; born 24 January 1987), commonly known as Luis Suárez, is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguay national team.Often regarded as one of the best players in the world, Suárez has won 14 trophies in his career, including four league titles, a UEFA Champions League title and a Copa América.In January 2011, Suárez transferred to Liverpool, and won the League Cup in his first full season at the club.In 2014, he was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year as well as winning the Premier League Golden Boot, and sharing the European Golden Shoe with Cristiano Ronaldo before moving to Barcelona in a transfer worth €82.3 million (£64.98 million), making him one of the most expensive players in football history.Barcelona is the best represented club with 12 players on the list followed by Bayern Munich and Real Madrid with 10 each.Chelsea and Manchester City each have eight players on the list.From Daniel Taylor to Sid Lowe, Jonathan Wilson to Michael Cox, Richard Williams to Raphael Honigstein, we are blessed with writers whose knowledge covers not only the English game but who offer a genuinely global perspective.The ranking, which has slowly been revealed in a countdown from the 20 December, is now published in full and the world's top 100 footballers are listed below for you to view.
Some of the names on here are mainstays — recognizable athletes who have reigned supreme in their sports over long periods of time and aren't going anywhere.
The choice of Messi at No1, beating Cristiano Ronaldo into second place, is explained below by Sid Lowe: There was only one name and one position on which all 11 members of the panel were in unanimous agreement; the world No1, Lionel Messi. The debate has moved to another plane: it is not so much a question of whether Messi is the best player in the world right now, as whether Messi might just be the best player there has ever been.
Four English players make it onto the list; Ashley Cole (30th), Wayne Rooney (31st), Joe Hart (65th) and John Terry (86).
Despite only a few English players making it onto the top 100, the Premier League is the best represented with 27 players, followed by La Liga with 23.
The chart above shows the top five leagues by the number of footballers appearing in the list.