The top 100 players plying their trade in the ‘Beautiful Game’.
100. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
The former Tottenham midfielder’s star has fallen this season as he has struggled to impose himself on the Real Madrid first team. That has to be taken in the context of a midfield containing the likes of Mesut Ozil, Pepe and Xabi Alonso however, and the Croatian’s goal against Manchester United shows he is still capable of playing at the highest level.
99. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
The Dutchman has found himself slightly out of favour this season but is still capable of terrorising opposition defences. There are few things in football that inspire fear in a full-back more than the sight of Arjen Robben cutting in on his favoured left-foot.
98. Victor Wanyama (Celtic)
The young midfield enforcer has impressed many this season with his pugnacious displays in the centre of the park. Wanyama has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal and seems destined to play at the highest level.
97. Benat (Real Betis)
Benat recently broke into the Spanish squad following some impressive performances for Betis this season in La Liga. The player is in a similar mould to Chelsea star Frank Lampard and if reports in recent months are to be believed, Benat could be on his way to Stamford Bridge as the England star’s replacement.
96. Paulinho (Corinthians)
Another player who has been touted as a potential replacement for Frank Lampard, Chelsea know Paulinho’s capabilities all too well after he was instrumental in Corinthians’ victory over the London club in the World Club Championships. A box-to-box midfielder, Paulinho is tipped for a bright future.
95. Christian Eriksen (Ajax)
The Danish starlet has been attracting attention from across Europe after some dazzling performances in the Ajax midfield. A summer move to Liverpool or Spurs seems likely as the player has publically spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League. Eriksen has been described by Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen as the most technically gifted player he has ever played with.
94. Willian (Anzhi Makhachkala)
The Brazilian midfielder was strongly linked to Chelsea and Tottenham during the January transfer window before finally settling on a big money move to Russia. The corn-rowed playmaker played a key role in the Shakhtar Donetsk side that reached the knock-out stages of the Champions League this season, persuadeding Anzhi to shell out £30 million on securing the player’s signature.
93. Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk)
The tough-tackling midfielder is the heartbeat of the Shakhtar midfield and his impressive performances for the Ukrainian side has seen him strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford. The player is adept at doing the hard work in the middle of the park and has been seen breaking up the play with apparent ease against some of Europe’s top sides in the Champions League.
92. Hernanes (Lazio)
The Brazilian midfielder has been the driving force behind Lazio’s resurgence this season and has put in some exceedingly accomplished performances in the Europa League. The deep-lying playmaker is as comfortable putting in a tackle as he is passing the ball across the pitch and has weighed in with eight goals in Serie A this season for the Biancazzurri.
91. Leandro Damiao (Internacional)
Damiao impressed many with his performances in the Olympics last year and looks set for a summer move to Europe. The target man has the technical ability you would expect of a Brazilian, whilst combining those qualities with strength and power, and that is rumoured to be persuading Tottenham to shell out over £22 million in attempt to bring Damiao to White Hart Lane. His game should be well suited to the Premier League and could see Damiao become one of the biggest names on the European stage.