Top 10 Best Football Midfielders

The Top Ten

1 Diego Maradona Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He is known for "The Goal of the Century" and the "Hand of God" goal.

Why the hell is he seventh? He scored the best goal in football history! And even I admit, though I support England! Look if have not seen these people play, don't vote and leave this list now!

This guy is way better messi!

He is the only guy who won world cup for his country by alone

The best but not better than messi

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2 Frank Lampard Frank Lampard Frank James Lampard is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for New York City FC in Major League Soccer.

Look at his numbers, just look at it 232 goals and 172 assists. It's nearly impossible for any midfielder to scale such heights but not Frank Lampard. He is a legend, in every sense of the word. It was a pleasure watching him play. Too bad we won't be able to do it any longer. It's a pain, really. A pain that leaves a hole in the heart as deep as the ocean.

Franks the best he gets all the assists to chelsea and scores a lot. He's the top kicker on chelsea. If chelsea gets to a penalty shootout he kicks first because the coach relies on him

It's awesome to be the top scorer for the club and, he is a midfielder! He had scored a variety of wonder, from freekicks to headers, and surely, the goal from the tightest of angle beating valdes! He's a great midfielder.

How many other midfielders have scored 300 goals?

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3 Andres Iniesta Andres Iniesta Andrés Iniesta Luján is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.

Really? The best ever, Spain won the World Cup with his goal, Iniesta-Xavi-Messi are the best trio on football (soccer), but Iniesta is the Mastermind, the magician!

18th? What? He is in Top 3! - StanMarsh

Wow lampard and gerrard are seriously overrated in this list. neither of them were ever near world class - they are nowhere near the level of world class players such as iniesta/xavi/pirlo/alonso/fabregas/ modric/ronaldinho/kroos/kaka/sneijder/schweinsteiger/ cambiasso/rakitic/busquets/seedorf/ ballack/vieira/vidal/toure yaya/mascherano etc etc etc etc

4 Steven Gerrard Steven Gerrard Steven George Gerrard is an English professional footballer who plays for Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.

Say all you want about Lampard's stats, but let's be honest, if we talk about the pure quality, Gerrard is above Lampard. The goals he scored for Liverpool and England were out of this world, and not to mention, crucial. He won Liverpool the champions league and FA cup by himself, and was arguably the best captain of the premier league era. He played in a mediocre team for his whole career and still did amazing, he didn't need to be put in a world class team to get global recognition, and that's why Liverpool fans will admit that for many years, Gerrard carried Liverpool. Lampard simply didn't have the same influence as Gerrard, or the "big game" attitude.

Gerrard is a wonderful football player and a brilliant role model I think every child should look up to him. He is 33 years old but can still play like ronaldo or messi steven is the king of football

He don't need any explanation.. Shoot power, accuracy, defense, attack, pass and leader.. He's just the BEST.

He si the best lampard may have better stats but stevie is the best there is the best there was the bes there wil ever be

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5 Xavi Hernandez Xavi Hernandez Xavier "Xavi" Hernández Creus is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Qatari club Al Sadd SC.

No matter what anyone says, this guy is definitely the best midfielder ever! (Coming from someone who played pro in South America) his success in club and country can't lie, plus changing the whole tactic system in the best club in the world (Barcelona) is something only a legend could do. The brain of Barça/Spain and main point of the tiki-taka system, he pretty much controlled the whole team according to his thinking (check his highlights on YouTube), this world will definitely never see another footballer like Xavi Hernandez!

XAVI HAS TO BE AT LEAST IN THE TOP 3! He is an absolute legend! Without him Barcelona would not have scored half the goals they have scored this season! Pass-Master! - madcat701

No doubt one of the best play maker ever, truly beast, I don't know why he is on 5 he should be at least 2nd, I think everyone forgot their passes and vision

Best in the world insane pass completion rate in his prime

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6 Andrea Pirlo Andrea Pirlo Andrea Pirlo is an Italian professional footballer who plays for American club New York City FC in Major League Soccer and the Italy national team.

Deep-lying playmaker, an invention


7 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

He is not a midfielder!

But he is not midfielder. He is a forward (winger)

Ronaldo has impressive skills with incredible power, he can manage to confuse defenders and also score goals in a slightly great distance, he can do what other players in this world cannot do

Now he has not been too good

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8 Juan Mata Juan Mata Juan Manuel Mata García is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester United and the Spain national team.

Cause he is a giant, sting midfielder for chelsea and scored lots of good, quality goals. Flynn age 8 - flynn

9 Luka Modric Luka Modric Luka Modrić is a Croatian footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Croatia national team.

Should be no1 in the last few years.

Simply The BEST Mid in The World..
And one of the best in history


He is my fovourate and simly the best

10 Neymar Neymar Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team. more.

He is not a mid fielder

The Contenders

11 Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
12 Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.

Zidane should definitely be in the top 5 not kaka ronaldo or lampard this guy is a legend and could school any of these players easily he was the heart and soul of any soccer team he is also rated upon the top 3 football players in the world.

This a joke rite? How the hell is zidane not #1 shoot even the top 3 you really don't know soccer then this guy carried France to the world cup as a rookie he was the best player on a real madrid team that had Ronaldo raul figo r carlos that's saying something! Plus he was still playing at a high level at the age of 35 got France back to the world cup!

Wow.. this is pathetic
Ronaldo and Lampard don't even come close to Zidane.
I guess people are just looking at modern day midfielders and not at the best of all time

Pure talent, skills, shoot, dribbling, power, spectacular goals.. No one else comes close

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13 Toni Kroos Toni Kroos Toni Kroos is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and the German national team.

Put him in top 5 already. His vision, control, playmaking is simply phenomenal. Legend!

14 Cesc Fabregas

His ability to provide world class assists make him by far one of the best midfielders in the world

15 John Obi Mikel

He is Awesome Baby

Yup he's awesome. Go Nigeria


16 Paul Pogba Paul Pogba Paul Labile Pogba is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the France national team.

Best...simply best

what POGBA

That moment you realise fernando torres (a striker) is rated higher than pogba... wow...

17 Kevin De Bruyne Kevin De Bruyne Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgium national team.
18 Kaka Kaka Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer and the Brazil national team.

The most prolific playmakers in present day football and he makes the whole attack look so simple by his passing ability... He can score from long range, inside the box... A full PACKAGE...

Have to respect in whatever club he plays does better passes than lampard and maradona is a drug head

Awesome player! Go real madrid

He has the best vision.He has speed.He has pass accuracy.He has everything it needs to be the best of all time.He is Kaka.

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19 Park Ji Sung

Park is such an underrated player. Just his determination and short passing will inspire the whole team.


20 Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a retired Brazilian footballer.

He is the best dribbler... And should be best

He's not a midfielder but vote for the banter

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21 Arturo Vidal
22 Eden Hazard Eden Hazard Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Chelsea and the Belgium national team.

Eden hazard is one of the most greatest talent the world has ever seen

I love you eden

23 Ivan Rakitic Ivan Rakitic Ivan Rakitić is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a central or attacking midfielder for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Croatia national team.
24 David Silva

Excellent footballer

Next to Gerrard, one of the best playmakers to have ever graced the epl. The complete player if he adds tackling to his game

25 Alex Pritchard


26 Jay-Jay Okocha
27 Clarence Seedorf
28 James Rodríguez James Rodríguez James David Rodríguez Rubio, known as James Rodríguez, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Colombia national team as an attacking midfielder or winger.
29 Frank Ribery

Ribery made his debut in the 2006 World Cup and had a tremendous amount of skill he became a star for france and as well as Bayern Munich he deserves to be in the top 5.

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30 Xabi Alonso Xabi Alonso Xabier "Xabi" Alonso Olano is a Spanish footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich as a central midfielder.
31 Arjen Robben Arjen Robben Arjen Robben is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Netherlands national team.
32 Sergio Busquets

Even though he dives, he is a quality midfielder

33 Ángel Di María Ángel Di María

He's 1 hands down

34 Garrincha Garrincha Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known by the nickname Garrincha, was a Brazilian footballer who played right winger and forward.

Best dribbler in history. Along with pele, they were unbeatable

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35 Franck Ribery Franck Ribery Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry is a French professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich.
36 Massimo Luongo
37 Johan Cruyff Johan Cruyff

Not much to say. The greatest midfielder I have ever seen!

38 Gerd Mueller
39 Michael Ballack Michael Ballack

The best Germany mid for all times

40 Nani
41 Paul Scholes

The man is a cannon. Deserves a much higher rank than his current position of 43.

Should be much higher he is one of the best midfielders of all time

"My greatest regret was not playing with Scholes" - Xavi

Scholes the best cmf for man you

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42 Mesut Ozil Mesut Ozil

His is still a young man but as time is going he will become the best mid in the world

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43 Gareth Bale Gareth Bale Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. V 1 Comment
44 Wesley Sneijder Wesley Sneijder Wesley Sneijder is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray and the Netherlands national team.
45 Manuel Fernandes
46 Eka Ramdani

Eka Ramdani is a Indonesia footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Persib Bandung.

47 Miljan Radovic
48 Genaro Gattuso
49 Michael Essien
50 Ferenc Puskás
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