A midfielder in a football game is more like a maestro in an orchestra. He manages the tempo and rhythm, he creates the opportunity to amaze the spectator, and suddenly changes the game.
Being a midfielder in a football game may have the greatest difficulty. You should have a great vision, incredible passing and shot, and also good in defending. I’ve sorted the best player on my point of view, of course, I took a lot of time to make it because there are so many great players in this position.
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Johan Cruyff of Holland
Cruyff was typically a complete player that can play anywhere on the field although his real position was in the center of the field. He has a great vision and incredible dribble. He has played for Ajax Amsterdam and Barcelona and has won 3 European Cups since then. Although he was successful with his club, he never wins the World Cup title and had lost in his only attempt in 1974 when facing Germany in the final.
Zidane of France
The most remarkable midfielder in 1990’s, Zinedine Zidane almost has all achievement in football, either in his club, national team or individually. His highest achievement might be 1998 World Cup title in own country, and became the best player in the tournament. Zidane has played for Cannes and Bordeaux in France before moving to Italy (Juventus). He ended his football career in Real Madrid in 2006.
Platini of France
Platini played a vital role in France National team while winning 1984 European Championship. Individually, he has won Ballon d’Or 3 times in 1983, 1984 and 1985. He held France’s top scorer leaderboard before Thierry Henry came and break his record.
Diego Maradona of Argentina
It was debatable to choose who has been the best football player of all time: Pele or Diego Armando Maradona. Maradona has helped Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup. He has everything to be the greatest midfielder of all time: great dribbling skills, superb shot that is needed by his clubs and the national team. He received the 1986 Golden Ball and named as the Player of the Year.
Zico of Brazil
Zico came from a country where football became their religion: Brazil. They have a lot of talented player in all position, and Zico is one of them. Zico has played in 3 consecutive World Cup: 1978, 1982 and 1986. Also called as “The White Pele” because of his incredible dribbling skills.
Xavi Hernandez of Barcelona and Spain
Without a doubt, maybe Xavi Hernandez could be mentioned as the greatest midfielder 2000 era. His vision, accurate passing and world class ball control made him the key player in his club (Barcelona) and national team (Spain). Tiki-Taka strategy with him as the center point led Spain to win 2 times Euro Cup and 1 World Cup title.
Bobby Charlton of Manchester United
Bobby Charlton might be the greatest player that England ever had. As the survivor of infamous Munich air tragedy, he then helped Manchester United to come back and won the European Cup in 1968. He was also a part of England national team when winning the 1966 World Cup and won the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.