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List Rules Soccer players from Turkey or played for the Turkish national team.

Who comes to mind when you think of the best Turkish soccer players of all time? For many soccer fans, famous footballers such as Hakan Şükür and Arda Turan have to be in the top ten. So to see which Turkish footballers truly stand out, fans like you have voted on who they think are the best of all time. It can be a pitched battle, as there have been many top footballers from Turkey.

The list below is formatted so that the soccer players with the most votes are at the top of the list. Short biographies, photos, and details such as positions played are included when available. If you're searching for a particular famous Turkish soccer player, you can use the search box to find what you're looking for. So, if you've ever wondered whether one Turkish footballer was better than another, this list answers that question.

So who qualifies to be in the running for the best soccer players from Turkey? The player must either be Turkish born or have played for the Turkish national soccer team. So players such as Mesut Özil, who is of Turkish descent but played for Arsenal and the German national team, are not eligible. Players that are eligible for this list include Rüştü Reçber, who played for the Turkey national team.

This list should answer any questions about who are the best Turkish soccer players of all time, once and for all. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of the best Turkish soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy learning about.
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1
506 173
Arda Turan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Arda Turan Forward, Midfielder

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2
392 167
Hakan Şükür is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hakan Şükür Forward

3
266 108
Metin Oktay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Metin Oktay Forward

4
248 99
Rüştü Reçber is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Rüştü Reçber Goalkeeper

5
162 57
Nihat Kahveci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Nihat Kahveci Forward

6
233 100
Sergen Yalçın is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Sergen Yalçın Midfielder

7
200 88
Tugay Kerimoğlu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tugay Kerimoğlu Midfielder

8
164 82
Lefter Küçükandonyadis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

9
174 92
Hasan Sas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hasan Sas Forward, Midfielder

10
211 125
Nuri Şahin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Nuri Şahin Midfielder

11
135 74
İlhan Mansız is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
İlhan Mansız Forward

12
130 77
Bülent Korkmaz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Bülent Korkmaz Defender

13
127 75
Tuncay Şanlı is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tuncay Şanlı Forward, Midfielder

14
123 75
Ümit Davala is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ümit Davala Defender, Midfielder

15
114 70
Hamit Altıntop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hamit Altıntop Midfielder

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16
142 98
Burak Yılmaz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Burak Yılmaz Forward, Midfielder

17
81 47
Yıldıray Baştürk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

18
128 87
Tanju Çolak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tanju Çolak Forward

19
83 52
Şenol Güneş is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Şenol Güneş Goalkeeper

20
94 64
Alpay Özalan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Alpay Özalan Defender

21
108 77
Gökdeniz Karadeniz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Gökdeniz Karadeniz Defender, Midfielder

22
83 55
Can Bartu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Can Bartu Midfielder

23
125 102
Caner Erkin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Caner Erkin Midfielder

24
81 62
Ali Sami Yen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ali Sami Yen

25
42 29
İlkay Gündoğan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
uluhan-tepe added İlkay Gündoğan Midfielder

26
76 65
Hakan Balta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hakan Balta Defender

27
88 78
Volkan Demirel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Volkan Demirel Goalkeeper

28
62 51
Ergün Penbe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ergün Penbe Defender, Midfielder

29
51 41
Mehmet Aurélio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Mehmet Aurélio Midfielder

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30
67 59
Aykut Kocaman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Aykut Kocaman Forward

31
64 56
Ümit Karan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ümit Karan Forward

32
55 49
Fatih Tekke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Fatih Tekke Forward

33
62 57
Hakan Ünsal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hakan Ünsal

34
49 45
Suat Kaya is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Suat Kaya

35
47 43
Oktay Derelioğlu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Oktay Derelioğlu Forward

36
34 29
Feyyaz Uçar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Feyyaz Uçar Forward, Midfielder

37
83 85
Fatih Terim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Fatih Terim Defender

38
34 30
Okan Buruk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Okan Buruk Midfielder

39
38 35
Cemil Turan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Cemil Turan

40
50 51
Ogün Temizkanoğlu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ogün Temizkanoğlu Defender

41
42 44
Abdullah Ercan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Abdullah Ercan Defender, Midfielder

42
32 32
Mustafa Denizli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Mustafa Denizli Forward

43
56 61
Tolga Zengin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tolga Zengin Goalkeeper

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44
45 48
Gökhan Inler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Gökhan Inler Midfielder

45
27 27
Mehmet Özdilek is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Mehmet Özdilek Midfielder

46
35 37
Arif Erdem is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Arif Erdem Forward

47
50 56
Tümer Metin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tümer Metin Midfielder

48
45 50
Elvir Baljić is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Elvir Baljić Forward, Midfielder

49
27 28
Necati Ateş is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Necati Ateş Forward

50
29 31
Selçuk Yula is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Selçuk Yula Forward