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.
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
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.