Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart
Wonderful performances early this year in securing Manchester City the title, but the Citizens defence sloped off alarming toward the end of 2012.
After a blistering start to life in the English Premier League, the Belgian has levelled out a little.
He was tearing it up at Rayo Vallecano before anyone knew his name, but he just misses out this year.
Finally settled at Galatasary, Yilmaz is finally the dominant poacher everyone knew he'd become if he just picked a club and stayed there.
The seemingly immortal Totti continues to impress for Roma despite constant managerial changes. Class.
It's just not been his year. The collarbone, the ankle, playing through the pain barrier at Euro 2012. Excellent performances this season land him an honourable mention.
It was only a matter of time before he went from unsung to sung, wasn't it?
Stephan El Shaarawy
He has been unbelievable this season, and had he shown this form last campaign, he'd be in the top 15.
Proving everyone wrong by leaving North America and scoring hatfuls. Well done, Jackson.
A strong performer in the Brasileiro Serie A with Internacional, the time where a European side bites is drawing ever closer.
If luck was the main reason Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League this year, Cech was the second. What an important penalty save from Arjen Robben and great overall tournament the goalkeeper had.
The Kenyan is, at most, one year away from fixing a top club's midfield for the next 10 years.
The only reason he's not at the lower end of this list is his failure to show up at Euro 2012.
A really impressive, creative force for Atletico Madrid throughout 2012.
Another solid year for Neuer, who is well and truly over his Bayern blips.
Improving every month, we're certain he'll be on the 2013 version of this list.
One of Shakhtar Donetsk's many attacking talents, the Brazilian just missed out here.
Timeless, ageless. Clear of injuries, he's among the best.
The hero in blue took the headlines from winning the UCL, but he's fallen off the map a little in China.
No Liverpool player played particularly well in 2012 until Brendan Rodgers, but the best from last season has positively exploded this season.
A resurrected career in Brazil has seen the 32 year old score 10 and assist 15 goals in the Brasileiro Serie A this season. Impressive.