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.
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
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.