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Top 10 Best Midfielders in the World Rankings - Where Ilkay Gundogan and more rank

Ranking the best midfielders of world football such as Toni Kroos, Bruno Fernandes, Ilkay Gundogan and more going into the 2021 -2022 season

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By Fan Rankings | July 25, 2021 - 10:37 PM

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Top 10 Midfielders in Football

  1. Leon Goretzka

Club: Bayern Munich, Bundesliga

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.

 

  1. Paul Pogba

Club: Manchester United, Premier League

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.

 

  1. Casemiro

Club: Real Madrid, La Liga

If it is about tackling and interceptions, Casemiro is the leader among the defensive midfielders right now. 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 game, 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.

 

  1. Marco Verratti

Club: PSG, Ligue 1

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 said 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.”

 

  1. Ilkay Gundogan

Club: Manchester City, Premier League

Gundogan has always been a classy playmaker and remains so, but recently he has added a goalscoring element to his game. 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 De Bruyne and Aguero.

 

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  1. Toni Kroos

Club: Real Madrid, La Liga

Toni Kroos has arguably taken his game to new heights ever since he made the switch to Madrid from Bayern Munich. Calm, composed and always assured on the ball, Kroos is the conductor in the midfield who pulls the strings for the Spanish giants. He was the pillar of Madrid’s five trophy ventures in 2017-18. The German is the epitome of unbelievable consistency and class. Toni Kroos excels at having one of the best passing accuracies in the world. This is despite the fact that he is the hub of Real Madrid’s creativity, constantly playing long balls across the pitch and taking risks with the ball. He is, without a doubt, one of the best midfielders in the world right now.

 

  1. Joshua Kimmich

Club: Real Madrid, La Liga

The German can play as a full-back, a number eight, or a creative 10. The 26-year-old German international has followed in the footsteps of former Bayern captain Philipp Lahm by transitioning from a full-back into a defensive midfielder. He is one of the best players in the world in his position. The partnership of him and Leon Goretzka in the center of midfield for Bayern is probably the world’s best.

 

  1. Bruno Fernandes

Club: Manchester United, Premier League

The Portuguese Magnifico has been outstanding since joining United in January. Even Manchester United fans wouldn’t have expected Bruno Fernandes to have the sort of impact he had immediately since joining the club. Bruno Fernandes’ creativity and a lot of goals have transformed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side from an average one to a very good team. He is one of the best midfielders in the world right now.

 

  1. N’Golo Kanté

Club: Chelsea, Premier League

Crowned with the PFA Player of the Year in 2017, N’golo Kante has undoubtedly been one of the most effective midfielders in the Premier League over the past couple of seasons. He is strong in tackling and interceptions. He was excellent in the recent UEFA Champions League final win over Manchester City.

 

  1. Kevin De Bruyne

Club: Manchester City, Premier League

De Bruyne isn’t the best footballer in the world, but he’s arguably the most complete. Creative, powerful, skillful, and dynamic, the Manchester City man can pass, shoot, dribble, tackle and cross – and all with either foot. His vision for key passes while also being able to snap out a goal from nowhere indeed makes him the best midfielder in the world. The Belgian contributes in every phase of the game; he has the technical ability of a luxury player without being anything like a luxury. He was the star man in Manchester City’s record-breaking title triumph in 2017-18. De Bruyne was also voted the ‘Premier League Player of the Season for the 2019-2020 season. He was one of the best Belgium players in Euro 2020, where his team reached the last 8.

 

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