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World Football: 20 Most Improved Players in 2012-13
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This article profiles 20 of the most improved players in world football over the 2012-13 season.

Many of these players have endured criticism in the past and been written off, with people questioning their ability, or application, or both. Today, they are prized assets for their sides, and many of them are the men to whom their teams turn when the challenges and pressure mount.

Some of these players haven’t endured sustained criticism, but they have progressed in their abilities, increased their capacities, or developed their role within their team or their reputation within the international footballing community.

For each of these entries I will attempt to paint a picture of where the player stood 12 months ago, before drawing a comparison with their recent performances and their current standing in the game.

Some of these stars are young players who have developed markedly over the last 12 months, whilst others are more experienced competitors who have previously been written off, only to demonstrate their worth once more.

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