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Top 16 Best attacking midfielders in the world 2023

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Attacking midfielders are known for their attacking prowess and creativity in every team. 

 

Regular Goals and assists are the drivers of trophies and the significance of players in this position, as they could guarantee more to your team.

 

Just as we’ve seen in the past, modern football has brought us the birth of new faces who have continued to dominate in their respective roles.

Interesting Football looks at the best attacking midfielders in the world right now.

 

16. Lorenzo Pellegrini

 

José Mourinho’s success at AS Roma has been the result of some of the contributions of Lorenzo Pellegrini. The 26-year-old attacking midfielder has also excelled as captain of the team.

Last season, he captained the team to its first European trophy following its triumph at the UEFA Conference League final. This season, Roma are in the race for Champions League qualification and are in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

 

 

15. Piotr Zieliński

 

Napoli’s great season in the Italian Serie A may not be the same without Piotr Zieliński’s excellent form. The Polish midfielder has played a key role in the team.

This season, head coach Luciano Spalletti has relied a lot on the capabilities of Zieliński, who has made over fifteen goal involvements in all competitions.  Napoli are on course to their first league title in thirty years.

 

14. Mason Mount

Mason Mount is one of the top midfielders in the English Premier League. The England international was a product of the club’s academy.

He is a holding midfielder and a top player on a good day. This season, Chelsea’s struggles have affected his on-field performance. However, the English star remains one of the top players in the Premier League.

Read: Top 10 Best midfielders in the Premier League 

13. Thomas Müller

Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller has been one of the best midfielders in the last few seasons. The German international has played a key role at Bayern Munich.

 

12. Brahim Díaz

Brahim Diaz

Brahim Díaz has been a valuable asset for AC Milan this season. The Real Madrid loanee has been churning out the numbers for the Rossoneri.

Diaz is improving at San Siro after three seasons on loan at the club. His playmaking abilities were in doubt in the initial stages of his stay at the club, but his growth has been recognized, especially by head coach Stefano Pioli who has built the team around him.

 

11. James Maddison

James Ward Prowse

There’s no doubt about James Madison’s addition to the list. The Leicester City midfielder is among the most highly rated in the Premier League.

Although Leicester City has struggled with form, the Englishman has continued to play at a top level.

Read: The best box to box midfielders in the world

10. Dominik Szoboszlai

Dominik Szoboszlai

Dominik Szoboszlai rose to prominence in the Austrian Bundesliga side RB Salzburg before switching to Leipzig. However, he could not hit the ground running in the first season.

But, the Hungarian midfielder is now taking the German top flight by storm with his excellent form lately.

Read: Ranking the best Goalkeepers in the world right now

9. Christopher Nkunku

Christopher Nkunku

Once in the books of Paris Saint-Germain, following his breakthrough into the first team, Nkunku switched to RB Leipzig, where he established himself as one of the team’s pillars.

The Frenchman has had a solid season in the German Bundesliga, where he leads the club’s top scorers chart and is in the race for the Bundesliga Golden Boot.

 

According to statistics, Nkunku has made more than 100 goal contributions for RB Leipzig since he arrived in 2019. He helped the club to lift the German Cup in 2022.

 

 

8. Pedri

Pedri

Pedri is one of the fastest-rising Midfielders in the world. The Spaniard has successfully established himself under Xavi Hernandez’s reign at FC Barcelona.

 

Barcelona’s midfield has significantly improved in the last season since the youngster has been allowed to thrive. The 20-year-old played a good role as the Blaugrana moved ahead of Real Madrid at the top of the league table despite disappointing outings in European football.

Read: Best Midfielders in the world

7. Federico Valverde

Federico Valverde has now become high and mighthy in his midfield role with Madrid

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Fede Valverde is one of the top talents in Europe. The Uruguayan midfielder has been tipped to play a central role in Real Madrid’s midfield in the future.

 

But he looks comfortable in the first team, especially from last season, and now looks set to have a commander role. He is known for showing strong energy, making successful passes, touches, and ground duels.

 

6. Jamal Musiala

 

Bayern Munich star Jamal Musiala is one of the best young players. The 20-year-old broke into the first team and has successfully established a claim in the starting lineup. Musiala is known for his world-class dribbling ability and goal-scoring prowess.

 

This season, Jamal Musiala has made over twenty goal contributions. He is in the race for the Bundesliga top scorer award with over eleven goals and nine assists in twenty appearances.

 

5. Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva is an all-round player who has stood the ground for Manchester City in the Premier League dominance. The Portuguese have helped the club to win four league titles.

He is known for his ability to play in multiple positions, especially in the offensive role, which has benefited the club. Apart from his offensive capabilities, he has proven successful at closing down passing lanes from the opposing team.

It is hard to determine Silva’s exact role at Manchester City. That said, he is a complete player who has consistently performed over the years to earn his players on the big list.

 

4. Martin Ødegaard

 

Martin Ødegaard has been the pivot of Arsenal this season, as he’s been involved in most of the attacking duties. The Norwegian, who doubles as captain of the Gunners and the National team of his country, has been a good leader in the project at the Emirates.

 

Arsenal is clear favourites to lift the Premier League but faces an uphill struggle with Manchester United, a few nautical miles away from the Gunners. Ødegaard has made close to twenty goal contributions in the league in over thirty league appearances.

Read: Top 10 Best attacking midfielders in the Premier League

3. Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes 1

Bruno Fernandes has been a decisive factor at Man United since he debuted for the club. The Portuguese midfielder won the FSA Men’s Player of the Year Award in 2020, his first season in England.

 

Fast forward to 2023, Fernandes has established himself as one of the pillars of the Man United setup. He is one of the key players in the new project following Erik ten Haag’s arrival. This season, he has been involved in almost every Premier League game, netting five times and providing six assists.

 

2. Luka Modric

Luka Modric against Sevilla

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Luka Modric spent over ten years at Real Madrid, winning some of Europe’s elite trophies, including the Champions League five times. The Croatian is considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time. He seems to be getting better with age, as his performance for the Spanish giants consistently remains rock solid.

 

This season, he remains the pivot of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans even though the Italian manager has tried different tactics without him in some cases. But Real Madrid’s reliance on Modrić is evident.

Read: What is the raumdeuter position in football, roles and best players

1. Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne has been crowned as one of the greatest midfielders in the history of the English Premier League due to his outstanding performance since he joined Manchester City in 2016.

 

The Belgian has played a lead role since the Cityzens established a pre-eminence in England.

Kevin De Bruyne’s playmaking abilities earn him the league’s top assist with fourteen.

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