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.
Powerful midfielder who has quickly adapted to the Premier League after a summer move from Anderlecht.
Christoph KRAMER – Gladbach/Germany/19/02/1991
Central midfielder who was substituted in the first half of the 2014 World Cup Final after suffering concussion. Will rejoin Leverkusen this summer.
Matias KRANEVITTER – River Plate/Argentina/21/05/1993
Linchpin of the River side, he’s the archetypal Argentinian number five: a defensive midfielder who can step forward and create.
Toni KROOS – Real Madrid/Germany/04/01/1990
Central midfielder, World Cup winner and now a Real Madrid galactico. Combines vision, technique and industry.
Grzegorz KRYCHOWIAK – Sevilla/Poland/29/01/1990
Tough-tackling holding midfielder excelling at Sevilla. Nicknamed “the plumber” when at Reims (because he does the dirty work).
Layvin KURZAWA – Monaco/France/04/09/1992
Attacking left-back who graduated from France under-21s to make his senior international debut in November. Born in France to a Polish mother.
Dirk KUYT – Fenerbahce/Holland/22/07/1980
Versatile forward who is enjoying his club football in Turkey after announcing his international retirement.
Alexandre LACAZETTE – Lyon/France/28/05/1991
The hottest property in French football right now. A fearsome striker who currently leads Ligue 1’s scoring charts.
Philipp LAHM – Bayern /Germany/11/11/1983
Ended his international career after leading Germany to World Cup triumph. Full-back or midfielder, he broke an ankle in November.
LEE Seung-woo – Barcelona/South Korea/06/01/1998