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List of the best soccer players from South Africa. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from South Africa, along with photos when available. This list of best South African 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 South African soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

Players on this list include Tumelo Nhlapo and Siyabonga Nkosi.

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

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of South Africa in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular South African soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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Benni McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Forward Benedict Saul "Benni" McCarthy is a South African former footballer who was last contracted to Orlando Pirates in South Africa. McCarthy holds the record of international goals for a ...more

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Lucas Radebe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Defender Lucas Valeriu Ntuba Radebe is a former Leeds United and South African football player, playing primarily as a centre back. He began playing in South Africa with Kaizer Chiefs, before ...more

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Steven Pienaar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Midfielder Steven Jerome Pienaar is a South African professional footballer who plays for English club Everton and was captain of the South African national team until October 2012. He primarily plays as a ...more

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Doctor Khumalo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Doctor Khumalo Midfielder Theophilus Doctorson "Doctor" Khumalo also known as "16 valve" is a retired South African soccer player. He is best known for being a star midfielder for Kaizer Chiefs as ...more

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Mark Fish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Defender Mark Anthony Fish is a retired South African footballer.

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Itumeleng Khune is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
FundiswaFundi added Goalkeeper Itumeleng Isaac Khune is a South African professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League, as well as the South African national team, both of ...more

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Siphiwe Tshabalala is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Siphiwe Tshabalala Defender, Midfielder Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala, known as Siphiwe Tshabalala, is a South African professional football midfielder who currently plays for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League. Since making his ...more

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Quinton Fortune is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Winger, Defender, Midfielder Quinton Fortune is a South African former footballer who has represented a number of European clubs including Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Bolton Wanderers. Fortune has earned 46 caps ...more

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Jomo Sono is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Jomo Sono Forward, Midfielder Ephraim Matsilela Sono is a South African soccer club owner and coach and was also a star soccer player.

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Siyabonga Nomvethe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Winger, Forward, Midfielder Siyabonga Eugene Nomvethe is a South African soccer player who has played in several European leagues, and now represents Moroka Swallows in the Premier Soccer League. Nomvethe has represented ...more

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Sibusiso Zuma is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Sibusiso Zuma Forward, Midfielder Sibusiso Wiseman Zuma is a South African professional football player playing for Supersport United in the Premier Soccer League.

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Helman Mkhalele is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Helman Mkhalele Midfielder Helman Mkhalele is a former South African football player better known as Midnight Express. He was the part of the Orlando Pirates squad that won the 1994 National Soccer League and 1995 African ...more

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Thulani Serero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Thulani Serero Midfielder Thulani Caleb Serero is a South African footballer who plays as a midfielder for Dutch Eredivisie club AFC Ajax. Prior to joining Ajax, he played for Ajax Cape Town in the South African Premier ...more

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Reneilwe Letsholonyane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Reneilwe Letsholonyane Midfielder Reneilwe "Yeye" Letsholonyane is a South African football midfielder for Kaizer Chiefs and the South African national team.

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Neil Tovey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Neil Tovey Neil Tovey is a former South African footballer and now a coach. He was born in Pretoria.

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Andile Jali is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Andile Jali Midfielder Andile Ernest Jali is a South African footballer who plays for K.V. Oostende in the Belgian Pro League and South Africa. He was a member of the South African squad at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World ...more

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Teko Modise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Teko Modise Midfielder Teko Tsholofelo Modise is a South African footballer, who plays for Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League and for the South African national team.

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Matthew Booth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Defender Matthew Paul Booth is a South African football defender who plays for Bidvest Wits in the Premier Soccer League and South Africa. Booth will be remembered as a fan favourite among South African ...more

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Phil Masinga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Phil Masinga Forward Philomen Raul "Phil" Masinga is a South African former professional footballer and manager who played as a striker from 1991 to 2002. He played in the English Premier League for Leeds ...more

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Benedict Vilakazi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Benedict Vilakazi Midfielder Benedict Vilakazi is a South African football (soccer) player who plays as a midfielder for Botswana Meat Commission in Botswana. He has been noted as one of the smallest current professional ...more

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Bernard Parker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Bernard Parker Winger, Forward, Midfielder Bernard Melvin Parker is a South African professional association football midfielder/striker playing for Kaizer Chiefs.

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Kaizer Motaung is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Kaizer Motaung Forward Kaizer Motaung is a former South African football player and founder of Kaizer Chiefs FC, of which he is chairman and managing director. He is nicknamed "Chincha Guluva".

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Eric Tinkler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Eric Tinkler Midfielder Eric Tinkler is a retired South African footballer who played for Wits in South Africa, Vitória de Setúbal and União de Tomar in Portugal, Cagliari in Italy and Barnsley in ...more

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Steve Lekoelea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Steve Lekoelea Midfielder Steve "Chippa" Lekoelea is a South African football midfielder who played for Premier Soccer League club Platinum Stars and South Africa.

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Portia Modise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Portia Modise Forward, Midfielder Portia Modise is a South African women's footballer who was named Player of the Championship at the 2006 Women's African Football Championship. She represented the South Africa women's national ...more

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Delron Buckley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Forward, Midfielder Delron Sebastian Buckley is a South African footballer playing for Maritzburg United.

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Brian Baloyi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Goalkeeper Brian Baloyi is a retired South African football goalkeeper. Baloyi made his professional debut in 1993. He joined league rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in 2004 after playing for Kaizer Chiefs for ...more

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Surprise Moriri is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Surprise Moriri Forward, Midfielder Surprise Mohlomolleng Moriri is a South African football midfielder and striker for Mamelodi Sundowns and South Africa.

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Tsepo Masilela is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Tsepo Masilela Defender Peter Tsepo Masilela, known as Tsepo Masilela, is a South African international football defender who plays for Kaizer Chiefs. Masilela is known for his pace and great defensive ability.

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Katlego Mphela is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Katlego Mphela Forward Katlego Abel Mphela is a South African footballer who currently plays for Kaizer Chiefs. His style of play includes challenging defenders with both pace and strength but he can still play deep ...more

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Aaron Mokoena is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Defender, Midfielder Teboho Aaron Mokoena, known as Aaron Mokoena, is a South African footballer who last played for South African football team Bidvest Wits and the South African national team.

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Thabo Mooki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Thabo Mooki Midfielder Thabo Mooki is a retired South African football midfielder who spent all his professional career with Premier Soccer League club Kaizer Chiefs. He also represented South Africa.

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George Lebese is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
George Lebese Midfielder George Lebese is a South African international footballer who plays professionally for Kaizer Chiefs, as a left winger.

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Daine Klate is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Daine Klate Midfielder Daine Klate is a South African football midfielder for Orlando Pirates and South Africa. A product of Supersport United's youth academy, left-footed Klate is fast, tricky and has a powerful shot ...more

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Jerry Sikhosana is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Jerry Sikhosana Forward Jerry Sikhosana is a South African former football player. Playing mostly of his career at Orlando Pirates, he was an assumed Pirates' fierce rival Kaizer Chiefs fan, but also had great ...more

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JaredSpeshDeluxeSantiago added Kermit Erasmus Forward Kermit Romeo Erasmus is a South African footballer who currently plays for Orlando Pirates.

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Fani Madida is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Fani Madida Forward, Midfielder Fani Madida in Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal is a retired South African association football player who played in South Africa for Giant Blackpool, Kaizer Chiefs and Hellenic and in Turkey for ...more

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Moeneeb Josephs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Moeneeb Josephs Goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, is a South African football goalkeeper who plays for Bidvest Wits in the Premier Soccer League. Josephs is a highly rated goalkeeper in South Africa. His ability to kick with ...more

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Rowen Fernández is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Rowen Fernández Goalkeeper Rowen Fernández is a South African footballer. He currently plays as a goalkeeper for Bidvest Wits in the Premier Soccer League, as well as the South African national team. He is known ...more

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Arthur Zwane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Arthur Zwane Midfielder Arthur "10111" Zwane is a retired South African football midfielder who last played for Kaizer Chiefs. Arthur's younger brother Ivan Zwane was also a football player. In 2004, he was ...more

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Bradley Carnell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Bradley Carnell Defender, Midfielder Bradley Neil Carnell is a retired South African football defender.

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Katlego Mashego is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Katlego Mashego Forward, Midfielder Katlego "Mahoota" Mashego is a South African football striker and midfielder for Mamelodi Sundowns and South Africa. Mashego started his career at Hellenic FC and Silver Stars before ...more

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Jimmy Tau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Jimmy Tau Defender Jimmy Tau is a retired South African football defender who last played for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League. He also represented South Africa.

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Dillon Sheppard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Dillon Sheppard Dillon Sheppard is a South African football left-winger who plays for Premier Soccer League club Bidvest Wits and South Africa.

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Hans Vonk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Goalkeeper Johannes Adrianus "Hans" Vonk is a retired South African professional football goalkeeper of Dutch parentage who last played for Ajax Cape Town FC.

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Tokelo Rantie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Tokelo Rantie Forward Tokelo Anthony Rantie is a South African footballer who currently plays for Football League Championship side Bournemouth and the South Africa national team.

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Thabo Mngomeni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Thabo Mngomeni Midfielder Thabo Mngomeni is a South African former football midfielder. He played mostly for Cape Town Spurs, Manning Rangers, Bush Bucks, Orlando Pirates and Hellenic. He played for South Africa national ...more

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Steve Komphela is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Steve Komphela Defender Steve Komphela is a South African manager and former footballer. He is the current manager of Maritzburg United, a club in the South African Premier Soccer League.

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Thabo Matlaba is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Thabo Matlaba Defender Thabo "Festival" Matlaba is a South African football defender for Premier Soccer League club Orlando Pirates. He is known for his long range shots with both his feet. Although he plays ...more

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Teboho Moloi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Teboho Moloi Midfielder Teboho Moloi is a retired South African professional footballer and manager of the South Africa U-17 national team.