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.
Scorer of spectacular “rabona” goals and seen as one of Argentina’s brightest hopes, despite his lack of starts for Spurs.
Aymeric LAPORTE – Athletic Bilbao/France/27/05/1994
Highly-rated French under-21 international centre-back. Only the second Frenchman – after Bixente Lizarazu – to play for Athletic.
Ezequiel LAVEZZI – PSG/Argentina/03/05/1985
Right-sided forward who has not had the best of seasons at PSG but could attract huge attention if he comes on the transfer market.
Leandro DAMIAO – Cruzeiro/Brazil/22/07/1989
Top scorer at the 2012 Olympics, after which his career stalled. Starting again with Cruzeiro.
LEE Seung-woo – Barcelona/South Korea/06/01/1998
Lee Seung-woo was one of 10 under-age players signed by Barca between 2009 and 2013 that led to teh club receiving a transfer ban. The global transfer ban means he is now banned from playing for Barcelona until he turns 18 in January 2016.
Robert LEWANDOWSKI – Bayern/Poland/21/08/1988
Striker who has not been the success at Bayern that many had hoped, but he has still been a regular scorer.
Adem LJAJIC – Roma/Serbia/29/09/1991
Signed by Roma as a replacement for the Spurs-bound Erik Lamela and has been one of the Italian side’s top attacking performers this season.
Hugo LLORIS – Tottenham/France/26/12/1986
Captain of the French national side who has been in excellent form for Spurs, prompting talk of a big-money transfer.
Nicolas LODEIRO – Boca Juniors/Uruguay/21/03/1989
Midfielder who recently took on the number 10 shirt at Boca after a spell in Brazil. Had an unsuccessful spell in Holland with Ajax.
Hirving LOZANO – Pachuca/Mexico/30/07/1995
Winger who was the standout performer for Mexico in the CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup qualifiers when he finished as joint top scorer.