Soccer Players The Best Soccer Players from Turkey  

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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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Metin Oktay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Forward Metin Oktay nicknamed the Uncrowned King by Galatasaray SK fans, was a Turkish footballer and one of the most successful goal scorers in Turkey.

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530 251
Hakan Şükür is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Forward Hakan Şükür, known by his nick name Kral – literally meaning The King – is a Turkish retired footballer who played as a striker. He spent the majority of his professional career with ...more

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362 164
Rüştü Reçber is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Goalkeeper Rüştü Reçber is a retired Turkish international footballer who has played for Antalyaspor, Fenerbahçe, Barcelona and Beşiktaş. He has played a key role in the success of ...more

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298 129
Tugay Kerimoğlu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Tugay Kerimoğlu Midfielder Tugay Kerimoğlu is a Turkish former footballer who played the majority of his career for Galatasaray and Blackburn Rovers. Primarily a deep-lying playmaker in midfield, he was also competent as ...more

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323 152
Sergen Yalçın is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Midfielder Ali Rıza Sergen Yalçın is a former Turkish footballer and is recognised as one of the greatest footballers to play for Turkey. Sergen has played for every one of Turkey's big four clubs, ...more

6
252 112
Nihat Kahveci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Nihat Kahveci Forward Nihat Kahveci is a Turkish former footballer.

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599 327
Arda Turan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Forward, Midfielder Arda Turan is a Turkish footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid as an attacking midfielder and is the captain of the Turkish national team. He is mostly known for his ball ...more

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259 119
Lefter Küçükandonyadis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Forward Lefter Küçükandonyadis was a Turkish football player οf Greek descent, who is recognised as one of the greatest footballers to play for Fenerbahçe and Turkey.

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291 162
Nuri Şahin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Midfielder Nuri Şahin is a Turkish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Turkey national football team. He began his career at Borussia Dortmund, spending six ...more

10
208 106
İlhan Mansız is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Forward İlhan Mansız is a German former football player and current competing figure skater of Crimean Tatar origin.

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245 136
Hasan Sas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Hasan Sas Forward, Midfielder Hasan Gökhan Şaş is a Turkish former footballer player who played as a winger and is currently an assistant manager of Galatasaray. He is best known for his time at Galatasaray and for his ...more

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191 109
Bülent Korkmaz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Defender Bülent Korkmaz, known by his nick names Büyük Kaptan and Cengaver –literally meaning Great Captain and The Warrior respectively, is a retired Turkish football centre back and ...more

13
144 74
Can Bartu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Midfielder Can Bartu is a Turkish former basketball and football player. He is currently a sports journalist. He started to play basketball for Fenerbahçe and was a six-time international ...more

14
177 101
Hamit Altıntop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Midfielder Hamit Altıntop is a Turkish professional footballer who plays for Galatasaray in the Süper Lig. He is a versatile midfielder who can play either in a defending or attacking role and on both ...more

15
177 105
Ümit Davala is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Defender, Midfielder Ümit Davala is a Turkish former international footballer. He was assistant manager at Galatasaray between 2011 and 2013.

16
141 78
Yıldıray Baştürk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Midfielder Yıldıray Baştürk is a retired Turkish footballer who last played for English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers in 2010. He was capped 49 times for the Turkey national football team, ...more

17
184 112
Tuncay Şanlı is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Forward, Midfielder Tuncay Volkan Şanlı, or simply Tuncay, is a Turkish footballer who plays for Umm Salal SC in the Qatar Stars League. His natural position is the striker position, but he has played as an ...more

18
182 122
Tanju Çolak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Forward Tanju Çolak is a retired Turkish footballer, who played as a striker.

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131 89
Ali Sami Yen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ali Sami Yen Ali Sami Yen was a Turkish sports official best known as the founder of the Galatasaray Sports Club. His birth name was Ali Sami Frashëri, the son of Sami Frashëri, one of the most ...more

20
153 115
Gökdeniz Karadeniz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Gökdeniz Karadeniz Defender, Midfielder Gökdeniz Karadeniz is a Turkish footballer. He currently plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for FC Rubin Kazan.

21
126 91
Şenol Güneş is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Şenol Güneş Goalkeeper Şenol Güneş is a Turkish football manager and former player. His biggest accomplishment to date is coaching the Turkish team that won the third place in the 2002 World Cup.

22
189 151
Burak Yılmaz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Forward, Midfielder Burak Yılmaz is a Turkish professional footballer who plays for Galatasaray and the Turkish national team as a striker.

23
134 101
Alpay Özalan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Defender Fehmi Alpay Özalan, known as Alpay, is a former Turkish footballer, who is currently a member of the management committee of Siirtspor. He played 87 internationals for Turkey, including at ...more

24
99 77
Ergün Penbe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
Ergün Penbe Defender, Midfielder Ergün Penbe is a Turkish retired footballer who played mostly as a left midfielder and left back, and a current manager. He is known for his "fair play" approach to the game, ...more

25
93 72
İlkay Gündoğan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Turkey
uluhan-tepe added Midfielder İlkay Gündoğan is a German footballer who plays as a central midfielder for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national football team, having previously played for ...more