Strikers might steal the limelight by scoring goals. But without an efficient midfield, no great attacker could bang a hand full of goals. A solid midfield controls the play and becomes the connecting path between the defenders and the attackers. Here is a list of 10 best midfielders in Europe at the moment.
10 Best Midfielders in Europe this Season
10. Paul Pogba-Manchester United
On the 10th spot of our list of 10 best midfielders in Europe is the Frenchman Paul Pogba. Paul completed a move from Juventus to his previous club Manchester United this summer. Things were not going well in the start for Pogba as he struggled to live up to the expectation United fans had from him considering the price paid. He has now completely settled at the club and has been performing excellently for the red devils. His chances creation per game are more than any other midfielder in the Premier league.
9. Arturo Vidal-Bayern Munich
After losing the Champions league final to Barcelona in 2015, Arturo Vidal made a move and joined the German giants Bayern Munich. The Chilean’s arrival made Bastian Schweinsteiger depart the club. He was considered a flop in the beginning and couldn’t make a mark for himself. But as he settled down, he showed his worth. And is one of the most crucial players of Bayern Munich. His work rate is what makes him so much worthy for his team.
8. Marco Verratti-PSG
The Italian youngster has established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe. Verratti has been PSG’s key man since past few seasons and is the real driving force of the team. He has been linked with a move to other footballing giants like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Chelsea.
7. Sergio Busquets-FC Barcelona
The world cup winner Spaniard Sergio Busquets has been playing in heart of FC Barcelona’s midfield since he was 19 years old. He is FC Barcelona’s one of those players who were the part of the first and second treble winning team and is expected to continue for many more years. Busquets is actually one of the most underrated players in the game. But his game reading and controlling ability has been a crucial factor in FC Barcelona’s success in the past decade.
6. Angel Di Maria-PSG
The Argentine has been one of the luckiest players to have the opportunity to play with one of the best players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His dribbling skills and playmaking abilities were exposed since his Real Madrid days. At this stage of his career, Di Maria has all those skills with a great amount of maturity and is the primary playmaker at PSG.
5. Toni Kroos-Real Madrid
The German sniper is the top assist provider in La Liga this season. Since he arrived at Real Madrid, Toni Kroos has formed a great partnership with the Croatian Luka Modric. Although he was under performing under Rafael Benitez, he is now back to his very best under the French coach Zinedine Zidane. There is no doubt that Kroos deserves this spot in the countdown of 10 best midfielders in Europe.
4. Eden Hazard-Chelsea
The Italian manager Antonio Conte has converted the devastated Chelsea into the Premier league leaders and Eden Hazard is back at his very best. With Pedro and Diego Costa, the Belgian has formed a dangerous attacking trio and he himself, being a naturally gifted dribbler, rips apart defenses and creates easy chances for his team-mates. His style of play is very much similar to the Spaniard Andres Iniesta who is now on the verge retiring from the professional football.
3. Luka Modric-Real Madrid
Once considered a Real Madrid flop, Luka Modric is now one of the best players in the whole world. He is the driving force of Real Madrid and his national team. He controls the midfield like no other player can and creates excellent chances for his team-mates up front. Luka is only second to Andres Iniesta and N’Golo Kante in the list of 10 best midfielders in Europe.
2. Andres Iniesta-FC Barcelona
Andres Iniesta has a class of his own. He is not at his very best at the moment and is growing older, Iniesta can still create chances like a young midfielder who might be in his top form and could dribble past defenders as if they are not there. No stats could reflect the quality and impact Andres Iniesta has on the pitch. He is expected to stay up there for a few seasons more.
1. N’Golo Kante-Chelsea
On the first place is Chelsea FC’s N’Golo Kante. Kante was a key reason for Leicester City’s success last season when they wrote the greatest ever underdog story in the football. He was then called to London by Antonio Conte and is performing at his very best. Kante has a very good vision and could read the game very well. Despite being a defensive midfielder, the Frenchman is a great dribbler, playmaker, and finisher. He surely is the best midfielder in the world at the moment.