43. Dani Alves
Dani Alves remains Europe's outstanding right-back despite Barcelona missing out on both La Liga and the Champions League. The Brazil international was impressive for the Catalan side last season, pushing forward from his defensive berth to play as an auxiliary midfielder, winger and striker rolled into one in most matches. Alves' runs down the right-hand side repeatedly stretched opposition defences, pulling defenders out of position so the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta could exploit the spaces left behind. The 29-year-old supplied 18 assists over the course of the season, an unbelievable figure for a player who is, ostensibly, a right-back.
Editor's view - "Although one of the best right-backs in the world, I believe the Brazilian struggled at times last season. He did not seem to have the power of previous seasons although it has to be said, he has looked very sharp in pre-season so far. If he can get back to his best level, he will be absolutely key for Tito Vilanova next season." - Miguel Churruca - Deputy editor of Goal.com Spain