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The Best Soccer Players from Turkey

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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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  • Tugay Kerimoğlu
    1
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Metin Oktay
    2
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Hakan Şükür
    3
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Rüştü Reçber
    4
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Sergen Yalçın
    5
    Midfielder
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Bülent Korkmaz
    6
    • Nationality: Turkey
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Nihat Kahveci
    8
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Hamit Altıntop
    9
    Midfielder
    • Nationality: Turkey, West Germany, Germany
  • Can Bartu
    10
    Midfielder
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Tuncay Şanlı
    11
    Forward, Midfielder
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Hakan Çalhanoğlu
    12
    Attacking midfielder
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Hasan Sas
    13
    Forward, Midfielder
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • İlhan Mansız
    14
    • Nationality: Turkey,West Germany
  • Yıldıray Baştürk
    15
    • Nationality: Germany,Turkey,West Germany
  • Nuri Şahin
    16
    Midfielder
    • Nationality: Germany,Turkey,West Germany
  • Ümit Davala
    17
    Defender, Midfielder
    • Nationality: Turkey, West Germany, Germany
  • Ali Sami Yen
    18
  • Ergün Penbe
    19
    Defender, Midfielder
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Tanju Çolak
    20
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Arda Turan
    21
    Forward, Midfielder
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Burak Yılmaz
    22
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Gokhan Gonul
    23
    Defender
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Gökdeniz Karadeniz
    24
    Defender, Midfielder
    • Nationality: Turkey
  • Şenol Güneş
    25
    Goalkeeper
    • Nationality: Turkey