Top 10 Best Football (Soccer) Midfielders

The Top Ten
1 Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona (October 30, 1960 - November 25, 2020) was an Argentine professional footballer. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. Maradona was given the nickname "El Pibe... read more

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

1. Best midfielder.
2. And best soccer player. An amazing shooter. Maradona and Messi are the top 2 players, but in terms of dribbling, Messi is 1 and Maradona is 2.

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

Should be number one in the last few years.

He should be above Cristiano Ronaldo!

Croatia's and Real Madrid's best hope. Think about it and about his stats. Then put him in the ninth position.

3 Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", (born 23 June 1972) is a is a French former professional football player who played as an attacking midfielder. He received many individual accolades as a player, including being named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and winning the 1998... read more

This is a joke, right? How the hell is Zidane not #1, or even in 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, and R. Carlos. That's saying something! Plus, he was still playing at a high level at the age of 35 and got France back to the World Cup!

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 among the top 3 football players in the world.

4 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, and Messi are the best trio in football (soccer), but Iniesta is the mastermind, the magician!

5 Andrea Pirlo
6 Ronaldinho Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho or simply Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian former professional footballer and current ambassador for Barcelona. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but was also deployed as a winger. Often considered one of the best... read more

I say that he is the best. When he is at his peak, he is unstoppable.

He is the best dribbler and should be best.

7 Xavi 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 tactical system in the best club in the world (Barcelona) is something only a legend could do.

The brain of Barça/Spain and the 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!

8 Clarence Seedorf
9 Jay-Jay Okocha
10 Frank Lampard

Look at his numbers, just look at them. 232 goals and 172 assists. It's nearly impossible for any midfielder to scale such heights, but not for 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.

What can I say? Everyone in the world knows Frank Lampard is the best and is a legend. A goal machine, a friend, a hero, a legend, the heartbeat of the team. He has good vision, knowing where to pass and where to kick the ball. He is also the most successful penalty taker in football history.

The Contenders
11 Steven Gerrard Steven George Gerrard (born 30 May 1980) is an English professional football manager and former Liverpool player who currently manages Scottish Premiership club Rangers.

Say all you want about Lampard's stats, but let's be honest, if we talk about 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.

12 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team.

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

We all know him. Of course, he's somewhere on this list.

The best world player in our time, and he is the best ball controller in the world. No one will match his standard.

13 Kaká Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer and the Brazil national team .

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

The best midfielder ever experienced by soccer!

What Kaká has done, no one can do. He is the best.

14 Franck Ribery Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry is a French professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich.

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

Skills, passes, shots, and much more...

15 Xabi Alonso Xabier "Xabi" Alonso Olano is a Spanish footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich as a central midfielder.
16 Arjen Robben
17 Ángel Di María
18 Mesut Özil Mesut Özil is a German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe. Nicknamed "The Assist King", Özil is known for his technical skills, creativity, agility, and finesse.

Özil is the world-class midfielder of all time. His passing quality is better than Xavi, Zidane, and more. That's why he is the best playmaker.

19 Johan Cruyff Hendrik Johannes "Johan" Cruijff (25 April 1947 – 24 March 2016) was a Dutch professional football player and coach. As a player, he won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973, and 1974. Cruyff was a proponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels, and is... read more

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

20 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.

21 Park Ji-sung

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

This guy has an extra lung. He moves everywhere around the pitch, like an extra player in every position! Insane player.

22 Kevin De Bruyne Kevin De Bruyne (born 28 June 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgium national team.
23 Paul Scholes

This list is a joke. It's called Best Midfielders! Why are wingers and strikers in the top 20 while this man is at 41? Barca literally watched videos of Scholes playing football to learn from the best. Every manager wanted to sign him, but he was loyal till the end.

This is the worst list I've seen. Scholes not in the top ten, but Mata is?! Not to mention Ronaldo and Neymar, who aren't even midfielders. Scholes being at 46 just shows how underrated he is. Legend of the game.

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

24 Toni Kroos Toni Kroos is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and the German national team. He plays mainly as a central midfielder, but has also been deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in his career. Known for his vision, passing, creativity, crossing and set-piece... read more

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

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