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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Patrick HERRMANN – Gladbach/Germany/12/02/1991

Former under-21 winger who has attracted interest from a number of English Premier League clubs.

Federico HIGUAIN – Columbus Crew/Argentina/25/10/1984

Attacking midfielder who is Columbus Crew’s Designated Player in MLS. The elder brother of Gonzalo.

Gonzalo HIGUAIN – Napoli/Argentina/10/12/1987

Higuain goal against Belgium

Centre-forward and highly effective, hard-working target man. A regular goalscorer for Napoli after seven seasons at Real Madrid.

Oleksandr HLADKYY – Shakhtar/Ukraine/24/08/1987

Centre-forward who has been in excellent form since he returned to Shakhtar last summer.

Wesley HOEDT – AZ/Holland/06/03/1994

Under-21 centre-back who will join Lazio on a free transfer this summer after his employers in Alkmaar refused to sell him in the January window.

Pierre HOJBJERG – Augsburg/Denmark/05/08/1995

The midfielder was Bayern’s youngest Bundesliga debutant, in 2013, but his progress stalled and he was loaned out in January.

Keisuke HONDA – Milan/Japan/13/06/1986

Attacking midfielder, free-kick specialist and Japanese football’s top star. Struggled after a move to Italy last year but has sparkled under Filippo Inzaghi this term.

Benedikt HOWEDES – Schalke/Germany/29/02/1988

Schalke captain and international defender who can play in a number of positions. A potential summer target for English clubs.

HULK – Zenit/Brazil/25/07/1986

Powerful forward but a fall guy for Brazil’s World Cup humiliation. His big salary is resented by some Zenit team-mates but he has recently signed a new deal.

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