Total Player 2023 by Water Polo England

December 11, 2023

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+1 Pt | Lily Turner (GBR)

British National Team Player. Club: Ethnikos. Position: All-round

Lily Turner ranks among the greatest British female water polo players of all time. Her contributions were pivotal in Great Britain's qualification for the 2024 European Championships, marking a historic return after a decade. Additionally, she excelled during her time with the Cal Bears in the United States and continues to perform exceptionally well with Ethnikos in Greece. Has the potential to be one of the world's best all-round players.

+2 Pts | Sofia Giustini (ITA)

Italian National Team Player. Clubs: Roma/Sabadell. Position: Attacker

Sofia Giustini is undoubtedly the most promising young talent in the water polo world. Her pivotal role in securing Italy's bronze medal in Fukuoka demonstrates her remarkable maturity and skill, which led the European Champions Sabadell to sign her, despite their wealth of young Spanish talent.

+3 Pts | Tilly Kearns (AUS)

Australian National Team Player. Club: USC. Position: Driver.

Tilly Kearns had a breakout year as the centre forward for the Australian team. Her remarkable contributions at USC played a crucial role in securing the MPSF conference title, and her formidablel skills were on full display at the Fukuoka tournament.

+4 Pts | Rita Keszthelyi (HUN)

Hungarian National Team Player. Club: Mataro. Position: Driver

Rita Keszthelyi's playing style continues to be a source of joy for spectators, and she has maintained the same level of quality and finesse on the water as she did a decade ago.

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+5 Pts | Simone van de Kraats (NED)

Dutch National Team Player. Club: Mataro. Position: Right winger

Widely recognized as the most dangerous attackers in the world, Simone Van de Kraats is a key factor in the Dutch national team's status as world champions. Her offensive prowess is unmatched, whether representing her club or country.

+1 Pts | Szilard Jansik (HUN)

Hungarian National Team Player. Club: Ferencvaros. Position: Driver

Szilard Jansik's versatility, displayed across center forward, center back, and perimeter positions, along with his exceptional leadership qualities, make him an indispensable figure. As the cornerstone of FTC and a pivotal player for the World Championship-winning Hungarian team, his impact cannot be overstated.

+2 Pts | Nikola Jaksic (SRB)

Serbian National Team Player. Club: Novi Beograd. Position: Defender

Under immense pressure from both club and country, Nikola Jaksic exhibited brilliance in Fukuoka, emerging as a standout player on both ends of the pool. His composure under stress is a testament to his remarkable abilities.

+3 Pts | Konstantinos Kakaris (GRE)

Greek National Team Player. Club: Jug/Pro Recco. Position: Centre-forward

Konstantinos Kakaris' excellence on the water is a testament to his abilities, and it comes as no surprise that Pro Recco secured his talents from Jug at the earliest opportunity. His unique blend of strength and skill renders him among the most invaluable players on the global stage.

+4 Pts | Alvaro Granados (ESP)

Spanish National Team Player. Club: Novi Beograd. Position: Attacker

Undoubtedly, Alvaro Granados is swiftly emerging as one of the most promising attackers of his generation. His potential for peak performance, given his age, is nothing short of remarkable. Notably, his ten-goal performance in the Serbian Championship final is etched in history as one of the finest individual displays.

+5 Pts | Gergo Zalanki (HUN)

Hungarian National Team Player. Club: Pro Recco. Position: Wing

Hungary consistently produces exceptional left-handed players, and Gergo Zalanki stands out as the very best in world water polo. His performance in critical moments led to victories in both the Champions League and World Championships, solidifying his reputation as the best player in the world.