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.
Goalkeeper with a fine record of penalty saves. Tied to Inter until 2016 but they could cash in this summer.
Joe HART – Manchester City/England/19/04/1987
The world’s highest-paid keeper, he has responded well to being dropped by City last season and remains England’s No 1.
Gabriel HAUCHE – Tijuana/Argentina/27/11/1986
Forward who has been the best foreign player in the Mexican League so far this season, having impressed in Argentina with Racing.
Eden HAZARD – Chelsea/Belgium/07/01/1991
In sparkling form for Chelsea this season, a strong candidate to be voted footballer of the year and the likely recipient of a new bumper pay deal.
Thorgan HAZARD Gladbach/Beglium/29/03/1993
The younger brother of Eden and a similar type of player. His progress stalled at Chelsea so he moved permanently to Germany in February.
Jordan HENDERSON – Liverpool/England/17/06/1990
The likely successor to Gerrard as Liverpool’s captain. Has grown in stature in past 18 months and now an England regular.
HERNANES – Inter/Brazil/29/05/1985
Versatile central midfielder who has not played for Brazil since the 2014 World Cup. Switched from Lazio to Inter last summer.
Ander HERRERA – Manchester Utd/Spain/14/08/1989
Midfield playmaker who has been one of the more successful signings from United’s 2014 summer spending spree.
Héctor HERRERA – Porto/Mexico/19/04/1990
Versatile midfielder who is one of the brightest talents Mexico has produced in recent years. Was an Olympic gold medallist in 2012.
Johnny HERRERA – Univ. de Chile/Chile/09/05/1981
Controversial, high-profile figure who is his country’s reserve goalkeeper and has been a pillar in the successful last few years of his club side.