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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Stefano STURARO – Genoa/Italy/09/03/1993

Under-21 midfielder who was recently recalled from a spell at Genoa following a string of strong performances while on loan.

Daniel STURRIDGE – Liverpool/England/01/09/1989

God-fearing forward who has blossomed at Liverpool after being moved on by Manchester City and Chelsea.

Denis SUAREZ – Sevilla/Spain/06/01/1994

Spanish under-21 international midfielder who was sold by Manchester City to Barcelona in 2013 and now thriving on loan at Sevilla.

Luis SUAREZ – Barcelona/Uruguay/24/01/1987

LuiS suarez – Barcelona/Uruguay/24/01/1987

The temperamental attacker has divided opinion in Barcelona since his £75m move but he has adapted well to La Liga.

Dusan TADIC – Southampton/Serbia/20/11/1988

Midfielder who was Ronald Koeman’s first signing and has gone on to play an important part in Southampton’s fine campaign.

TALISCA – Benfica/Brazil/01/02/1994

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus says that the rough-diamond attacker will be “the next player to earn the Portuguese club millions”.

Diego TARDELLI – Shandong Luneng/Brazil/10/05/1985

Brazil’s man of the moment is the choice of returning national coach Dunga to replace the disgraced Fred, the centre-forward who was one of the primary scapegoats for the World Cup semi-final humiliation by Germany in Belo Horizonte. But unlike his fellow members of the Selecao, Tardelli plays his club football in neither Brazil nor Europe but China.

John TERRY – Chelsea/England/07/12/1980

Chelsea’s headline-grabbing captain may have retired from international football but he remains a crucial figure in the club’s backline.

Carlos TEVEZ – Juventus/Argentina/05/02/1984

In fine goalscoring form for his club in Serie A this season and recalled by Argentina ahead of the summer’s Copa America.

Florian THAUVIN – Marseille/France/26/01/1993

One of French football great hopes, he is a hugely promising attacking midfielder who was an Under-20 World Cup winner in 2013.

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