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.

TAGS:
Alan DZAGOEV – CSKA/Russia/17/06/1990

Attacking midfielder who made his senior Russia debut aged 18 and impressed at Euro 2012. A central figure for the 2018 World Cup hosts.

Edin DZEKO – Manchester City/Bosnia/17/03/1986

A key figure in Bosnia reaching a first World Cup finals. In and out of the City team but could command a big fee in the summer.

Artyom DZYUBA – Spartak Moscow/Russia/22/08/1988

Tall target man and a regular scorer in the league. Called up last autumn after being left out of the World Cup squad.

Mohamed EL NENNY – Basel/Egypt/11/07/1992

Central midfielder who impressed in Basle’s run to the Champions League knockout stage. Already a key figure for Egypt’s national side.

ELIAS – Corinthians/Brazil/16/05/1985

All-round midfielder who is proficient at bursting beyond the strikers. Now back where he made his name after failing to sparkle in Europe.

Breel EMBOLO – Basel/Switzerland/14/02/1997

One moment a kid with Basle’s juniors, the next a Swiss league and European prodigy, Embolo has certainly been in a hurry in his scramble to the top. Turned down overtures to represent the country of his birthplace, Cameroon, in favour of his adopted homeland Switzerland.

EMERSON ‘SHEIK’ – Corinthians/Brazil/06/09/1978

Capped by Brazil at under-20 level and later played three times for Qatar, even though ineligible. Has been caught biting opponents in the past.

Vincent ENYEAMA – Lille/Nigeria/29/08/1982

Victor Enyeama

National captain and Africa’s leading goalkeeper who has been exceptional behind a tight Lille defence over the past two seasons.

Roman EREMENKO – CSKA/Finland/19/03/1987

Russian-born, but a Finland mainstay for many years. Brother Alexei Jnr is also a Finnish international.

Christian ERIKSEN – Tottenham/Denmark/14/02/1992

Former Ajax star who is the leading Danish player of his generation and Spurs’ most creative influence. A free-kick specialist.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Page 2
  3. 3. Page 3
  4. 4. Page 4
  5. 5. Page 5
  6. 6. Page 6
  7. 7. Page 7
  8. 8. Page 8
  9. 9. Page 9
  10. 10. Page 10
  11. 11. Page 11
  12. 12. Page 12
  13. 13. Page 13
  14. 14. Page 14
  15. 15. Page 15
  16. 16. Page 16
  17. 17. Page 17
  18. 18. Page 18
  19. 19. Page 19
  20. 20. Page 20
  21. 21. Page 21
  22. 22. Page 22
  23. 23. Page 23
  24. 24. Page 24
  25. 25. Page 25
  26. 26. Page 26
  27. 27. Page 27
  28. 28. Page 28
  29. 29. Page 29
  30. 30. Page 30
  31. 31. Page 31
  32. 32. Page 32
  33. 33. Page 33
  34. 34. Page 34
  35. 35. Page 35
  36. 36. Page 36
  37. 37. Page 37
  38. 38. Page 38
  39. 39. Page 39
  40. 40. Page 40
  41. 41. Page 41
  42. 42. Page 42
  43. 43. Page 43
  44. 44. Page 44
  45. 45. Page 45
  46. 46. Page 46
  47. 47. Page 47
  48. 48. Page 48
  49. 49. Page 49
  50. 50. Page 50
  51. 51. Page 51
Page 14 of 51 - Show Full List