From big names like Messi and Ozil, to fresh up-and-comers, who will be the biggest footballing names of 2016? Here are our top ten footballers to watch this year:
10. Mesut Özil (Arsenal, Germany)Much critiqued but also much lauded, Özil remains a key footballing wizard to watch this year, whether or not you think the soon-to-be assists world record holder is worth the hype.
9. Sergio Aguero (Man City, Argentina)Injuries held back Argentinian Aguero in 2015, but he still packed the goals in. The joint record holder for most goals in a Premier League match (5 in under 24 minutes) will be watched with interest this year.
8. Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona, Spain)This Barca player is so good he even earned applause from Real Madrid fans. With a barrage of best player awards and a Ballon d'Or to his name, this guy is playing some great football.
7. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich, Germany)This 26 year old has already scored 14 goals for Bayern this season and shares the record for the most FIFA World Cups in which he has scored at least five goals. Prolific.
6. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich, Germany)The first ever substitute to score five goals in a single game (and to do so in just 9 minutes) this Polish striker is the Euro 2016 qualifier's top scorer and promises plenty more glorious goals in 2016.
5. Robert Lewandoski (Bayern Munich, Poland)The first ever substitute to score five goals in a single game (and to do so in just 9 minutes) this Polish striker is the Euro 2016 qualifier's top scorer and promises plenty more glorious goals in 2016.
3. Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona, Uruguay)Uruguay's all time record goal-scorer and most controversial sporting figure is an indisputably important player. Don't take your eyes off him, for a number of reasons.
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