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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Clinton NJIE – Lyon/Cameroon/15/08/1993

Forward who has been tipped for a long career in the Cameroon national side despite not yet playing regularly for Lyon.

Nicolas NKOULOU – Marseille/Cameroon/27/03/1990

Central defender and Cameroon captain. Popular figure with Marseille fans but is on the Premier League and La Liga radars.

Christian NOBOA – PAOK/Greece/09/04/1985

Midfielder who moved to Greece in January after eight years in Russia with Rubin Kazan and Dynamo Moscow. Key figure in the national team.

NOLITO – Celta/Spain/15/10/1986

Forward who failed to break through at Barca B under Luis Enrique but is now thriving at Vigo and earned a senior Spain debut in November.

Paul-Georges NTEP – Rennes/France/29/07/1992

Cameroon-born highly rated under-21 striker who is making plenty of waves with Rennes this season since a move from Auxerre.

Orjan NYLAND – Molde/Norway10/09/1990

Highly-rated keeper who has been linked with a transfer to a number of Premier League clubs. Bronze medallist at the 2013 Euro Under-21s.

Lucas OCAMPOS – Marseille/Argentina/11/07/1994

Winger and former River Plate wonder boy who has linked up with his countryman Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille on loan from Monaco.

Martin ODEGAARD – Real Madrid/Norway/17/12/1998

Norway’s youngest-ever international, he was signed by Real Madrid in January and placed in the B team.

Shinji OKAZAKI – Mainz/Japan/16/04/1986

The most successful Japanese forward in European club football, he has scored more than 30 Bundesliga goals for Stuttgart and now Mainz.

Rubin OKOTIE – 1860 Munich/Austria/06/06/1987

Striker in fine form for second-division 1860  this season. Born in Pakistan to Nigerian and Austrian parents and raised in Austria.

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