Omar Abdulrahman – Al Ain/UAE
A top class attacking midfielder, Omar Abdulrahman has the talent to become the first West Asian footballer to make his mark on the world stage
Vincent ABOUBAKAR – Porto/Cameroon/22/01/1992
Striker who moved to Portugal this summer. Combines pace and physicality with neat technical ability.
Aritz ADURIZ – Athletic Bilbao/Spain/11/02/1981
Veteran Basque centre-forward in terrific goalscoring form in his third spell in Bilbao, typified by his recent winner against Real Madrid.
Ibrahim AFELLAY – Olympiakos/Holland/02/04/1986
Winger who is rebuilding his career on loan in Greece after a knee injury curtailed his impact at Barcelona.
Sergio AGUERO – Manchester City/Argentina/02/06/1988
Brilliant attacker whose goals have been crucial to City’s Premier League success but who has been troubled by injury.
Igor AKINFEEV – CSKA Moscow/Russia/08/04/1986
Key figure for club and country since breaking through as a teen more than a decade ago. Mistakes at the World Cup were blamed on a laser pointer.
Nasser Al SHAMRANI – Al Hilal/Saudi Arabia/23/11/1983
The 2014 Asian Footballer of the Year, despite being sent off in the AFC Champions League Final for butting and spitting at an opponent.
David ALABA – Bayern/Austria/24/06/1992
Austria’s youngest international and a veteran at 22. Versatile left-back and free-kick maestro who plays in midfield for his country.
Jordi ALBA – Barcelona/Spain/21/03/1989
Attacking left-back with considerable pace and powers of recovery who has been consistently excellent for Barca since switching from Valencia in 2012.
Paco ALCACER – Valencia/Spain/30/03/1993
Striker who has played his way into the senior Spain side since last summer’s World Cup with a spate of goals to help his club’s quest for a European spot.