Sadio Mane — Liverpool FC
When someone is given Lionel Messi's seal of approval, you know they must be good.
At 2019's FIFA Best Awards, the Argentine voted Sadio Mane as his number one player in the world. Unfortunately for the Liverpool star however, he didn't even make the top three in end.
"It's a shame to see Mane finish in fourth place," Messi told Canal+ at the time, says Goal. "Mane achieved a great year that was exceptional for the entire Liverpool team. That's why I chose him."
Eden Hazard — Real Madrid
Few in world football have better dribbling abilities than Eden Hazard. That's demonstrated best by the fact that over the last decade, the Belgian completed more successful dribbles than any other player in the Premier League, managing an incredible 909 during his time with Chelsea.
Since moving to La Liga, he's maintained those high standards, averaging 4.4 dribbles per game — the second highest in the division behind only Lionel Messi. He has only played seven games this term due to injury however, so once he's fully fit, that average is likely to rise even higher.
Kylian Mbappe — Paris Saint Germain
If you were to look at Kylian Mbappe's trophy cabinet, you wouldn't believe he is still only 21 years old.
A World Cup, three Ligue 1 titles, and the Coupe de France are just a few of his collective honours. Individually, he's won the Golden Boy award, the Ligue 1 Player of the Season trophy, and Ligue 1's top scorer prize.
He also has 122 career goals to date already, which is far more than both Lionel Messi (50) and Cristiano Ronaldo (36) had managed by the time they reached the same age.
Should he continue in the same fashion, the Frenchman has the talent to surpass both as the modern game's greatest ever goalscorer, and perhaps even, player.
Kevin De Bruyne — Manchester City
If Kevin De Bruyne were a car, he'd be a Rolls Royce Phantom. Classy, elegant, and luxurious, but with a powerful 450 bhp engine hidden away underneath its hood. The Belgian star plays the game effortlessly, but to devastating effect.
His range of passing is second to none, and, when combined with his sublime first touch and acute awareness of what's happening around him, it means he can dictate any game.
The 28-year-old's ability to drift past defenders at the drop of a shoulder also evokes memories of a prime Zinedine Zidane.
Virgil Van Dijk — Liverpool FC
"Think of the best defenders in Premier League history — John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, and Nemanja Vidic. [Virgil] Van Dijk is all three players rolled into one."
Those were the words of former Liverpool and England star Jamie Redknapp, according to Goal.
A bold statement, but one difficult to argue with given just how excellent the Dutchman has been since his move to Anfield in early 2018.
His Terry-esque heart, his Ferdinand-esque brain, and Vidic-esque physicality have transformed Liverpool's back four into the best in Europe. Should Jurgen Klopp's side win its first ever Premier League title as expected this season, a lot of credit will, and rightly so, go to Van Dijk.
On the pitch, N'Golo Kante does not play like a superstar. He doesn't have terrific footwork, he rarely scores, and he never really lands himself in hot water.
Off it, he doesn't act like one either. No flashy cars (he still drives a Mini Cooper), no fancy designer clothes, and no partying til the early hours.
But that is exactly what makes him so unassumingly, but terrifyingly, brilliant. Whether it's chasing the ball relentlessly for 90 mins, sitting in front of the back four, or playing as an attacking midfielder, the versatile 28-year-old always adds value, and a lot of it.