Sergio Aguero - striker, Manchester City and Argentina
This summer Eurosport is counting down the world's greatest footballers, as voted by our international network of journalists. We will reveal one player per day, culminating in the election of the first Ballon d'Eurosport on July 19.
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If we had made this list a year ago Aguero - fresh from scoring a ridiculously dramatic title-winning goal - would have been a serious contender for the top 10.
But the Argentine has endured a difficult second season in England as Manchester City surrendered their Premier League title and crashed out of the Champions League group stage.
Instead of being the star at the top of a glittering football team, Aguero now looks little more than the best of a bad bunch. His goal tally plummeted from 30 to 17.
And yet - this is a list based on football ability, not just individual form, and we aim not to penalise players for their team-mates' failings.
For if lethargy set in at the Etihad last season, Aguero was largely immune to it.
Injuries didn't help, but when the 25-year-old was fit, he looked as lively as anyone in light blue - a fact underlined by his brilliant winning goal against United at Old Trafford in April.
Kun Aguero remains a wonderfully gifted player, blessed with skill, speed, vision and industry.
He will be a crucial element next season as City attempt to bounce back, and he represents no less important a component for Argentina heading into next summer's World Cup.
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How Eurosport voted
We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.
Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.