A great midfield can often make one team legendary. The Spain team of 2008-2012 had some of the greatest midfielders of all time in Xavi, Iniesta, Alonso, and Busquets. Moreover, the treble-winning Barcelona team always had Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets. The 3-peat Real Madrid team also had a world-class midfield in Kroos, Casemiro, and Modric.
There are many great midfielders in the world right now. For the purpose of this article, defensive midfielders will not be there. Here, there are only the best CMs and CAMs in the football world. These midfielders are the fulcrum of their teams and a big reason for their team’s success.
Player #1: Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne is easily the most dynamic midfielder in the world. Pep Guardiola has built a Premier League powerhouse with De Bruyne as the centrepiece. De Bruyne is not only a great passer, but he is also great at retaining possession. City’s possession-based, attacking style of football runs so well because De Bruyne is there.
In 2019/20, De Bruyne alone is responsible for 9 goals and 19 assists. His presence on the pitch alone makes other players so much better. De Bruyne’s value is so easy to gauge that if he was on the market today, every team in the world would easily spend 150 Million Euros to acquire his services.
Player #2: Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos was right in the middle of one of the greatest club teams of all time. He is also responsible for a big part of Germany’s success. Kroos is arguably the most complete midfielder in the world. His defensive contributions are key and he is a master at retaining possession and spreading the field. Moreover, his tendency to score game-winning goals is something every team craves.
Player #3: Thomas Muller
Muller was not even a top 20 midfielder last season. But under Hansi Flick, he has been reviving his career. Bayern is a lethal attacking team greatly due to the contributions of Muller. He has 11 goals and 24 assists this season and the leading provider in the world. His vision is among the best in the world and he is a great part of his team’s success. Muller might just be Bayern’s best player this season after Lewandowski and that alone proves his value.