David Silva, Manchester City
20 December 2018
Silva fought on as his son Mateo was born prematurely a year ago, helping Manchester City to their record-breaking title. Somehow, he looks even better so far in 2018/19
Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
20 December 2018
His ludicrous goalscoring is taken for granted, but what shouldn't is the way Manchester City's Argentine ace has adapted his game for the greater good in 2018
N'Golo Kante, Chelsea
20 December 2018
There was no third straight Premier League title to cheer, so football's most loveable enforcer simply went and won the World Cup instead. What's next?
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
20 December 2018
For the first half of the year he was the best player in England's best team – then followed it up with a fine World Cup. Behold, the Premier League's most glorious playmaker
Luis Suarez, Barcelona
20 December 2018
A Clasico hat-trick and stunning assist in the World Cup last 16 were yet more evidence of the Barça tyro's prevailing class on the biggest occasions. He's still going alright...
David de Gea, Manchester United
20 December 2018
He won't remember 2018 fondly at international level, but the Spaniard's superhuman consistency at club level keeps him head and shoulders above anyone else at Manchester United
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich
20 December 2018
He suffered a disastrous World Cup with Poland, but the Bayern Munich hitman remains one of the world's deadliest strikers with a big point to prove in 2019
Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan
20 December 2018
Few strikers can boast the remarkable consistency of Serie A's Capocannoniere who is now finally getting the love he deserves at international level
Virgil van Dijk Liverpool
20 December 2018
Chuckles were barely stifled when Liverpool spent £75m on the Dutchman in January. Now he's arguably the best centre-back on the planet – and nobody's laughing any more
Marc-Andre ter Stegen
20 December 2018
Barcelona's brilliant sweeper-keeper has blossomed between the sticks and earns his rightful place as the third-best goalkeeper in the world

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