After many hours of (sometimes heated) debates from staff over 3 continents, here is the annual Premier Sports Memorabilia list of the top 100 players of 2014.
It was hard to split Ronaldo and Messi once again in 2014. Ronaldo’s European Champions League triumph pushed him over the line in the continuing battle between these two modern legends.
1. Isco – Midfielder, Real Madrid and Spain
With the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi now featuring less and less for the national side, Isco has emerged as Spain’s new icon as the Real Madrid midfielder has mesmerising ball control and is an extremely creative and technical player. Already earned a lucrative move from Malaga to Madrid.
2. Raheem Sterling – Winger, Liverpool and England
Having signed from QPR as a teenager, the England winger has blossomed into a menacing winger at Liverpool. He has pace in abundance and has been linked with moves abroad. Is now a well-established international for England and one of their key players.
3. Ross Barkley – Midfielder, Everton and England
Everton believe they’ve produced another gem from their academy with Barkley. A midfielder of similar ilk to Jack Wilshere who likes to run at players and is extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet. Has suffered a few injuries which have halted his progress with Everton.
4. Julian Draxler – Winger, Schalke and Germany
The Schalke winger has been widely linked with a move to Arsenal but moves haven’t materialised as of yet. He is an extremely tricky individual who has the ability to use both feet making him even tougher to defend against. His value is increasing every season and you’ll be looking at £25,000,000 to acquire his services.
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5. Memphis Depay
Winger, PSV and Holland: The 20-year old PSV winger is approaching 100 games for the Eredvisie club and has 37 goals to his name which is a very good ratio for a winger. He also scored twice for Holland at the 2014 World Cup and will be a perfect successor to Arjen Robben.
6. Juan Quintero
Winger, Porto and Colombia: Colombia are becoming one of the world’s best nations with the likes of Falcao and James Rodriguez now house hold names, Juan Quintero is on the brink of becoming a world class player. He made his international debut at 19 and is currently plying his trade at Porto.
7. Marco Verrati
Midfielder, PSG and Italy: The pass master made his senior debut at 16 with Pescara in the Italian leagues before signing a five year contract at French giants, PSG. Has won 2 French Ligue 1 titles since his move and Italian fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of Verrati taking over Pirlo’s reigns as Italy’s dictator in midfield.
8. Heung-Min Son
Forward, Bayer Leverkusen and South Korea: Anyone who has 37 caps for their country at the age of 22 certainly has talent. Was picked up as a 16 year old by Hamburg and has been a prominent player in the German Bundesliga ever since. He is a very quick two footed attacking minded player who has a deadly finish in front of goal. Leverkusen broke their transfer record to sign him in 2013.
Defender, PSG and Brazil: A 19 year old central defender who signed for PSG in a 31.4million Euros deal from Roma. A very composed player who at 6’0 isn’t the biggest of defenders but his intelligence and quickness of the mark make him a big presence for PSG. He was part of the Brazil U20 side that won the prestigious 2014 Toulon tournament.
10. Kingsley Coman
Forward, Juventus and France: One of the most recent breakthroughs is Juventus winger, Coman. Having left PSG for Juventus, the 18-year old made his debut in August 2014 against Chievo and was awarded man of the match. Signed a five year contract with the club after PSG allowed his contract to expire which could be a big regret for them in the next few years.
11. Luke Shaw – Full Back, Manchester United and England
12. Dennis Praet – Midfielder, Anderlecht and Belgium
13. Adnan Januzaj – Winger, Manchester United and Belgium
14. Hachim Mastour
Midfielder, AC Milan and Italy: Signing for one of Italy’s biggest clubs for 500,000 Euros at just 14 years old is a clear indicator of the hype surrounding Mastour. Has a ridiculous amount of talent and is blessed with high amounts of skill. There hasn’t been this much anticipation for a young player since Freddy Adu whose career was rather forgettable. Born to Moroccan parents, the Italian midfielder has a huge future.
15. Marc-Andre ter-Stegen – Barcelona and Germany
16. AleksandarMitrovic – Forward, Anderlecht and Serbia
17. Paulo Dybala – Forward, Palermo and Argentina
18. Kurt Zouma – Defender, Chelsea and France
19. Mateo Kovacic – Midfielder, Inter Milan and Croatia
20. Youri Tielemans – Midfielder, Anderlecht and Belgium
21. Kevin Volland – Forward, Hoffenheim and Germany
22. Pierre Hojbjerg – Midfielder, Bayern Munich and Denmark
The Danish midfielder has recently stated that it may be the right time in his career to leave the German giants to develop his career due to limited first team opportunities. He wouldn’t be short of takers and his game would be suited to the English Premier League.
23. Max Meyer – Winger, Schalke and Germany
24. Florian Thauvin – Winger, Marseille and France
25. Ricardo Rodriguez – Full Back, Wolfsburg and Switzerland
26. Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham and England
27. Geoffrey Kondogbia – Midfielder, Monaco and France
28. Jese Rodriguez – Forward, Real Madrid and Spain
29. Aymeric Laporte – Defender, Athletico Bilbao and France
30. Divock Origi – Forward, Liverpool and Belgium
31 Jack Grealish – Winger, Aston Villa and Ireland
32. Munir El Haddadi
Forward, Barcelona and Spain: The Spanish youngster has a very low release clause in his contract at Barcelona at just £9.4million. Arsenal are believed to want to take advantage of the clause but Luis Enrique has handed Munir several chances in the first team despite the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
33. Jetro Willems – Full Back, PSV and Holland
34. John Stones – Defender, Everton and England
35. Calum Chambers – Defender, Arsenal and England
36. Mauro Icardi – Forward, Inter Milan and Argentina
37. Angelo Henriquez – Forward, Manchester United and Chile
38. Rafinha – Midfielder, Barcelona and Brazil
39. YassineBenzia – Forward, Lyon and France
40 Lucas Ocampos – Winger, Monaco and Argentina
41. Lucas Digne – Full Back, PSG and France
42. Will Hughes – Midfielder, Derby and England
The 2014 Young Player of the Year is just 1 appearance shy of 100 league appearances for Derby and has earned many high reviews in England. However, he seems to have a very wise head as he’s recognised his chances may be limited if he were to move to one of the big clubs and has kept his head down at Derby and is attempting to get the club into the Premier League.
43. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Midfielder, Arsenal and England
44. Domenico Berardi – Forward, Juventus and Italy
45. Tonny Vilhena – Midfielder, PSV and Holland
46. Adrien Rabiot – Midfielder, PSG and France
47. Ryan Gauld – Winger, Sporting Lisbon and Scotland
48. Samuel Umtiti – Defender, Lyon and Cameroon
49. James Ward-Prowse, Midfielder, Southampton and England
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