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.
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
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.