The 22-year-old takes his place following his exploits for Brazil at the World Cup. The attacker scored four goals to take the Selecao to the semi-finals, but was sorely missed after suffering a fractured vertebra in the quarter-final victory over Colombia.
Neymar is the only Brazilian to make the 2014 list, as football's most successful nation pays the price for its spectacular 7-1 thrashing by Germany.
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