GOAL 50 Journalists from across Goal’s 37 editions voted in the 10th annual award for the world’s 50 best footballers

50. Thomas Lemar

After a promising first season at Monaco, following his arrival from Caen in the summer of 2015, Thomas Lemar has established himself as one of the most exciting wingers in the world over the past 12 months.

The France international netted nine times during his club’s shock Ligue 1 title triumph, with his fine form prompting Arsenal to make a €100 million bid for his services on deadline day. That Monaco turned the offer down illustrates just how highly they value the Goal 50 newcomer.

49. Bas Dost

One of the signings of last season, Bas Dost netted a staggering 34 goals in just 31 games for Sporting CP to finish as top scorer in the Primeira Liga, after joining from Wolfsburg for just €11m in the summer of 2016.

As a result, the Netherlands international, who is now being linked with a January move to Everton, has been justly rewarded with a first-ever appearance in the Goal 50.

48. Naby Keita

One of the rapidly rising stars of world football, Goal 50 newcomer Naby Keita played a pivotal role in RB Leipzig sensationally finishing second in the German Bundesliga, with the all-action midfielder racking up eight goals and seven assists.

Indeed, so desperate were Liverpool to get their hands on the 22-year-old Guinea international that they ultimately agreed to pay a hefty premium on top of a €70m buy-out clause just to sign him next year!

47. Diego Costa

Diego Costa may have ultimately fallen out of favour with manager Antonio Conte, resulting in a return to Atletico Madrid, but the fiery striker’s contribution to Chelsea’s 2016-17 Premier League title triumph cannot be overlooked.

The Spain international led the Blues attack in brutally effective fashion, scoring 20 times in the league total, and fully deserves what is his third appearance in the Goal 50.

46. David de Gea

As arguably the most consistently brilliant goalkeeper of the past five years, David de Gea is sometimes under-valued, his excellence almost taken for granted at this stage.

However, this is a third Goal 50 selection in a row for the Manchester United No.1, who kept 14 clean sheets in the Premier League last season and conceded just 29 times in 35 games.

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