Pat Spillane's Top 40 Gaelic Footballers right now, Part 3

Dublin star Ciaran Kilkenny is ranked at No 16
Dublin star Ciaran Kilkenny is ranked at No 16

I’m often asked who I rate as the best footballer in the country. There are variations on that theme; like who is the best defender, best midfielder, best forward or the top 10 players in Gaelic football. Now that the championship is done and dusted for another year, I have decided to compile my list of the top 40 footballers in the country.

PART III; 20 - 11

20 - John Heslin (Westmeath)

Equally comfortable at centre-field or full-forward, he almost single-handedly dragged Westmeath over the finish line in their historic win over Meath.

19 - Peter Harte (Tyrone)

One of the best attacking wing-backs in the game, he is equally effective as a roaming wing-forward and is a deadly finisher from the penalty spot.

18 - Brian Fenton (Dublin)

What a debut season the youngster from Raheny (left) had. He is a wonderful distributor of the ball and improved as the summer progressed.

17 - Shane Enright (Kerry)

One of the best man-makers in the game! Just ask Bernard Brogan or, in particular Brian Hurley, whom he held scoreless in two Munster finals.

16 - Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin)

An old-style, hard-working centre-forward, he scored 0-18 in his best ever championship season.

15 - Lee Keegan (Mayo)

Had another super season! It is interesting to note that in his three head-to-head clashes against Diarmuid Connolly he outscored him four points to two!

14 - James McCarthy (Dublin)

Epitomises everything that is great about Dublin football – blessed with pace, aggression, skill and athleticism. Scored vital point in replay against Mayo

13 - Jamie Clarke (Armagh)

The Lionel Messi of Gaelic football, he oozes class. Unfortunately he plays for a team that doesn’t fully utilise his talents

12 - Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone, below)

One of the most versatile performers around, he is comfortable in defence, midfield or attack and had a marvellous summer.

11 - Phillip McMahon (Dublin)

Despite some of his antics he is one of the best defenders around.

Furthermore, McMahon scored in five of Dublin’s seven championship games, amassing an impressive 1-6.

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