Twelve months on from its first incarnation, the World Soccer 500 is back.

The World Soccer is not intended to be a list of the “best” 500 players in the world. It’s impossible to compare players from different leagues and continents; any list is inevitably subjective. We have endeavoured to compile a list of the world’s most talked-about players – the most newsworthy who, by definition, are the most important.

As with last year, we began by drawing up a list of the key players by league – starting with 50 each for the leading leagues in Europe (England, Germany, Spain), 40 for France and Italy, between 15 and 25 for middle-ranking leagues, and ending with between five and 10 for smaller leagues.

We tried to include players who fell into five different categories:
1 In-form players who have been making headlines in the 2015-16 season.
2 The young talents who have earned rave reviews in the past year.
3 The internationals who are key figures for their respective national sides.
4 The headline-makers who have made news for their actions off the pitch.
5 Those genuine world-class players who regularly feature in World Xls.

Reaching the final list was not easy. There are many players who missed the final cut but who came very close. For example, Obafemi Martins, a regular scorer for Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer, did not make the 500, following his late switch to China, but we did include Jackson Martinez, a flop at Atletico Madrid, because his move to China generated headlines around the world.

We have also tried to include at least three players from each of the teams at Euro 2016, the major footballing event of the year. So we included Jonathan Walters, scorer of the goals that took the Republic of Ireland to the finals but not Edin Dzeko, mostly on the bench for Roma and whose Bosnia side was beaten by the Republic in the play-offs. We also included players who are likely to feature in the Copa America and Rio Olympics.

Read on for the full list:

The list:

Aymen Abdennour Valencia & Tunisia*
Omar Abdulrahman Al Ain & UAE
Vincent Aboubakar Porto & Cameroon
Sebastian Abreu Sol de America & Uruguay*
Adrien Silva Sporting Lisbon & Portugal*
Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao & Spain
Sergio Aguero Manchester City & Argentina
David Alaba Bayern Munich & Austria
Jordi Alba Barcelona & Spain
Paco Alcacer Valencia & Spain
Toby Alderweireld Tottenham H & Belgium*
Alex Teixeira Jiangsu Suning & Brazil
Alisson Internacional & Brazil*
Dele Alli Tottenham H & England*
Andre Andre Porto & Portugal
Arda Turan Barcelona & Turkey
Marko Arnautovic Stoke City & Austria*
Takuma Asano Sanfrecce Hiroshima & Japan*
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Dortmund & Gab
Serge Aurier PSG & Ivory Coast
Andre Ayew Swansea & Ghana
Sardar Azmoun Rostov (loan from Rubin) & Iran
Carlos Bacca Milan & Colombia
Eric Bailly Villarreal & Ivory Coast*
Cedric Bakambu Villarreal & DR Congo*
Gareth Bale Real Madrid & Wales
Ever Banega Sevilla & Argentina*
Ross Barkley Everton & England
Abdel Barrada Marseille & Morocco*

* New entries in 2016

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Diego Barreto Olimpia & Paraguay*
Wilmar Barrios Tolima & Colombia*
Augusto Batalla River Plate & Argentina
Michy Batshuayi Marseille & Belgium*
Claudio Beauvue Celta Vigo & France
Karim Bellarabi Bayer Leverkusen & Germany
Hatem Ben Arfa Nice & France*
Lars Bender Bayer Leverkusen & Germany
Dario Benedetto America & Mexico
Martin Benitez Independiente & Argentina*
Karim Benzema Real Madrid & France
Domenico Berardi Sassuolo & Italy
Bernardo Silva Monaco & Portugal
Lucas Biglia Lazio & Argentina
Birkir Bjarnason Basle & Iceland*
Jerome Boateng Bayern Munich & Germany
Daniel Bode Ferencvaros & Hungary*
Miler Bolanos Gremio & Ecuador
Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace & DR Congo
Giacomo Bonaventura Milan & Italy
Leonardo Bonucci Juventus & Italy*
Alberto Botia Olympiakos & Spain
Gustavo Bou Racing & Argentina
Sofiane Boufal Lille & France*
Michael Bradley Toronto & USA
Robbie Brady Norwich City & Rep Ireland*
Yacine Brahimi Porto & Algeria
Martin Braithwaite Toulouse & Denmark*
Claudio Bravo Barcelona & Chile*
Bruno Soriano Villarreal & Spain*
Constantin Budescu Dalian Yifang & Romania*
Gigi Buffon Juventus & Italy
Burak Yilmaz Beijing Guoan & Turkey
Sergio Busquets Barcelona & Spain
Yohan Cabaye Crystal Palace & France*
Tim Cahill unattached & Australia
Caio Grasshoppers & Brazil*
Hakan Calhanoglu B Leverkusen & Turkey
Jose Callejon Napoli & Spain
Ignacio Camacho Malaga & Spain
Esteban Cambiasso Olympiakos & Argentina*
Emre Can Liverpool & Germany
Lorik Cana Nantes & Albania*
Antonio Candreva Lazio & Italy
Facundo Cardozo Bolivar (loan Velez) & Arg*
Edinson Cavani PSG & Uruguay
Juan Cazares Atletico Mineiro & Ecuador*

* New entries in 2016

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Santi Cazorla Arsenal & Spain
Petr Cech Arsenal & Czech Rep*
Jose Francisco Cevallos LDU & Ecuador*
Charyl Chappuis Suphanburi & Thailand*
Sunil Chhetri Bengaluru (loan Mumbai) & Ind
Giorgio Chiellini Juventus & Italy
Yassine Chikhaoui Al Gharafa & Tunisia*
Vlad Chiriches Napoli & Romania*
Alejandro Chumacero Strongest & Bolivia*
Jasper Cillessen Ajax & Holland
Viktor Claesson Elfsborg & Sweden*
Kingsley Coman Bayern (loan Juve) & Fra
German Conti Colon & Argentina*
Ante Coric Dinamo Zagreb & Croatia
Angel Correa Atletico Madrid & Argentina
Diego Costa Chelsea & Spain
Benoit Costil Rennes & France*
Thibaut Courtois Chelsea & Belgium
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool & Brazil
Adrian Cubas Boca Juniors & Argentina*
Moanes Dabour Grasshoppers & Israel
Mahmoud Dahoud Gladbach & Germany*
Jurgen Damm Tigres & Mexico
Dani Alves Barcelona & Brazil
Danilo Pereira Porto & Portugal
Vladimir Darida Hertha & Czech Rep*
David Luiz PSG & Brazil
Steven Davis Southampton & N Ireland*
Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City & Belgium
David De Gea Manchester United & Spain
Luuk de Jong PSV & Holland*
Daniele De Rossi Roma & Italy
Brecht Dejaegere Gent & Belgium*
Nicolas Delgadillo Velez & Argentina*
Mattias Delgado Basle & Argentina*
Andy Delort Caen & France*
Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders & USA
Leander Dendoncker Anderlecht & Belgium*
Memphis Depay Man United & Holland
Laurent Depoitre Gent & Belgium
Olivier Deschacht Anderlecht & Belgium*
Angel Di Maria PSG & Argentina
Lassana Diarra Marseille & France*
Marcelo DIAZ Celta Vigo & Chile
Mauro Diaz Dallas & Argentina*
Sergio DIAZ Cerro Porteno & Paraguay*
Daniel Didavi Stuttgart & Germany*
Famara Diedhiou Clermont (loan Sochaux) & Sen*

* New entries in 2016

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Diogo Jota Pacos Ferreira & Portugal*
Nabil Dirar Monaco & Morocco*
Borek Dockal Sparta & Czech Rep
Alejandro Dominguez Olympiakos & Arg
Gianluigi Donnarumma Milan & Italy*
Giovanni Dos Santos LA Galaxy & Mexico
Jonathan Dos Santos Villarreal & Mexico
Bas Dost Wolfsburg & Holland
Douglas Costa Bayern Munich & Brazil
Julian Draxler Wolfsburg & Germany
Jimmy Durmaz Olympiakos & Sweden*
Paulo Dybala Juventus & Argentina
Balazs Dzsudzsak Bursaspor & Hungary*
Artyom Dzyuba Zenit & Russia
Eder Inter (loan Sampdoria) & Italy*
Mohamed Elneny Arsenal & Egypt
Breel Embolo Basle & Switzerland
Vincent Enyeama Lille & Nigeria
Christian Eriksen Tottenham & Denmark
Cristian Espinoza Huracan & Argentina*
Jonny Evans West Brom & Northern Ireland*
Frank Fabra Boca Juniors & Colombia*
Cesc Fabregas Chelsea & Spain
Diego Fagundez New England Rev & Uruguay*
Ralf Fahrmann Schalke & Germany*
Sofiane Feghouli Valencia & Algeria
Nabil Fekir Lyon & France
Felipe Anderson Lazio & Brazil
Fernandao Fenerbahce & Brazil*
Augusto Fernandez At Madrid & Argentina*
Fernandinho Manchester City & Brazil
Roberto Firmino Liverpool & Brazil
Alessandro Florenzi Roma & Italy*
Diego Forlan Penarol & Uruguay*
Kostas Fortounis Olympiakos & Greece*
Manolo Gabbiadini Napoli & Italy
Gabi Atletico Madrid & Spain
Gabriel Barbosa Santos & Brazil*
Gabriel Jesus Palmeiras & Brazil*
Nico Gaitan Benfica & Argentina
Kevin Gameiro Sevilla & France*
Ezequiel Garay Zenit and Argentina
Shkelzen Gashi Colorado Rapids & Albania
Valere Germain Nice (loan Monaco) & Fra*
Andre-Pierre Gignac Tigres & France
Jose Gimenez At Madrid & Uruguay
Matthias Ginter Dortmund & Germany*
Sebastian Giovinco Toronto & Italy

* New entries in 2016

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Olivier Giroud Arsenal & France
Diego Godin Atletico Madrid & Uruguay
Gokhan Tore Besiktas & Turkey*
Andre Gomes Valencia & Portugal*
Maxime Gonalons Lyon & France
Goncalo Guedes Benfica & Portugal*
Cesar Gonzalez Dep Tachira & Venezuela*
Mark Gonzalez Sport & Chile
Mario Gotze Bayern Munich & Germany
Ricardo Goulart Guangzhou Ev & Brazil
Andreas Granqvist Krasnodar & Sweden*
Antoine Griezmann At Madrid & France
Andres Guardado PSV & Mexico
Nemanja Gudelj Ajax & Serbia
Paulo Guerrero Flamengo & Peru*
John Guidetti Celta & Sweden*
Ilkay Gundogan Bor Dortmund & Germany
Gaston Guruceaga Penarol & Uruguay*
Asamoah Gyan Shanghai SIPG & Ghana
Sebastien Haller Utrecht & France*
Marek Hamsik Napoli & Slovakia
Samir Handovic Inter & Slovenia
Martin Hansen Den Haag & Denmark*
Jack Harrison New York City & England*
Joe Hart Manchester City & England
Eden Hazard Chelsea & Belgium
Jonas Hector Cologne & Germany*
Markus Henriksen AZ & Norway*
Angelo Henriquez Dinamo Zagreb & Chile*
Javier Hernandez B Leverkusen & Mexico*
Hector Herrera Porto & Mexico
Gonzalo Higuain Napoli & Argentina
Martin Hinteregger Gladbach (loan Salzburg) & Aut*
Pierre Hojbjerg Augsburg (loan Schalke) & Den
Keisuke Honda Milan & Japan
Hulk Zenit & Brazil
Mats Hummels Dortmund & Germany
Khalfan Ibrahim Al Sadd & Qatar
Zlatan Ibrahimovic PSG & Sweden
Mauro Icardi Internazionale & Argentina
Odion Ighalo Watford & Nigeria*
Josip Ilicic Fiorentina & Slovenia*
Andres Iniesta Barcelona & Spain
Inigo Martinez Real Sociedad & Spain
Lorenzo Insigne Napoli & Italy
Andreas Isaksson Kasimpasa & Sweden
Isco Real Madrid & Spain
Dhurgam Ismail Caykur Rizespor & Iraq

* New entries in 2016

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Ander Iturraspe Athletic Bilbao & Spain
Marc Janko Basle & Austria*
Jemerson Monaco & Brazil*
Roberto Jimenez Olympiakos & Spain*
Joao Mario Sp Lisbon & Portugal
Joao Moutinho Monaco & Portugal
Andreas Johansson Norrkoping & Sweden*
Jonas Benfica & Brazil*
Stevan Jovetic Internazionale & Montenegro*
Luka Jovic Benfica & Serbia
Juanfran Atletico Madrid & Spain
Zlatko Junozovic Werder Bremen & Austria*
Pavel Kaderabek Hoffenheim & Czech Rep*
Shinji Kagawa Borussia Dortmund & Japan
KaKa Orlando City & Brazil
Lovre Kalinic Hajduk & Croatia*
Nikola Kalinic Fiorentina & Croatia*
Kevin Kampl Bayer Leverkusen & Slovenia
Harry Kane Tottenham H & England
N’Golo Kante Leicester City & France*
Robbie Keane LA Galaxy & Rep Ireland
Neeskens Kebano Genk & DR Congo*
Ahmed Khalil Al Ahli & UAE*
Wahbi Khazri Sunderland & Tunisia*
Sami Khedira Juventus & Germany*
Joshua Kimmich Bayern Munich & Germany
Gabor Kiraly Szom Haladas & Hungary*
Davy Klaassen Ajax & Holland
Koke Atletico Madrid & Spain
Aleksandr Kokorin Zenit & Russia
Vincent Kompany Man City & Belgium
Yevhen Konoplyanka Sevilla & Ukraine*
Julian Korb Bor M’gladbach and Germany*
Laurent Koscielny Arsenal & France
Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli & Senegal
Mateo Kovacic Real Madrid & Croatia*
Christoph Kramer B Leverkusen & Germany
Matias Kranevitter At Madrid & Argentina
Toni Kroos Real Madrid & Germany
Max Kruse Wolfsburg and Germany*
Grzegorz Krychowiak Sevilla & Poland
Juraj Kucka Milan & Slovakia*
Sven Kums Gent & Belgium*
Layvin Kurzawa PSG & France
Dirk Kuyt Feyenoord & Holland
Kwon Chang-hoon Suwon & South Korea*
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon & France
Kyle Lafferty Norwich City & N Ireland*
Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich & Germany

* New entries in 2016

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Erik Lamela Tottenham & Argentina
Aymeric Laporte Athletic Bilbao & France
Cyle Larin Orlando & Canada*
Pierre-Michel Lasogga Hamburg & Ger*
Ezequiel Lavezzi Hebei & Argentina
Miguel Layun Porto (loan Watford) & Mexico
Lee Dong-gook Jeonbuk & Korea*
Robert Lewandowski Bayern & Poland
Stephane Lichtsteiner Juventus & Switz*
Damian Lizio Botafogo (loan Bolivar) & Bolivia*
Fernando Llorente Sevilla & Spain*
Hugo Lloris Tottenham H & France
Carlos Lobaton Sporting Cristal & Peru*
Nicolas Lodeiro Boca Juniors & Uruguay
Shane Long Southampton & Rep Ireland*
Brian Lozano America & Uruguay*
Hirving Lozano Pachuca & Mexico
Luan Gremio & Brazil*
Lucas Lima Santos & Brazil*
Lucas Moura PSG & Brazil
Diego Lugano Sao Paulo & Uruguay*
Romelu Lukaku Everton & Belgium
Phakamani Mahlambi Bidvest Wits & SAf*
Riyad Mahrez Leicester & Algeria*
Yunus Malli Mainz & Turkey*
Pavel Mamaev Krasnodar and Russia*
Federico Mancuello Flamengo & Argentina*
Mario Mandzukic Juventus & Croatia
Kostas Manolas Roma & Greece
Marcelo Real Madrid & Brazil
Claudio Marchisio Juventus & Italy
Marquinhos PSG & Brazil
Anthony Martial Man United & France
Fidel Martinez Pumas & Ecuador*
Jackson Martinez Guangzhou Ev & Col
Javier Mascerhano Barcelona & Argentina
Nemanja Matic Chelsea & Serbia
Joel Matip Schalke & Cameroon
Blaise Matuidi PSG & France
Maxwell PSG & Brazil*
Mehmet Topal Fenerbahce & Turkey*
Alexander Meier Eint Frankfurt & Germany
Angel Mena Emelec & Ecuador*
Dries Mertens Napoli & Belgium
Lionel Messi Barcelona & Argentina
Thomas Meunier Club Brugge & Belgium
Jon Obi Mikel Chelsea & Nigeria*
Arkadiusz Milik Ajax & Poland
Yerry Mina Santa Fe & Colombia*
Miranda Internazionale & Brazil
Henrikh Mkhitaryan Dortmund & Armenia*
Luka Modric Real Madrid & Croatia
Jefferson Montero Swansea & Ecuador
Cesar Montes Monterrey & Mexico*
Javier Morales Real Salt Lake & Argentina*
Alvaro Morata Juventus & Spain
Hector Moreno PSV & Mexico
Marlos Moreno At Nacional & Col*
Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders & USA*
Thiago Motta PSG & Italy
Benjamin Moukandjo Lorient & Cameroon*

* New entries in 2016

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Thomas Mulluer Bayern & Germany
Moises Munoz America & Mexico*
Luis Muriel Sampdoria & Colombia
Ahmed Musa CSKA Moscow & Nigeria
Yvon Mvogo Young Bots & Switzerland*
Elmir Nabiullin Rubin Kazan & Russia
Radja Nainggolan Roma & Belgium
Nalso Wolfsburg & Brazil
Nahitan Nandez Penarol & Uruguay*
Jesus Navas Manchester City & Spain
Keylor Navas Real Madrid & Costa Rica*
Cheikh N’Doye Angers & Senegal*
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich & Germany
Neymar Barcelona & Brazil
Oumar Niasse Everton & Senegal*
Nemanja Nikolic Legia & Hungary*
Casimir Ninga Montpellier & Chad*
Nicolas Nkoulou Marseille & Cameroon
Christian Noboa Rostov & Ecuador
Nolito Celta Vigo & Spain
Paul-Georges Ntep Rennes & France
Ashraf Nu’man Hajer & Palestine*
Shinji Okazaki Leicester City & Japan
Karim Onisiwo Mainz & Austria*
Oscar Chelsea & Brazil
Victor Osimhen Ultimate Striker & Nigeria*
Dani Osvaldo Boca Juniors & Italy
Nicolas Otamendi Man City & Argentina
Mesut Ozil Arsenal & Germany
Leandro Paredes Empoli (loan Roma) & Arg
Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid & Ghana*
Javier Pastore PSG & Argentina
Paulo Oliveira Sporting Lisbon & Portugal
Dimitri Payet West Ham & France
Carlos Pena Chivas & Mexico*
Pepe Real Madrid & Portugal
Roberto Pereyra Juventus & Argentina
Ivan Perisic Inter & Croatia*
Diego Perotti Roma (loan Genoa) & Arg*
Loic Perrin Saint-Etienne & France*
Gerard Pique Barcelona & Spain
Guido Pizarro Tigres & Argentina
Marko Pjaca Dinamo & Croatia*
Miralem Pjanic Roma & Bosnia
Paul Pogba Juventus & France
Diego Polenta Nacional (loan Genoa) & Uru*
Dennis Praet Anderlecht & Belgium
Lucas Pratto Atletico Mineiro & Argentina
Harold Preciado Deportivo Cali & Colombia*
Quincy Promes Spartak & Holland
Rafa Silva Braga & Portugal
Raffael B M’gladbach & Brazil*
Ivan Rakitic Barcelona & Croatia
Ramires Jiangsu Suning & Brazil
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid & Spain
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal & Wales
Pepe Reina Napoli & Spain*
Renato Sanches Benfica & Portugal*
Marco Reus Dortmund & Germany
Jose Antonio Reyes Sevilla & Spain
RIicardo Oliveira Santos & Brazil*
Arjen Robben Bayern & Holland
Rodrigo Caio Sao Paulo & Brazil*
James Rodriguez Real Madrid & Colombia

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Martin Rodriguez Colo Colo & Chile*
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid & Portugal
Wayne Rooney Man United & England
Cristian Riveros Olimpia & Paraguay
Ruben Neves Porto & Portugal
Rui PatrIcio Sporting Lisbon & Portugal*
Victor Ruiz Villarreal & Spain*
Mohamed Salah Roma & Egypt
Carlos Salcedo Chivas & Mexico*
Mbwana Samatta Genk & Tanzania*
Alexis Sanchez Arsenal & Chile
Leroy Sane Schalke & Germany*
Michael Santos River Plate & Uruguay*
Hisato Sato Sanfrecce Hiroshima & Japan*
Saul Niguez Atletico Madrid & Spain
Andre SchurrleWolfsburg & German
Bastian Schweinsteiger Man Utd & Ger
Luis Manuel Seijas Santa Fe & Venezuela*
Selcuk Inan Galatasaray & Turkey*
Yevhen Seleznyov Dnipro & Ukraine*
Matz Sels Gent & Belgium*
Semih Kaya Galatasaray & Turkey*
Sergi Roberto Barcelona & Spain*
Xherdan Shaqiri Stoke City & Switzerland
Oleg Shatov Zenit & Russia*
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson Nantes & Iceland*
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea & Iceland*
David Silva Manchester City & Spain
Jonathan Silva Boca (loan Sp Lisbon) & Arg*
Gio Simeone Banfield (loan R Plate) & Arg
Daley Sinkgraven Heerenveen & Holland
Pione Sisto Midtjylland & Denmark
Martin Skrtel LIverpool & Slovakia*
Islam Slimani Sporting & Algeria
Igor Smolnikov Zenit & Russia*
Fyodor Smolov Krasnodar & Russia*
Wesley Sneijder Galatasaray & Holland
Dominic Solanke Vitesse (Chelsea) & Eng*
Roberto Soldado Villarreal & Spain*
Sokratis Papastathopoulos Dortmund & Gre*
Yann Sommer B M’gladbach & Switzerland
Jonathan Soriano RB Salzburg & Spain
Roberto Soriano Sampdoria & Italy*
Ismael Sosa Pumas & Argentina*
Darijo Srna Shakhtar Donetsk & Croatia
Raheem Sterling Man City & England
Lars Stindl B M’gladbach & Ger
John Stones Everton & England
Stefano Sturaro Juventus & Italy
Luis Suarez Barcelona & Uruguay
Jonathan Tah Leverkusen & Germany*
Ciprian Tatarusanu Fiorentina & Romania*
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Barcelona & Ger*

* New entries in 2016

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Carlos Tevez Boca & Argentina
Thiago Alcantara Bayern & Spain
Thiago Silca PSG & Brazil
Inaki Williams Athletic Bilbao & Spain
Romain Thomas Angers & France*
Ryan Thomas PEC Zwolle & New Zealand
Youri Tielemans Anderlecht & Belgium
Corentin Tolisso Lyon & France*
Erick Torres Houston Dynamo & Mexico
Zoran Tosic CSKA Moscow & Serbia*
Francesco Totti Roma & Italy
Yaya Toure Man City & Ivory Coast
Ibrahima Traore B M’gladbach & Guinea*
Kevin Trapp PSG & Germany*
Takashia Usami Gamba Osaka & Japan*
Jaime Valdes Colo Colo & Chile*
Diego Valeri Portland Timbers & Argentina*
Sven van Beek Feyenoord & Holland*
Robin Van Persie Fenerbahce & Holland
Leonel Vangioni River Plate & Argentina*
Raphael Varane Real Madrid & France
Jamie Vardy Leicester City & England*
Carlos Vela Real Sociedad & Mexico
Kenneth Vermeer Feyenoord & Holland*
Marco Verratti PSG & Italy
Jan Vertoghen Tottenham H & Belgium
Aleix Vidal Barcelona & Spain*
Luciano Vietto Atletico Madrid & Argentina
David Villa New York City & Spain
Emmanuel Villa Queretaro & Argentina*
Brandon Vincent Chicago Fire & USA*
Theo Walcott Arsenal & England
Jonathan Walters Stoke & Rep Ireland*
Victor Wanyama Southampton & Kenya
Julian Weigl Dortmund & Germany*
Jetro Willems PSV & Holland
William Carvalho Sp Lisbon & Portugal
Ashley Williams Swansea City & Wales*
Inaki Williams Athletic Bilbao & Spain
Willian Chelsea & Brazil
Jack Wilshere Arsenal & England
Axel Witsel Zenit & Belgium
Chris Wondolowski San Jose E & USA*
Xabi Alonso Bayern Munich & Spain
Granit Xhaka B M’gladbach & Switzerland
Taulant Xhaka Basle & Albania*
Andriy Yarmolenko D Kiev & Ukraine
Pablo Zabaleta Man City & Argentina
Simone Zaza Juventus & Italy
Zhang Linpeng Guangzhou Ev & China*
Zheng Zhi Guangzhou Ev & China
Andrija Zivkovic Partizan Belgrade & Serbia*
Hakim Ziyech Twente & Holland
Luca Zuffi Basle & Switzerland*

* New entries in 2016

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  • eliezercazares

    Copa America > UEFA

  • Alisher Nikimbaev

    Are you kidding? You’ve selected players from India, Thailand and Palestine but no players from Uzbekistan? Really?

  • POPM ☪✌

    noobs where is ghoulam napoli player

  • Michael S

    This is possibly the dumbest list I have ever seen. There are so many players listed that are insignificant. Even Mario Gotze who of course scored the world cup final goal for Germany, but in his home team at Bayern Munich he’s a mere number but has no leadership position within the team whatsoever. Then Martin Hinteregger from Austria, Max Kruse, Dirk Kuyt… are you kidding? The list goes on. Plus, at 500, why not name every single player in professional soccer worldwide? Make it 50 players, 100 at the most. Then listing players who “are likely to feature in the Copa America and Rio Olympics” is ridiculous as well. That makes them part of the most important players on the planet!!? This list is so lame, laughable at best.