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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LUCAS MOURA – PSG/Brazil/13/08/1992

In his two-and-a-half years in the French capital, Moura has clocked up over 100 first-team appearances, including a lung-busting 53 matches last term. There has been some talk of Moura leaving PSG but, given his impressive showing this campaign, that possibility seems less and less likely.

Franklin LUCENA – D La Guiara/Venezuela/20/02/1981

No-frills central midfielder who has been one of the most reliable players in the Venezuelan league for over a decade.

LUIS FABIANO – Sao Paulo/Brazil/08/11/1980

Veteran international centre-forward, who was first choice in the 2010 World Cup and is still hunting more silverware towards the end of his career.

LUISAO – Benfica/Brazil/13/02/1981

A symbol of Benfica and an oddity in the club’s contemporary history given his loyalty to the club – despite exit rumours every summer.

David LUIZ – PSG/Brazil/22/04/1987

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The world’s most expensive defender after being sold by Chelsea for a fee in the region of £50m last summer.

LUIZ ADRIANO – Shakhtar/Brazil/12/04/1987

Outstanding in last autumn’s Champions League group stages, scoring five goals in one match against BATE of Belarus.

LUIZ GUSTAVO – Wolfsburg/Brazil/23/07/1987

Midfielder whose influence at Wolfsburg may have waned but he has still been included in all of Dunga’s post World Cup squads.

Romelu LUKAKU – Everton/Belgium/13/05/1993

Powerful centre-forward who has yet to repay his £28m transfer fee for Everton but remains a key figure for the Belgian national side.

Mario MANDZUKIC – Atletico Madrid/Croatia/21/05/1986

Signed to replace Diego Costa and has experienced a solid first season in Spain as the club’s top scorer.

Cristian MANEA – FC Viitorul/Romania/09/08/1997

Right-back who has enjoyed a miraculous rise in the last six months, making his international debut and agreeing a deal to join Chelsea this summer.

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