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 defence, often playing defence-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 centre 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.
Rodri is not the player that immediately stands out in City’s star-studded line-up, but you simply cannot deny how important he is to the team at the moment. Rodri plays as a single pivot which is a very demanding role to fulfil. However, this allows Pep Guardiola to field more attack-minded players. His long-range shooting ability has seen him score iconic goals too.
Liverpool have transformed under Jurgen Klopp and are one of the fiercest teams in Europe. The Reds have won the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League in recent years and one of their key performers has been Fabinho.
The defensive midfielder has also played a centre-back role on occasions. He is most effective in the heart of the midfield, breaking up attacks, pressing intensely and providing cover to the defence.
13. Nicolo Barella
Nicolo Barella was instrumental in Inter Milan winning the Serie A in 2021. The 24-year-old was also a key member of the Italy team that won the European Championships during the summer.
The midfielder never gives the ball away and is capable of affecting play in any phase. He’s super reliable, excellent in and out of possession and his passing is superb.
12. 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
11. Ilkay Gundogan
Gundogan has always been a classy playmaker and remains so, but recently he has added a goalscoring element to his game. He established himself as one of the most important players in the Manchester City squad.
His goalscoring exploits have taken him to new heights in recent months. He was instrumental in City’s Premier League triumph last season, especially with the injuries to other key players.