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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David VILLA – New York City/Spain/03/12/1981

Prolific striker in La Liga and for Spain. Now the major MLS draw in New York with the delayed arrival of Frank Lampard.

Osvaldo VIZCARRONDO – Nantes/Venezuela/31/05/1984

Defender who has been ever-present for Nantes during the club’s resurgence this season.

Kevin VOLLAND – Hoffenheim/Germany/30/07/1992

Versatile striker who made Germany’s preliminary 30-man squad for the 2014 World Cup. Has been watched several times this term by Liverpool.

Theo WALCOTT – Arsenal/England/16/03/1989

Speedy wide attacker who missed most of last year with a knee injury. Arsenal are steeling themselves for negotiations on a new contract.

WANDERSON – Krasnodar/Brazil/18/02/1986

Attacker whose career has flourished in Russia over the past two years following a career that was spent mostly in Sweden and Saudi Arabia.

Victor WANYAMA – Southampton/Kenya/25/06/1991

Combative midfielder who has been a key figure in Southampton’s rise this season. Captain of Kenya’s national team.

Danny WELBECK – Arsenal/England/26/11/1990

Danny Welbeck

The former Manchester United trainee made a surprise switch to Arsenal last summer and has enjoyed playing a more central attacking role.

WENDELL – Leverkusen/Brazil/20/07/1993

Left-back who is following in the footsteps of fellow Brazilians Ze Roberto and Lucio at Leverkusen.

Tobias WERNER – Augsburg/Germany/19/07/1985

Midfielder who has risen through the ranks of the Bundesliga with Augsburg since joining in 2008 and is now the club’s top goalscorer.

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