Midfielders are the one who controls the game from behind. They maintain possession and give key passes from which the best part of the game comes: Goal! These players are the link between attack and defense, often playing defense-splitting passes and breaking up opposition play as and when required.
Over the last year, we have witnessed many amazing midfielders go about their business. All the best teams across Europe have that one player capable of making a difference at the center of the field. Let us have a look at some of the best midfielders in the world right now.
Here are the top 15 midfielders in the world right now. We have not included players who also play as forwards such as Sancho, Muller, Hazard, or Sterling.
15. Leon Goretzka
Having signed for the record champions Bayern from Schalke in the summer of 2018, Goretzka has blossomed into a truly world-class box-to-box midfielder for Hansi Flick’s all-conquering Bayern Munich outfit. In his first full season at the club, Goretzka was deployed in no less than six different positions and even turned out at left-back in 2018/19. All of that has changed under Flick, who gave him the role in the centre of the midfield, where he is thriving now.
14. Bernardo Silva
Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva quickly established himself under manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. The 26-year-old showed his capabilities of creating goals with his sensational range of passing as well as showing a clinical edge, picking up essential goals from midfield. He is one of the best playmakers in world football.
13. Paul Pogba
If it wasn’t for his inconsistencies with Manchester United, Pogba would be top of this list. One of the best things about the arrival of Bruno Fernandes is the fact he has brought the best out of Pogba. In Bruno, Pogba has got a player on his creative wavelength who gives him the freedom to express himself. That’s when the Frenchman’s genius is at its best.
12. David Silva
One of the reasons behind Manchester City’s success over the past decade has been David Silva. He is a talented and agile left-footed player. He is known for having an excellent first touch, good dribbling skills, and outstanding technical ability, which, along with his intelligent attacking movements, allow him to retain possession in tight spaces, and to create space for himself and teammates to open up a defence.
Silva has started very well at Real Sociedad, winning the Copa del Rey in the very first season. He still has the capacity to play at the highest level.
11. Thiago Alcantara
This Barcelona academy graduate was brilliant for Bayern Munich and will expect to do the same for Liverpool. He was often the link between attack and defense for the Bundesliga champions. He is very strong in passing, ball interceptions, and defensive play work. Alcantara also likes to play long ball. Though he is not much of a goalscorer, he has maintained 90% passing accuracy. He is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world right now.
10. Marco Verratti
Often compared to Andrea Pirlo, Verratti is known for his brilliant ball retention skills and his ability to pick out the right pass under pressure. Always ensuring that the ball keeps moving at the centre of the park, the Italian is probably one of the best midfielders of the world in recent times.
Xavi told about him, “He’s one of the best midfielders in the world, and plays a little bit in the same way as I tried to do with Barcelona and the national team. Verratti likes having the ball. He also has perfect mastery over long and short passing, he can play the final ball, and he doesn’t lose the ball that easily. He is really a very high-class player.”
If it is about tackling and interceptions, Casemiro is the leader among the defensive midfielders right this time. Zidane made this Brazilian with his hands and it showed his true color in the last couple of seasons. With an average of 2 crucial interceptions and 3 important tackles per match, he has been the match turner for Real Madrid for the past couple of seasons. It will be interesting to see how he performs under a new manager.