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The Best Soccer Players from Russia  

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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
2
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
3
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
4
Eduard Streltsov is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 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
6
Yuri Zhirkov is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
Andrei Kanchelskis is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
Igor Netto is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
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
13
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
14
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
15
Valentin Kozmich Ivanov is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Oleg Salenko is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Vagiz Khidiyatullin is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
Vasili Berezutski is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
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.
20
Ilya Tsymbalar is listed (or ranked) 20 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.
21
Albert Shesternyov is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Igor Chislenko is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
Aleksandr Anyukov is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
Anatoli Bashashkin is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Yuri Gavrilov is listed (or ranked) 25 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