrˈnʲɵf]; 20 June 1941 in Moscow – 5 November 1994 in Moscow) was a soccer player ...more

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Ilya Tsymbalar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Midfielder

Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine

Nationality: Ukraine, Russia, Soviet Union

Ilya Vladimirovich Tsymbalar (Илья́ Влади́мирович Цымбала́рь; 17 June 1969 – 28 December 2013) was a professional football player and coach. A midfielder, he represented both Ukraine and Russia ...more
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Igor Chislenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Forward

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Soviet Union

Igor Leonidovich Chislenko (Russian: Игорь Леонидович Численко, 4 January 1939 — 22 September 1994) was a Soviet association football player. He played over 200 league games for FC Dinamo ...more
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Sergei Yuran is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
Forward

Birthplace: Luhansk, Ukraine

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Sergei Nikolayevich Yuran (Russian: Сергей Николаевич Юран, Ukrainian: Сергій Миколайович Юран Serhij Mykolajovyč Juran; born 11 June 1969) is a Ukrainian and Russian professional football ...more
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Anatoli Bashashkin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
BaruchLalaev added Defender

Birthplace: Reutov, Russia

Nationality: Soviet Union

Anatoli Vasilievich Bashashkin (Russian: Анатолий Васильевич Башашкин; 23 February 1924, Reutovo, Moscow Governorate, Russia – 27 July 2002, Moscow, Russia) was a Russian footballer in the 1940s ...more
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Sergei Ignashevich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Russia
LukaPavlečić added Defender

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Sergei Nikolayevich Ignashevich (Russian: Сергей Николаевич Игнашевич, IPA: [sʲɪrˈgʲej nʲɪkɐˈla(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ ɪgnɐˈʂɛvʲɪtɕ]; born 14 July 1979) is a Russian football coach and a former central ...more