The 28-year-old Brazilian has made PSG more watchable, more exciting and moved them a bit closer to their holy grail of lifting the Champions League for the first time in their history.
A phenomenally gifted dribbler who beats opponents for fun, Neymar is a devastating and highly influential attacker with the numbers to back it up: the former Barcelona man has scored 55 goals in his 65 games for PSG, and only Pele and Ronaldo have found the net more often for Brazil.
5. Roberto Firmino
Firmino isn’t a striker in the mould of most players playing up front, and would probably play a more withdrawn role under another manager, but he’s been used as the central attacker for the vast majority of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure at Anfield.
It’s his ability as a facilitator which really sets him apart. Intelligent, dynamic and technically gifted, the selfless Brazilian invariably brings out the best in those around him. He finished fourth in the IFFHS Award for World’s best Playmaker in 2019.
4. Bernardo Silva
The £43m signing from Monaco was snapped up as a wide player originally, but he’s shone centrally as well as on the flank at the Etihad. Bernardo Silva has been great with the national side as well. In the eyes of many Manchester City fans Silva was their team’s standout performer last term. He is among one of the best playmakers in world football.
“I love him” said Guardiola last term. “He can play three of four positions – he’s one of the most talented players I’ve ever seen.” He finished fifth in the IFFHS Award for World’s best Playmaker in 2019.