Top 50 Players in the World

Last year we put together the Top 50 players of 2010. It was a phenomenal community effort, with bloggers, fans and journalists all combining together to create the feature which was eventually won by who other than Lionel Messi, followed in second by his teammate Xavi and in third by Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder.

So, we’ve decided to do it again. As with last year, we’re looking for a list of who you think are the top 25 players in the world. Who do you think has been the player of the last twelve months, and have your vote counted. To make things a little easier, just so you don’t forget a big name, we’ve created a longlist for you to narrow down to your selected 25.

To enter your list, fill in the contact form below in the order of your 1-25.

At the moment the attachment section isn’t working, so please don’t rely on it to send us your list. We recommend saving your list in Microsoft Word or Excel, and copying and pasting it into the space provided.

Selection: The purpose of this is to compile the best players of the 2011 calender year, so take into consideration the second half of last season and the first half of this season. So if you think a player like Samir Nasri had a great 2010/11 season, it’s important to note that his better games came in 2010. Don’t forget about international form as well: the Copa America took place during the summer, while a large chunk of the Euro 2012 qualifiers took place in 2011.

The list:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid & Spain), Samir Handanovic (Udinese & Slovenia), Joe Hart (Man City & England), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich & Germany), Pepe Reina (Liverpool & Spain), Victor Valdes (Barcelona & Spain)

Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona & France), Daniel Alves (Barcelona & Brazil), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid & Portugal), Ashley Cole (Chelsea & England), Mats Hummels (Borrusia Dortmund & Germany), Vincent Kompany (Man City & Belgium), Lucio (Inter Milan & Brazil), Phillip Lahm (Bayern Munich & Germany), Diego Lugano (PSG & Uruguay), Marcelo (Real Madrid & Brazil), Pepe (Real Madrid & Brazil), Gerard Pique (Barcelona & Spain), Carles Puyol (Barcelona & Spain), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain), Thiago Silva (AC Milan & Brazil), Neven Subotic (Borrusia Dortmund & Serbia), Daniel van Buyten (Bayern Munich & Belgium), Jan Vertonghen (Ajax & Belgium), Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd & Serbia),

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid & Spain), Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona & Spain), Andre Ayew (Marseille & Ghana), Gareth Bale (Tottenham & Wales), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona & Spain), Daniele De Rossi (Roma & Italy), Danny (Zenit St Petersburg & Portugal), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid & Argentina), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona & Spain), Ganso (Santos & Brazil), Mario Gotze (Borrusia Dortmund & Germany), Marek Hamsik (Napoli & Slovakia), Eden Hazard (Lille & Belgium), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain), Gokhan Inler (Napoli & Switzerland), Kaka (Real Madrid & Brazil), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid & Germany), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool & Brazil), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen & Germany), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus & Italy), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona & Argentina), Juan Mata (Chelsea & Spain), Luka Modric (Tottenham & Croatia), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich & Germany), Nani (Man Utd & Portugal), Samir Nasri (Man City & France), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid & Germany), Javier Pastore (PSG & Argentina), Andre Pirlo (Juventus & Italy), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich & France), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Holland), Nuri Sahin (Real Madrid & Turkey), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich & Germany), David Silva (Man City & Spain), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan & Holland), Yaya Toure (Man City & Ivory Coast), Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid & Turkey), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham & Holland), Arturo Vidal (Juventus & Chile), Xavi (Barcelona & Spain)

Forwards: Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham & Togo), Sergio Aguero (Man City & Argentina), Mario Balotelli (Man City & Italy), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid & France), Edinson Cavani (Napoli & Uruguay), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese & Italy), Landon Donovon (LA Galaxy & USA), Edin Dzeko (Man City & Bosnia), Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi & Cameroon), Falcao (Atletico Madrid & Columbia), Diego Forlan (Inter Milan & Uruguay), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich & Germany), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid & Argentina), Hulk (Porto & Brazil), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan & Sweden), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli & Argentina), Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina), Neymar (Santos & Brazil), Alexandre Pato (AC Milan & Brazil), Pedro (Barcelona & Spain), Lukas Podolski (FC Koln & Germany), Loic Remy (Marseille & France), Robinho (AC Milan & Brazil), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd & England), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal & Italy), Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona & Chile), Roberto Soldado (Valencia & Spain), Moussa Sow (Lille & Senegal), Luis Suarez (Liverpool & Uruguay), Robin van Persie (Arsenal & Holland), David Villa (Barcelona & Spain)

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The final 50 will be calculated as follows:
1st vote – 25 points, 2nd vote – 24 points, 3rd vote – 23 points, 4th vote – 22 points, 5th vote – 21points […] 25th vote – 1 point.

If you would like to contribute to the write-ups when the final list is compiled, mention so at the top of your email.