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.
FELIPE ANDERSON – Lazio/Brazil/15/04/1993
Mario GOMEZ – Fiorentina/Italy/10/07/1985
Centre-forward omitted from Germany’s 2014 World Cup squad but his goals in 2015 suggest “Super Mario” is back on song.
Maxime GONALONS – Lyon/France/10/03/1989
Midfield enforcer and current captain of French title contenders Lyon but could be tempted by a move
Alfonso GONZALEZ – Atlas/Mexico/05/09/1994
Midfielder tipped as Mexico’s next number 10. Capped by the national team having played for the under-17 world champions.
Derlis GONZALEZ – Basel/Paraguay/23/03/1994
Quick, versatile forward who has stepped up to the senior national squad after switching to Basle from Benfica and gaining Champions League experience.
Mark GONZALEZ – Univ Catolica/Chile/10/07/1984
South African-born winger now rebuilding his career back in Chile after injury-hit seasons in Europe. Recently recalled to the Chile national side.
Omar GONZALEZ – LA Galaxy/USA/11/10/1988
Leading American centre-back, born and raised in Texas to Mexican parents. Holds dual citizenship but now well established in the US national side.
Mario GOTZE – Bayern/Germany/03/06/1992
Scorer of the only goal in the 2014 World Cup Final and one of Germany’s brightest talents. Son of a university professor.
Ricardo GOULART – Guangzhou/Brazil/05/06/1991
Starred in Cruzeiro’s 2014 Brazilian league success and has become the Chinese league’s record signing in a £12m move.
Max-Alain GRADEL – St Etienne/Ivory Coast/30/11/1987
In sparkling form for Les Verts this season and impressive as Ivory Coast’s main creative attacking force at the African Nations Cup.