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.

TAGS:

Cuuahtémoc BLANCO – Puebla/Mexico/17/01/1973

One of Mexico’s greatest players, he is still active, though he will retire at the end of this season to pursue a political career.

Daley BLIND – Manchester Utd/Holland/09/03/1990

Flexible, Ajax-schooled defender or midfielder central to Louis Van Gaal’s “philosophy” at United. Son of former Ajax captain Danny.

Jerome BOATENG – Bayern/Germany/03/09/1988

Struggled in a season at Manchester City but is now first choice for club and country. Half-
brother of Ghana’s Kevin-Prince.

Miller BOLANOS – Emelec/Ecuador/01/06/1990

Quick, strong striker who exploded last year as the best player in Ecuador and has been racking up the goals in international club competitions.

Yannick BOLASIE – Crystal Palace/DR Congo/24/05/1989

French-born winger with electric feet and unpredictable skills. Plays a more central attacking role for DR Congo.

Giacomo BONAVENTURA Milan/Italy/22/08/1989

Attacking midfielder with a habit of scoring spectacular goals. Enjoying a first season at Milan after moving from Atalanta.

Wilfried BONY – Manchester City/Ivory Coast/10/12/1988

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Group C - Colombia v Ivory Coast - Estadio Nacional

Powerful striker who was prolific at Vitesse and Swansea City but now has to be content with a place on the Manchester City bench.

Alberto BOTIA – Olympiakos/Spain/27/01/1989

Centre-back and former Barcelona trainee. Had spells with Sporting Gijon, Sevilla and Elche before moving to Greece last summer.

Gustavo BOU – Racing/Argentina/18/02/1990

A late bloomer, his consistency in front of goal with Racing launched him into the public eye and has led to his name being mentioned as a possible call-up to the national team. It may be something of a push to expect him to break into a squad which is top heavy with world-class attacking quality.

John BOYE – Erciyesspor/Ghana/23/04/1987

Versatile defender or defensive midfielder and key figure for Ghana after impressive displays at the 2015 African Nations Cup.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Page 2
  3. 3. Page 3
  4. 4. Page 4
  5. 5. Page 5
  6. 6. Page 6
  7. 7. Page 7
  8. 8. Page 8
  9. 9. Page 9
  10. 10. Page 10
  11. 11. Page 11
  12. 12. Page 12
  13. 13. Page 13
  14. 14. Page 14
  15. 15. Page 15
  16. 16. Page 16
  17. 17. Page 17
  18. 18. Page 18
  19. 19. Page 19
  20. 20. Page 20
  21. 21. Page 21
  22. 22. Page 22
  23. 23. Page 23
  24. 24. Page 24
  25. 25. Page 25
  26. 26. Page 26
  27. 27. Page 27
  28. 28. Page 28
  29. 29. Page 29
  30. 30. Page 30
  31. 31. Page 31
  32. 32. Page 32
  33. 33. Page 33
  34. 34. Page 34
  35. 35. Page 35
  36. 36. Page 36
  37. 37. Page 37
  38. 38. Page 38
  39. 39. Page 39
  40. 40. Page 40
  41. 41. Page 41
  42. 42. Page 42
  43. 43. Page 43
  44. 44. Page 44
  45. 45. Page 45
  46. 46. Page 46
  47. 47. Page 47
  48. 48. Page 48
  49. 49. Page 49
  50. 50. Page 50
  51. 51. Page 51
Page 6 of 51 - Show Full List