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.
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
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.