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.
Did not make the grade with Boca Juniors in his homeland, but has been a key figure in Colombian football for over a decade.
Pablo PIATTI – Valencia/Argentina/31/03/1989
An Estudiantes youth product, the diminutive left-sided attacker has been at the forefront of Valencia’s resurgence this season.
Gerard PIQUE – Barcelona/Spain/02/02/1987
Relations have been strained with coach Luis Enrique this season but he is still a vital part of Barca’s defence. Eloquent on and off the pitch.
Andrea PIRLO – Juventus/Italy/19/05/1979
Veteran midfielder who continues to excel as a “quarter-back” playmaker. Reversed his decision, made after the World Cup, to retire from the national team.
Miralem PJANIC – Roma/Bosnia/02/04/1990
Midfield playmaker coveted by a number of top clubs. Played for Luxembourg’s youth side when his family settled there after the Yugoslav civil war.
The complete midfield package. Tough, dynamic and skilful, he is set to command a huge transfer fee this summer.
Dennis PRAET – Anderlecht/Belgium/14/05/1994)
After impressing on the left wing in the second-half of last season, and making an excellent contribution to yet another national title for his club, he has proved even more valuable this term as a number 10, becoming in the space of just a few months the Brussels side’s undisputed leader, the individual that his team-mates principally look to for their inspiration and strategy.
Lucas PRATTO – Atletico Mineiro/Argentina/04/06/1988
Strong, mobile striker who moved to Brazil after making his name in Chile and shining for Velez Sarsfield in his homeland.
Alan PULIDO – Tigres/Mexico/08/03/1991
First Mexican player to challenge its league on a transfer issue. Went AWOL over an alleged fake signature tying him to Tigres until 2016.
Fabio QUAGLIARELLA – Torino/Italy/31/01/1983
Versatile forward who is back at first club Torino and scoring regularly. Capped by Italy from under-18 level upwards.