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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

The 50 most influential people in football: ESPN FC's 2017 countdown

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the ever-changing top 50 most influential people in football.
Gab Marcotti delves into ESPN FC's top 50 most influential people in football, pinpointing No. 16's "John" from Football Leaks.

Football is big business -- a global sport with multiple leagues and teams and international competitions all vying for your attention (and money). But who wields the most influence in the game, those men and women who have some combination of money, authority and power to shape the sport? 

As we did in 2015 with our inaugural list, ESPN FC has ranked the top 50 movers and shakers in the game, from FIFA president Gianni Infantino to Cristiano Ronaldo to the mystery person (or people) behind Football Leaks.

We've also expanded our approach this time around by ranking the Top 10 influencers in the key regions of planet football (Europe, South America, North America, Africa and Asia) with the help of our experts in each region.


The List

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50. David
Chung

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49. Bridget
Rohde

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48. Charlie
Stilitano

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47. Tite

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46. Kwesi
Nyantakyi

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45. Gordon
Taylor

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44. Marina
Granovskaya

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43. Nelio
Lucas

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42. Kia
Joorabchian

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41. David
Elleray

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40. Michael
Lauber

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39. Fatma
Samoura

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38. Jorge
Sampaoli

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37. Jack
Ma

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36. Alexei
Miller

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35. Philippe
Blatter

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34. Ahmad
Ahmad

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33. Roman
Abramovich

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32. Theo
Theodoridis

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31. Alejandro
Dominguez

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30. Victor
Montagliani

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29. Zhang
Jindong

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28. Hasan
Al Thawadi

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27. Sheikh
Salman

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26. Wang
Jianlin

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25. Christian
Seifert

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24. Jaume
Roures

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23. Ed
Woodward

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22. Javier
Tebas

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21. Paul
Pogba

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20. Nasser
Al Khelaifi

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19. Vitaly
Mutko

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18. Neymar

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17. Pierluigi
Collina

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16. "John"
(Football Leaks)

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15. Jose
Mourinho

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14. Andrea
Agnelli

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13. Zvonimir
Boban

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12. Sunil
Gulati

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11. David
Gill

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10. Cristiano
Ronaldo

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9. Pep
Guardiola

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8. Mino
Raiola

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7. Lionel
Messi

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6. Florentino
Perez

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5. Jorge
Mendes

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4. Richard
Scudamore

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3. Aleksander
Ceferin

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2. Karl-Heinz
Rummenigge

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1. Gianni
Infantino

What do you think of this year's countdown? Who is too high? Who is too low? Did we miss anyone? And who shouldn't be on the list at all? Comment below or contact us on Twitter @ESPNFC.

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