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Top 20 best midfielders in the world right now 2024

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  • Midfielders are the engine rooms in football, and we’ve had the opportunity to watch some of the best midfielders in the world over the years.
  • But who amongst them has the highest rating and could be called the best in the world? We’ll check to bring you the players with the highest ratings.
  • In 2024, some of the best players in the midfield position include Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Kevin De Bruyne.

 

Interesting Football compiles the top 20 best midfielders in the world right now.

 

1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

 

Kevin De Bruyne is one of the best players in the English Premier League and one of the most influential at Manchester City.

Undoubtedly, he is one the best midfielders ever to play in the league.

 

He is a natural assist maker, free kick specialist, team leader, goal scorer, and exceptional cases that have proved vital for his team.

 

3. Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid CF)

Jude Bellingham is ranked among the best young talents in the world. His performance raises eyebrows, making him one of the most sought-after players in world football.

 

Tactically speaking, Jude Bellingham could be your complete midfielder. He is energetic and can hold possession and find spaces deep inside the opponent’s half.

 

He could also win balls and successfully drive to critical positions to make an assist or score goals, especially at Real Madrid. Defensively, he was shown to be successful at averting dangerous balls. He is a perfect example of a box-to-box midfielder.

 

3. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

 

 

Joshua Kimmich is a versatile midfielder known for his excellent playmaking abilities that make him stand out. The German footballer has become one of the pillars of Bayern Munich’s first team.

 

He is considered one of the best No.6. A holding midfielder who is comfortable driving the ball forward. This season, some of Bayern Munich’s goals have originated from Kimmich, who usually turns defence to attack effectively.

 

4. Rodri (Manchester City)

 

Rodrigo is one of the pivots of the Manchester City midfield alongside Kevin De Bruyne, who continues to lead the Premier League best midfielder chart.

 

The Spaniard is mainly employed as a defensive midfielder by Pep Guardiola and has been effective. The holding midfielder is one of the technically gifted players who has a high level of skill in the game.

 

Rodri is the only Man City player with the most minutes in the Premier League, which shows he is a reliable player. He has scored twice and assisted five times.

 

5. Federico Valverde (Real Madrid CF)

Federico Valverde is an outstanding midfielder who has been tipped to be the perfect replacement for the ageing Real Madrid midfield. The Uruguayan can confidently play as a winger and in the midfield.

 

Fede is known for his ability to initiate counterattacks, long and short-range shots, and scores.

 

Since 2019, the Uruguayan has consistently put out an impressive shift and successfully cemented his position in the first team due to his versatility.

 

6. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

 

Bernardo Silva is one of the long-standing players at Manchester City and one of the pillars of Pep Guardiola’s team. The Portuguese midfielder is considered one of the best midfielders in the world.

 

He is one of the most consistent players at Man City, helping the team to four Premier League titles.

 

Bernardo Silva is a perfect example of a unique player who understands and brings his A-game to a team.

 

7. Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal FC)

Martin Ødegaard is the captain of Arsenal, entrusted with all the on-field duties. The 24-year-old midfielder is simply a unique player.

 

Ødegaard is one of the pillars of Arsenal, one of the players behind the club’s title charge. The Norwegian has been involved in almost every game, scoring and providing assists.

 

8. Declan Rice (Arsenal FC)

 

Arsenal’s £100m transfer fee paid off even as the Englishman lights up the midfield.

The former West Ham captain has been rock solid in the defensive midfield for the Gunners even as they continue their push for the Premier League title.

 

9. Nicolò Barella (Inter Milan)

 

Nicolò Barella is one of the best midfielders in the world. The Italian joined the Nerazzurri permanently after an initial loan from Cagliari.

 

Inter Milan’s Champions League Camp this season has been successful, much to the credit of the midfielder, who is considered a perfect fit in the midfield of the park.

 

His performance in the Italian Serie A has continued to draw interest from top European football clubs.

 

10. ilkay Gündoğan (FC Barcelona)

 

He was part of Manchester City’s success in the Premier League.

The German, however, moved to the Spanish La Liga and has already significantly impacted the team.

 

11. James Maddison (Tottenham Hotspur)

 

One of the new names on the list is Tottenham Hotspur man James Maddison, who has been in fine form at the club since completing his move from Leicester City.

 

12. Frankie de Jong (FC Barcelona)

 

Frenkie de Jong is among the brightest stars in the Spanish top flight. The Dutch international, whose future at Barcelona had been debated, has settled in at Camp Nou.

 

Since then, a lot has changed, especially since the arrival of Xavi Hernandez as head coach of the Blaugrana. The former club legend has made the Dutchman one of the pivots of the team.

 

13. Casemiro (Manchester United)

 

Casemiro switched to the Premier League to team up with Manchester United after a successful career at Real Madrid. The Brazilian instantly impacted Old Trafford following his £70m move to England.

 

Casemiro also played a key role in Man United’s triumph at the Carabao Cup final to end the club’s six-year wait for a trophy. But he’d faced some setbacks in the team, from injuries to suspensions.

 

14. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

 

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes is one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world right now.

 

However, this season has been quite different, even as he struggles to attain his best form and maintain a good level of consistency in the team.

 

Apart from his role as a box-to-box midfielder, he performs excellently in a deep role. He is good in set pieces, significantly impacting the team’s success.

 

15. Gavi (FC Barcelona)

 

Passion leads to a better performance in football, but you’ll find very few players having such in their game. The perfect example of a passionate footballer is Gavi.

 

The Spanish midfielder is one of the best young players in the world. In 2022, he won the Golden Boy Award following his remarkable impact on the Spanish Men’s National team, where he became the youngest player ever to represent the team.

 

He is one of the pillars of Barcelona’s midfield. However, persistent injuries have prevented him from playing regularly in the team.

 

16. Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich)

 

Leon Goretzka is a perfect example of a box-to-box midfielder and stalwart. The German has made immense contributions to Bayern Munich since he arrived from Schalke 04.

 

His role as a central midfielder has helped the Bavarians maintain a strong defence, especially in the biggest moments.

 

17. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid CF)

 

Toni Kroos has consistently made it to the list of best midfielders in the world. The German footballer is arguably one of the greatest in his position.

 

He is a player who brings a lot of experience to the game. When it comes to achievement, he has more since joining Real Madrid.

 

18. Luka Modric (Real Madrid CF)

 

Luka Modric seems to be getting better with age. The Croatian has not shown signs of slowing down since his arrival at Real Madrid.

 

Last season, he played a vital role that helped the club lift the Champions League, becoming one of the five players to win the most trophies in history.

 

19. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)

 

Marco Verratti is one of the long-standing players at Paris Saint-Germain. The Italian has been one of the best midfielders around.

 

Verratti has played several seasons in the French Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain, winning several league titles and Cup titles and helping the club finish runners-up in the UEFA Champions League.

He is considered one of the best midfielders due to his technicality and impressive playmaking.

 

20. Sergej Milinković-Savić (Al Hilal)

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Sergej Milinković-Savić is one of the best players in the. He switched to the Saudi Pro League despite links with some of the biggest names in European football.

 

The Serbian midfielder is versatile, a strong ball passer, and provides excellent crosses.

 

He is a typical midfielder who combines the power of an offensive midfielder to play the number 10 role.

 

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