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The Best Soccer Players from South Africa  

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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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Lucas Radebe is listed (or ranked) 1 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
2
Benni McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Doctor Khumalo is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Defender
Mark Anthony Fish is a retired South African footballer.
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Steven Pienaar is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Itumeleng Khune is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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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
8
Jomo Sono is listed (or ranked) 8 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.
9
Siyabonga Nomvethe is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Helman Mkhalele is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
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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Quinton Fortune is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
Matthew Booth is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
Brian Baloyi is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Kaizer Motaung is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Thulani Serero is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Neil Tovey is listed (or ranked) 17 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.
18
Teko Modise is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Reneilwe Letsholonyane is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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
21
Phil Masinga is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Portia Modise is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Steve Lekoelea is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Eric Tinkler is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Bernard Parker is listed (or ranked) 25 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.