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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Antoine GRIEZMANN – Atletico Madrid/France/21/03/1991

Forward who has not been overawed by the £23m fee that Atletico paid Real Sociedad for him last summer.

Kevin GROSSKREUTZ – Dortmund/Germany/19/07/1988

Full-back who can play on either flank. Has tattoos on his back of trophies he has won, including the World Cup.

Andres GUARDADO – PSV/Mexico/28/09/1986

Left-sided midfielder who has been one of the top performers in the Eredivisie this season as PSV head for the title.

Nemanja GUDELJ – AZ/Serbia/16/11/1991

Central midfielder with a powerful shot. Club captain at AZ and a Serbian international who has been linked with a move to a bigger league.

Paolo GUERRERO – Corinthians/Peru/01/01/1984

One of his club’s great foreign idols, the Peruvian international centre-forward was
the hero of his side’s Club World Cup triumph in 2012.

Ilkay GUNDOGAN – Dortmund/Germany/24/10/1990

Creative midfielder who missed the 2014 World Cup through injury. His return to fitness has coincided with his club’s move up the Bundesliga.

Teofilo GUTIERREZ – River Plate/Colombia/17/05/1985

Unpredictable and much-travelled striker whose career has been marred by problems off the pitch.

GERVINHO – Roma/Ivory Coast/27/05/1987

AS Roma's Radja Nainggolan celebrates with Gervinho after scoring against Fiorentina during their Serie A match at the Olympic stadium in Rome.

Since moving to Roma in the summer of 2013, he has become arguably the most important weapon in Roma’s attacking armory. His pace, ability to run past defences and, above all, his delivery of a killer final pass have made him a key performer for Rudi Garcia’s side.

Asamoah GYAN – Al Ain/Ghana/22/11/1985

Plays his club football in the Gulf but remains very important as his country’s all-time top scorer. Injury limited his effectiveness at the 2015 Nations Cup.

Marek HAMSIK – Napoli/Slovakia/27/07/1987

The midfielder has been the subject of interest from Premier League clubs but has chosen to stay as the captain of Napoli. Also captain of his country.

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