40) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
A player with a new lease of life last season, Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla works his way onto this list after some truly magical midfield performances.
39) Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
A powerhouse at his best, and a player who’d be higher on this list if not for a slight dip last season, Manchester City’s Yaya Toure is one of the finest of his generation.
38) Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
A true defensive midfielder, Sergio Busquets does his job perfectly in this Barcelona team, and is one of the most underrated footballers around at the moment.
37) Marco Verratti (PSG)
A classy passer of the ball with great intelligence, PSG midfielder Marco Verratti has his best years ahead of him and looks like becoming a real great.
36) John Terry (Chelsea)
Still a world class central defender, Chelsea captain John Terry showed how much he has to offer last season, playing every minute for the Blues as they lifted the title.