TOP 10 GREATEST MIDFIELDERS OF ALL TIME


10 greatest midfielders in football history



On this article we are going to show you the 10 top greatest midfielders of all time in the history of football. Players who played wingers and attacking midfielders are not considered in the list given below but the list is basically on central midfielders. We all know that midfielders’ players are the engine room of every team and they all play crucial role on the football pitch. When the midfield is porous, the defense is easily defeated. The midfielders are in between the attack and the defense making them the engine in every game played in a team. 

Many amazing midfielders have played spectacular games for their club and country side which their fans called it a sacrifice. Picking the best out of the best to make a top 10 list is not an easy task. Below shows the top 10 amazing midfielders of all time in the world of football.

10. Patrick Vieira


Patrick Vieira a dynamic midfielder who was the captain of the incredible Arsenal “invincible” side, who has the ability to bring the ball from defense to attack, was a spectacular skill he had. He has the ability to regularly beat people with the ball, especially in the middle, which is rare for a midfielder to cope with that, but it was easy for him. Vieira led his team by example featuring in PFA team of the year at Arsenal in six consecutive seasons and won three Premier Leagues and four FA Cups for his club side.

Vieira with a combination of height and strength was a player whose quality of tackling, passing energy and determination made him a natural fit to the League also an easy player for the Arsenal fans to fall for.

9. Didi


Waldyr Periera also known as Didi was the engine of his team Brazil. He was the midfieder who gave Pele and Garrincha the freedom to terrorise defences in the world cup tournament which led Pele, Garrincha and co get all the credits for Brazil’s 1958 and 1962 World Cup triumphs. The spectacular things about Didi were his excellent free-kicks skill, passing range, technique and stamina. Didi invented the folha seca (dry leaf) free-kicks which have later extensively been used by free-kick maestros like Cristiano Ronaldo and Juninho.

Didi was awarded the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (Player of the tournament) for his spectacular performances in the 1958 World Cup and he retired after the 1962 World Cup which he played a crucial role in Brazil lifting the trophy.

8. Roy Keane


The ex Manchester United star and Captain Roy Keane was one of the most inspirational captains the pitch have ever witnessed. Keane have played spectacular games for the Red Devils during his stay in Old Trafford. His die hard attitude in Manchester United’s squad was the mouth watering of every game played. He was also known for his hot temper and he spoke about how he tried to maintain some semblance of control on it in the later stages of his career.

Keane won 7 Premier League, 4 FA Cups and one Champions League titles with Manchester United making him a Manchester United and Premier League legend.

7. Jose Pirri


Jose Piri the Real Madrid legend played for Madrid from 1964-1979 bought from Granada in 1964. He captained the club for four years. The Real Madrid legend represented the club he loved for 15 long years winning numerous trophies in his long and successful career which include ten La Liga titles, four Spanish Cups and the 1966 European Champion Clubs' Cup with Los Blancos.

Pirri was a very good passer scoring remarkable amount of 123 league goals as a defensive player for his club side and as well as his superb positioning and tackling skills. He is known for his leadership skills, tenacity and ferocity. However, his best asset was his stamina, allowing him to contribute regularly to both the attack and defense without relenting.
Jose was one of the best at breaking up plays and starting off attacks. 

6. Paul Breitner


Paul Breitner the Former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder is one of the best German midfielder well known. He was among the West Germany squad which won the 1974 World Cup competition, also scoring in the final which gave his country side an edge to lift the trophy. In 1982 World Cup final, he also scored making him one of only 4 players (Zidane, Pele, Vava) to have scored in two World Cup finals.

Breitner was successful at club levels, Winning multiples Bundesliga, La Liga titles along with the World Cup and the European Cup. Without no doubt Breitner is one of the greatest German players of all time.
With a spectacular play for his club level, he was putting in influential performances from the centre of the field, where he dictated the flow of play with his excellent distribution and positioning skills.

In Bayern Munich, Breitner was best known for his amazing partnership with Karl-Heinz Rummenige, also he was capable of playing in a number of different positions assigned to him.

5. Paul Scholes


Paul Scholes is one of the best players Manchester United has ever had. He is quite simply the greatest midfielder of the Premier League era and one of the greatest midfielders of all time. He is well known towards his technical skills, his accurate passing, intelligent movement and powerful shooting from long ranges. Due to his spectacular games he was capable of playing in any midfield position, often alternating between defensive, offensive and playmaking roles. He is well-rounded, tenacious, and versatile box-to-box player due to his stamina, vision, work-rate, and his ability to make attacking runs.

He was highly and widely regarded as one of the best in the world and has also received praise from players like Edgar Davids, Zidane, Guardiola and even Xavi who called Scholes as “the best central midfielder he has seen in the last 15-20 years”.

Having played spectacular games for his club side Manchester united, he has won an astonishing 25 trophies with Manchester United which included 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles.

4. Andres Iniesta


The Spaniard Legend Andres Iniesta is a wonderful dribbler and an excellent passer who has won numerous trophies for his club side Barcelona and his country. He has won 29 trophies in his career making him the most successful Spanish player of all time.

In his club level, he has won numerous awards and trophies in his career. In 2012, he won the UEFA Best Player in Europe, and he was also chosen as the Best Player of the 2011-2012 Champions League. In 2010, he competed in the FIFA Ballon d’Or as runner-up to Lionel Messi and achieved third place in 2012.

Iniesta has an understanding of his team mates’ positions which led him creating exceptional passing, intuition and inventiveness to control the midfield in the game played. He is always known in setting up goals or scoring crucial ones, Iniesta is truly a big match player, much like other Barcelona youth products such as Guardiola and Xavi.

3. Luis Suarez


The Spaniard Luis Suarez, is one of the best players that have ever played in the world of football. He was the first Spaniard player to to win the Ballon d’Or in 1960s and also regconised as the best Spanish player in that era.

Luis was a versatile player, playing any role but was much more as a central midfielder for his club side Barcelona. He also had a keen eye for goal and he was an integral part of the 1964 Euro winning Spanish squad. Suarez excelled in his role as a deep-lying playmaker, scoring and assisting numerous important goals for Barcelona.

Having played for his club, he won two La Liga titles, two Copa Del Reys title and 2 Fair Cups in his six-year at Barcelona.
In 1961, he was named the world’s most expensive footballer of that era from the move to Inter Milan. Truly, Suarez was a true Spanish legend and was one of the first global Spanish superstars.

2. Xavi Hernandez


Xavi Hernandez is considered to be the greatest Spanish player ever and one of the best midfielder that ever played. The Barcelona legend has won major trophies for club and international competition. His ability to control some matches has carved a unique place for himself in the greatest player in the history of football. His vision in the game gave him accurate passing and world class ball control which allowed him to dictate the flow of play while rarely relinquishing possession.

The Barcelona legend was also known for his amazing positioning and ability to pick out the right pass every time which made him integral to both Barcelona and the Spanish national side giving him the sobriquet, "The Puppet Master".

Having more than 180 assists in his career there is no doubt that the Spanish giant is definitely one of greatest player in the history of football. Xavi have been in all-conquering Barcelona team and Spain’s World Cup and two-time Euro winning squad.

1. Lothar Matthaus


Lothar Matthaus is one of the best and greatest midfielders ever in the game with success at both the club and country level. He is capable of creating chances and breaking opposition’s play with equal ease and also capable of playing both as a central midfielder and as a sweeper. Supremely successful at both the club and country level,

Lothar holds the world’s record of most World Cup matches played by a single player having starred in five FIFA World Cups competition. His perceptive passing, positioning and powerful shooting made him one of the most complete midfielders in the history of the game.


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