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Many elite talents have been omitted from our top 25, and here are just a few of those who, for one reason or another, didn't make the cut.
Yann M'Vila, Inter
Signing a season-long loan from Rubin Kazan, Yann M'Vila will play his football at the San Siro this season, finally making his way to one of Europe's more storied clubs, as has been predicted for some years.
The French international will strive to help Inter back into Serie A's hierarchy, and though his quality in Russia was known, it will be of some interest to see how that ability translates to Italian surroundings.
Serge Aurier, Toulouse
It may seem a tad premature to mention Serge Aurier here when there are so many more stars experienced in the ways of the Champions League.
However, Toulouse's right-back, flavour of the month or not, has proven his talents in Ligue 1, and his blistering approach was a joy to watch down the Ivory Coast's flank at the 2014 World Cup.
David De Gea, Manchester United
Several years ago, it may have seemed ridiculous to associate David De Gea with being a big miss in European football, but United's No. 1 has swiftly evolved into one of the most revered stoppers in England.
Aerial ability and strength may still be some of the Spaniard's weaker points, but his evolution was recognised last term with the Red Devils Players' Player of the Season award.
Ander Herrera, Manchester United
Having just completed his big-money move to Manchester United, Ander Herrera will be looking forward to many years of title contention ahead.
For now, though, the former Athletic Bilbao playmaker will have to settle for a year of domestic football in England, making the decision to come away from Basque surroundings, where he would have at least featured in the Champions League playoffs.
Stephan El Shaarawy, Milan
His 2013-14 campaign was woefully stunted by injury, but Stephen El Shaarawy is undoubtedly one of those players whom Milan will be relying upon to take them back to the promised land.
Unfortunately, that lack in recent playing time means our current estimations of his powers are skewed, but the attacker is nonetheless deserving of a small mention.