5. Andres Iniesta – Barcelona and Spain
Scored the winner as Spain won their maiden World Cup in 2010 and despite his club side’s drop in form is still one of the most technically gifted players there is.
4. Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich and France
When Jupp Heynckes led Bayern to the treble in 2012/13 their standout performer was Ribery and the French will be hoping the 30-year-old can transfer that to the international stage.
3. Luis Suarez – Liverpool and Uruguay
What a year it has been for Suarez, with the 27-year-old putting controversy behind him to score an incredible 30 league goals in 30 games to guide the Merseysiders to the top of the table.
2. Lionel Messi – Barcelona and Argentina
As a four-time winner of the Ballon d’Or Messi is considered one of the best of all time, but the 26-year-old doesn’t quite make the top of our list because of a certain other talent in attack.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid and Portugal
At No.1 is a man who essentially single handedly dragged his nation to the World Cup by virtue of the play-offs and as the newly crowned best player in the world could reaffirm that on the biggest stage.
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