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.
Considering a variety of factors such as match rating, goal involvement, interceptions, clearances, chances created, crosses, and passing accuracy, here are the 10 best midfielders in the world right now. We have not included players who also play as forwards such as Salah, Fekir, Muller, Grealish, or Son.
Honourable Mentions – Casemiro, Luka Modric, Pedri, Ilkay Gundogan & Leon Goretzka
10. Frenkie de Jong
Frenkie de Jong is among the brightest stars in La Liga. He is one of the world’s most dependable central midfielders and plays a crucial role for both Barcelona and the Netherlands national team. Additionally, he can dodge opponent press because of his excellent turn and awareness of space.
9. Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva was back to his brilliant best last season and was one of the best players in the Premier League. He has become the player that makes Guardiola’s side tick. He is a wizard with the ball at his feet, and he works just as hard to win possession back for his side. Silva gets into any team in the world on his current form. It’s understandable why Manchester are so keen to keep him at the Etihad Stadium.
8. Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes is among the best midfielders in the Premier League. He has a knack for scoring goals as well as providing them. He is also good at creative passing and attacking gameplay. He was among Manchester United’s best players last season as the club finished third in the league.
7. Martin Odegaard
Odegaard was among Arsenal’s best players last season. He is quite challenging to mark because of his exceptional off-ball movement, he continuously shifts and finds room between the lines and in the half-spaces. His ability to affect opponents creates chances for his teammates to take advantage of. At just 24 years of age, he still has a lot to offer.
6. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been great last season for Lazio in recent years. He has been at Lazio since 2015, but under Maurizio Sarri, he is playing on a completely different level. He can create goals, make assists, and also has defensive awareness. He is among the best midfielders in the world right now.
5. Tony Kroos
Tony Kroos has extended his contract to continue playing for Real Madrid. The German’s skills lie in his creativity and ability to keep the ball moving in the opponent’s half. He can also launch a shot from the distance, while also having the ability to provide pinpoint passes and crosses.
4. Jude Bellingham
Jude Bellingham has recently moved to Real Madrid and could be the next big thing in world football. The English teenager possesses all the skills necessary to succeed at the top: he is energetic, can hang onto the ball, and can find openings deep inside the half of the opposition. He is, without a doubt, one of the best midfielders in the world right now.
3. Joshua Kimmich
Kimmich can play as a full-back, a number eight, or a creative 10. The 27-year-old German international was transformed into a defensive midfielder from a full-back by Pep Guardiola and he hasn’t looked back. He is now the fulcrum of one of the best teams in the world and is charged with winning back possession, starting attacking moves and making those all-important fouls whenever necessary.
What an immense last 24 months have been for Rodri. He was among the best players in the Premier League last season. He plays as a single pivot which allows Guardiola to play attack-minded players in his midfield. Rodri also packs the ability to score some long-range goals too. He also scored the goal in the final of the UEFA Champions League which helped Manchester City in winning their first-ever UCL title.
1. Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne is arguably the most complete midfielder in the world. He is creative, powerful, and skilful and can pass, shoot, dribble, tackle, and cross – all with either foot. His vision for passes makes him one of the best footballers in the world. Last season, he was directly involved in 41 goals in all competitions for Manchester City and helped his team to the treble.