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Failing to qualify for the World Cup and losing the Confederations Cup final was a cruel blow for Vidal but he shone personally, enjoying an average of touches a game in the Bundesliga and helping Bayern to another league title. Jurgen Klopp has become reliant on the midfielder to bring calm to his team, an attribute which was key in helping the Reds to the Champions League, not to mention winning Goal of the Season with his overhead kick at Watford.
The Poland international has remained a rock at the back for Monaco during a transition period for the club, helping them stay in contention with the chasing pack behind PSG, while also helping his country to the World Cup as group winners. Koke has been a regular fixture for Atletico for seven seasons now, and the year-old continues to improve year on year.
The midfielder came in the top 10 last season for both assists joint-seventh with eight , key passes ninth with two per game and dribbles fifth with two per game in La Liga, outlining his importance to Diego Simeone's side going forward. Ndidi cannot shake off the comparisons to N'Golo Kante, given that he was tasked with filling the Frenchman's boots when the latter left for Chelsea in However, the midfielder is proving to be a rock in midfield for the Foxes - an average of 4.
He has continued that fine scoring form into this season, netting eight times in the league and a further three in the Champions League. He has 30 goals this calendar year for club and country, having made his debut for Germany at the Confederations Cup. Fabinho was part of the breakout Monaco squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, and was one of the few to stay over the summer as the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy headed for pastures new.
That breakup of the team has meant that Fabinho has not quite reached the heights of the second half of last season, but has still been a key component of their side. The Frenchman showed his capabilities for Lyon, which resulted in an international debut under Didier Deschamps and in the summer he had the pick of top European clubs, eventually plumping for Bayern Munich where he has thrived early on. An unsung hero of Chelsea's title success last season, Pedro's work-rate and versatility was a real asset to the team, while his defensive capabilities cannot be overlooked.
Only four forwards won more tackles in the Premier League than Pedro last season. Arsene Wenger is starting to see his compatriot as an impact player off the bench but he is still thriving in the role, even if he would like more time on the pitch, scoring 16 goals for Arsenal in Alongside Luka Modric, the German midfielder is at the centre of things for Real, as he helped them to domestic and continental glory, with his 12 assists in the league being crucial.
An underwhelming season at Chelsea is a long way behind Luis now, who has gone on to re-establish himself as one of the top left-backs in the world since his switch back to Atletico in The Spanish club may have suffered the disappointment of an early exit from the Champions League this season, but they have had a good season in La Liga so far, and are Barcelona's nearest challengers.
And he is certainly proving his worth at Stamford Bridge, scoring nine league goals and assisting a further four in 16 games to date. Alves decided against joining Pep Guardiola's revolution in the summer after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, but he has slotted in well in the French capital, quickly becoming integral as Paris Saint-Germain dominate Ligue 1 and make steady progress in Europe.
Swansea might have gone down if it was not for the influential Iceland midfielder who scored nine times to help the Welsh side stay up. His form earned him a move to Everton where he has struggled to recapture what he offered at the Liberty Stadium.
The annual Bundesliga title was collected, with the Spaniard's contribution being six goals and five assists in the 26 games he featured in. Thiago has also become a regular for Spain thanks to his fine form and will be targeting a key role at the World Cup. It says everything about Ter Stegen's performances for Barcelona this year that he is the highest-ranked goalkeeper on the list. The German stopper has conceded just 28 goals all year and his speed off his line and agility are the base from which the team's attacking stars can do their thing.
A dynamic midfielder, Radja Nainggolan has been linked with a move to Chelsea in recent months, but he remains committed to staying in Italy.
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His leadership, after the club lost several players in the summer, helped Roma finish above Chelsea and top of their Champions League group and they remain in touch in the Serie A title race. Without Pogba in the team, United are never the same. If this is the year that Juventus' stranglehold on Serie A is finally broken, then Marek Hamsik is one of the men who can play a key part in it.
Napoli are one of the two clubs, along with Inter Milan, that are challenging fiercely for the title this season. His goal in the victory over Torino on December 16 was his th for the club, matching Diego Maradona's record as the club's highest goalscorer. After spending seven seasons with Manchester City, Kolarov signed for Roma in July, where he has scored three goals and assisted a further five already this season. Eleven goals and two assists already this season in La Liga shows Aspas could follow up an impressive season with an even greater one this time around. Few thought Otamendi would grow into the role of a consistent Premier League defender but he is arguably City's main man at the back now.
He has smoothed his rough edges and has added goals to his game, scoring five in all competitions so far. Dortmund may have finished third in the Bundesliga last season behind champions Bayern Munch and surprise-package RB Leipzig, but Aubameyang enjoyed another outstanding season in Germany, finishing as the league's top goalscorer on He helped Dortmund get one over Bayern too - scoring in the DFB Pokal semi-final win - before netting the winning goal from the penalty spot to help them lift the cup at the expense of Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Italian striker's name is a misnomer - Immobile is a rapid, versatile forward who has scored 16 goals in 16 Serie A appearances. His hat-trick in September helped Lazio to a win over AC Milan and in October the year-old signed a new deal with the club that will keep him in Rome until In a dark year for the Italian national team, he is one of the bright spots.
Suarez has not hit the heights of old this year and his frustration at his indifferent form was evident when he ripped his shirt and stormed down the tunnel after missing a chance against Las Palmas in October. But 31 goals over the 12 months suggest the year-old is far from finished at the top of the game. He scored his th goal for Barcelona in January.
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Lacazette has taken his goalscoring exploits from Lyon to Arsenal, netting eight times in 19 games in the Premier League so far despite not always starting games under Arsene Wenger. The striker also netted twice for France in the friendly against Germany last month, just his second and third international goals, to boost his chances of leading the line at the World Cup next summer.
Having finished last season with 11 goals and 10 assists, Perisic snubbed a move to Manchester United in the summer and signed a new deal in September that will keep him at Inter until The Croatia winger is now focused on helping Inter secure a first league title for nine years and his hat-trick against Chievo early in December helped them to the top of Serie A. The winger is enjoying a stellar season for Manchester City, who are breaking records as they look to clinch a third Premier League title.
Sterling already has 12 league goals to his name this campaign, including late winners against both Huddersfield and Southampton. He has cut a rejuvenated figure since August, and England fans will hope that can continue ahead of the World Cup next summer. Sane has had a simply sensational and has really found his feet at Man City with the winger becoming an integral part of the side.
He already has six goals and eight assists in 17 Premier League appearances this term and is starting to emerge as a real talent for Germany as the World Cup creeps ever closer, impressing when playing against England at Wembley in November. Falcao enjoyed a wonderful first half of as his goals helped Monaco to an unlikely run to the Champions League semi-finals and by May he had scored 30 goals in 43 appearances as his side claimed a memorable Ligue 1 title.
Monaco's form has slipped this season after being picked off in the summer transfer market, but Falcao remains a constant threat in front of goal and his 24 goals saw him finish 24th in the Ballon d'Or voting. Rashford came third in the Golden Boy award - behind Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele - after another impressive year for United. The forward was invariably pushed out to the wing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and now Romelu Lukaku leading the line, but the England international has adapted to the role well, and looks certain to make Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad barring injury.
Not too many people would have seen Depay's turnaround in form coming when he left Manchester United at the start of , but the Netherlands international has been resurgent since swapping Old Trafford for Ligue 1. He's scored 15 times in all competitions for Lyon and even re-established himself in the national setup, despite their failure to qualify for the World Cup. Although he may have announced his international retirement from the Netherlands this year, he continues to be a key figure for Bayern.
He signed a one-year contract extension in January until the end of this season, with his future yet to be decided, although fans will be hoping for another year yet as his potential club retirement is also being touted. Coutinho's form at Anfield saw him become the No 1 target for Barcelona in the summer, but Liverpool stuck to their guns and insisted he wasn't for sale, and they've been rewarded with another fine campaign so far from the Brazil international.
He has scored 11 goals and seven assists so far in just 17 appearances this season. Gomes, nicknamed Papu, makes the top 30 after a fine year with Atalanta. The year-old attacking midfielder is integral to the Serie A outfit, having finished last season with 16 goals in 39 appearances. He marked his international debut for Argentina with a goal in the win over Singapore in June.
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A memorable for Aguero saw the striker surpass Eric Brook's year record to become Manchester City's all-time top goalscorer. Goal No came in November's Champions League victory over Napoli, just five weeks after a car crash in Amsterdam, which fortunately saw him escape with just a broken rib. His City future was cast into doubt upon the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January, but Pep Guardiola has ably rotated the duo, and Aguero currently has 12 league goals in what has been a record-breaking campaign so far at the Etihad. Higuain became only the second player after Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score over goals in two of the top European leagues in the last 20 years when he reached three figures with a goal in the win at Milan in October.
Son has risen to the occasion in terms of helping Kane with the goalscoring load at Tottenham, with 22 goals to his name this calendar year. Touted as a star of the future in and even a successor to Franck Ribery, the France winger looks to be finally fulfilling his potential on the south coast of France after an unsuccessful spell at Newcastle. The year-old has 18 goals and 13 assists this year, making his France debut in the win over Paraguay in June. His goal against Arsenal was his 15th Premier League of the season, form he has replicated for Egypt - Salah was the top scorer for his country with five goals during the FIFA World Cup qualification.
Another one to get away from Chelsea. Griemann committed to at least another season at Atletico Madrid in the summer thanks to their transfer ban, and it's been another impressive 12 months for the Frenchman. Although he has not quite reached the highs of a that saw him win the Golden Boot at the Euros and reach the final of that competition with France and the Champions League final with Real Madrid. While other Real Madrid players have invariably put in headline-worthy performances, Casemiro has gone about his business in impressive style.
The Brazil midfielder ranks second for the most tackles per game in La Liga this season 4. A fine campaign for the midfielder was capped with a goal in the victory over Juventus in the Champions League final. Fekir is a technical player who can play as an attacking midfielder or a second striker and has been in fine form throughout Doubts persist over where Alexis Sanchez will be playing football next season, but there are no such concerns over his quality as he continues to be instrumental in Arsenal's push to regain their place at Europe's top table.
His 17 goals in means he remains crucial to the Gunners, but his inconsistent form is allied to his uncertain future, which will be thrown into sharp focus in the early part of It's been a superb for David Silva, who continues to be the linchpin in an impressive City side with an endless supply of talent. Alli might be going through a difficult period that affects all young players, but his form in the second half of last season sees him included here.
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He began in style, his two headers helping Spurs to a win over Chelsea on January 4. That marked six goals in three games for the year-old and he would go on to score 23 goals in all competitions. This season has been a struggle, and yet he still has seven goals and seven assists. Despite arriving at Real Madrid in , it took several seasons for Isco to truly establish himself as a first-team player at the Bernabeu.
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Nemanja Vidic The Serbian colossus established a prominent defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand during eight consistent years. Vidic lifted five league titles in that time before leaving when his contract expired in Renowned for his spectacular goals from midfield, Beckham also captained England during his glittering spell at Old Trafford. Made appearances after joining from Middlesbrough in Remains the second highest goalscorer in Premier League history.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Known as the baby-faced assassin, Solskjaer cemented his place in United folklore with the dramatic winner against Bayern Munich in the European Cup. The centre-forward scored goals before he lost his life in the Munich air crash. Roger Byrne Another iconic captain in United history, Byrne made appearances before he tragically died in the Munich air disaster. Famously stood up to Matt Busby by demanding to play at left-back, a wish that was granted.
Renowned for his ability to play in many positions, he once played in goal for United. Gary Neville Another hugely reliable and competitive full-back from the Sir Alex Ferguson era, Neville spent almost two decades at his beloved United. Captained the club to the league title in and is now establishing a career as a highly regarded media pundit. Alex Stepney Another legendary goalkeeper in United history, Stepney was a key member of the team which became the first English club to win the European Cup in Stepney spent 12 years at United before departing for Dallas Tornado.
Denis Irwin The ultra-dependable full-back proved so influential that Sir Alex Ferguson once described him as his greatest ever signing. Peter Schmeichel The Danish goalkeeper with a formidable penalty box presence, Schmeichel was captain in the historic treble season in Made appearances in eight memorable seasons. Signed by United as successor to David Beckham in Roy Keane Made appearances during a twelve-year spell at Old Trafford, which included eight years as captain.
The Scot missed the European Cup final through injury, but his status as a United legend secured prior to that game. Paul Scholes Regarded as the best English midfielder of his generation, a product of the youth system who went on to score goals in appearances. Famously returned to playing in after about-turn on retirement six months earlier.
Survivor of the Munich air disaster and still an iconic figure at Old Trafford, where he is a director. Ryan Giggs The most decorated footballer in English history, with goals in appearances. Won every major honour worth winning at least once, with 13 league titles and two European Cups. Created records that will never be eclipsed. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Tuesday 11 December