Fifa 2013 Best Players of All Time

Andrew Kovacs

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Table of Contents

1. David Silva

Real Sociedad

David Silva Career

  • 1995–2000: San Fernando
  • 2000–2003: Valencia
  • 2003–2004: Valencia B
  • 2004–2010: Valencia
  • 2004–2005: Eibar (loan)
  • 2005–2006: Celta (loan)
  • 2010–2020: Manchester City
  • 2020: Real Sociedad
  • 2001–2002: Spain U16
  • 2002–2003: Spain U17
  • 2004–2005: Spain U19
  • 2005: Spain U20
  • 2004–2006: Spain U21
  • 2006–2018: Spain

David Silva is a Spanish midfielder who currently plays for Real Sociedad. David Silva first came to prominence in Spain with Valencia, before joining Eibar on loan in 2005.

After six years at Valencia, Silva joined Manchester City in 2013 and has since been an important part of the squad. In 2015, he helped Spain win the UEFA Euro Championship and was named MVP of the tournament.

David Silva announced his retirement from international football after Spain's victory over France in the 2018 World Cup Final. 

David Silva has won several awards throughout his career including La Liga Player of the Year twice (2007–08 & 2009–10), Copa del Rey winner (2008) and European Footballer of The Year (2013).

In 2017 he was joint-second top scorer behind Lionel Messi in La Liga with 22 goals scored across all competitions - this included two goals during Real Socedad's run to winning their eleventh league title overall as well as defeating Barcelona 3-1.

Within El Clásico stadium – becoming only second player ever after Cristiano Ronaldo to score 200+ club goals both domestically and internationally.

He also represented his country at three major tournaments- UEFA Euro 2012 where he played alongside Xavi Hernandez, Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué; FIFA World Cup 2014.

Where he started all four games for Spain scoring one goal against Italy; AND finally EURO 2016 which saw him start every game again being instrumental in helping them lift their fourth consecutive trophy.

Also Played For: real sociedad, valencia cf

2. Philipp Lahm

FC Bayern Munich

Philipp Lahm Career

  • 1989–1995: FT Gern München
  • 1995–2001: Bayern Munich
  • 2001–2003: Bayern Munich II
  • 2002–2017: Bayern Munich
  • 2003–2005: VfB Stuttgart (loan)
  • 1999: Germany U17
  • 2000: Germany U18
  • 2001–2002: Germany U19
  • 2002–2003: Germany U20
  • 2003: Germany U21
  • 2004–2014: Germany

Philipp Lahm is a World Cup-winning full back with Bayern Munich. He joined the club as a junior in 1989 and went on to make 332 appearances for them over 12 years, winning two Bundesliga titles and three German Cups.

After leaving Bayern in 2017, he signed for reigning champions Real Madrid where he will link up with his former Germany teammate Thomas Müller. 

Philipp Lahm has also represented his country at Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, where they reached the final but lost to Argentina.

In 2003, he moved to VfB Stuttgart on loan before returning to Bayern later that year; during this time, he helped lead Germany to their first ever DFB-Pokal victory in 2007 against Hertha Berlin (2–1). 

He announced his retirement from professional football following Bayern's Champions League Final win against Liverpool in May 2017 – bringing an end to an illustrious playing career spanning 17 seasons across six clubs.

Philipp Lahm was born 11 November 1983 in Munich[3], making him one of only five players ever born within city limits of both Barcelona and Wembley Stadium who have won major trophies at senior level [the others being Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona/Spain).

David Beckham (Manchester United FC/England), Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal FC/England) and Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona/Spain)].

Also Played For: football right back, germany

3. Bastian Schweinsteiger

FC Bayern Munich

Bastian Schweinsteiger Career

  • 1990–1992: FV Oberaudorf
  • 1992–1998: TSV 1860 Rosenheim
  • 1998–2002: Bayern Munich
  • 2001–2005: Bayern Munich II
  • 2002–2015: Bayern Munich
  • 2015–2017: Manchester United
  • 2017–2019: Chicago Fire
  • 2000: Germany U16
  • 2001–2002: Germany U18
  • 2002–2003: Germany U19
  • 2004: Germany U21
  • 2004–2016: Germany

Bastian Schweinsteiger is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Manchester United. He started his career with Bayern Munich, before moving to England to play for Manchester United and Chicago Fire.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has won multiple titles with Bayern Munich and Manchester United, including the Bundesliga title, Champions League title and Europa League title. In 2015 he joined MLS side Chicago Fire on a one-year deal but left after only eight appearances due to injury.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was born in Kolbermoor, West Germany on 1 August 1984. He began playing football at FV Oberaudorf in 1990.

After two years with TSV 1860 Rosenheim, he moved to Bayern Munich in 1998 where he made over 350 appearances, winning multiple titles including three Bundesliga championships (2001–03), two Champions League titles (2002–05) and the Europa League title in 2013.

On 31 May 2017 it was announced that Bastian Schweinsteiger had signed for Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire on a one-year contract.

However, after just 8 appearances due to injury[6], he departed the club within days of joining. Since leaving MLS, Bastian Schweinsteiger has returned home to play for Austrian side Vienna FC until the end of season 2020/21.

4. Mario Gómez

VfB Stuttgart

Mario Gómez Career

  • 1990–1998: SV Unlingen
  • 1998–2000: FV Bad Saulgau
  • 2000–2001: SSV Ulm 1846
  • 2001–2003: VfB Stuttgart
  • 2003–2005: VfB Stuttgart II
  • 2003–2009: VfB Stuttgart
  • 2009–2013: Bayern Munich
  • 2013–2016: Fiorentina
  • 2015–2016: Beşiktaş (loan)
  • 2016–2018: VfL Wolfsburg
  • 2018–2020: VfB Stuttgart
  • 1999: Germany U15
  • 2000–2001: Germany U17
  • 2002: Germany U18
  • 2002–2003: Germany U19
  • 2004: Germany U20
  • 2005–2006: Germany U21
  • 2005: Germany B
  • 2007–2018: Germany

Mario Gómez is a striker who has played for VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich and Fiorentina. Mario Gómez was born in 1985 in Riedlingen, West Germany and started playing football at SV Unlingen.

In 2003, Mario Gómez joined VfB Stuttgart where he made his first team debut the following year. He went on to play 121 games for the club over three seasons before joining Bayern Munich in 2009.

After one season with Bayern Munich, Mario Gómez moved to Serie A side Fiorentina in 2013 where he scored seven goals over 29 appearances during two seasons with the Italian side. 

Since leaving Fiorentina in 2016, Mario Gómez has featured for several Spanish clubs including Real Betis and CD Numancia but most recently returned to Germany when he signed for RB Leipzig ahead of their inaugural Bundesliga season next year.

Also Played For: vfb stuttgart, fc bayern munich

5. Nemanja Vidić

Serbia national football team

Nemanja Vidić Career

  • 1989–1994: Jedinstvo Užice
  • 1994–1996: Sloboda Užice
  • 1996–2000: Red Star Belgrade
  • 2000–2004: Red Star Belgrade
  • 2000–2001: Spartak Subotica (loan)
  • 2004–2006: Spartak Moscow
  • 2006–2014: Manchester United
  • 2014–2016: Inter Milan
  • 2002–2011: FR Yugoslavia /, Serbia and Montenegro /, Serbia
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Nemanja Vidić is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Manchester United and the Serbia national team. 

A product of hometown Jedinstvo Užice, Vidić made his senior debut with Red Star Belgrade in 2000 before moving to Premier League side Manchester United in 2003.

He has also played for Inter Milan and Barcelona, winning two Serie A titles with the latter. Holder of 38 international caps, Vidić represented Serbia at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008 finals, helping them to their first major tournament victory since 1990 at Euro 2012. 

In 2018 he captained his country to their second consecutive title win at the Russia World Cup competition.

Considered one of Europe's best defenders during his peak years, notably being named on Fifa's Best XI five times (2004–06).

Vidić was once fined by Italian football authorities after calling opposing players "cunts" live on television following a match between Juventus and AC Milan; this led him to an indefinite UEFA suspension from all competitive matches.

Retiring from international play after the 2014 World Cup qualifiers due to injury,[4][5] he announced his return for 2019 shortly before that year's edition commenced but withdrew again soon afterward citing family reasons.

After retiring from playing professionally in December 2018, Vidić began work as manager of former club Sloboda Užice.

Also Played For: serbia football team, fk crvena zvezda

6. Wellington Nem

Brazil national football team

Wellington Nem Career

  • 2002–2005: America-RJ
  • 2005–2011: Fluminense
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2013: Fluminense: 51: (15)
  • 2011: → Figueirense (loan): 28: (9)
  • 2013–2020: Shakhtar Donetsk: 47: (9)
  • 2017: → São Paulo (loan): 18: (1)
  • 2019: → Fluminense (loan): 18: (1)
  • 2021: Fortaleza: 2: (0)
  • 2021–2022: Cruzeiro: 23: (0)
  • 2022: Arouca: 0: (0)
  • 2009: Brazil U17: 3: (1)
  • 2012: Brazil: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 01:45, 31 January 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 30 May 2019

Wellington Nem is a Brazilian forward who played for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League from 2013 to 2016. He first came onto the football scene at America-RJ, where he scored 22 goals in 56 appearances between 2002 and 2005.

After impressing with Fluminense, Wellington signed for Shakhtar in May 2011 and went on to make 109 appearances and score 48 goals over four seasons there before joining Portuguese giants Benfica on a season-long loan in January 2017. 

Wellington joined Besiktas on loan until the end of the 2017–18 season earlier this year but has since returned to Shakhtar after failing to agree terms with Besiktas or any other club.

A quick, skilful attacker known for his trademark stepover technique, Wellington is likely to be remembered most fondly by fans of his former clubs America-RJ and Fluminense both of whom he represented at youth level as well as Benfica.

Where he made 20 league starts during his time there last season despite being cup-tied due to participation in Brazil’s Copa América Centenario victory that summer. 

Having netted eight times so far this campaign for Shakhtar Donetsk (including two Champions League qualifying rounds), Wellington looks set for an extended stay at Ukraine’s top flight side.

If their form continues into December; should that happen it would mark just one more title win among numerous honors already accumulated through an accomplished career that began back home playing alongside Neymar Jr., Messi & Co.

Including three consecutive Brasileirão titles (2013–15) & runner up finishes at Club World Cups 2015 & 2017."

7. Christian Atsu

Newcastle United F.C.

Christian Atsu Career

  • : Feyenoord Fetteh
  • : Cheetah
  • 2009–2011: Porto
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2013: Porto: 17: (1)
  • 2011–2012: → Rio Ave (loan): 27: (6)
  • 2013–2017: Chelsea: 0: (0)
  • 2013–2014: → Vitesse (loan): 28: (5)
  • 2014–2015: → Everton (loan): 5: (0)
  • 2015–2016: → Bournemouth (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2016: → Málaga (loan): 12: (2)
  • 2016–2017: → Newcastle United (loan): 32: (5)
  • 2017–2021: Newcastle United: 75: (3)
  • 2021–2022: Al-Raed: 8: (0)
  • 2022–: Hatayspor: 1: (0)
  • 2012–: Ghana: 65: (9)

Christian Atsu is a Ghanaian international footballer who plays for Turkish side Hatayspor. He began his career with Dutch side Feyenoord and spent two seasons on loan at Portuguese club Porto.

In 2013, he joined Chelsea but failed to make an appearance for the first team; he was released in 2017 after spending two years on loan at Vitesse Arnhem. Atsu has represented Ghana internationally, playing at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

He is known as an attacking winger with good dribbling ability and passing range.[1] Christian Atsu was born in Ada Foah, Ghana on 10 January 1992[4] to parents Kwabena Twasam (a former professional football player) and Ama Atuahene-Atuahene.

His younger brother Sulley also played professionally,[7] while another brother, Jordan Twasam (born 1994), is a goalkeeper currently playing for Belgian second-division side Kortrijk Academy. 

Growing up, Christian attended Achimota Secondary School before moving to Europe to pursue his footballing dreams in 2009 when he signed a youth contract with Feyenoord Fetteh.

After impressing during trials, Atui then moved onto Dutch giants Ajax where he made three appearances on trial without signing a deal, eventually joining Feyenoord's feeder club Cheetah alongside older brothers.

Sulley and Jordan – both of whom had progressed through the ranks of their respective clubs' academies – ahead of the 2009–10 season where they would play under future Netherlands national coach Louis van Gaal.

I couldn't believe it when I got my call from Van Gaal because I'd seen him work wonders with other players at Barcelona." Christian's senior career commenced following his move to English Premier League outfit Chelsea in July 2013.

However due to injuries sustained whilst still registered with Porto -whereupon Chelsea loaned him out until January 2016-he did not make any competitive appearances for The Blues. Athletic forward Christian Atsu joined London rivals Chelsea from FC Porto during summer 2013 transfer window.

Signed as backup behind Fernando Torres & Andre SchurrleChelsea manager Jose Mourinho stated that.

8. Angelo Ogbonna

West Ham United F.C.

Angelo Ogbonna Career

  • : Cassino
  • 2002–2006: Torino
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2006–2013: Torino: 150: (1)
  • 2007–2008: → Crotone (loan): 22: (0)
  • 2013–2015: Juventus: 41: (0)
  • 2015–: West Ham United: 177: (8)
  • 2009–2010: Italy U21: 10: (0)
  • 2011–2016: Italy: 13: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20:49, 30 December 2022 (UTC)

Angelo Ogbonna is a 34-year old center back who currently plays for West Ham United. Angelo Ogbonna first played football at the age of six and quickly began to make a name for himself in his hometown of Cassino, Italy.

After failing to break into Juventus's first team, Ogbonna joined Serie B side Siena on loan in 2007 where he made 12 appearances and helped them win promotion to Serie A. 

In 2010, Ogbonna signed with Spanish side Valencia where he would spend two seasons before moving north to England and joining West Ham United in 2012.

At the international level, Ogbonna has represented Italy at the under-21 level as well as making one appearance for the senior national team in 2013 against Switzerland which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Angelo Ogbonna is an experienced defender that has played over 200 matches for West Ham United across all competitions including Premier League, Europa League, and FA Cup fixtures.

Angelo Ogbonnza's strengths lie within his commanding presence on the pitch as well as his ability to read games well from central defense; these skills have seen him become an important member of Slaven Bilic's squad during their time at Upton Park.

Ogbonnaii was born into a Nigerian family but represents Italy internationally due to his grandparents' Italian heritage. 

Despite being plagued by injuries throughout the 2018/19 season, it is hoped that this will not hinder Ogbondaia’s chances of featuring prominently once again next term when West Ham takes on newly promoted Manchester City (ko 7:45 pm).

9. Emmanuel Emenike

Nigeria national football team

Emmanuel Emenike Career

  • 2007–2008: Delta Force
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2008: MP Black Aces: 7: (3)
  • 2008–2009: Cape Town: 16: (1)
  • 2009–2011: Karabükspor: 51: (30)
  • 2011: Fenerbahçe: 0: (0)
  • 2011–2013: Spartak Moscow: 42: (21)
  • 2013–2017: Fenerbahçe: 69: (19)
  • 2015–2016: → Al Ain (loan): 11: (7)
  • 2016: → West Ham United (loan): 13: (0)
  • 2017–2018: Olympiacos: 5: (0)
  • 2018: → Las Palmas (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2019: Westerlo: 5: (0)
  • 2011–2015: Nigeria: 37: (9)

Emmanuel Emenike was born on 10 May 1987 in Otuocha, Aguleri, Nigeria. He started his career with Delta Force in 2007 and went on to play for MP Black Aces between 2008-2009 before joining Cape Town and Karabükspor.

In 2011 he signed for Fenerbahçe where he spent four years without scoring a goal. In July 2015 he joined Turkish club Antalyaspor on a two-year contract but left after one year due to lack of playing time.

Since leaving Fenerbahçe, Emenike has been out of the game for almost two years undergoing treatment for an unspecified injury. Emmanuel Emenike is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Russian club Spartak Moscow and Turkish side Fenerbahçe.

He has also played for English clubs West Ham United and Al Ain, on loan from Olympiacos, in Greece. Emmanuel was born in Nigeria but moved to England as a youngster. 

After failing to break into the first team at his home-town club Arsenal, he joined Liverpool in 2006 where he scored 26 goals in 111 appearances over three seasons before moving to Manchester City. 

In January 2011, Emanuel signed for Spartak Moscow after impressing during a trial period and made an immediate impact scoring 21 league goals en route to claiming the title with the capital club that season.

In 2013–14, Emanuel helped Fenerbahçe win their first championship since 1985 by tallying 69 league goals – breaking Brazilian legend Pele's all-time record of 65 - as well as 11 Champions League strikes in what proved to be.

His last season playing domestically before joining Greek champions Olympiacos on loan for the 2015–16 campaign; there he won 5 caps (no goals). 

His performances earned him back his place at City ahead of 2016–17 where despite starting off brightly recording 13 league goals within 12 matches however injuries struck limiting him from eventually.

Making just 3 more appearances scoring zero times overall following which he left East London permanently signing with Spanish side Las Palmas on loan until December 2019.

10. Danny Welbeck

Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.

Danny Welbeck Career

  • Fletcher Moss Rangers
  • 2001–2008: Manchester United
  • 2008–2014: Manchester United
  • 2010: → Preston North End (loan)
  • 2010–2011: → Sunderland (loan)
  • 2014–2019: Arsenal
  • 2019–2020: Watford
  • 2020–: Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 2005: England U16
  • 2006–2007: England U17
  • 2007–2008: England U18
  • 2008–2009: England U19
  • 2009–2011: England U21
  • 2011–2018: England
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:01, 13 November 2022 (UTC)

Danny Welbeck is a forward for Brighton and Hove Albion. Welbeck first broke into the Manchester United team in 2008 and has since played over 200 games, scoring 62 goals.

Welbeck was part of England's World Cup squad this year, but did not feature in any matches as they were eliminated at the group stage. Danny Welbec Welbeck is a versatile forward, having played as a striker and on the wing for his club and international teams.

Welbeck has scored 16 goals in 88 appearances for Arsenal since joining from Manchester United in 2014. Welbeck represented England at U16, U17, U18, and U19 level before making his senior debut in 2011. 

He helped England to victory at the 2012 European Championships and was part of their squad for the 2018 World Cup tournament where they were eliminated by Croatia in the second round.

Also Played For: brighton & hove albion f.c

11. Jack Wilshere

Arsenal F.C.

Jack Wilshere Career

  • 2001: Luton Town
  • 2001–2008: Arsenal
  • 2008–2018: Arsenal
  • 2010: → Bolton Wanderers (loan)
  • 2016–2017: → AFC Bournemouth (loan)
  • 2018–2020: West Ham United
  • 2021: AFC Bournemouth
  • 2022: AGF
  • 2006–2007: England U16
  • 2007–2009: England U17
  • 2009: England U19
  • 2009: England U21
  • 2010–2016: England
  • 2022–: Arsenal U18s
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Jack Wilshere is a midfielder and current Arsenal U18 Head Coach. He started his career with Luton Town before signing for Arsenal in 2001 at the age of 16.

After making over 200 appearances for Arsenal, Wilshere signed for Bournemouth in January 2015 but only made 4 appearances before returning to Arsenal later that year.

In 2017 he was loaned out to West Ham United where he helped them reach the FA Cup Final, scoring against Manchester United along the way; however they lost 1-0 after extra time to Chelsea.

In 2018 Wilshere re-joined West Ham on a permanent deal and played 33 times for them in all competitions - helping them win promotion back to Premier League as champions Jack Wilshere is a talented English midfielder who has spent his entire career with Arsenal.

He started out as a youth player at Arsenal and made his first-team debut in 2006. He has since established himself as one of the best midfielders in England, winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during his time at the Emirates Stadium. 

In 2015, he joined Bolton Wanderers on loan and became an important part of their promotion campaign to the top flight of English football.

The following year he moved to AFC Bournemouth on a permanent basis and helped them reach the Championship play-offs before being promoted back to the Premier League for 2018–19 season. 

This season he signed for West Ham United but missed most of it due to injury.

Also Played For: football manager 2011, arsenal f.c

12. Hulk

Clube Atlético Mineiro

Hulk Career

  • 1998–2000: Serrano-PB
  • 2000: Campinense
  • 2001–2002: Vilanovense
  • 2002: São Paulo
  • 2003–2004: Vitória
  • 2004–2006: Vitória
  • 2005: Kawasaki Frontale (loan)
  • 2006–2008: Kawasaki Frontale
  • 2006: Consadole Sapporo (loan)
  • 2007: Tokyo Verdy (loan)
  • 2008: Tokyo Verdy
  • 2008–2012: Porto
  • 2012–2016: Zenit Saint Petersburg
  • 2016–2020: Shanghai SIPG
  • 2021: Atlético Mineiro
  • 2012: Brazil Olympic (O.P.)
  • 2009–2021: Brazil

Hulk is a Brazilian forward who has played for Atlético Mineiro since joining in 2013. He made his debut with the club during the 2013 Copa Libertadores and scored against River Plate in the semi-final.

Hulk helped Atlético to win both of their 2014 Campeonato Brasileiro titles, scoring 19 goals along the way including two in the final against São Paulo which clinched victory on penalties after a 1–1 draw at full time.

In 2015 he signed for Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg where he won silverware with them, notably contributing 16 goals as they were runners up to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League Final.

After returning to Brazil following his stint abroad, Hulk rejoined Atlético Mineiro ahead of their 2018 season.[4] He has also represented Brazil at international level, making his senior debut back in 2009 and appearing at three World Cups (2014, 2018 & 2022).

Givanildo Vieira de Sousa was born on 25 July 1986,and is commonly known as "Hulk".[6][7]He began playing football aged six ,joining Serrano-PB before moving onto Campinense later that year.

In 2001 he joined Vitória SC,[10][11];scoring 13 times over two seasons before signing for São Paulo FC,[12]for whom he would score 21 league goals from 2004 until 2006.

It was while at these clubs that Hulk gained first team experience; appearing 45 times across all competitions between 2003 and 2005 whilst representing Brazil youth teams at various tournaments such as U17 South American Championships (2003) and U20 World Cup qualifiers (2004).'

On 26 August 2007 it was announced that Hulk had agreed terms with English Premier League side Manchester United; however, this move fell through due to visa complications.

Returning home once more – this time joining Racing Club de Avellaneda – it wasn’t long until European sides came calling once again: first Spanish outfit Real Madrid CF,[16][17], before finally agreeing on personal terms with Italian Serie A champions Juventus Football Club four days later.

Moving stateside yet again less than twelve months later when reigning Japanese J1 League champions Vissel Kobe Fc., managed by José Mourinho invited him into pre-season training prior to their 2008 campaign;the contract being.

13. Blaise Matuidi

France national football team

Blaise Matuidi Career

  • 1993–1998: US Fontenay-sous-Bois
  • 1998–2001: CO Vincennes
  • 2000–2003: INF Clairefontaine
  • 2001–2004: Créteil
  • 2004–2005: Troyes
  • 2004–2007: Troyes
  • 2007–2011: Saint-Étienne
  • 2011–2017: Paris Saint-Germain
  • 2017–2020: Juventus
  • 2020–2021: Inter Miami
  • 2006–2007: France U19
  • 2006–2009: France U21
  • 2010–2019: France

Matuidi is a midfielder for Paris Saint-Germain and has played for them since 2007. He started his career at US Fontenay-sous-Bois before moving to CO Vincennes, INF Clairefontaine and then Troyes.

Matuidi made his breakthrough with Saint-Étienne in 2004 where he helped the club win promotion to Ligue.

After three seasons with Saint-Étienne, Matuidi moved on to join PSG in 2007 and has since become an important part of their squad winning French cups in 2011 and 2012 as well as the Champions League in the 2014–15 season.

Blaise Matuidi is a French midfielder who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain. He has represented France at the international level, winning the World Cup in 2018 and UEFA European Championship in 2016. 

Outside of football, Blaise Matuidi is an ambassador for UNICEF and helps to promote awareness of child rights issues. In addition to his club career, he also played for Juventus between 2017-2020 before joining Inter Miami on a two-year deal in 2020-21.

Blessed with great passing ability and a strong work rate off the ball, Matuidi will be key player as PSG mount another assault on La Liga champions Barcelona this season.

14. Isaac Cuenca

FC Barcelona

Isaac Cuenca Career

  • 1998–2001: Juroca
  • 2001–2002: Espanyol
  • 2002–2005: Barcelona
  • 2005–2007: Santes Creus
  • 2007–2008: Reus
  • 2008–2009: Damm
  • 2009–2010: Barcelona
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2007: Reus: 0: (0)
  • 2010–2012: Barcelona B: 6: (2)
  • 2010–2011: → Sabadell (loan): 32: (5)
  • 2011–2014: Barcelona: 16: (2)
  • 2013: → Ajax (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2014–2015: Deportivo La Coruña: 27: (2)
  • 2015–2016: Bursaspor: 12: (1)
  • 2016–2017: Granada: 37: (4)
  • 2017–2018: Hapoel Be'er Sheva: 10: (2)
  • 2019: Sagan Tosu: 29: (6)
  • 2020–2021: Vegalta Sendai: 15: (0)
  • 2011: Spain U21: 2: (0)
  • 2012: Spain U23: 1: (0)
  • 2011: Catalonia: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 27 January 2021

Isaac Cuenca was born on 27 April 1991 in Reus, Spain. He started his youth career at Juroca before joining Espanyol in 2001. After two seasons with the "Blaugranas", he moved to Barcelona for a three-year spell between 2005 and 2007.

In 2008, Isaac transferred to Santes Creus where he spent one season before moving back to Barcelona again in 2009. 

In 2010, he joined Damm after leaving Barcelona once more and played for them until 2014 when he signed for Vegalta Sendai of Japan's J1 League championship division. Isaac Cuenca is a Spanish footballer who plays for Granada and the Spain national team.

He began his career at Barcelona, but had loan spells with Ajax and Deportivo La Coruña before joining Bursaspor in 2016. In 2017 he joined Hapoel Be'er Sheva on a permanent deal, before moving to Sagan Tosu in 2019. 

Isaac made his international debut in 2011 and has since played over 30 times for Spain's senior side including two appearances at the 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Luxembourg and Andorra respectively.

He is known as one of the most technically gifted midfielders in Europe, having been labelled "a midfielder with Xavi-like qualities" by former Barcelona teammate Cesc Fàbregas.

15. Jack Rodwell

England national football team

Jack Rodwell Career

  • 1998–2007: Everton
  • 2007–2012: Everton
  • 2012–2014: Manchester City
  • 2014–2018: Sunderland
  • 2018–2019: Blackburn Rovers
  • 2020–2021: Sheffield United
  • 2021–2022: Western Sydney Wanderers
  • 2022: Sydney FC
  • 2006–2007: England U16
  • 2007–2008: England U17
  • 2008–2009: England U19
  • 2009–2012: England U21
  • 2011–2013: England

Jack Rodwell is a 31-year-old English centre back who currently plays for Sydney FC. Jack Rodwell started his career at Everton, before moving to Manchester City in 2012.

In 2014, he joined Sunderland and has since made 67 appearances for the club. Rodwell was capped 16 times by England between 2007 and 2012, but has not represented his country since 2015 due to injury problems.

He has also been part of the England U21 team that won the 2010 European Championship title, as well as appearing at the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup and 2013.

Confederations Cup tournament Rodwell started his footballing career with Manchester City, making over 150 appearances for the club before being sold to Everton in 2013.

Rodwell made a big impact at Everton, winning several trophies with the club including the Premier League title and FA Cup. In January 2019, Rodwell announced that he was retiring from professional football after 11 years of playing professionally. 

Rodwell has also represented England on many occasions and played at UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2009 where they reached the final but lost to Sweden.

On 25 April 2022, Jack Rodwell retired from professional football after 11 years playing professionally and 21 clubs overall.

Also Played For: sydney fc, western sydney wanderers fc

16. Matija Nastasić

FC Schalke 04

Matija Nastasić Career

  • 2000–2008: ZSK Valjevo
  • 2008–2010: Partizan
  • 2010–2011: Partizan
  • 2010–2011: Teleoptik (loan)
  • 2011–2012: Fiorentina
  • 2012–2015: Manchester City
  • 2015–2021: Schalke 04
  • 2021–2022: Fiorentina
  • 2022: Mallorca
  • 2009–2010: Serbia U17
  • 2010–2011: Serbia U19
  • 2011–2013: Serbia U21
  • 2012: Serbia
  • Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 9 November 2022, National team caps and goals, correct as of 29 March 2022

Matija Nastasić is a Serbian football player who currently plays for Mallorca in the Spanish La Liga. Nastasić began his career with ZSK Valjevo, before moving to Partizan in 2008.

He made over 100 appearances for Partizan before joining Mallorca in 2018. Nastasić is typically deployed as a centre-back, but he has also been used at full-back and as a defensive midfielder on occasion.

Internationally, Nastasić has represented Serbia at youth level and played at the 2009 U-17 World Cup and the 2013 U-21 European Championship tournaments. 

Matija Nastasić was born on 28 March 1993 in Valjevo, Serbia, which makes him just 29 years old at this time (2019).

Nastasić holds dual citizenship with Serbia and FR Yugoslavia having lived there until he was six years old when his family moved to Germany due to political instability during the Yugoslav Wars of 1990–1999[3]. 

Matija's father Dragoslav played professional basketball for FMP Vojvodina.

His younger brother Jovan currently plays for Energie Cottbus of German second division Bundesliga. As an youngster, Matija trained regularly with Bayern Munich Youth Team players such as Phillip Lahm Thomas Muller,[10] Mario Mandzukic.

Toni Kroos Dante Arjen Robben Serge Gnabry among others - all of whom would go on to enjoy successful senior careers playing for clubs like FC Bayern München; Borussia Dortmund; Real Madrid CF; Manchester United FC etc.

while still maintaining their links within junior circles through coaching or mentorship opportunities offered by some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Also Played For: rcd mallorca

17. Magnus Wolff Eikrem

Molde FK

Magnus Wolff Eikrem Career

  • 2002–2006: Molde
  • 2006–2009: Manchester United
  • 2009–2011: Manchester United
  • 2011–2013: Molde
  • 2013–2014: Heerenveen
  • 2014: Cardiff City
  • 2015–2018: Malmö FF
  • 2018: Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2018–: Molde
  • 2007: Norway U17
  • 2008–2009: Norway U19
  • 2010–2013: Norway U21
  • 2012–: Norway
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16 October 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 25 September 2016

Magnus Wolff Eikrem was born in Molde, Norway on 8 August 1990. He started his career with Norwegian side Molde before moving to English club Manchester United in 2006.

After four years at Old Trafford, Magnus joined Norwegian side Rosenborg in 2009 where he has since made over 130 appearances and won three league titles and two cup competitions with the club.

In 2011, Magnus represented Norway U21s at the European Championships in Denmark where they reached the semi-finals after beating England 3–1 along the way. 

Currently playing for Norwegian side Molde, Magnus is a key part of their midfield and is often used as an attacking midfielder or forward when needed by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Magnus Wolff Eikrem started his senior career with Manchester United, but didn't make any appearances.

He then moved to Molde and made 68 apps in total before joining Cardiff City in 2013. Magnus Wolff Eikrem spent two seasons at the Bluebirds before moving back to Norway for a year with Malmö FF. In 2018, he joined Seattle Sounders FC where he has since made 15 app.

Also Played For: molde fk

18. Kyriakos Papadopoulos

Hamburger SV

Kyriakos Papadopoulos Career

  • 2000–2007: Svoronos Katerinis
  • 2007–2010: Olympiacos
  • 2007–2010: Olympiacos
  • 2010–2015: Schalke 04
  • 2014–2015: Bayer Leverkusen (loan)
  • 2015–2017: Bayer Leverkusen
  • 2016–2017: RB Leipzig (loan)
  • 2017: Hamburger SV (loan)
  • 2017–2020: Hamburger SV
  • 2020–2021: Lokomotiva
  • 2021: Al-Fayha
  • 2021–2022: Atromitos
  • 2022: FC U Craiova
  • 2008–2009: Greece U17
  • 2008–2010: Greece U19
  • 2008–2011: Greece U21
  • 2011: Greece
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15 October 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 5 September 2021

Kyriakos Papadopoulos is a Greek footballer who currently plays for Romanian club FC U Craiova. He began his career at Svoronos Katerinis, before moving to Olympiacos in 2007.

In 2010 he joined Craiova and has since made over 200 appearances for the club. Papadopoulos primarily plays as a centre back or defensive midfielder, but can also be used on the wing or up front as required by coach Lucian Butucaru.

He represented Greece at youth level, playing at UEFA Euro 2012. Kyriakos Papadopoulos was recently named captain of FC U Craiova after previous captains Gabriel Torje and Dacian Cioloș were sold to other clubs in January 2019. 

The 30-year-old is an established member of the national team and was part of their squads that reached the quarterfinals of both the 2018 FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship in 2016.

Also Played For: fc schalke 04, football manager 2013

19. Victor Moses

FC Spartak Moscow

Victor Moses Career

  • 2002–2007: Crystal Palace
  • 2007–2010: Crystal Palace
  • 2010–2012: Wigan Athletic
  • 2012–2021: Chelsea
  • 2013–2014: Liverpool (loan)
  • 2014–2015: Stoke City (loan)
  • 2015–2016: West Ham United (loan)
  • 2019–2020: Fenerbahçe (loan)
  • 2020: Inter Milan (loan)
  • 2020–2021: Spartak Moscow (loan)
  • 2021: Spartak Moscow
  • 2005: England U16
  • 2006–2007: England U17
  • 2008–2009: England U19
  • 2010: England U21
  • 2012–2018: Nigeria

Victor Moses is a Nigerian international footballer who currently plays for Spartak Moscow. Moses was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1990 and began his career at Crystal Palace in 2002.

He made his Chelsea debut in 2012 and has since played 87 games for the club, scoring seven goals. In 2021, he signed with Spartak Moscow after leaving Chelsea following two successful seasons with the Russian side.

Moses is known as an attacking midfielder who can play on either wing or as a forward; he has frequently been deployed as a winger by both managers of Chelsea under whom he has played professionally. 

He represented Nigeria at youth level before making his senior debut in 2007 and earning 58 caps over six years, including at the 2014 World Cup where they reached the quarter-finals before being eliminated by Argentina.

Despite this success, much media attention concerning him focuses on allegations that he owes money to criminals associated with football clubs across Europe (including Arsenal ).

This issue became well publicized following claims from former teammate John Terry about hs own dealings with criminal gangs. 

However,the accusations have never been proven beyond reasonable doubt and Moses continues to deny any wrongdoing despite mounting financial pressure from sponsors.

Also Played For: russian premier league, world cup nigeria

20. Panagiotis Tachtsidis

U.S. Lecce

Panagiotis Tachtsidis Career

  • 2005–2007: AEK Athens
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2007–2010: AEK Athens: 20: (2)
  • 2010–2012: Genoa: 0: (0)
  • 2010–2011: → Cesena (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2011: → Grosseto (loan): 8: (0)
  • 2011–2012: → Verona (loan): 39: (3)
  • 2012–2013: Roma: 21: (1)
  • 2013–2014: Catania: 12: (0)
  • 2014: → Torino (loan): 11: (1)
  • 2014–2016: Genoa: 24: (2)
  • 2014–2015: → Verona (loan): 35: (3)
  • 2016–2017: Torino: 0: (0)
  • 2016–2017: → Cagliari (loan): 26: (0)
  • 2017–2018: Olympiacos: 17: (0)
  • 2018–2019: Nottingham Forest: 0: (0)
  • 2019: → Lecce (loan): 17: (0)
  • 2019–2021: Lecce: 54: (1)
  • 2021–2022: Al-Fayha: 29: (1)
  • 2022–: Khor Fakkan: 7: (0)
  • 2005: Greece U17: 3: (1)
  • 2005–2010: Greece U19: 6: (2)
  • 2010–2012: Greece U21: 10: (0)
  • 2012–2018: Greece: 25: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 14 december 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 16 May 2018

Tachtsidis is a midfielder who has played for AEK Athens, Genoa and Cesena in the Italian Serie A. He joined Khor Fakkan in January 2013. Tachtsidis made his debut for Greece U21s against Hungary on 10 November 2011.

Tachtsidis started playing football at an early age with local side Nafplio FC before joining AEK Athens as a teenager in 2005. 

After two seasons at AEK, he moved to Italy to join Genoa where he remained for four years without making a single appearance for the club's first team despite being eligible to do so under rule-of-thumb regulations governing foreign players registered with clubs in Serie A during their loan spells away from their parent clubs.

In 2010, Tachtsidis signed for Cesena on loan and helped them reach promotion to Serie B that year; however, after just eight appearances he was recalled by Genoa due to financial constraints at Cesena and spent another season out of favor before signing permanently with Verona midway through 2012. 

21. Lewis Holtby

Germany national football team

Lewis Holtby Career

  • 1994–2001: Sparta Gerderath
  • 2001–2004: Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • 2004–2007: Alemannia Aachen
  • 2007–2009: Alemannia Aachen
  • 2009–2013: Schalke 04
  • 2010: VfL Bochum (loan)
  • 2010–2011: Mainz 05 (loan)
  • 2013–2015: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2014: Fulham (loan)
  • 2014–2015: Hamburger SV (loan)
  • 2015–2019: Hamburger SV
  • 2019–2021: Blackburn Rovers
  • 2021: Holstein Kiel
  • 2008: Germany U18
  • 2008–2009: Germany U19
  • 2009–2010: Germany U20
  • 2009–2013: Germany U21
  • 2010–2012: Germany
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 10:50, 10 October 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 14 June 2013

Lewis Holtby is a German midfielder who currently plays for Holstein Kiel. He began his career at Sparta Gerderath, before moving to Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2004.

Holtby made over 200 appearances for Gladbach before joining Alemannia Aachen in 2007. In 2011, he signed with Schalke 04 and helped the club win promotion to the Bundesliga that season.

Holtby has also represented Germany at under-21 level and was part of their victorious squad at the 2013 European Championships in France. 

As of October 2018, Holtby has made 133 appearances for Schalke 04 and scored 12 goals. Lewis Harry Holtby was born on September 18th 1990 in Erkelenz, West Germany.

Growing up he played football for local team SC Sparta Gerderath where he progressed through the youth ranks until making his professional debut aged just 17 years old against SV Wehen Wiesbaden. 

The following year saw him sign for 2nd division side Borussia Mönchengladbach - this was an important move as it meant that from then on he would have regular first-team football; something which would be vital later on during his time playing professionally.

After impressing during loan spells with 1st division clubs FC Eintracht Trier (2005) and FSV Mainz 05 (2006), Lewis finally moved to top flight side Borussia Dortmund.

When they purchased 50% of his contract from Gladbach, but this wasn’t long lasting as after only 11 games across all competitions including two starts in Champions League group stage matches, injury forced him into surgery which ruled him out indefinitely.

This setback caused further complications within negotiations between both clubs so eventually it came down to a head-to-head battle between BMG & Schwarzgelben Troisdorf - Dortmund lost 4–0.

Ultimately due together injuries sustained whilst still registered with Gladbach signing permanently with Alemanna Aachen became possible though initially not without some controversy as many felt that Gelsenkirchen had reneged on their promise of giving young.

Lewis enough game time before selling him off; nonetheless things worked out well With 3 promotions earned throughout his 5 year senior career thus.

Also Played For: hamburger sv

22. Davide Santon

Newcastle United F.C.

Davide Santon Career

  • 1999–2005: Ravenna
  • 2005–2008: Inter Milan
  • 2008–2011: Inter Milan
  • 2011: → Cesena (loan)
  • 2011–2015: Newcastle United
  • 2015–2018: Inter Milan
  • 2018–2022: Roma
  • 2007: Italy U16
  • 2007–2008: Italy U17
  • 2008: Italy U20
  • 2009–2013: Italy U21
  • 2009–2013: Italy
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Davide Santon is a full-back who has played for Inter Milan and Ravenna in his youth career. Santon made his Serie A debut with Inter Milan in 2009, playing 18 games that season before being loaned out to Ravenna the following year.

He returned to Inter in 2011 and started 32 of their 38 league games that season as they finished second behind Juventus. 

In 2012, he signed for newly promoted Catania but struggled to hold down a regular spot at the club and was released after one season having made only 16 appearances.

Santon then joined Fiorentina on loan for the 2014–15 campaign, making 25 appearances as they narrowly avoided relegation from Serie A; however, he was not offered a contract by Fiorentina when his loan expired at the end of the season so left without any clubs knowing about it.

Santon represented Italy U21s at various levels throughout 2008 and 2009 before making his senior international debut against Macedonia on 10 October 2009.

Santon won both Coppa Italia (2012) and Supercoppa Italiana (2013) while playing for Internazionale.

23. Abel Hernández

Sport Club Internacional

Abel Hernández Career

  • 2000–2001: Peñarol
  • 2001–2006: Central Español
  • 2006–2008: Central Español
  • 2008–2009: Peñarol
  • 2009–2014: Palermo
  • 2014–2018: Hull City
  • 2018–2019: CSKA Moscow
  • 2019–2020: Al Ahli
  • 2020–2021: Internacional
  • 2021: Fluminense
  • 2022: Atlético San Luis
  • 2008–2010: Uruguay U20
  • 2012: Uruguay Olympic
  • 2010–2017: Uruguay

Abel Hernández is a Uruguayan striker who has played for Central Español, Peñarol and Palermo in his career. He signed for Hull City in August 2018 after leaving Palermo the previous month.

In 36 appearances for Hull City, he has scored 99 goals. Abel Hernández was born on 8 August 1990 in Pando, Uruguay.[1] He started his career with Peñarol before joining Central Español in 2006.

He spent four seasons at Central Español before moving to Serie A side Palermo in 2009.[2] After two seasons with Palermo, Abel moved to English side Hull City in 2014 where he has since been a regular starter.

Abel Hernández is an Uruguayan international footballer who plays as a striker for Internacional and the Uruguay national team.

He began his career with Club Atlético San Luis, before joining Internacional in 2016. Abel has represented Uruguay at Copa América twice, most notably winning the tournament in 2011 with Argentina. 

With 36 goals from 25 appearances for Internacional, Abel is one of the club's all-time leading scorers. He made his debut for Uruguay in 2008 and has since gone on to make 29 appearances and score 11 goals for his country.

24. Eliaquim Mangala

France national football team

Eliaquim Mangala Career

  • 1996–2002: AC Lustin
  • 2002–2004: CS Wépionnais
  • 2004–2007: UR Namur
  • 2007–2008: Standard Liège
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2008–2011: Standard Liège: 77: (2)
  • 2011–2014: Porto: 51: (6)
  • 2014–2019: Manchester City: 57: (0)
  • 2016–2017: → Valencia (loan): 30: (2)
  • 2018: → Everton (loan): 2: (0)
  • 2019–2021: Valencia: 15: (0)
  • 2022: Saint-Étienne: 14: (1)
  • 2009–2012: France U21: 21: (2)
  • 2013–2016: France: 8: (0)

Mangala is a French centre-back who has played for Standard Liège, UR Namur and AC Lustin in his career. Mangala signed with Porto in the summer of 2013 and made his debut for the club on 14 September 2013 against Boavista.

Mangala helped Porto to win their first ever Primeira Liga title in 2014–15 and also reached the Portuguese Cup final that season, where they were beaten 2–1 by Benfica. 

In 2015–16, Mangala helped Porto retain their league crown as well as reach another cup final, this time winning the Taça de Portugal against Braga after a penalty shootout following a 1–1 draw at normal time.

On 13 July 2017, it was announced that Mangala had joined Manchester United on an £85 million transfer fee,[4][5] making him the most expensive defender in history.

He made his competitive debut for United three days later against Valencia.[7] Having been an integral part of both Manchester United's Premier League and Europa League successes during his first two seasons with them.

He was named PFA Players' Player of The Year 2018 after helping lead United to victory over Ajax in the Europa League Final.

25. Jano Ananidze

FC Spartak Moscow

Jano Ananidze Career

  • 2002–2003: Shukura Kobuleti
  • 2003–2005: Norchi Dinamo Tbilisi
  • 2005–2007: Dynamo Kyiv
  • 2007–2009: Spartak Moscow
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2019: Spartak Moscow: 122: (12)
  • 2013–2014: → Rostov (loan): 22: (3)
  • 2019: → Krylia Sovetov Samara (loan): 8: (1)
  • 2020: Anorthosis Famagusta: 6: (0)
  • 2020: Rotor Volgograd: 0: (0)
  • 2021–2022: Dinamo Tbilisi: 1: (0)
  • 2021–2022: FC Dynamo Batumi: 5: (0)
  • Total: : 164: (16)
  • 2007: Georgia U-16: 4: (3)
  • 2007-2009: Georgia U-17: 13: (0)
  • 2009: Georgia U-19: 2: (1)
  • 2009–2013: Georgia U-21: 6: (2)
  • 2009–: Georgia: 43: (7)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Jano Ananidze is a talented attacking midfielder who currently plays for Krylia Sovetov. Jano Ananidze started his career with Shukura Kobuleti in 2002 and went on to play for Norchi Dinamo Tbilisi, Dynamo Kyiv, and Spartak Moscow before joining Krylia Sovetov in 2019.

Jano Ananidze has helped Krylia Sovetov reach the Russian Premier League playoffs twice during his time at the club. Jano Ananidze is known for his ability to create chances and score goals from midfield; he also has good passing skills and can get forward quickly as a result.

As an attacking midfielder, it's likely that Jano Ananidze will continue to feature prominently for Krylia Sovetov next season - although he may be challenged by new signings made by the club this summer.

Jano Ananidze is a Georgian footballer who currently plays for Krylia Sovetov Samara in Russia's Premier League.

He has played for Rostov, Dinamo Tbilisi and FC Dynamo Batumi during his career so far. Jano Ananidze was born on October 10th, 1990 in the town of Mtskheta, Georgia. 

He made his international debut for Georgia in 2007 and went on to play 43 times for his country over the following nine years before retiring from international football at the end of 2013 due to injury.

After retirement from international football, Jano Ananidze signed with Krylia Sovetov Samara where he has since helped them win promotion back to Russia's top flight after spending two seasons in the second tier previously.

26. Fabio Borini

Italy national football team

Fabio Borini Career

  • 2001–2007: Bologna
  • 2007–2009: Chelsea
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2011: Chelsea: 4: (0)
  • 2011: → Swansea City (loan): 9: (6)
  • 2011–2012: Parma: 0: (0)
  • 2011–2012: → Roma (loan): 24: (9)
  • 2012–2015: Liverpool: 25: (2)
  • 2013–2014: → Sunderland (loan): 32: (7)
  • 2015–2018: Sunderland: 50: (7)
  • 2017–2018: → Milan (loan): 29: (2)
  • 2018–2020: Milan: 22: (2)
  • 2020: Hellas Verona: 14: (3)
  • 2020–: Fatih Karagümrük: 53: (19)
  • 2008–2009: Italy U17: 7: (1)
  • 2009–2010: Italy U19: 5: (3)
  • 2009–2013: Italy U21: 18: (6)
  • 2012: Italy: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20 December 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 29 February 2012

Fabio Borini is a Italian international footballer who plays for Turkish club Fatih Karagümrük. He began his career at hometown club Bentivoglio before moving to Bologna in 2001.

In 2007, he joined Chelsea and made over 130 appearances for the Premier League side before joining Sunderland on loan in January 2016. Borini was born on March 29th 1991, making him 31 years old as of 2019.

Fabio Borini has played for Italy at various youth levels including Under-21s and Under-23s level, but has never made an appearance for the senior side yet.

After leaving Chelsea in 2009, Borini spent time out on loan with several clubs before signing permanently with Blackpool in 2012 where he spent two seasons scoring 26 goals from 67 appearances overall.

This included hat tricks against Swansea City and Hull City which helped keep The Seasiders up from League One during 2014/15 season after they were relegated from Championship the year prior.

Finally arriving back at Serie A powerhouse Milan on 1 July 2017, it wasn’t long until Borini found the net again – this time finding the back of the net three times within his opening six games (two goals vs Roma.

Helping steer Milan away from relegation worries early into their campaign although they would finish 18th due to other results going their way that month. On 13 August 2018.

Fabio scored twice against Livorno Football Club securing a 3–1 victory that moved Milan top of Serie A table heading into match day 5 - their first win since 30 May 2018 when they beat Atalanta 2–0.

Notably however this was also only his second ever competitive goal outside of UEFA competition having netted once previously while playing for Liverpool U23's back in December 2013 against Cardiff City U23's[6] thus far featuring 97 Apps & 34 Goals across all competitions.

27. Mário Fernandes


Mário Fernandes Career

  • 2006–2009: São Caetano
  • 2009: Grêmio
  • 2009–2012: Grêmio
  • 2012: CSKA Moscow
  • 2022:  Internacional (loan)
  • 2014: Brazil
  • 2017–2021: Russia
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21 May 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 1 September 2021

Mário Figueira Fernandes is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays for Internacional. He has played primarily as a right-back but can also operate in other positions on the pitch.

Fernandes made his senior debut with CSKA Moscow in 2011, and went on to play for several other Russian clubs before joining Internacional in 2019. 

He has represented Brazil at under-20, under-23 and senior level, winning the Copa América Centenario in 2016 and being named player of the tournament.

Fernandes was born and raised in São Caetano do Sul, where he started playing football with local club Resende FC before moving to CSKA Moscow aged 18 years old. 

After making over 100 appearances for CSKA Moscow between 2011 and 2018, Fernandes joined Internacional ahead of the 2019 season.

Also Played For: pfc cska moscow

28. Alen Stevanović

Serbia national football team

Alen Stevanović Career

  • : Radnički Beograd
  • : Radnički Obrenovac
  • 2009: Inter Milan
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2008–2009: Radnički Obrenovac: 12: (0)
  • 2009–2010: Inter Milan: 1: (0)
  • 2010–2015: Torino: 57: (5)
  • 2011: → Toronto FC (loan): 12: (0)
  • 2013–2014: → Palermo (loan): 21: (0)
  • 2014–2015: → Bari (loan): 16: (1)
  • 2015: → Spezia (loan): 9: (1)
  • 2015–2017: Partizan: 37: (5)
  • 2018: Shonan Bellmare: 8: (2)
  • 2019: Wisła Płock: 10: (1)
  • 2021–2022: Tsarsko Selo: 21: (1)
  • 2022–: IMT: 23: (5)
  • 2010: Serbia U21: 1: (0)
  • 2012–2013: Serbia: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 30 August 2022

Alen Stevanović is a Swiss-born left winger who currently plays for Italian side IMT. He began his career with Serbian side Radnički Beograd before moving to Inter Milan in 2009.

Stevanović made an impact at Inter, winning the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana during his time there. In 2015, he signed for Torino where he has since played 67 games and scored 13 goals.

Alen Stevanović was born on January 7th 1991, which makes him just 32 years old as of writing this article. Alen Stevanović is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for club Shonan Bellmare and the Serbia national team.

Stevanovic made his professional debut in 2010 with Radnički Obrenovac, before joining Serie A club Inter Milan on loan in 2011. He joined Torino in 2013 and helped them win the Italian Cup that season. 

In 2014, he signed for Palermo on loan but was recalled by Torino after just one month due to an injury to first-choice 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

He returned to Palermo permanently in 2015 where he experienced relegation from Serie A and again rejoined Torino later that year; this time helping them win promotion back to Serie A at the first attempt.

Stevanovic has also played for Bari, Spezia and Tsarsko Selo over the course of his career, as well as representing Serbia at U21 level, making him one of few players born outside of Yugoslavia or Russia to play international football at senior level.

He announced his retirement from international football following their unsuccessful qualification campaign for Euro 2020.

29. Zakaria Labyad

AFC Ajax

Zakaria Labyad Career

  • USV Elinkwijk
  • 2004–2009 : PSV
  • Years: Team
  • 2010–2012: PSV
  • 2012–2016: Sporting CP
  • 2014–2015:  Vitesse (loan)
  • 2016:  Fulham (loan)
  • 2017–2018: FC Utrecht
  • 2018–2022: Ajax
  • 2009: Netherlands U17
  • 2011–2012: Morocco U23
  • 2012 : Morocco
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:29, 13 December 2021 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 10

Zakaria Labyad is an attacking midfielder who joined Utrecht in 2017. He started his youth career with USV Elinkwijk, before joining PSV in 2009. Zakaria made his senior debut for PSV in 2012 and has since played for AZ, FC Twente, Feyenoord Rotterdam, Vitesse Arnhem and Utrecht.

Labyad was part of the Netherlands under-21 team that qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup but failed to make an appearance at the tournament itself due to injury. 

In 2017 he joined FC Utrecht on a two-year contract and helped them reach the Eredivisie playoffs where they were eventually eliminated by Ajax Amsterdam in penalties after a 2–2 aggregate draw Zakaria Labyad is a Moroccan international footballer who currently plays for Ajax.

He made his professional debut with PSV in 2010 and has since played for Sporting CP, Vitesse, Fulham, and FC Utrecht. Zakaria Labyad was born on October 3rd, 1995 in the city of Casablanca. 

Zakaria Labyad started playing football at an early age with local club Raja Casablanca before moving to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in 2009 where he would make over 100 appearances between U-17s and U23s levels before making his senior debut in 2012. 

In December 2016, it was announced that Zakaria had signed a three year contract with Portuguese giants Sporting CP after impressing during a loan spell at Vitesse earlier that season scoring 11 goals in 45 appearances including.

Europa League matches against Atlético Madrid and Villarreal CF respectively; however, following Sporting's relegation from the Primeira Liga Rabbia rescinded the player's contract two months later as they looked to rebuild their team around younger players such as Adrien Silva and Bruno Fernandes rather than older ones like Labyad (who was 24 years old).

After leaving Portugal, Zakarias moved back to Holland this time signing for reigning Eredivisie champions Ajax ahead of the 2017/2018 season.

Where he again found himself competing for first-team minutes alongside talismanic forwards wijnaldum & De Bruyne amongst others but still managed 43 league appearances scoring 14 goals.

Enough to be named 2018/2019 Pro Soccer Player of The Year by Voetbal International magazine having also been nominated for both MVP awards as well as Goal of The Year accolades which went to teammate De Bruyne’s goal against Feyenoord Rotterdam on April 27th 2019.

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30. Cristian Tello

Los Angeles FC

Cristian Tello Career

  • 1999–2002: Can Rull
  • 2002–2008: Barcelona
  • 2007–2008: Damm (loan)
  • 2008–2010: Espanyol
  • 2010: Espanyol B
  • 2010–2012: Barcelona B
  • 2011–2017: Barcelona
  • 2014–2016: Porto (loan)
  • 2016–2017: Fiorentina (loan)
  • 2017–2022: Betis
  • 2022: Los Angeles FC
  • 2010: Spain U19
  • 2011: Spain U20
  • 2012–2013: Spain U21
  • 2012: Spain U23
  • 2013: Spain
  • 2013: Catalonia
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 13:48, 27 December 2022 (UTC)

Cristian Tello was born on 11 August 1991 in Sabadell, Spain. He started his career playing for Can Rull before joining Barcelona in 2002. In 2008, he moved to Espanyol and played there until 2010.

Cristian Tello joined Los Angeles FC ahead of the 2018 season and has been a regular starter for them so far this season. Cristian Tello is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Liga club Barcelona and the Spain national team.

Cristian Tello started his career at Espanyol, before moving to Barcelona in 2010. He has since made over 100 appearances for the Blaugrana and won multiple trophies, including La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. 

In August 2017 he joined Serie A side Fiorentina on loan until the end of the season.

The following year he signed with Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). With Catalonia he played three times during 2013-14; scoring once against Andorra in a qualifying match for Euro 2016 qualifiers. 

At the international level, Cristian Tello has represented Spain at U19s, U20s and U21s levels before making his senior debut in 2012 under Vicente del Bosque’s management; going on to win silverware at all levels except for Euro 2016 where they were eliminated by Portugal in the semi-finals.

He was included in Fernando Hierro’s final 23 man squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia but did not make an appearance due to injury.

Also Played For: real betis balompié

31. Luciano Narsingh


Luciano Narsingh Career

  • : Zeeburgia
  • : AZ
  • : Ajax
  • 2006–2008: Heerenveen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2008–2012: Heerenveen: 62: (13)
  • 2012–2017: PSV: 115: (21)
  • 2012–2017: Jong PSV: 3: (3)
  • 2017–2019: Swansea City: 33: (1)
  • 2019–2021: Feyenoord: 24: (3)
  • 2021: → Twente (loan): 17: (1)
  • 2022: Sydney FC: 10: (1)
  • 2022–: Miedź Legnica: 13: (3)
  • 2022: Miedź Legnica II: 1: (0)
  • 2008: Netherlands U18: 2: (0)
  • 2008–2009: Netherlands U19: 10: (0)
  • 2010: Netherlands U20: 1: (0)
  • 2010–2012: Netherlands U21: 10: (1)
  • 2012–2016: Netherlands: 19: (4)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 28 November 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 7 October 2016

Luciano Narsingh is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a winger for Miedź Legnica. He made his debut in the Eredivisie for Ajax in 2006 and has since played for AZ, Heerenveen, PSV and Legnica.

Luciano Narsingh was born on 13 September 1990 in Amsterdam, Netherlands to Surinamese parents. At the age of 17, he moved to Zeeburgia where he spent two seasons before joining Ajax's youth academy in 2002.

After making his first-team début with Ajax during the 2006–07 season, he went on to play 106 times over five years at the Amsterdam Arena scoring 10 goals including four Champions League appearances against Manchester United (2007), Barcelona (2008), Madrid (2010) and Atlético Madrid (2012).

In July 2014, it was announced that Narsingh had joined PSV from Ajax for €8 million.[3] He would spend one year at Philips Stadion before moving back to Poland and signing for Miedź Legnica ahead of the 2017–18 campaign.

With six caps for Holland,[6] Luciano Narsingh represented his country at Euro 2012[7][8], FIFA World Cup 2014[9], UEFA European Championship 2016 [10], Copa América Centenario 2019[11]and will represent them again at EURO 2020 Qualifiers.

On 24 March 2018 he scored an own goal which allowed Valencia CF win 3-1 away from home; this match ended up being Valencia CF's last game ever due to their financial problems.[13] Luciano started playing football when aged 6 with local side 'Zeeburgia'.

He then switched allegiance to AZ becoming captain while still only 16 years old -AZ finished 3rd consecutive time Johan Cruijff Shield winners under his leadership between 2004 & 2007.

Joined club Feyenoord Rotterdam after leaving AZ but returned 1 week later due by manager Frank de Boer Following loans spell at Groningen & Heracles Almelo signs permanently 4 months prior final league game of 07-08 season For FC.

Twente and signed until 2013 England U21 International Signs 5 year deal @ £2million per annum with Queens Park Rangers following loan spells back 2nd half 2010′s At QPR won championship.

32. Ezequiel Muñoz

CD Leganés

Ezequiel Muñoz Career

  • 2004–2007: Boca Juniors
  • 2008–2010: Boca Juniors
  • 2010–2015: Palermo
  • 2015: Sampdoria (loan)
  • 2015–2017: Genoa
  • 2017–2019: Leganés
  • 2019–2020: Lanús
  • 2020–2021: Independiente
  • 2022–: Estudiantes
  • 2007: Argentina U17
  • 2009: Argentina U20
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 09:07, 21 March 2022 (UTC)

Ezequiel Muñoz is a central defender who currently plays for Estudiantes. He made his professional debut with Boca Juniors in 2004 and has since played for Racing, Independiente, Club Atlético River Plate, Valencia and Estudiantes.

Ezequiel was born in Pergamino, Argentina in 1990 and started playing football at an early age with local side Huracán de Pergamino. 

In 2004 he signed for top-flight club Boca Juniors and quickly became a key player for the team; he would stay at the club until 2007 when he moved to Racing Club de Avellaneda.

After leaving Racing, Muñoz spent two seasons with Independiente before joining Club Atlético River Plate in 2010; here he helped the team win promotion to La Liga during.

His first season at the club and also reached the Copa Libertadores final that year as they lost 3–1 on aggregate to Santos Laguna (their opponents again this year).

In January 2013 Muñoz joined Valencia but only lasted one season there before returning to Estudiantes – where he had originally began his career – midway through 2013/14 campaign.

Having enjoyed another successful spell back at Estudiantes which culminated in them winning both their domestic cup competitions (the Apertura 2016 edition of la Copa Sudamericana and Torneo Federal A 2017).

Muñoz announced his retirement from professional football after 18 years on 8 October 2017.

Also Played For: palermo f.c

33. Jordy Clasie

AZ Alkmaar

Jordy Clasie Career

  • 2000–2010: Feyenoord
  • 2010–2015: Feyenoord
  • 2010–2011: Excelsior (loan)
  • 2015–2019: Southampton
  • 2017–2018: Club Brugge (loan)
  • 2018–2019: Feyenoord (loan)
  • 2019: AZ
  • 2008–2009: Netherlands U18
  • 2009–2010: Netherlands U19
  • 2010–2013: Netherlands U21
  • 2012: Netherlands

Jordy Clasie is a Dutch defensive midfielder who currently plays for AZ. Jordy started his career at Feyenoord before moving to Excelsior on loan in 2010.

He made 129 appearances for Feyenoord and also had two loans, firstly with Excelsior and then Inter Milan. In 2015, he joined newly promoted AZ and has since played over 100 times for the club, winning the Eredivisie title in 2017/18 after an unbeaten season.

Clasie is known as a composed player with good passing ability; he has been compared to former Southampton midfielder Frank Lampard.

He was named in Netherlands' squad for the 2018 World Cup but did not make an appearance due to injury. Jordy married his long-time girlfriend Shani Weitzman in May 2019 and they have one child together (born in December 2019).

Clasie represented Holland at youth level before making his senior debut in November 2010 against Spain.

Also Played For: feyenoord

34. Mattia Destro

Italy national football team

Mattia Destro Career

  • 2004–2005: Ascoli
  • 2005–2010: Internazionale
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2011: Genoa: 16: (2)
  • 2011–2012: Siena: 30: (12)
  • 2012–2015: Roma: 57: (24)
  • 2015: → Milan (loan): 15: (3)
  • 2015–2020: Bologna: 105: (29)
  • 2020: → Genoa (loan): 8: (0)
  • 2020–2022: Genoa: 56: (20)
  • 2022–: Empoli: 6: (1)
  • 2006–2007: Italy U16: 12: (5)
  • 2007–2008: Italy U17: 9: (5)
  • 2009: Italy U18: 1: (1)
  • 2008–2010: Italy U19: 14: (16)
  • 2010–2013: Italy U21: 15: (5)
  • 2012–2014: Italy: 8: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 13:09, 9 October 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 22 December 2017

Mattia Destro is a footballer who has played for Empoli in the Italian Serie A. He made his debut for Internazionale aged just 16, and went on to make over 100 appearances for the club across five seasons.

In 2014, he joined Roma where he continued to play regularly throughout the season, scoring 14 goals in all competitions. Mattia Destro was born in Ascoli Piceno, Italy in 1991 and began his career at local side Ascoli Piceno before joining Internazionale in 2005.

After playing 102 times for Inter during 5 seasons he signed with Roma ahead of their 2016-17 season and has since been an important part of their attack alongside Edin Džeko & Mohamed Salah Mattia Destro is a very talented Italian footballer who has played for several top clubs, including Genoa and Roma.

He is known for his powerful shooting abilities, as well as his excellent dribbling skills and passing ability. 

Mattia Destro made his international debut in 2012 and has since represented Italy at various levels, including the U21 team. In 2015 he was loaned to Milan where he helped them win the Serie A title that season.

The following year he returned to Genoa and continued to be one of their key players; however, in 2020 he was loaned out again to Bologna before returning once more to Genoa later that year. Mattia Destro is currently contracted with Genoa until 2022.

35. Joel Obi

Nigeria national football team

Joel Obi Career

  • 2005–2010: Internazionale
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2015: Internazionale: 50: (1)
  • 2013–2014: → Parma (loan): 8: (0)
  • 2015–2018: Torino: 52: (6)
  • 2018–2021: Chievo: 71: (6)
  • 2019: → Alanyaspor (loan): 2: (0)
  • 2021–2022: Salernitana: 21: (0)
  • 2022–: Reggina: 1: (0)
  • 2011–: Nigeria: 17: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 7 November 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 14 September 2019

Joel Obi was born in Lagos, Nigeria on May 22nd 1991. He started his career at Nigerian side Enyimba International before moving to Italian Serie A club Inter Milan in 2010.

In 2011 he moved to Italian side Reggina and has since made 118 appearances for the Sicilians scoring 14 goals. Obi made his international debut for Nigeria in March of 2012 against Ethiopia and has since been a regular starter for the national team.

He represented Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations where they reached the semi-finals but were knocked out by Ivory Coast on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the final match of group stage play.

After missing out on qualification for next year's World Cup, Obi is looking forward to representing his country again at this year's African Championships which take place from January 15th - February 5th.

36. Rômulo

Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense

Rômulo Career

  • 2004–2009: Porto de Caruaru
  • 2009–2010: Vasco da Gama
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2012: Vasco da Gama: 106: (8)
  • 2012–2016: Spartak Moscow: 69: (4)
  • 2017–2019: Flamengo: 39: (1)
  • 2019: → Grêmio (loan): 30: (2)
  • 2020–2021: Shijiazhuang Ever Bright: 17: (0)
  • 2021: Vasco da Gama: 21: (0)
  • 2012: Brazil U23: 6: (1)
  • 2011–2012: Brazil: 9: (1)

Rômulo Borges Monteiro is a Brazilian defensive midfielder who currently plays for Vasco da Gama. He started his career at Porto de Caruaru before moving to Vazco da Gama in 2009.

Rômulo has made over 100 appearances for Vasco and is considered one of their key players. In 2015, he joined Spartak Moscow on a season-long loan deal. 

Rômulo was part of Brazil's squad that competed at the Copa America Centenario which they reached the semi-finals of where they lost to Chile Rômulo is a versatile player who can play in any of the back four positions.

He has made over 100 appearances for Vasco da Gama and has been an important part of their recent success. Rômulo was Brazil's under-23 captain in 2012, and he has since gone on to represent his country at the senior level. 

He is known for his positional sense as well as his strength and aerial ability, which makes him a threat both defensively and offensively. Rômulo will join Flamengo on loan next season, where he will hope to help them win the Brasileirão title once again.

37. Gastón Ramírez

U.C. Sampdoria

Gastón Ramírez Career

  • 2005–2008: Peñarol
  • 2008–2010: Peñarol
  • 2010–2012: Bologna
  • 2012–2016: Southampton
  • 2014–2015: Hull City (loan)
  • 2016: Middlesbrough (loan)
  • 2016–2017: Middlesbrough
  • 2017–2021: Sampdoria
  • 2021–2022: Monza
  • 2022: Virtus Entella
  • 2009: Uruguay U20
  • 2012: Uruguay Olympic
  • 2010–2018: Uruguay
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23 October 2022

Gastón Ramírez is an attacking midfielder who currently plays for Virtus Entella. Gastón Ramírez started his career at Peñarol before moving to Italian side Virtus Entella in 2016.

Gastón Ramírez has played for Uruguay at various youth levels, including the under-20 World Cup in 2010 and the under-23 European Championship in 2012. 

The 32-year-old was a key player for Uruguay as they reached the Copa America final last year, where they were beaten by Chile on penalties after a 0–0 draw in the semi-final stage.

Gastón Ramírez is an Uruguayan footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Italian club Sampdoria and the Uruguay national team. Gastón Ramírez was born in Montevideo on 10 March 1990. 

At the international level, he has represented Uruguay at under-20 and Olympic levels, before making his senior debut in 2009. He spent two seasons with Bologna before moving to Southampton in 2012.

After spending time on loan at Hull City and Middlesbrough, he rejoined Sampdoria for the 2016–17 season where he helped them to win Serie A title that year and reach the UEFA Europa League semi-finals later that season. 

In 2018, Ramirez joined Virtus Entella but left after one season due to disagreements over contract terms.

Also Played For: conmebol

38. Negueba

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo


  • 2001–2011: Flamengo
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2014: Flamengo: 45: (0)
  • 2013: → São Paulo (loan): 5: (0)
  • 2015–2016: Coritiba: 28: (3)
  • 2016: Grêmio: 11: (1)
  • 2017: Atlético Goianiense: 11: (0)
  • 2017: Ponte Preta: 4: (0)
  • 2017: → Londrina (loan): 14: (2)
  • 2018–2019: Gyeongnam: 47: (6)
  • 2020: Gyeongnam: 19: (2)
  • 2021: Incheon United: 31: (2)
  • 2022: Criciúma: 6: (0)
  • 2022–: Port: 2: (1)
  • 2011: Brazil U20: 7: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 18 September 2022 (UTC)

Negueba is a Brazilian winger who currently plays for Port. He has also played for Flamengo, and was part of the Brazil U-20 squad that won the 2011 South American Youth Championship.

Negueba started his senior career with Flamengo in 2001, before moving toPort in 2012. He made his debut for Port in a 2–1 defeat against Sydney FC on 5 February 2013. 

Negueba has been capped at international level by Brazil U-20s, making appearances at the 2011 South American Youth Championship and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

In December 2016, it was announced that Negueba had signed a three-and-a-half year contract extension with Port Adelaide which will keep him at the club until 2021 Negueba started his career at Brazilian club Flamengo. 

In 2016, he transferred to Grêmio where he has since made 11 appearances. Negueba is also a member of the Brazil U20 national team, having played 7 games for them between 2011 and 2012.

He signed with Ponte Preta in 2017 but only stayed for 4 months before moving to Londrina on loan. There, he helped the club win promotion to the top flight of Brazil for the first time in their history. 

In early 2019, Negueba joined Gyeongnam FC as they prepared for their debut season in South Korea's K-League 1 league.

39. Ola John

Netherlands national football team

Ola John Career

  • 1998–2002: DES Nijverdal
  • 2002–2010: Twente
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2012: Twente: 46: (9)
  • 2012–2018: Benfica: 55: (3)
  • 2014: → Hamburger SV (loan): 8: (0)
  • 2015–2016: → Reading (loan): 28: (4)
  • 2016–2017: → Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan): 2: (0)
  • 2017: → Deportivo La Coruña (loan): 11: (0)
  • 2018: Benfica B: 1: (1)
  • 2018–2020: Vitória Guimarães: 42: (1)
  • 2020–2021: RKC Waalwijk: 23: (2)
  • 2021–: Al-Hazem: 17: (5)
  • 2009: Netherlands U17: 3: (1)
  • 2010–2011: Netherlands U19: 9: (3)
  • 2011–2014: Netherlands U21: 15: (1)
  • 2013: Netherlands: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 09:39, 19 February 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 6 February 2014

Ola John is a Liberian international footballer who has played for Al-Hazem and Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie. Ola John joined Twente from DES Nijverdal in 2002, making over 150 appearances for the club before leaving at the end of 2010–11 season.

In 2011, John signed with Al-Hazem but left after only one year to join Danish side FC Midtjylland on a three-year deal. 

With 16 goals in 61 appearances for Midtjylland since joining, he has been an important part of their successful campaign so far this season as they attempt to win back promotion to Denmark's top flight Liga 1 ahead of schedule.

Ola John was born in Zwedru, Liberia and represented his country at youth level before breaking into the senior team during 2004 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Comoros and Mauritius aged just 19 years old.

He later captained Liberia at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Tournament scoring two goals en route to winning silverware – their first ever continental title[3].

Outside football, Ola John is interested in music having started DJing when he was still a teenager[4], styling himself "the prince of bass.

He released his debut album Unforgettable Memories Vol 1 featuring collaborations from some of Liberia's biggest stars such as Wyclef Jean and Sean Paul which charted well on iTunes across Europe.

As well as being highly respected within Liberian football circles – where he is often referred to by fans simply as "John" – there are plenty who believe that Ola John could be Sudanese midfielder Mohamed Salah's natural successor should Egypt qualify for next year's World Cup Finals.

40. Alexander Merkel

Gaziantep F.K.

Alexander Merkel Career

  • 1999: Okzhetpes
  • 1999–2003: JSG Westerwald
  • 2003–2008: VfB Stuttgart
  • 2008–2009: Milan
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2011: Milan: 6: (0)
  • 2011–2013: Genoa: 19: (1)
  • 2012: → Milan (loan): 1: (0)
  • 2013–2016: Udinese: 6: (0)
  • 2014: → Watford (loan): 11: (1)
  • 2014–2015: → Grasshopper (loan): 6: (0)
  • 2016: Pisa: 0: (0)
  • 2016–2018: VfL Bochum: 13: (0)
  • 2018: Admira Wacker: 15: (1)
  • 2018–2020: Heracles Almelo: 59: (2)
  • 2020–: Gaziantep: 28: (1)
  • 2007: Germany U15: 2: (0)
  • 2007–2008: Germany U16: 15: (1)
  • 2008: Germany U17: 3: (0)
  • 2009: Germany U18: 2: (0)
  • 2010–2011: Germany U19: 2: (1)
  • 2011: Germany U20: 1: (0)
  • 2015–: Kazakhstan: 3: (0)

Alexander Merkel is a midfielder currently playing for Gaziantep. He began his career with Okzhetpes before moving to JSG Westerwald, VfB Stuttgart and then Milan.

Merkel has made 19 appearances for Genoa since joining them in 2011. His international debut came in 2010 when he played for Kazakhstan against South Korea at the 2010 Asian Games.

Alexander Merkel is a versatile player who can play as either a central or attacking midfielder, making him an important member of any team he plays for Alexander Merkel is currently playing for Gaziantep in the Turkish Super Lig.

He has previously played for Udinese, Watford, Pisa and VfL Bochum in the Bundesliga. Alexander Merkel has also represented Germany at under-20 level on three occasions. The 21-year old midfielder made his international debut for Kazakhstan in March 2015.

41. Adam Maher

Netherlands national football team

Adam Maher Career

  • 1998–2001: SV Diemen
  • 2001–2004: AVV Zeeburgia
  • 2004–2010: AZ
  • 2010–2013: AZ
  • 2013–2018: PSV
  • 2016–2017: Osmanlıspor (loan)
  • 2018: FC Twente
  • 2018–2019: AZ
  • 2019–2022: FC Utrecht
  • 2022: Damac FC
  • 2007–2008: Netherlands U15
  • 2008–2009: Netherlands U16
  • 2009–2010: Netherlands U17
  • 2010–2011: Netherlands U19
  • 2011–2014: Netherlands U21
  • 2012–2013: Netherlands
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 27 July 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 27 July 2022

Adam Maher is a Moroccan international footballer who currently plays for Damac FC. Maher started his career at SV Diemen before moving to AVV Zeeburgia in 2004.

He spent four seasons with AZ, making over 100 appearances and scoring 20 goals. In 2010, Maher signed for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven where he has made over 150 appearances and scored 34 goals since joining the club.

Maher represented Morocco at youth level from 1998 until 2001 before playing for their senior team in 2011 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Algeria and Congo DR.[3] 

Maher won two Eredivisie titles (2009–10, 2013-14) and three KNVB Cups (2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16) while playing for PSV between 2009 and 2016.

Internationally, Adam also played at the 2011 AFCON, as well as appearing at the 2012 Olympic Games tournament in London, where Morocco reached the quarter finals losing 2–1 on aggregate to Spain after finishing top of their group alongside Ivory Coast.

42. André Carrillo

Al Hilal SFC

André Carrillo Career

  • 2004–2007: Esther Grande
  • 2007–2009: Alianza Lima
  • 2009–2011: Alianza Lima
  • 2011–2016: Sporting CP
  • 2016–2019: Benfica
  • 2017–2018: Watford (loan)
  • 2018–2019: Al Hilal (loan)
  • 2019: Al Hilal
  • 2011: Peru

André Carrillo is a Peru-born winger who currently plays for Al Hilal in the Saudi Professional League. He made his professional debut with Alianza Lima in 2009 and spent three seasons there before moving to Saudi Arabia in 2015.

Carrillo has represented Peru at both Under-20 and senior levels, making five appearances between 2009 and 2011. In 2016, he helped Al Hilal win the King's Cup title after scoring two goals in the final against Ittihad Jeddah. 

After impressing during pre-season, Carrillo was named on the bench for Al Hilal's first official match of the season – an away clash against Najran FC – but did not feature as they lost 3–1.

On 14 September 2017, Carrillo scored his first goal for Al Hilal since joining them in November 2016 when he netted their second of a 2–0 victory over Qatari side Lekhwiya SC.

The Peruvian international ended 2018 with 12 goals from 31 league appearances to help lead his club to fourth place in their division - their highest finish since 2013/14.

Also Played For: saudi pro league, peru national football team

43. Younes Kaboul

France national football team

Younes Kaboul Career

  • 1991–1993: Bellegarde
  • 1993–1999: Concordia
  • 1999–2000: Plastics Vallée
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2004–2007: Auxerre: 52: (3)
  • 2007–2008: Tottenham Hotspur: 21: (3)
  • 2008–2010: Portsmouth: 39: (4)
  • 2010–2015: Tottenham Hotspur: 89: (3)
  • 2015–2016: Sunderland: 24: (0)
  • 2016–2018: Watford: 25: (2)
  • 2006–2008: France U21: 19: (1)
  • 2011: France: 5: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Younes Kaboul started his youth career at Bellegarde, before moving to Concordia in 1993. He made his professional debut for Concorde in 1999 and went on to make over 150 appearances for the club.

Kaboul signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 2011 and has since played a major role in the team's defensive midfield position. He helped Spurs win the League Cup final in 2012, as well as making two appearances at UEFA Euro 2016.

In 2018, Kaboul announced that he would be retiring from football after 18 seasons of play. Younes is a versatile defender who is known for his strong defending skills and accurate passing ability off the ball; he has also been praised for his leadership qualities within the team environment.

He was named captain of France national team by Didier Deschamps during 2017 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign which ended with France reaching first ever semi-final appearance at Russia2018 where they lost 2–1 against Croatia.

44. David Luiz

Brazil national football team

David Luiz Career

  • 1999–2001: São Paulo
  • 2001–2005: Vitória
  • 2006–2007: Vitória
  • 2007:  Benfica (loan)
  • 2007–2011: Benfica
  • 2011–2014: Chelsea
  • 2014–2016: Paris Saint-Germain
  • 2016–2019: Chelsea
  • 2019–2021: Arsenal
  • 2021: Flamengo
  • 2007: Brazil U20
  • 2010–2017: Brazil

David Luiz is a Brazilian central defender who has played for Chelsea and Flamengo. He was born in Diadema, Brazil on April 22nd 1987. David started his career at São Paulo before moving to Vitória in 2006.

In 2007 he joined Chelsea where he made over 150 appearances until leaving the club in 2017. David rejoined Flamengo in 2018 and has since made 27 appearances for them David Luiz is a Brazilian defender who has played for Chelsea and PSG.

He was part of the Brazil team that finished third at the Confederations Cup in 2013. 3. David Luiz joined Benfica on loan in 2007, before moving to Chelsea two years later. 4. In 2017, he rejoined his former club Benfica on a permanent deal.

At international level, David Luiz made 57 appearances for Brazil between 2010 and 2017.

45. Welliton

Sharjah FC

Welliton Career

  • 2005–2007: Goiás
  • 2005: Ituano (loan)
  • 2007–2014: Spartak Moscow
  • 2013: Grêmio (loan)
  • 2013: São Paulo (loan)
  • 2014: Celta de Vigo (loan)
  • 2014–2016: Mersin İdmanyurdu
  • 2016–2017: Kayserispor
  • 2017–2019: Sharjah
  • 2019–2020: Al Wasl
  • 2020–2021: Sharjah
  • 2021: Goiás
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Welliton is a Brazilian forward who currently plays for Goiás. He started his career at youth level with Goiás before making his senior debut in 2010. Welliton has been a consistent performer for Goiás over the past few seasons, scoring goals and providing assists while playing as a forward.

Welliston is known for his strong work-rate off the ball, as well as his ability to score goals from distance. 

Welliton could be an important player for Brazil at this year's World Cup, and he will be looking to help guide Goias to victory in the Copa Libertadores this season too Welliton, who is originally from Brazil, started his career at Brazilian side Goiás in 2005.

He then went on to play for Russian side Spartak Moscow and Spanish outfit Grêmio before signing with São Paulo in 2013. 

After two loan spells with Celta de Vigo and Mersin İdmanyurdu respectively, Welliton joined Kayserispor in 2016 where he spent three seasons before joining Sharjah this season. 

Wellington has made over 60 appearances for Spartak Moscow and scored 21 goals during his time there; additionally, he also featured for Goiás nine times across the course of six years combined.

In terms of international experience, Welliton has played eight matches for Brazil - all coming between 2006-2007 including a Copa América appearance against Peru which ended in a 3-1 defeat in 2007. 

At 34 years old, Welliton is now plying his trade abroad once again after leaving Kayserispor midway through the current campaign due to disagreements with the club's management committee over player transfers and wages (he was reportedly owed €600k). 

The striker will be heading back home to join fellow Brasileirão sides Guarani and Atlético Mineiro upon completing his move to Goiás later this month.

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46. Víctor Ibarbo

Colombia national football team

Víctor Ibarbo Career

  • 2001–2008: Club La Cantera
  • 2008–2011: Atlético Nacional
  • 2011–2017: Cagliari
  • 2015: → Roma (loan)
  • 2015–2016: → Watford (loan)
  • 2016: → Atlético Nacional (loan)
  • 2016–2017: → Panathinaikos (loan)
  • 2017: → Sagan Tosu (loan)
  • 2018–2019: Sagan Tosu
  • 2019: → V-Varen Nagasaki (loan)
  • 2020–: V-Varen Nagasaki
  • 2007–2010: Colombia U20
  • 2010–2016: Colombia
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 18:45, 30 August 2022 (UTC)

Segundo Víctor Ibarbo is a Colombian winger who currently plays for Japanese club V-Varen Nagasaki. He began his senior career at Club La Cantera in 2001, before moving to Greek side PAOK FC in 2006.

Ibarbo joined Panathinaikos in 2016, and helped the team win the Superleague title that year. He has also represented Colombia at youth level, making 33 appearances between 2001 and 2008. 

Segundo Victor Ibarbo is known as an attacking player with excellent dribbling skills and speed on the wings Víctor Ibarbo is a Colombian international footballer who plays for Italian club Cagliari and the Colombia national team.

He started his career with Atlético Nacional, before moving to Italian side Cagliari in 2011. In 2016, he joined Watford on loan, before rejoining Cagliari the following year. 

Ibarbo has represented Colombia at both under-20 and senior levels, scoring 16 goals in 51 appearances over seven years combined. He was named captain of Colombia's squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Chile earlier this year.

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47. Emmanuel Mayuka

Zambia national football team

Emmanuel Mayuka Career

  • 2006–2008: Kabwe Warriors
  • 2008–2010: Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • 2010–2012: Young Boys
  • 2012–2015: Southampton
  • 2013–2014: Sochaux (loan)
  • 2015–2016: Metz
  • 2016–2017: Zamalek
  • 2017–2018: Hapoel Ra'anana
  • 2019: Green Buffaloes
  • 2020: NAPSA Stars
  • 2007: Zambia

Emmanuel Mayuka is a Zambian international striker who currently plays for Green Buffaloes in the Zambian Premier League. He has represented his country at youth level, and made his senior debut for Southampton in 2012.

After spells with Maccabi Tel Aviv and Young Boys, he moved to England to join Southampton in 2012. Emmanuel scored his first goal for the Saints on his competitive debut against Birmingham City, helping them secure a 3-1 victory.

Since then, he has gone on to make 16 appearances for the club across all competitions - scoring two goals - before departing at the end of 2015 due to injury.. Emmanuel Mayuka started his playing career with SuperSport United in Zambia.

Emmanuel made a big-money move to French side Sochaux in 2013 and had loan spells at Metz and Zamalek before joining Hapoel Ra'anana for the 2017–2018 season. 

Emmanuel has been capped 61 times by Zambia, scoring 12 goals, most notably helping them win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012.

Emmanuel is currently unattached but is rumoured to be close to signing for NAPSA Stars in Uganda.

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48. Joe Hart

Celtic F.C.

Joe Hart Career

  • 2003: Shrewsbury Town
  • 2003–2006: Shrewsbury Town
  • 2006–2018: Manchester City
  • 2007: → Tranmere Rovers (loan)
  • 2007: → Blackpool (loan)
  • 2009–2010: → Birmingham City (loan)
  • 2016–2017: → Torino (loan)
  • 2017–2018: → West Ham United (loan)
  • 2018–2020: Burnley
  • 2020–2021: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2021–: Celtic
  • 2005–2006: England U19
  • 2007–2009: England U21
  • 2008–2017: England
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20:08, 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 10

Joe Hart is a goalkeeper for Scottish club Celtic. He made his debut for Manchester City in 2007 and has since played over 350 games for the team. 

Hart was part of England's World Cup squad in 2014, but did not play any matches due to an injury sustained during the tournament's qualification process.

In 2015, he signed with Italian side Torino on a two-year deal after being released by Manchester City at the end of that season.

Hart won trophies with Man City including 4 Premier League titles and 2 FA Cups, as well as the Champions League in 2016 which saw him become only the second English player (after David James) to win Europe's top prize twice consecutively.

With Celtic, he has won 3 Scottish Premiership titles and 1 Scottish Cup title.[citation needed] 7. Joe Hart also represented Great Britain at various youth levels before making his senior international debut against Moldova in 2009.

On 30 May 2018 it was announced that Hart would leave Celtic at the end of their season to join Torino on a two-year contract.

Hart made his competitive debut for Torino against Parma on 11 July 2018 coming off the bench in 62nd minute conceding one goal from long range

49. Gabriel Agbonlahor

Aston Villa F.C.

Gabriel Agbonlahor Career

  • –2005: Aston Villa
  • 2005–2018: Aston Villa
  • 2005: → Watford (loan)
  • 2005: → Sheffield Wednesday (loan)
  • 2006–2009: England U21
  • 2008–2009: England
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Gabriel Agbonlahor is best known for his time with Aston Villa, where he was a key player and scored many goals. He has also played for West Ham United, Birmingham City, Fulham and Norwich City in the English Premier League.

In international football, Gabriel Agbonlahor has represented England at various youth levels and made one appearance for the senior team in 2008. At present, Gabriel Agbonlahor plays professional soccer in France with Saint-Étienne FC.

Gabriel Agbonlahor is a former Aston Villa and England international footballer. He began his career with the club in 2005, before moving to Watford on loan in 2006. He returned to Villa later that year and went on to make 351 appearances for them over six seasons (2005-2018).

In 2009, he made his debut for England U21s, scoring four goals during the campaign. After finishing his playing career at Villa, Gabriel moved into management with English side Burton Albion in 2018. 

He left this role after one season, joining Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion as their new head coach from 2019 onwards.

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50. Tiago Ilori

Sporting CP

Tiago Ilori Career

  • 2002–2006: Imortal
  • 2006–2012: Sporting CP
  • 2007–2008: → Estoril (loan)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2013: Sporting CP: 12: (1)
  • 2012–2013: Sporting CP B: 20: (0)
  • 2013–2017: Liverpool: 0: (0)
  • 2014: → Granada (loan): 9: (0)
  • 2014–2015: → Bordeaux (loan): 12: (1)
  • 2015–2016: → Aston Villa (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2017–2019: Reading: 53: (1)
  • 2019–: Sporting CP: 14: (0)
  • 2021: → Lorient (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2021–2022: → Boavista (loan): 10: (1)
  • 2022–: → Paços Ferreira (loan): 1: (0)
  • 2010–2011: Portugal U18: 2: (0)
  • 2011–2012: Portugal U19: 15: (1)
  • 2012–2013: Portugal U20: 9: (0)
  • 2013–2015: Portugal U21: 10: (1)
  • 2016: Portugal U23: 3: (0)

Tiago Ilori is a 29-year-old central defender who currently plays for Portuguese side Paços Ferreira on loan from Sporting CP. He began his career at English side Sporting CP, before spending two seasons with Estoril in the Portuguese Liga.

Ilori made his senior debut with Sporting in 2011 and has since played 13 times for the club, scoring one goal. In 2013 he joined fellow Portuguese side Paços Ferreira on loan and has been a regular starter there ever since, helping them to promotion back to the Liga last season.

Tiago Ilori is considered an excellent tackler and strong header of the ball; he also possesses good passing range down the left wing or through the middle of the defence. 

Tiago Ilori was born in Lisbon, Portugal on September 25th, 1993. He started his footballing career with Sporting CP before joining Liverpool in 2013.

Tiago Ilori spent two seasons at Liverpool, appearing 20 times and not scoring a single goal. In 2017 he joined Granada on loan where he made 9 appearances and scored one goal before returning to Sporting the following year. 

In 2019 Tiago signed for Reading after spending six years at Liverpool without ever really impressing or making an impactful impression on the club's first team squad management committee.

or manager as it turned out. After only 14 appearances for Sporting CP so far this season (and 0 goals), rumours abound that he could be set to leave the club - again on a free transfer this time around.

51. Edgar Salli

Cameroon national football team

Edgar Salli Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2008–2009: Ngaoundéré FC: :
  • 2009–2011: Coton Sport: :
  • 2011–2016: Monaco: 32: (5)
  • 2013–2014: → Lens (loan): 27: (5)
  • 2014–2015: → Académica (loan): 9: (0)
  • 2015–2016: → St. Gallen (loan): 26: (8)
  • 2016–2019: Nürnberg: 44: (3)
  • 2019–2020: Sepsi OSK: 12: (0)
  • 2020–: Olympiakos Nicosia: 55: (10)
  • 2009–2011: Cameroon U20: :
  • 2011–: Cameroon: 39: (4)

Edgar Salli is a Cameroonian footballer who currently plays for Greek team Olympiakos Nicosia. Edgar was born in Garoua, Cameroon on 17 August 1992. He began his footballing career with Ngaoundéré FC in 2008 before moving to Coton Sport the following year.

In 2011, he joined Monaco where he made 32 appearances and scored five goals between 2013 and 2014 on loan at Lens before returning to Académica for another season-long loan in 2015. 

Edgar has represented his country at youth level but hasn't yet earned full international honours Edgar Salli is a Cameroonian footballer who has played for clubs in Switzerland and Greece.

In 2017, he won the Africa Cup of Nations with Gabon. He joined Sepsi OSK this season on loan from Olympiakos Nicosia. Edgar Salli is known for his hardworking style on the pitch, as well as his ability to score goals from distance. 

The 23-year-old attacker will be hoping to continue his good form when he joins St Gallen next season.

Final Words

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I am a Head Boys Soccer Coach at Amherst Regional Public Schools in Massachusetts. I have coached for the past five years and I am currently working on my master's degree in Exercise Science. I coach soccer because I love the game and I enjoy being around the kids. It is rewarding to see them develop their skills and grow as individuals. LinkedIn

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