The 10 best players in every position in world soccer right now

Kevin De Bruyne, Lionel Messi, Ruben Dias, and Jan Oblak
Kevin De Bruyne, Lionel Messi, Ruben Dias, and Jan Oblak all feature highly on their position lists. Getty/DeFodi Images/Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Picture Alliance/Soccrates Images
  • In recent months, Insider has ranked the best players in every position in world soccer in 2021.
  • A flying Slovenian shotstopper, a rock solid Portuguese defender, and a talismanic Polish striker make the list.
  • Read on to see the 10 best players in every position in soccer in the world right now.
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In recent months, Insider has compiled four lists of the 10 best players in world soccer in each area of the field.

The lists do not create a definitive ranking – the 11th best attacker in the world may be better than the eighth best goalkeeper, for example.

What they do do, however, is provide a snapshot of the most elite stars in the beautiful game in 2021, reflecting both career achievements and domestic and international form this year.

A number of players on the lists did not make Insider’s ranking of the world’s best soccer players at the end of 2020, but have raised themselves into our top 10s through scintillating performances in 2021.

Several high profile stars, like FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter-Stegen, Liverpool’s injured defensive colossus Virgil Van Dijk, and even Cristiano Ronaldo, miss out.

On the other hand, lesser known stars such as Lille’s Sven Botman and Inter Milan’s Nicolo Barella do feature.

You can see all four lists below: