If you didn’t know this one was coming, where have you been living? Voted No. 1 before his stunning La Liga move, Mat Ryan’s career trajectory was always impressive. Following his six-year deal with Valencia it looks absolutely extraordinary.
Bolter - the term was coined for players such as this. From seemingly nowhere (okay League One) he has exploded onto the Australian footballing consciousness. Just 12 months ago fans might have asked Massimo who? That's Luongo the case. Barring injury it's impossible to imagine a Socceroos line-up without his name on the teamsheet. He comes in at No. 2 with a bullet in our Top 50 Aussies in the World.
Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew described the Australian as a "massive character and player" after the 31-year-old decided to stay in London and fight for his position. It’s just another hurdle for the Socceroos captain who has overcome plenty in his career with the same resilience and determination. Not one to make a fuss, so we’ll make it for him, as he charges into the top three of our Top 50 Aussies in the World.
There's no sign of this Socceroo legend slowing down. He may be in his mid-30s but on the weekend he bundled home his ninth goal in two months across all competitions. He continues to provide some of the most iconic moments in Australian sport and roars in at 4th place in our Top 50 Aussies in the World.
It took three years for Baniyas to finally lure this Socceroo to the Arabian Gulf League. Persistence paid off for the Abu Dhabi-based outfit who clearly know when they're onto a good thing. Milligan, the 2015 Joe Marston medallist, continues to impress for club and country and snares the No. 5 spot as we countdown the Top 50 Aussies in the World.
Previous coaches have equated his laidback manner with a lack of desire - BIG MISTAKE. This Mr Cool, Calm and Collected might just have the perfect demeanour for the high pressure world of top-flight football. He cruises into 6th place in our Top 50 Aussies inthe World.
When he opened the scoring against Bangladesh earlier this month - just his second goal for Australia since 2013 - he banished the last hoodoo of his international game. There's a lot more than pace to this imposing forward who rockets in at No.7 in the Top 50 Aussies for the past 12 months.
The 27-year-old was a key figure in turning Wellington Phoenix from flat-liners to high-flyers as they surged to 4th on the A-League ladder last season. Always showing plenty of promise, the boy from the bush is finally delivering on his undoubted potential and storms into our Top 50 Aussies in 8th spot.
His decision to join Chinese Super League outfit Hangzhou Greentown was arguably the biggest loss for Western Sydney Wanderers in the off-season. After standout performances for club and country this consistently reliable defender marks himself out as one of the best of our Top 50 Aussies over the past 12 months.
Getting down to the pointy end now as James Troisi enters the fray at No.10 in the Aussie Top 50. Not everyone was enamoured with the attacker's decision to ditch Europe for the Saudi Premier League, but his form last season for club and country was impossible to ignore.