Thiago Silva | Paris St Germain | Ligue 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the big-name summer signing, but Thiago Silva was arguably more important.
Paris St Germain have kept 25 clean sheets in all competitions this term - a pretty impressive figure. That solidity starts with Silva, the team's de facto defensive leader and most talented defender.
The Brazilian centre-back is one of the world's best, and only really Ibrahimovic can make a strong case to represent Ligue 1.