Friday, January 21, 2022

Top 10 men and women players in world hockey: corner kings to goalkeepers

The Hockey Paper's new columnist Ross Bone lists the best male and female players in the world today

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Ross Bone
Columnist for The Hockey Paper and the man behind The Top of the D. Writer, podcaster, goalkeeper and BBC Sport man. Used to work for Great Britain Hockey and have covered the sport at every major tournament.

Remember the uproar when the results of the FIH’s Hockey stars awards were announced? As India’s various nominees swept the board, a lot of people were very upset.

Only a fool would invite criticism on themselves by putting out their own list of the best players in the world just a few months after that, right?

Well, get ready to be furious all over again, because that’s exactly what I’ve done.

The world’s best players in my eyes, in no particular order are here.  

Arthur van Doren

There can’t be too much debate about this one, surely? Apart from being a vital cog in the all-conquering Belgian side with a trophy cabinet that’s the envy of most players worldwide, he’s also one of the standout performers in the Dutch league – widely considered the best league around. Not a week goes by where I don’t see a series of clips on social media of him doing something brilliant and every time I see him play, I’m always impressed by him despite knowing beforehand just how good he is. 

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