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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Samir HANDANOVIC – Inter/Slovenia/14/07/1984

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

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester City v Liverpool - Etihad Stadium

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.

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