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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Pablo ESCOBAR – The Strongest/Bolivia/12/07/1978

Paraguayan-born, the left-footed playmaker is the outstanding performer in domestic Bolivian football. In his second spell with his club.

EVERTON RIBEIRO – Al Alhi/Brazil/10/04/1989

The star of Cruzeiro’s Brazilian title-winning team last term, the attacking midfielder opted to move to the Gulf for a reported ¤15m this year.

Jonathan FABBRO – Cerro Porteno/Paraguay/16/01/1982

Veteran playmaker, born in Argentina but settled in Paraguay, where he plays for the most popular club and national team.

Marco FABIAN – Guadalajara/Mexico/21/07/1989

Hugely promising player for a long time, he is the leading light in trying to save Chivas, Mexico’s most popular team, in their fight against relegation.

FABIO – Cruzeiro/Brazil/30/09/1980

In the Brazil squad as far back as the 2003 Confederations Cup but never capped – an injustice to a top-class goalkeeper and captain of his club.

Cesc FABREGAS – Chelsea/Spain/04/05/1987

Plays as a false-nine forward for his country, but the ex-Arsenal and Barcelona star fulfils
a hugely important central midfield role for Chelsea.

Radamel FALCAO – Manchester Utd/Colombia/10/02/1986

Radamel Falcao

Prolific scorer at Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco but faltering in England after a knee injury kept him out of the World Cup.

Sofiane FEGHOULI – Valencia/Algeria/26/12/1989

Quick midfielder who plays out wide, he is a former French under-
21 international who switched allegiance to Algeria. Linked with a move from Valencia.

Nabil FEKIR – Lyon/France/18/07/1993

Born in France to Algerian parents, the forward from the Lyon academy has opted to play for Les Bleus.

FELIPE ANDERSON – Lazio/Brazil/15/04/1993

He may have taken his time, but make no mistake, Lazio’s Brazilian has finally arrived. A player who combines fierce pace, unstoppable dribbling and a penchant for the spectacular long-range goal, it would seem likely that, come the end of this season, he will be on his way to the Premier League or La Liga.

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