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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
365 140
Metin Oktay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Metin Oktay Forward

2
324 137
Rüştü Reçber is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Rüştü Reçber Goalkeeper

3
573 273
Arda Turan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Arda Turan Forward, Midfielder

4
464 226
Hakan Şükür is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hakan Şükür Forward

5
261 113
Tugay Kerimoğlu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tugay Kerimoğlu Midfielder

6
225 94
Nihat Kahveci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Nihat Kahveci Forward

7
292 135
Sergen Yalçın is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Sergen Yalçın Midfielder

8
220 109
Lefter Küçükandonyadis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

9
261 147
Nuri Şahin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Nuri Şahin Midfielder

10
218 120
Hasan Sas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hasan Sas Forward, Midfielder

11
182 96
İlhan Mansız is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
İlhan Mansız Forward

12
172 98
Bülent Korkmaz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Bülent Korkmaz Defender

13
158 95
Ümit Davala is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ümit Davala Defender, Midfielder

14
162 100
Tuncay Şanlı is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tuncay Şanlı Forward, Midfielder

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15
121 68
Yıldıray Baştürk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

16
149 92
Hamit Altıntop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hamit Altıntop Midfielder

17
118 69
Can Bartu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Can Bartu Midfielder

18
164 110
Tanju Çolak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tanju Çolak Forward

19
142 97
Gökdeniz Karadeniz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Gökdeniz Karadeniz Defender, Midfielder

20
110 76
Şenol Güneş is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Şenol Güneş Goalkeeper

21
119 86
Alpay Özalan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Alpay Özalan Defender

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22
169 133
Burak Yılmaz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Burak Yılmaz Forward, Midfielder

23
108 82
Ali Sami Yen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ali Sami Yen

24
86 70
Ergün Penbe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ergün Penbe Defender, Midfielder

25
75 59
İlkay Gündoğan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
uluhan-tepe added İlkay Gündoğan Midfielder

26
100 86
Hakan Balta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hakan Balta Defender

27
71 61
Mehmet Aurélio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Mehmet Aurélio Midfielder

28
139 136
Caner Erkin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Caner Erkin Midfielder

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29
55 48
Cemil Turan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Cemil Turan

30
82 78
Hakan Ünsal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hakan Ünsal

31
68 64
Ogün Temizkanoğlu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ogün Temizkanoğlu Defender

32
80 78
Ümit Karan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ümit Karan Forward

33
103 106
Fatih Terim is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Fatih Terim Defender

34
68 69
Fatih Tekke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Fatih Tekke Forward

35
103 110
Volkan Demirel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Volkan Demirel Goalkeeper

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36
47 45
Okan Buruk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Okan Buruk Midfielder

37
43 41
Necati Ateş is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Necati Ateş Forward

38
47 46
Feyyaz Uçar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Feyyaz Uçar Forward, Midfielder

39
77 82
Aykut Kocaman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Aykut Kocaman Forward

40
60 63
Suat Kaya is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Suat Kaya

41
55 58
Abdullah Ercan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Abdullah Ercan Defender, Midfielder

42
48 50
Sabri Sarıoğlu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Sabri Sarıoğlu Defender, Midfielder

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43
57 61
Oktay Derelioğlu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Oktay Derelioğlu Forward

44
58 64
Elvir Baljić is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Elvir Baljić Forward, Midfielder

45
37 39
Mehmet Özdilek is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Mehmet Özdilek Midfielder

46
47 52
Arif Erdem is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Arif Erdem Forward

47
57 65
Gökhan Inler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Gökhan Inler Midfielder

48
28 29
Gokhan Gonul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
mertoyuncu added Gokhan Gonul

49
61 71
Tümer Metin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tümer Metin Midfielder

50
50 59
Ayhan Akman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ayhan Akman Midfielder