We have endeavoured to compile a list of the world’s most talked-about players – the most newsworthy players who, by definition, are the most important. We started 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 then added players who were important figures for their national sides and in their respective regions.

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Server DJEPAROV – Ulsan/Uzbekistan/03/10/1982

Korea-based attacker who has twice won the Asian footballer of the year award. A key figure for the Uzbek national side.

Borek DOCKAL – Sparta Prague/Czech Rep/30/09/1988

Attacking midfielder who has been the best performer in the Czech league after spells in Turkey and Norway did not work out.

Alejandro DOMINGUEZ – Olympiakos/ Argentina/10/06/1981

Much-travelled forward enjoying a final career flourish in Greece. A former World Youth Cup winner.

Alexander DOMINGUEZ – LDU/Ecuador/05/06/1987

Gangling, spidery figure who is Ecuador’s first choice goalkeeper. A Libertadores Cup winner with his club in 2008.

Giovani DOS SANTOS – Villarreal/Mexico/11/05/1989

One of Mexico’s leading attackers, returning to top form with Villarreal after a spell of injuries.

Jonathan DOS SANTOS – Villarreal/Mexico/26/04/1990

Long in the shadow of Giovani but has thrived at Villarreal since linking up with his brother last summer.

Bas DOST – Wolfsburg/Holland/31/05/1989

Wolfsburg's Bas Dost scores his fourth goal during their Bundesliga first division soccer match against Bayer Leverkusen in Leverkusen

Linking brilliantly in the attacking third with Kevin De Bruyne, he went fromthird choice striuker to leading man in a mater of months. Free of injury and in profilic form at the start of 2015 the forward has been tipped to replicate his success on the international stage.

DOUGLAS COSTA – Shakhtar/Brazil/14/09/1990

Attacking midfielder, he came to prominence with Brazil’s under-20 side. Shakhtar’s main man and linked with a move to England.

Julian DRAXLER – Schalke/Germany/20/09/1993

Young attacker and 2014 World Cup winner whose recent progress has been slowed by injuries. Linked with a move to the Premier League.

Paulo DYBALA – Palermo/Argentina/15/11/1993

Striker who has been a scoring revelation this season, prompting speculation that Palermo will cash in on him this summer.

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