Should Jurgen Klopp's side win its first ever Premier League title as expected this season, a lot of credit will, and rightly so, go to Van Dijk. Manchester United’s defensive record has markedly improved since Maguire’s arrival, and he has quickly emerged as a leader in a team lacking them. Our final countdown is here. Laporte’s worth to Manchester City has been painfully clear since an injury in September sidelined him for the long term. Business Insider has ranked the top ten football players in the world. All rights reserved. The flexible Basque forward – now a Spain regular – also shows terrific intelligence in games, as the star of an exciting Real Sociedad side. Fabinho could stake a fair claim as the most effective defensive midfielder in England right now, if not Europe. He is a bit special. Few can come close to these feats -- although Cristiano Ronaldo has long had a comparable, and sometimes superior, goal scoring rate. His 2019 was largely positive, taking in a heartwarming return to Germany’s ranks following his injury nightmare – even if a maiden Bundesliga crown for Reus proves frustratingly elusive. While the end is near – he turns 33 in January and succession plans are in place at the Camp Nou – a slowing Suarez is still goal-hungry in 2019-20... even if he has gone four years without scoring away in the Champions League. But that is exactly what makes him so unassumingly, but terrifyingly, brilliant. More recently, the likes of Luis Suarez, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mohamed Salah have also all excelled in scoring for their respective club and national teams. Almost. LightningGive him half an inch and he's gone, Borussia Monchengladbach just learned the hard way— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 30, 2019. He is making up for it now, matching last term’s goal tally by November’s end. One year on from World Cup success, he narrowly lost out to Lionel Messi as Europe’s top overall goalscorer. In association with The Offside Rule. He claimed a share of 2018-19’s Premier League Golden Boot, and is also the favourite to collect the PFA individual prize this season. Ding won his first Chinese Chess Championship at the age of 16, making him the youngest to ever do so. The Brazilian is still indispensable; however, four seasons of doing twice as much running in order to cover for slack team-mates has taken its toll, and he deserves better. As is the case for most of Real Madrid’s squad, it hasn’t been the easiest of periods for Casemiro – but, boy, do they notice when he isn’t around to plug the gaps. The Dutchman, who won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award in August and also stands a chance of winning the 2019 Ballon d’Or, beats Kalidou Koulibaly and Matthijs de Ligt to pole position. Pique, 32, was arguably Barcelona’s third-most important player in 2018-19, and his experience must now help his club to avoid repeats of the debacles against Roma and Liverpool. As we approach the end of 2019, ESPN have released the latest edition of their annual rankings: the ESPN FC 100. The Spain schemer lost his way a little at the beginning of 2019-20, but the midfield metronome should return strongly under a new coach. Eriksen’s lacklustre autumn displays should not cloud his achievements in the first half of the calendar year. His 2019 was forgettable at club level (a fifth Ligue 1 title aside), but Copa America success with hosts Brazil was just reward for Marquinhos’ personal development. © 3. yet the goals still flowed. Perhaps Fabinho would have finished higher up the list had he been part of the Brazil squad that won the Copa America. He relishes battles but also packs a decent turn of pace and, better still, the intelligence to be there one step earlier. 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While Mahrez still drifts in and out of Manchester City’s first XI, he is exerting greater influence in games. "It's a shame to see Mane finish in fourth place," Messi told Canal+ at the time, says Goal. Now 30, he is getting better with age. Löw is under pressure to change his mind. The list accounts for ability rather than form, mitigating for factors such as players suitability at their current clubs, injuries, and potential. Virgil Van Dijk — Liverpool FC. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Odegaard became world-famous when he debuted for Norway aged 15 and joined Real Madrid at 16, but only now, after shining in the Eredivisie, is the 21-year-old getting the chance to show Spanish football his worth. Sadly, a cruel cruciate ligament injury has ruined his season and even left his Euro 2020 hopes hanging by a thread. The greatest, bar none. Thank you for signing up to Four Four Two. "Bar Lionel Messi," "Behind only Lionel Messi.". So electric and dominant was the young Varane that expectations were set unrealistically high. Trent Alexander-Arnold only turned 21 last month but is already considered by many as the world’s best right-back. Averaging 35 goals per season at Barça, Uruguay’s top dog has proved the perfect foil for Lionel Messi. The second-half substitute made the difference against Barcelona that memorable night, but Gini has been consistently excellent in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield; the occasional goal is just a bonus. Football Top 100 footballers 2017:the best talents in the world. Individually, he's won the Golden Boy award, the Ligue 1 Player of the Season trophy, and Ligue 1's top scorer prize. Madrid struggled to replace the 34-year-old’s laconic promptings when he was injured at the start of this season, and his return inspired an upsurge in form. Our annual list of the world's 100 best male football players is here! 2 Players With Multiple Appearances (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) Started in 2010, Top 20 Players of the Year is HLTV 's annual tradition of ranking the 20 best players of each year based on players' individual performances and accolades with the exception of 2012 which was a transition year from Counter-Strike to Global Offensive . Marc-Andre ter Stegen | Barcelona/Germany. Real Madrid need him to do so. But he has certainly tried: following a hideous 2018, when a poor World Cup followed injury woes, the 33-year-old’s 2019 was much brighter thanks to Bayern’s domestic double. This page was last edited on 13 August 2020, at 05:11. Get the game's greatest stories and best journalism direct to your door for only £9.50 every quarter – that's roughly £2.90 per issue. In Leipzig’s 8-0 rout of Mainz, he bagged a hat-trick and assisted three more. Ronny’s goal tally has been clearly dented by Serie A’s well-drilled defences, but even at 34 he continues to add to his medal collection: 2019 brought the Scudetto and Serie A’s MVP prize, plus a Nations League trophy with hosts Portugal. Dani Alves also gets in despite the fact the veteran Brazilian has made quite a few appearances in midfield for his current employers Sao Paulo. 26. He shoulders responsibility, and he rarely disappoints. Edinson Cavani’s successor seems to have been found. As Maurizio Sarri’s midfield fulcrum he routinely exceeds 100 passes per match, yet he is also a significant goal threat. It’s extraordinary to think now that Sterling once went 27 games without a single goal for England. He was a steal at €12m back in 2014. J. Kimmich continues to be hugely influential for Bayern Munich and Germany, whether he is being deployed as a right-back or in his preferred central midfield role. Miralem Pjanic | Juventus/Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2. A final-day brace away at Burnley meant Aubameyang shared the 2018-19 Premier League Golden Boot, and a semi-final hat-trick in Valencia steered Arsenal to the Europa League final, so he has proved a rare source of good cheer in a dysfunctional Gunners side. Neymar won’t look back on 2019 particularly fondly: it was arguably his worst year as a professional. If it was odd that elite clubs let Ziyech swap Twente for Ajax in 2016, it’s baffling that his €30m release clause went ignored – and 2019 showed why. Let us know your thoughts on Twitter (we're over at @FourFourTwo) with the hashtag #FFT100... A few eyebrows were raised when the Lyon captain and World Cup winner joined Real Betis last summer for an initial €20m; the gifted playmaker had agreed a €60m move to Liverpool in 2018 before the Reds got cold feet, citing an underlying knee injury. Adding goals to his game could make 2020 his best year yet. He is the best. He is essential to City’s Champions League ambitions. He is versatile, and provides assists at a remarkable rate, but also a genuine leader on the pitch at the age of 24. Griezmann has struggled, that’s undeniable – but his relationship with Lionel Messi is vital to his Champions League ambitions. The former Sevilla captain averaged 53 appearances per campaign across his first five years with Barcelona, lifting nine major honours including four La Liga titles and the Champions League. It turns out he was. Can he return to his best in 2020? The records continue to tumble. Hazard is yet to hit top form since his dream move to Real Madrid last summer, but the brilliant Belgian with a big backside is beginning to find his feet in La Liga. Stellar midfield performances at Real Sociedad earned him La Liga’s Player of the Month gong for September. Kante had his least remarkable 12 months in England, but that isn’t saying much: the norm for him had been winning major trophies with any team he represented. Aaron Wan-Bissaka | Manchester United/England, 8. The crafty, creative 31-year-old has reached double figures for league assists three years running, and was halfway there this season by October’s end. Aspas isn’t just Celta Vigo’s star player: he is their leader, their talisman, and he completely embodies the club. A goalscoring performance at wing-back against Borussia Dortmund was as genuinely brilliant as it was unexpected, and his work there and in central defence earned him a place in UEFA’s team of the tournament. No contest, this one. He scored eight in nine matches for the Three Lions across 2019, complementing lethal club form that landed him the 2018-19 FWA Footballer of the Year prize. Injuries, suspensions, poor form, ongoing transfer rumours, and off-field problems all made for one of the worst years of his career. Football Top 100 footballers 2017:the best talents in the world. "If you're saying anybody else is the best player in the world, Messi's had a broken leg for a year, or he's dead, or you're lying.". “Everyone’s work ethic is incredible, but Koke does so much running – I just don’t know how he does it.” So eulogised his new team-mate, Kieran Trippier, who has been liberated by the Rojiblancos’ captain. His injury problems were so terrible that it’s genuinely remarkable Cazorla is even playing again. The 25-year-old finishes above Kevin De Bruyne, who has been excellent at the start of the 2019/20 campaign, and Ajax’s Donny van de Beek. He has just turned 21. A bold statement, but one difficult to argue with given just how excellent the Dutchman has been since his move to Anfield in early 2018. A World Cup winner in 1958, 1962, and 1970, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, to give him his full name, is generally regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time. Luka “Perkz” Perković. Silva isn’t slowing down, even as his career in England nears its final act: since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, he has made or scored 21 goals in the Premier League alone. A World Cup, three Ligue 1 titles, and the Coupe de France are just a few of his collective honours. "Mane achieved a great year that was exceptional for the entire Liverpool team. Despite having to endure nearly four months without competitive football in 2019, Icardi is now in excellent form for his new club. Our annual list of the world's 100 best male football players is here! The centre-back is a dominant presence, 6ft 5in but seemingly looming even larger, yet tactically astute and relatively quick to boot. Belgium’s all-time top scorer made an instant impact, equalling Ronaldo’s record of nine goals in his first 11 games to help the Nerazzurri launch a title challenge. The 32-year-old Belgian has passed some major club milestones in 2019, hitting 300 appearances for Napoli and overtaking the legendary Diego Maradona in their all-time goalscoring chart, with the No.1 spot to follow. North London is redSerge Gnabry, Arsenal legend— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 2, 2019. He is growing in stature and reputation, and still only 24 years of age. Please refresh the page and try again. You may (see also: will almost certainly) disagree. Hummels’ 2019 had been a nightmare, with Germany boss Joachim Löw publicly and prematurely axing him alongside Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller, before difficulties with Robert Kovac forced him to quit Bayern Munich and rejoin Dortmund. If only someone didn’t steal all his free-kicks…, 26. The Dutchman was many people’s pick for the Ballon d’Or after a superb year in which he played a big part in pushing Liverpool to a Champions League title and the brink of a Premier League triumph. He was named Serie A's best defender for last season, and also in the Africa Cup of Nations' Team of the Tournament. Tottenham Hotspur plot move for £9.45m ace, Jose Mourinho keen, Phil Hay delivers Leeds United update as club step up midfield pursuit, Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored superb headers at AS Roma for Man Utd and Juventus, Leeds United 'agree personal terms' with Bayern Munich starlet. Harry Kane | Tottenham Hotspur/England, 1. 9. Thiago was in fine fettle as Bayern Munich overhauled Borussia Dortmund to win the German double; he was especially good when the Bavarians hammered their title rivals 5-0 in April. While you're here, why not take advantage of our brilliant subscribers' offer? Mo has accomplished that ever since he moved to Liverpool in 2017, and now he has a Champions League crown to show for it. Tottenham’s passage to the Champions League final was so dramatic, one forgets their vital clean sheets against Inter, Dortmund (twice) and Manchester City. Juve were perfectly happy to pay €75m for his services. Milan Skriniar | Inter Milan/Slovakia, 9. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. David de Gea has dropped from first place to ninth in the latest ESPN FC 100, but that’s not a shock - the Man Utd shot-stopper has been below-par for the past 12 months. Given Messi is widely considered among the greatest players to ever play the game, that might not seem like too startling an insight. First published on Tue 17 Dec 2019 05.00 EST, The Guardian picks the best prospect from each club born between 1 September 2000 and 31 August 2001, an age band known as first-year scholars. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Read on to find who makes up the rest of the list, and of course, who is number one. Few players are as overlooked and under-appreciated as Pjanic, who has quietly been reinventing himself as a deep-lying playmaker since leaving Roma in 2016. He thought he'd achieved the best possible recognition when he was handed a record sixth Ballon d’Or earlier this month. 7. Best MP3 Players 2019 By Don Reisinger 28 May 2019 If you want a device for listening to music on the go and don't want to use a phone, these are the best MP3 players available. He remains a major force at international level, too. After all, does one good – or bad – year define a player? Elite athletes are earning more than ever thanks to soaring salaries driven by ever-richer TV contracts. The Argentine midfielder turns 32 in February, and he is just as important to PSG as the big names playing in front of him. Dybala has spent a lot of the 2019-20 season making a mockery of Juve’s efforts to flog him in the summer. Joshua Kimmich | Bayern Munich/Germany, 1. An on-song Sancho is one of the most entertaining players in the world. The 26-year-old also wasn't helped by the distinct lack of quality around him at Old Trafford. He is a hustler, a rustler – but truly an elite goal-getter. He also has 122 career goals to date already, which is far more than both Lionel Messi (50) and Cristiano Ronaldo (36) had managed by the time they reached the same age. David de Gea | Manchester United/Spain, 3. FourFourTwo is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Diego Maradona may have been blessed with God's hand, but Messi got the rest. Barcelona’s wizard continues to dazzle and delight, producing another calendar year of extraordinary consistency in front of goal and almost single-handedly carrying the Catalan club at times. Courtois has been steady but underwhelming since his 2018 move and is yet to win the love of Madridistas, but the former Atletico Madrid and Chelsea goalkeeper remains one of the finest shot-stoppers in the world. Pele won multiple titles with Santos, with whom he played out the best years of his career, before joining the New York Cosmos for a … ", Why Lionel Messi is the world's best player, Rose Lavelle part of "American Invasion" into WSL, How Thierry Henry has lived racism in football, Lionel Messi and Barcelona: The highs and lows, United star Rashford forms taskforce to fight child food poverty, Angel City: The new women-led football team looking for a Hollywood ending, Champions League returns but not as you've seen it before. Maybe, but he is far exceeding expectations for a 19-year-old. Sule has become an undisputed starter for both Bayern Munich and Germany. Dani Carvajal | Real Madrid/Spain. But he is also an increasingly suspect defender, who can be taken to the cleaners not just by Barcelona but, in the past year, the likes of Girona and Mallorca. He may be 35 now, but Silva remains a rock at the heart of PSG’s defence. Although Aguero has long normalised his outstanding goal returns, in 2019 he became Manchester City’s record Premier League scorer and made the PFA Team of the Year for a second campaign running. Cheers! He runs with the ball like no other player, passes a ball better than everyone else, and, of course, he scores the most goals — 717 in total to date. With Marc-Andre ter Stegen consistently in top form at Barcelona, it was hard for Neuer to justify his continued standing as Germany’s starting goalkeeper. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Rakitic often sacrifices his own talents for the Catalans’ benefit, which means he can sometimes be underrated and underappreciated. The Guardian picks the best prospect from each club born between 1 September 2000 and … The 28-year-old's ability to drift past defenders at the drop of a shoulder also evokes memories of a prime Zinedine Zidane. The best 25 players at Rugby World Cup 2019. play. Age shows no signs of slowing the striker down – Vardy could become the oldest Premier League Golden Boot winner at the age of 33. Elsewhere, Brazil won the 2019 Copa America, Barcelona triumphed in both La Liga and the Copa del Rey, Cristiano Ronaldo won his first Serie A title with Juventus, and so much more has happened that we could be here all day. 6. 5. Leicester’s player of the season in 2018-19 is a flying force for the Foxes; a steam train of a right-back who is often found inside the opposition penalty area. Joshua Kimmich | Bayern Munich/Germany. The Belgian star plays the game effortlessly, but to devastating effect. The highly underrated defender prefers distraction to run-of-the-mill thuggery during matches, often asking his opponents about the car they drive or why certain countries’ flags feature the same colours. Marco Reus | Borussia Dortmund/Germany, 4. With the help of a deflection, Odegaard gives Real Sociedad the lead over Atletico on Premier Sports 2! Unfortunately for the Liverpool star however, he didn't even make the top three in end. So much is made of Bale’s off-field relationship with Los Blancos that it’s easy to forget how decisive he can still be. He has also become a pivotal player for Bayern Munich, where he is admirably filling the huge void left by Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Vertonghen put in a collection of expert displays during Tottenham’s unlikely run to June’s Champions League final. First at Roma, then at Juventus, he has become a truly excellent goalkeeper who now does the simple things well on top of those wonderful saves. At 35, the Italy veteran remains the best and most influential centre-back at Juventus – and the ideal mentor for new signing Matthijs de Ligt. In form, he is the finest passing midfielder around, but age-induced fatigue combined with an increasingly anarchic Barça means that the Spaniard suffers now more than ever. Ricardo Pereira | Leicester City/Portugal, 2. Sergio Aguero pips Harry Kane to first place, although Robert Lewandowski has been better than both Premier League stars in recent weeks. Lenglet is still only 24 but he has replaced the injury-prone Samuel Umtiti for both, and shows plenty of potential to grow. Jose Maria Gimenez | Atletico Madrid/Uruguay, 8. Over the past year, Di Maria has produced some of his best performances since his days with Real Madrid, and he started the current campaign brilliantly following 12 league goals and 11 assists in 2018-19. The Pole’s disastrous World Cup had the doubters firing questions in his direction – and he answered them all emphatically. Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Who is the world's most marketable athlete? The omnipresent French midfielder had to adapt under Maurizio Sarri, but adapt he did, and it’s given his usual defensive game an extra dimension. Even if the 27-year-old is no longer at the peak of his powers, he is an admirable workaholic who helps others to thrive. Les Parisiens’ defensive meanness owes a lot to the serene presence of their accomplished Costa Rican between the sticks. Inconsistent? A 32-goal haul in 2018-19 was the Argentine’s joint-second-most prolific season in blue. Edinson Cavani | Paris Saint-Germain/Uruguay, 3. © 2020 Sports New Media Limited. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. Witsel wasted his talents for far too long, allowing his progress to stagnate first in Russia and then in China. Skriniar seems tailor-made for Antonio Conte; the ideal defensive warrior to make his three-man backline work. Although his French renaissance may finally come to an end after this campaign with a move to pastures new, following eight years in the capital, he is still in imposing form for club and country and helped Brazil to Copa America success in their own back yard. It’s been another hugely eventful year in the world of football. How do you separate Raheem Sterling and Sadio Mane? "Bearing in mind that every game is almost 95 minutes long (when injury time is included) that's two almost every single game.". Paul Pogba didn't even make the top 50 of Business Insider's best players of 2019 list. Lionel Messi on the field for Futbol Club Barcelona. Classy, elegant, and luxurious, but with a powerful 450 bhp engine hidden away underneath its hood. Again. Mané impressed even in a stacked Liverpool front three, notably when his brace at Bayern Munich took Jurgen Klopp’s men into the Champions League quarter-finals en route to winning the trophy. More than 40 ESPN FC experts from around the world have made their selections and come up with top tens for every position on the pitch. We came, we saw, we argued in a room for ages – and these are the results... FourFourTwo’s ranking of the 100 best male footballers in the world returns after an action-packed 2019 full of underdog excellence, crazy comebacks and a defender almost winning the Ballon d'Or. Virgil van Dijk has been the best central defender since January 1 by a country mile. The playmaker enjoyed a stunning Champions League campaign, also claiming the Eredivisie’s joint-most assists as Ajax won the title, and he has been just as sensational this term. It’s hardly surprising that Barcelona struggled at the beginning of this season: Alba, who chipped in with 17 assists in all competitions last season, missed a month of the 2019-20 campaign through injury. No flashy cars (he still drives a Mini Cooper), no fancy designer clothes, and no partying til the early hours. "On his first appearance in European competition, Harry Maguire captains Man Utd...And he forgot to stick around for the coin toss— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 24, 2019. He turns 31 in January, yet 2019 has arguably been his best-ever year: the midfielder was a constant as Lucien Favre’s team went close to glory last season. Szczesny’s transformation in Serie A has been nothing short of a revelation. Sign up for Insider Select. Those were the words of former Liverpool and England star Jamie Redknapp, according to Goal. His Terry-esque heart, his Ferdinand-esque brain, and Vidic-esque physicality have transformed Liverpool's back four into the best in Europe. But Brundish has a set of statistics he believes sufficiently ends any debate on the matter. Let’s take a look at which players have come out on top... 9. He was brilliant for Brazil to help them lift the Copa America: the 22-year-old put in goal-and-assist displays in the semi-final and final as his beloved Seleção triumphed on home soil. 10. The Dutch prodigy has flourished whether deep or playing in an advanced role, dribbling, passing and working his way into Blaugrana hearts. In 2020, it will be Ali Daei’s all-time international scoring record (109) that is in his sights. Occasionally deployed on the left of defence despite his disdain for the position, the 25-year-old’s midfield displays have suffered in turn – yet he remains a trusted lieutenant. Consistently excellent throughout Liverpool’s victorious Champions League campaign, the Brazilian was a truly game-changing signing who justified his hefty £67m price tag.— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 3, 2019. Bruno Fernandes | Sporting CP/Portugal, 8. Scoring a hat-trick as Netherlands captain wrapped up a marvellous year. Using 2017-18 full-season data from football statistics website, Understat, Combine all of those stats; Messi's goals, assists and xG-Build score and Brundish asks of the best player in the world debate: "Where is the argument? His balletic grace, positional intelligence and adaptability have each come to the fore under Pep Guardiola. He was one of two exceptional centre-backs in the Premier League across 2018-19, and justifiably made the PFA Team of the Year. That's why I chose him.". In all, the Dane plundered 20 goals and assists in an excellent 2018-19 Premier League campaign, making him only the second player (alongside David Beckham) to assist at least 10 goals in four consecutive seasons. Not only is he competing at the highest level, however, he is regularly Villarreal’s best performer, possibly 2019’s best Spanish midfielder and deservedly in the national team. Every fan has an opinion about the world's best soccer stars, but nearly everyone agrees on the greatness of a few players. So consistent is Oblak, we are in danger of normalising some absolutely astonishing numbers. Injuries ruled him out of crucial Champions League games for PSG and Brazil’s Copa America triumph on home soil, and a dream return to Barcelona failed to materialise during the summer. Frustratingly, his knee knack also denied him a much-deserved France debut. Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo misses out completely after a disappointing calendar year. In 2018-19 he netted 20 league goals for a woeful side, keeping them in La Liga almost single-handedly. Started in 2010, Top 20 Players of the Year is HLTV's annual tradition of ranking the 20 best players of each year based on players' individual performances and accolades with the exception of 2012 which was a transition year from Counter-Strike to Global Offensive. Sam Kerr has narrowly beaten Lucy Bronze to finish top of our ranking of the best players in the world this year. Navas is now enjoying a new lease of life with PSG after inexplicably falling out of favour at Real Madrid, and he wasted little time in reminding people that he remains among the best goalkeepers in the game. "Lionel Messi's seal of approval." Frenkie de Jong can consider himself a little unlucky to finish in second spot, while the same can be said of Fernandinho in fourth and, in particular, Fabinho down in sixth. As Manchester City’s most-used outfield player after Aymeric Laporte last season, Silva combined graft and guile, encapsulated in his superb performance against Liverpool in January. Whether it's chasing the ball relentlessly for 90 mins, sitting in front of the back four, or playing as an attacking midfielder, the versatile 28-year-old always adds value, and a lot of it. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? Daft. Our annual list of the world's 100 best male football players is here!

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