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My Top 100 Footballers 2015

You know the drill.

100. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool and Brazil (NEW)

99. Domenico Berardi – Sassuolo and Italy (NEW)

98. Paulo Dybala – Juventus and Argentina (NEW)

97. Oscar – Chelsea and Brazil (Down 27)

96. Mathieu Valbuena – Lyon and France (No move)

95. Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus and Italy (Down 8)

94. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City and England (NEW)

93. Alex Teixeira – Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil (NEW)

92. Hulk – Zenit St Petersburg and Brazil (NEW)

91. Yevhen Konoplyanka – Sevilla and Ukraine (NEW)

90. Harry Kane – Tottenham and England (NEW)

89. Kurt Zouma – Chelsea and France (NEW)

88. Miranda – Inter Milan and Brazil (NEW)

87. Roberto Firmino – Liverpool and Brazil (Down 27)

86. Javier Pastore – Paris St Germain and Argentina (NEW)

85. Carlos Bacca – AC Milan and Colombia (NEW)

84. Nolito – Celta Vigo and Spain (NEW)

83. Pablo Zabaleta – Manchester City and Argentina (Down 27)

82. Ricardo Rodriguez – Wolfsburg and Switzerland (Down 27)

81. Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon and France (NEW)

80. Grzegorz Krychowiak – Sevilla and Poland (NEW)

79. Raphael Varane – Real Madrid and France (Down 12)

78. Arda Turan – Barcelona and Turkey (Down 12)

77. Radja Nainggolan – Roma and Belgium (Up 23)

76. Samir Handanovic – Inter Milan and Slovenia (Down 2)

75. Marek Hamsik – Napoli and Slovakia (Down 7)

74. Claudio Marchisio – Juventus and Italy (NEW)

73. Daniel Alves – Barcelona and Brazil (NEW)

72. Mauro Icardi – Inter Milan and Argentina (NEW)

71. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham and France (Down 14)

70. Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus and Italy (Down 7)

69. Petr Cech – Arsenal and Czech Republic (NEW)

68. Carlos Tevez – Boca Juniors and Argentina (Down 16)

67. Daniele De Rossi – Roma and Italy (Down 9)

66. Blaise Matuidi – Paris St Germain and France (Up 9)

65. Shinji Kagawa – Borussia Dortmund and Japan (NEW)

64. Thiago Alcantara – Bayern Munich and Spain (NEW)

63. Vincent Kompany – Manchester City and Belgium (Up 1)

62. Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich and France (Down 15)

61. Cesar Azpilicueta – Chelsea and Spain (Down 11)

60. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Borussia Dortmund and Armenia (NEW)

59. Nemanja Matic – Chelsea and Serbia (Down 8)

58. Javi Martinez – Bayern Munich and Spain (Down 9)

57. Mats Hummels – Borussia Dortmund and Germany (Down 17)

56. Mehdi Benatia – Bayern Munich and Morocco (Down 11)

55. Mario Gotze – Bayern Munich and Germany (Down 26)

54. Diego Costa – Chelsea and Spain (Down 29)

53. Edinson Cavani – Paris St Germain and Uruguay (Down 15)

52. Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich and Spain (Down 4)

51. David De Gea – Manchester United and Spain (Up 3)

50. Juan Mata – Manchester United and Spain (Down 4)

49. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid and Wales (Down 13)

48. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal and Chile (Down 9)

47. Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid and Spain (Down 13)

46. Douglas Costa – Bayern Munich and Brazil (NEW)

45. Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid and France (Up 33)

44. Gerard Pique – Barcelona and Spain (NEW)

43. Miralem Pjanic – Roma and Bosnia (Down 2)

42. Isco – Real Madrid and Spain (Down 19)

41. Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea and Spain (Down 24)

40. Marcelo – Real Madrid and Brazil (Up 41)

39. Koke – Atletico Madrid and Spain (Down 13)

38. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid and France (Down 3)

37. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City and Belgium (Up 39)

36. Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli and Argentina (Up 29)

35. Yaya Toure – Manchester City and Ivory Coast (Down 14)

34. Ilkay Gundogan – Borussia Dortmund and Germany (Up 45)

33. Javier Mascherano – Barcelona and Argentina (Down 1)

32. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund and Gabon (Up 59)

31. Ivan Rakitic – Barcelona and Croatia (No move)

30. Paul Pogba – Juventus and France (Up 31)

29. Diego Godin – Atletico Madrid and Uruguay (Down 7)

28. Keylor Navas – Real Madrid and Costa Rica (NEW)

27. Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund and Germany (Up 6)

26. Marco Verratti – Paris St Germain and Italy (Up 57)

25. David Alaba – Bayern Munich and Austria (Up 18)

24. James Rodriguez – Real Madrid and Colombia (Up 13)

23. Eden Hazard – Chelsea and Belgium (Up 7)

22. Jerome Boateng – Bayern Munich and Germany (Down 4)

21. Toni Kroos – Real Madrid and Germany (Down 9)

20. Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea and Belgium (Down 1)

19. Angel Di Maria – Paris St Germain and Argentina (Down 4)

18. Arturo Vidal – Bayern Munich and Chile (Up 2)

17. Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich and Germany (Down 13)

16. David Silva – Manchester City and Spain (Up 11)

15. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich and Holland (Down 1)

14. Thiago Silva – Paris St Germain and Brazil (Down 4)

13. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich and Poland (Up 11)

12. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal and Germany (Up 32)

11. Luka Modric – Real Madrid and Croatia (Down 2)

10. Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich and Germany (Up 6)

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris St Germain and Sweden (Down 2)

8. Sergio Busquets – Barcelona and Spain (Up 5)

7. Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich and Germany (Down 2)

6. Andres Iniesta – Barcelona and Spain (Up 2)

5. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City and Argentina (Up 1)

4. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid and Portugal (Down 2)

3. Luis Suarez – Barcelona and Uruguay (No move)

2. Neymar – Barcelona and Brazil (Up 9)

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


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My Top 100 Footballers 2014

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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My Top 100 Footballers 2013

Trying to rank footballers is a largely pointless exercise – how can you ever say for sure that an ageing goalkeeper is better than an up-and-coming winger? Still, it’s good for creating debate and it’s kept me occupied for several hours of a boring Friday night, so here are my Top 100 Footballers for 2013 – and if I’m still doing this blog next year, I might even do it again, to see how it changes.

100. David Luiz – Chelsea and Brazil

99. Federico Marchetti – Lazio and Italy

98. Carlos Tevez – Juventus and Argentina

97. Antoine Griezmann – Real Sociedad and France

96. Mathieu Valbuena – Marseille and France

95. Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli and Italy

94. Shinji Kagawa – Manchester United and Japan

93. Simon Mignolet – Liverpool and Belgium

92. Samir Nasri – Manchester City and France

91. Yohan Cabaye – Newcastle and France

90. Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus and Italy

89. Mario Balotelli – AC Milan and Italy

88. Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham and Belgium

87. Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal and France

86. Alvaro Negredo – Manchester City and Spain

85. Daniel Agger – Liverpool and Denmark

84. Jack Wilshere – Arsenal and England

83. Per Mertesacker – Arsenal and Germany

82. Tim Krul – Newcastle and Holland

81. Joao Moutinho – Monaco and Portugal

80. Pedro – Barcelona and Spain

79. Mario Gomez – Fiorentina and Germany

78. Hulk – Zenit St Petersburg and Brazil

77. Koke – Atletico Madrid and Spain

76. Sandro – Tottenham and Brazil

75. Blaise Matuidi – PSG and France

74. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United and England

73. Julian Draxler – Schalke and Germany

72. Pablo Zabaleta – Manchester City and Argentina

71. Giuseppe Rossi – Fiorentina and Italy

70. Raphael Varane – Real Madrid and France

69. Javier Mascherano – Barcelona and Argentina

68. Ilkay Gundogan – Borussia Dortmund and Germany

67. Roman Weidenfeller – Borussia Dortmund and Germany

66. Stefan Kiessling – Bayer Leverkusen and Germany

65. Hernanes – Lazio and Brazil

64. Daniel Alves – Barcelona and Brazil

63. Claudio Marchisio – Juventus and Italy

62. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Borussia Dortmund and Armenia

61. Borja Valero – Fiorentina and Spain

60. Gerard Pique – Barcelona and Spain

59. Santi Cazorla – Arsenal and Spain

58. Mehdi Benatia – Roma and Morocco

57. Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea (on loan at Atletico Madrid) and Belgium

56. Marcelo – Real Madrid and Brazil

55. David Villa – Atletico Madrid and Spain

54. Alexis Sanchez – Barcelona and Chile

53. Dante – Bayern Munich and Brazil

52. Eden Hazard – Chelsea and Belgium

51. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham and France

50. Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich and Germany

49. Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid and Spain

48. Diego Costa – Atletico Madrid and Spain

47. Xabi Alonso – Real Madrid and Spain

46. Oscar – Chelsea and Brazil

45. David Alaba – Bayern Munich and Austria

44. Andrea Pirlo – Juventus and Italy

43. Mats Hummels – Borussia Dortmund and Germany

42. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid and France

41. Paul Pogba – Juventus and France

40. Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus and Italy

39. Jordi Alba – Barcelona and Spain

38. Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund and Germany

37. Daniele De Rossi – Roma and Italy

36. Angel Di Maria – Real Madrid and Argentina

35. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich and Holland

34. Mario Gotze – Bayern Munich and Germany

33. Vincent Kompany – Manchester City and Belgium

32. Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli and Argentina

31. Iker Casillas – Real Madrid and Spain

30. Marek Hamsik – Napoli and Slovakia

29. Javi Martinez – Bayern Munich and Spain

28. Luka Modric – Real Madrid and Croatia

27. David Silva – Manchester City and Spain

26. Toni Kroos – Bayern Munich and Germany

25. Juan Mata – Chelsea and Spain

24. Robin Van Persie – Manchester United and Holland

23. Sergio Busquets – Barcelona and Spain

22. Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich and Germany

21. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City and Argentina

20. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich and Germany

19. Radamel Falcao – Monaco and Colombia

18. Isco – Real Madrid and Spain

17. Edinson Cavani – PSG and Uruguay

16. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid and Wales

15. Cesc Fabregas – Barcelona and Spain

14. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal and Germany

13. Arturo Vidal – Juventus and Chile

12. Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund and Poland

11. Xavi – Barcelona and Spain

10. Neymar – Barcelona and Brazil

9. Yaya Toure – Manchester City and Ivory Coast

8. Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich and Germany

7. Thiago Silva – PSG and Brazil

6. Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich and France

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG and Sweden

4. Luis Suarez – Liverpool and Uruguay

3. Andres Iniesta – Barcelona and Spain

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid and Portugal

1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona and Argentina

Let the debate begin…