23: Alexia Putellas
After two years outside the top 50, Putellas deservedly makes a big jump this year after a superb 2020. There is no doubt Putellas is now one of the best midfielders anywhere in the world, with the ability to dominate but also get forward and contribute directly herself. While she ranks as one of the best for creating chances for others, no other centre midfielder had more shots on target than the Barcelona player during 2020. Putellas simply has a bit of everything and she’s consistently chipping in with goals too, already firing home four this season as well as a couple of assists. A key player for Spain too, Putellas really could forge herself the reputation as one of the very best over the coming years.