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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Cheikhou KOUYATE – West Ham/Senegal/21/12/1989

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

Toni Kroos

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

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