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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Antonio CANDREVA – Lazio/Italy/28/02/1987

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

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Box-to-box striker, a foil for Ibrahimovic (club) and Suarez (country). Linked with a move after a fallout with coach Laurent Blanc.

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