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10 Best Midfielders in World Football Right Now

Amreen
Kevin De Bruyne is one of the best midfielders in the world
Kevin De Bruyne is one of the best midfielders in the world / Michael Regan/Getty Images
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There are players who play a game, while there are others who boss the game, and it's usually midfielders who have a huge say in how a game turns out. They're the link between a team's defence and the forward line, and specialised midfielders are in demand across the world.

According to stats from WhoScored, here's a list of the top 10 goalkeepers in the world right now.

10. Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos / Frank Augstein - Pool/Getty Images

2020/21 Season Stats:

24 appearances

3 goals

10 assists

93.6% pass success

1.5 tackles per game

Kroos' deeper role allows him to influence the game from the initial get-go, and his pin-point passing makes him a crucial element in any team.

9. Marco Verratti

Marco Verratti
Marco Verratti / Marcio Machado/Getty Images

2020/21 Season Stats:

16 appearances

0 goals

2 assists

91.7% pass success

2.5 tackles per game

Verratti is usually one of the first names on a star-studded PSG team sheet and was a key part of Roberto Mancini’s side’s Euro 2021 triumph and 34-match unbeaten run.

8. Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

2020/21 Season Stats:

21 appearances

3 goals

3 assists

83% pass success

1.4 tackles per game

This season could be Pogba's last in the Premier League, and the Frenchman has got of to an explosive start this term, and has, at times, looked better than Bruno Fernandes.

7. Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets
Sergio Busquets / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

2020/21 Season Stats:

32 appearances

0 goals

5 assists

91.3% pass success

1.8 tackles per game

Busquests' invaluable reading of the game makes him an irreplacable member of Ronald Koeman's Barca squad, and was instrumental in Spain's Euro 2020 run.

6. Frenkie de Jong

Frenkie de Jong
Frenkie de Jong / David Ramos/Getty Images

2020/21 Season Stats:

35 appearances

3 goals

4 assists

91.9% pass success

1.2 tackles per game

The Dutchman has grown into his new role at Barcelona and cemented his position as one of the best central midfielders on the planet.

5. Leon Goretzka

Leon Goretzka
Leon Goretzka / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

2020/21 Season Stats:

18 appearances

5 goals

5 assists

87.7% pass success

1.0 tackles per game

Manchester City, Liverpool, and Barcelona were all keen on signing Goretzka this summer, but he signed a new long-term contract with Bayern Munich until 2026.

4. Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

2020/21 Season Stats:

35 appearances

18 goals

12 assists

78.3% pass success

1.5 tackles per game

40 goals and 26 assists in his first 80 games for Manchester United makes Bruno Fernandes stand out as one of the best additions to the Premier League of late.

3. Joshua Kimmich

Joshua Kimmich
Joshua Kimmich / Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

2020/21 Season Stats:

25 appearances

4 goals

10 assists

86.3% pass success

1.5 tackles per game

Joshua Kimmich and Goretzka are the heart of the Bayern team that won its ninth consecutive Bundesliga title in 2020/21.

2. N’Golo Kante

Ngolo Kante
N’Golo Kante / Michael Regan/Getty Images

2020/21 Season Stats:

24 appearances

0 goals

2 assists

86.5% pass success

2.6 tackles per game

Kante helped Chelsea to the FA Cup final and Champions League title last season, and will only continue to flourish under Thomas Tuchel this season.

1. Kevin de Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne / Michael Regan/Getty Images

2020/21 Season Stats:

23 appearances

6 goals

12 assists

81.7% pass success

1.4 key passes per game

Despite missing a chunk of last season through injury, De Bruyne led the Premier League in chances created from open play and had twice as many assists as any of his Manchester City teammates.

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