Whether it be by protecting their defence, supplying their attack, or a bit of both, some midfielders are really making their mark in Qatar.
Here are 90min's top performing midfielders from the first two rounds of the 2022 World Cup.
10. Mateo Kovacic (Croatia, new entry)
After a quiet opening match against Morocco, Kovacic was at his very best against Canada, completely dominating the midfield.
9. Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco, new entry)
Amrabat has come up against star-studded midfields in his first two matches and has more than held his own against both Croatia and Belgium, being the stand-out player in the middle of the park in both games.
8. Jude Bellingham (England, down 5)
Bellingham was glorious in England's opening match but couldn't do much in their second, unable to make his mark on the 0-0 draw with the US.
7. William Carvalho (Portugal, new entry)
Carvalho did well off the bench against Ghana and impressed from the start against Uruguay, providing a platform for his more creative midfield partners to flourish.
6. Pedri (Spain, down 1)
Pedri followed up a stunning performance against Costa Rica with a solid, if somewhat unspectacular, one against Germany.
5. Antoine Griezmann (France, new entry)
Griezmann has thrived in midfield for France thus far, getting one assist and creating countless chances.
4. Adrien Rabiot (France, down 2)
Rabiot was excellent going forward against Australia, getting a goal and an assist, and displayed his defensive abilities against Denmark, protecting his backline well.
3. Gavi (Spain, down 2)
After dazzling against Costa Rica, Gavi showed another side of his game against Germany, holding his own in a physical midfield battle.
2. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal, up 6)
We'll let the numbers do the talking here: two matches, two goals, two assists. Enough said.
1. Casemiro (Brazil, up 3)
We all know Casemiro is a top defensive midfielder, but he's impressing at the other end too in Qatar, getting a great goal and creating a number of chances.