According to NRL journalist Buzz Rothfield Keary an Cleary are the best players in the world, overtaking James Tedesco.
Personally, I believe Nathan Cleary is probably playing the best footy out of everyone, but it doesnt mean he is the best player in the world. To hold this accolade you have to be performing above everyone for a couple years not just 14 games. Secondly, Cleary hasnt proved himself yet in any finals series. While he played origin, he just did his job in those games rather than be a key player. In my opinion Cameron Smith is still the best player in the game as much as I hate him. They way he manages his fowards close to the try line and than play second receiver is incredible. Followed by him are Cameron Munster and Tom Trobjevic (when fit) and than Keary and Tedesco. I believe Munster does everything Keary can do, but has more x-factor in his running game. Not taking anything away from Keary as well, the players around him make him look better than he truely is (still one of the best players in the game IMO though). From Trobjecvic and Tedesco, I believe Tedesco has a better tackle breaking ability however Trobjevic passing game, aerial ability and try saving tackles are superior than Tedesco.