1. Lionel Messi (Argentina & Barcelona)
Four times World Player of the Year, Messi has been considered as the best player on the planet over the last six years. The Barcelona star is versatile enough to mesmerize defenders with a mix of skill and pace which is unmatched and it often appears as though the ball is glued to his feet.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal & Real Madrid)
Ronaldo may have less of an influence on games than Messi, but he is stronger and taller than the Argentine, and his goals-to-games ratio similar. He has been a revelation, making the world record outlay of US$131 look less outrageous with every hat-trick. His famous stepover is imitated in parks right across the world.
3. Luis Suarez (Uruguay & Barcelona)
The Barcelona striker is not everyone’s cup of tea, but his ability is not up for debate. Suarez is a master at weaving his way into the penalty box, deadly in one-on-one situations and an excellent free-kick taker.He is a fighter who will always give 100% for the cause.
4. NeymarJr (Brazil & Barcelona)
Neymar the brazilian sensation scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday. With an incredible pace and true talent, he has already accomplished so much at the ripe age of 23. This young football star ranks 13th in the list of world’s richest football players.
5. Wayne Rooney (England & Manchester United)
Wayne Rooney is one of the world’s best-known soccer players and a top scorer for the Manchester United club. He was the youngest player to represent England at the age of 17.
6. Andres Iniesta (Spain & Barcelona)
The short, eye of the needle passing the pair produce can pierce holes in the most stubborn of rearguards. Iniesta is also very modest by nature. Scored the winner in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands.
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden & Paris Saint-Germain)
Expect the unexpected with the mercurial Swede. Ibrahimovic is the moodiest player in world soccer, but completely unplayable when on his game. Just witness his stunning overhead kick against England in 2012. Ibra has won league titles in Holland, Italy, Spain and France with six different clubs and is something of a lucky charm for those willing to invest in his considerable talents.
8. Gareth Bale (Wales & Real Madrid)
Bale is a supreme dribbler who boasts the pace and skill to beat multiple opponents. He is also a great finisher and capable of scoring consistently from long range.
The all-round midfielder, Toure was one of the linchpins as City won their first league title since 1968. Few players are capable of switching through the gears so effortlessly and watching Toure rampage through Premier League midfields is one of the most spectacular sights in world soccer.
10. Philipp Lahm (Germany & Bayern Munich)
The Bayern Munich fans love him, Pep Guardiola adores him. Philipp Lahm has been a stalwart for club and country over the last decade. The versatile Germany international is highly known for his tackling and distribution skills.
11. Arjen Robben (Holland & Bayern Munich)
Robben has been at the top of the game for 10 years now, having had stints with Chelsea, Real Madrid and current club Bayern Munich.
A player of immaculate technique, with a left foot to die for and now playing under his fellow countryman Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
13. Eden Hazard (Belgium & Chelsea FC)
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has created more chances and completed more dribbles than any other player in the Premier League. He is also the highest paid player after Messi and Christiano, with an estimated value of 77.6 million euros.