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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Omar PEREZ – Santa Fe/Argentina/29/03/1981

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

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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.

Paul Pogba scores for France against Nigeria. – Juventus/France/15/03/1993

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.

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