2022 World Cup midfielder power rankings: Matchday 3

Mitch Wilks
Alexis Mac Allister scored his first Argentina goal
Alexis Mac Allister scored his first Argentina goal / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages
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With the group stages settled, we've had plenty of time to digest a flurry of masterful midfield performances.

So, what better time than now, ahead of the knockouts, to judge those best performing midfielders? Let's tuck into some power rankings.


10. Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco, down 1)

Abdelhamid Sabiri, Sofyan Amrabat
Amrabat was a happy chap at full-time / Fantasista/GettyImages

For all the sides tipped to be dark horses at the 2022 World Cup, Morocco have been massively overlooked.

Amrabat has been key to that, and keeps his spot in the top 10 heading into the knockout stages.

9. Mateo Kovacic (Croatia, up 1)

Mateo Kovačić
Classy as ever / Visionhaus/GettyImages

He couldn't find a goal against Belgium, but it wasn't for the want of trying.

Kovacic was classy yet again for Croatia, and is key to them going deep in the tournament once more.

8. Gavi (Spain, down 5)

Gavi
Gavi struggled / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Gavi endured a night to forget against Japan in matchday three, completely unable to get himself into the game.

He wasn't the only one, though, and will no doubt bounce back given just how supremely talented he is.

7. Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands, re-entry)

Frenkie de Jong
De Jong is warming up / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

A really classy display from De Jong in matchday three.

Yes it was only Qatar, but he still had to show up. As the tournament progresses, you can see him continuing to grow in confidence and subsequently influence for the Oranje.

6. Pedri (Spain, -)

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022"Japan - Spain"
Pedri will be back / ANP/GettyImages

It was a similar story to Gavi for Pedri against Japan.

The 20-year-old didn't enjoy his best game, but will continue to prove a key asset for La Roja throughout the knockout stages.

5. Jude Bellingham (England, up 3)

Jude Bellingham
Jude's the man / Richard Sellers/GettyImages

The sooner Gareth Southgate realises England's best midfielder is Bellingham, the better.

He's far from perfect just yet, but trust him and he will fly. Absolutely dynamite.

4. Tyler Adams (USA, new entry)

Tyler Adams
Adams is taking to the role of captain seamlessly / Stefan Matzke - sampics/GettyImages

The Leeds United man is putting together a seriously impressive tournament as captain of the USMNT.

So much so, that if he can take this level back into the domestic season, you wouldn't be surprised to see top level sides sniff around for his services.

3. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal, down 1)

Portugal v Uruguay: FIFA World Cup 2022
Fernandes can be Portugal's talisman / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

After a rampant performance in matchday two, Fernandes sat out as Portugl lost to South Korea.

He'll be looking at that game thinking he could've been the difference.

2. Alexis Mac Allister (Argentina, new entry)

Alexis Mac Allister
Mac Allister is on fire / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

The Brighton man continues to excel and bagged his first goal for Argentina against Poland.

Striking low past Wojciech Szczesny was the highlight from yet another incredibly exciting performance. His future is bright.

1. Casemiro (Brazil, -)

Casemiro
Is Casemiro the best defensive midfielder in the world? / Koji Watanabe/GettyImages

He's just absolutely immense, isn't he?

For all the flair Brazil have, they need a Casemiro to sweep up accordingly and add some bite to the side. He does that in the very best way possible. This man is thriving on the world stage.

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