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My Top 100 Footballers 2014

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After the release of FourFourTwo’s annual ranking of the top 100 footballers currently playing, I was prompted to compile my own ranking, following on from last year. It’s impossible that a perfect ranking could be created that everyone agrees with, because it’s entirely based on opinion, but here is my list for this year anyway. It isn’t based on who had the best 2014, simply who I think the best players are overall right now. In brackets is how their position has changed from last year’s list, which you can find here: https://mattdale95.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/my-top-100-footballers-2013/

100. Radja Nainggolan – Roma and Belgium (NEW)

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99. Memphis Depay – PSV Eindhoven and Holland (NEW)

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98. Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Barcelona and Germany (NEW)

Recreativo de Huelva v FC Barcelona: Pre-Season Friendly

97. Alessio Cerci – Atletico Madrid and Italy (NEW)

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96. Mathieu Valbuena – Dynamo Moscow and France (No move)

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95. Daley Blind – Manchester United and Holland (NEW)

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94. Santi Cazorla – Arsenal and Spain (Down 35)

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93. Simon Kjaer – Lille and Denmark (NEW)

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92. Luiz Gustavo – Wolfsburg and Brazil (NEW)

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91. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund and Gabon (NEW)

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90. Giuseppe Rossi – Fiorentina and Italy (Down 19)

Giuseppe Rossi

89. Jose Callejon – Napoli and Spain (NEW)

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88. Jackson Martinez – Porto and Colombia (NEW)

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87. Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus and Italy (Up 3)

Juventus FC v AS Roma - Serie A

86. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – Schalke and Holland (NEW)

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85. Borja Valero – Fiorentina and Spain (Down 24)

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84. Stevan Jovetic – Manchester City and Montenegro (NEW)

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83. Marco Verratti – Paris Saint-Germain and Italy (NEW)

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82. Carlos Vela – Real Sociedad and Mexico (NEW)

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81. Marcelo – Real Madrid and Brazil (Down 25)

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80. Daniel Sturridge  – Liverpool and England (NEW)

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79. Ilkay Gundogan – Borussia Dortmund and Germany (Down 11)

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78. Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid and France (Up 19)

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77. Antonio Candreva – Lazio and Italy (NEW)

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76. Kevin De Bruyne – Wolfsburg and Belgium (NEW)

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75. Blaise Matuidi – Paris Saint-Germain and France (No move)

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74. Samir Handanovic – Inter Milan and Slovenia (NEW)

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73. Mario Mandzukic – Atletico Madrid and Croatia (NEW)

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72. Kevin Strootman – Roma and Holland (NEW)

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71. Lukasz Piszczek – Borussia Dortmund and Poland (NEW)

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70. Oscar – Chelsea and Brazil (Down 24)

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69. Andrea Pirlo – Juventus and Italy (Down 25)

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68. Marek Hamsik – Napoli and Slovakia (Down 38)

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67. Raphael Varane – Real Madrid and France (Up 3)

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66. Arda Turan – Atletico Madrid and Turkey (NEW)

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65. Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli and Argentina (Down 33)

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64. Vincent Kompany – Manchester City and Belgium (Down 31)

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63. Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus and Italy (Down 23)

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62. Juan Cuadrado – Fiorentina and Colombia (NEW)

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61. Paul Pogba – Juventus and France (Down 20)

SS Lazio v FC Juventus - TIM Supercup

60. Roberto Firmino – Hoffenheim and Brazil (NEW)

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59. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United and England (Up 15)

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58. Daniele De Rossi – Roma and Italy (Down 21)

27-3-2010 Roma-Inter

57. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham and France (Down 6)

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56. Pablo Zabaleta – Manchester City and Argentina (Up 16)

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55. Ricardo Rodriguez – Wolfsburg and Switzerland (NEW)

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54. David De Gea – Manchester United and Spain (NEW)

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53. Robin van Persie – Manchester United and Holland (Down 29)

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52. Carlos Tevez – Juventus and Argentina (Up 46)

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51. Nemanja Matic – Chelsea and Serbia (NEW)

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50. Cesar Azpilicueta – Chelsea and Spain (NEW)

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49. Javi Martinez – Bayern Munich and Spain (Down 20)

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48. Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich and Spain (Down 1)

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47. Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich and France (Down 41)

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46. Juan Mata – Manchester United and Spain (Down 21)

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45. Mehdi Benatia – Bayern Munich and Morocco (Up 13)

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44. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal and Germany (Down 30)

mesut ozil

43. David Alaba – Bayern Munich and Austria (Up 2)

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42. Radamel Falcao – Manchester United and Colombia (Down 23)

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41. Miralem Pjanic – Roma and Bosnia (NEW)

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40. Mats Hummels – Borussia Dortmund and Germany (Up 3)

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39. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal and Chile (Up 15)

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38. Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain and Uruguay (Down 21)

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37. James Rodriguez – Real Madrid and Colombia (NEW)

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36. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid and Wales (Down 20)

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35. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid and France (Up 7)

Real Madrid's Benzema celebrates after scoring during their Spanish first division match in Madrid

34. Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid and Spain (Up 15)

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33. Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund and Germany (Up 5)

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32. Javier Mascherano – Barcelona and Argentina (Up 37)

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31. Ivan Rakitic – Barcelona and Croatia (NEW)

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30. Eden Hazard – Chelsea and Belgium (Up 22)

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29. Mario Gotze – Bayern Munich and Germany (Up 5)

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28. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich and Germany (Down 8)

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27. David Silva – Manchester City and Spain (No move)

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26. Koke – Atletico Madrid and Spain (Up 51)

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25. Diego Costa – Chelsea and Spain (Up 23)

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24. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich and Poland (Down 12)

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23. Isco – Real Madrid and Spain (Down 5)

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22. Diego Godin – Atletico Madrid and Uruguay (NEW)

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21. Yaya Toure – Manchester City and Ivory Coast (Down 12)

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20. Arturo Vidal – Juventus and Chile (Down 7)

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19. Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea and Belgium (Up 38)

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18. Jerome Boateng – Bayern Munich and Germany (NEW)

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17. Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea and Spain (Down 2)

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16. Thomas Muller –  Bayern Munich and Germany (Up 34)

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15. Angel Di Maria – Manchester United and Argentina (Up 21)

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14. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich and Holland (Up 21)

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13. Sergio Busquets – Barcelona and Spain (Up 10)

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12. Toni Kroos – Real Madrid and Germany (Up 14)

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11. Neymar – Barcelona and Brazil (Down 1)

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10. Thiago Silva – Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil (Down 3)

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9. Luka Modric – Real Madrid and Croatia (Up 19)

Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates after scoring in their La Liga victory against Real Mallorca

8. Andres Iniesta – Barcelona and Spain (Down 5)

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7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris Saint-Germain and Sweden (Down 2)

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6. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City and Argentina (Up 15)

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5. Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich and Germany (Up 17)

Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Final

4. Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich and Germany (Up 4)

Philipp Lahm playing for Bayern

3. Luis Suarez – Barcelona and Uruguay (Up 1)

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid and Portugal (No move)

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1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona and Argentina (No move)

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