It can be hard work being a footballer. All those cold, rainy nights in Stoke, all those trips around Europe to play teams no one has ever heard of and for what? Some players might get all the plaudits, but others get hardly any at all. No matter how hard they try and no matter how good they are they'll never win the Ballon d'Or, they'll always be in someone else's shadow, and people will never be ringing their praises in the pub. 

While the 'Ronaldo or Messi' debate is never ending, there are other players who are playing the games of their lives, breaking records and playing important roles in championship winning teams who will rarely get the credit they deserve. This is for them, the most underrated players in world football