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.
Dynamic right-sided midfielder who has been a key attacking weapon for the Azzurri. Quick and versatile, he is Lazio’s most valuable asset.
CANER Erkin – Fenerbahce/Turkey/04/10/1988
Left-back who is in fine form since returning to Turkey after a disappointing year in Russia with CSKA Moscow. Capped from under-17 to senior level.
Hector CANTEROS – Flamengo/Argentina/15/03/1989
Central midfielder who, after being signed from Velez Sarsfield last year, did much to haul Brazil’s biggest club out of relegation danger.
Oscar CARDOZO – Trabzonspor/Paraguay/20/05/1983
Striker in fine goalscoring form in Turkey following a summer move from Benfica where he spent seven prolific years.
CARLOS EDUARDO – Nice/Brazil/17/10/1989
Midfielder who is turning in some fine performances on loan from Porto, including five goals in one game against Guingamp.
Guido CARILLO – Estudiantes/Argentina/25/05/1991
Striker whose form in the early stages of the Libertadores Cup could provide the springboard for a European move.
William CARVALHO – Sporting/Portugal/07/04/1992
The latest potentially world-class midfield talent from Sporting’s Alcochete academy set for a big-money move.
CASEMIRO – Porto/Brazil/23/02/1992
Central midfielder who is impressing on loan in Portugal after limited appearances at Real Madrid following a move from Santos in 2013.
Iker CASILLAS – Real Madrid/Spain/20/05/1981
The veteran keeper who has won everything with club and country is back in situ at the Bernabeu after losing his place last season.
Edinson CAVANI – Paris-Saint-Germain/Uruguay/14/02/1987
Box-to-box striker, a foil for Ibrahimovic (club) and Suarez (country). Linked with a move after a fallout with coach Laurent Blanc.