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Top 12 Most Popular Soccer Players 2017 [UPDATED] List

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Soccer is the world’s most popular sport of all times with its 3.5 Billion fans all over the World. If you have a love for football too, there is no way you wouldn’t have an idol who you would aspire to be. Below is a list of top twelve Most Popular Soccer Players of the world. See if your favorite player has made it to the list. Let’s begin:

Most Popular Soccer Players:

Lionel Messi

Top 12 Most Popular Soccer Players

If there was to be a solid definition of a soccer icon, it would be no other but Lionel Messi. Without a doubt, he is one of the finest soccer players and he has taken the world by storm. His tremendous session in 2010, has made this FC Barcelona player, a king of many hearts. His performance in the FIFA Worldcup 2014 was also brilliant. Messi is definitely one of the most popular soccer players of all times.

Christiano Ronaldo

Top 12 Most Popular Soccer Players

Belonging to Real Madrid, Christiano Ronaldo is the most versatile player when it comes to soccer. He is also one of the players with the greatest goals of all time. The audience is a diehard fan of Ronaldo who has managed to score 369 goals in the UEFA European Championship. His fan following around the world and on the internet, make him one of the Most Popular Soccer Players.

Andres Iniesta

Top 12 Most Popular Soccer Players


Andres Iniesta is another Barcelonian. Iniesta almost gives goose bumps to defenders and is excellent when it comes to controlling the speed and pace of his play. At EURO 2012, Iniesta was named as the European Player of the Year. He is the 3rd most popular player in current soccer arena. In 2016, Andres Iniesta was one of the four captains his FC Barcelona team mates chose including Leo Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Javier Mascherano. He wears number 8 and plays as a Midfielder.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Top 12 Most Popular Soccer Players

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is known to be the most well-rounded and one of the strongest footballer in the history of soccer. He is Swedish and he plays as a Forward. Ibrahimovic is an acrobatic player and his bicycle kick goal had left thousands awestruck. He is also celebrated for the excellent personality he carries. He is currently a free agent in 2017.

Neymar Da Silva Santos

Top 12 Most Popular Soccer Players

At the young age of 25, the Brazilian football star Neymar Da Silva Santos has been conquering the hearts of many with his extraordinary play. He has amazing speed, agility, and acceleration when it comes to hitting the ground for soccer. Neymar is currently playing for the French club, Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team as a Forward. He has the world’s third largest football contract of $270,000,000 with Paris Saint-Germain.

Wayne Rooney

Top 12 Most Popular Soccer Players

Rooney’s talent is one which cannot be questioned. He has abilities which are his valuable assets for the game. His popularity decreased in recent years, but he is still one of the most popular soccer players. He is one of those athletes who have the most expensive houses in the world as he is one of the richest football players in the world. Rooney is the Captain of English Football Team and he plays for Everton. He plays as a Forward.

Robin Van Persie

Top 12 Most Popular Soccer Players

From the Manchester United, Robin Van Persie has been terrific ever since he left Arsenal to join this club. He is a superb attacker. He is one of the most handsome footballers in the World For Sure. Robin is Dutch and he plays as a Forward. He is currently playing for Turkish Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe and the Netherlands national team.

Radamel Falcao Garcia

Radamel Falcao Garcia is Captain of the Colombian National Team. He also plays as a striker for Ligue 1 club AS Monaco. What sets him apart is the consistency and leadership he portrays for the game. A natural goal scorer, he has almost every ability which will turn him into a star in the upcoming years.

Cesc Fabregas

Top 12 Most Popular Soccer Players

If there is anyone with a good combination of both tenacity and skill, it is no other but Cesc Fabregas. He is Spanish and he plays as a central midfielder. Fabregas plays for the National team of Spain and is currently playing for English club Chelsea. He is known to be one of the most elite players at a very young age.

Iker Casillas Fernandez

Top 12 Most Popular Soccer Players

Belonging to Real Madrid like Ronaldo, he is renowned as the greatest goalkeeper in the history of soccer. This is very evident from the International Federation of Football’s award which he has made his own for the last few years. He is also a Spanish Player and currently the goal keeper for the National Team of Spain. He is currently playing for Portuguese club, Porto.

Gerard Pique Bernabeu

Catalunya's Gerard Pique gestures, playing a match

Gerard Pique Bernabeu is another Spanish Football Player. He is one of the most stylish and hottest footballers. Although his stats differ a little, Bernabeu is one tactical defender and is excellent when it comes to stopping the opposition spot on. He has a superb vision which has made Bernabeu earn his position on this list. He currently plays as a centre-back for FC Barcelona.

Juan Mata

Top 12 Most Popular Soccer Players

Juan Mata’s reputation is such that it continues to grow day by day. There is no other to the phenomenal game he puts up which is what he is best known for. He can play on the wing as well as a central attacking midfielder. He plays for the National team of Spain and he’s currently playing as Midfielder for the English club Manchester United.

So what do you think of our list of top 12 most popular soccer players? Do you agree or did we miss any famous footballer? Tell us in the comments.

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