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The best football midfielders ever

The midfielder has to attack as well as to defend. They connect the defense and attack of a team. So who are the best midfielders ever?


Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff Cruyff was a total footballer, he could play anywhere on the pitch but was mainly used as an attacking midfielder. He organized the attack, had a great vision and an amazing dribble. He lost the final of the 1974 World Cup with Holland, one of the best teams that never won the World Cup.


Alfredo Di Stéfano

Alfredo Di Stéfano Real Madrid legend Di Stéfano is often referred as a forward but is in this list because he played more like a midfielder, helping in the defense and setting up an attack. Di Stéfano had a great stamina, tactical sense and vision. He was very successful with Madrid winning five consecutive European Cups (1956-1960).


Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona Maradona was great attacking midfielder. Of course he has his great dribbles, but Maradona could give brilliant passes to his teammates as well. He helped Argentina win the 1986 almost single handedly. He's main advantage as a midfielder were he's attacking qualities, however he's lack of defending skills makes him on third place only.


Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Zidane was a real playmaker. With his vision he would set up an attack, dribble around some players and score goals. It was because of Zidane France won the World Cup in 1998 by scoring two goals in the final. Two years later in 2000 he helped France win the European Championship. Besides being a playmaker, Zidane was very skilled, he had a great bal control and a great free kick.



Garrincha Garrincha is widely seen as one of the greatest dribblers of all time. He won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958 and 1962. His left leg was six centimeters shorter than his right. This might have given him the ability to have such a great acceleration that no defender could follow.


Michel Platini

Michel Platini Platini helped France win the 1984 European Championship. He was a brilliant playmaker with an amazing free kick. He is one of the midfielders in the World Team of the 20th Century.


George Best

George Best Man United legend George Best was one of the greatest wingers of all time. Best was a brilliant dribbler, he had a great acceleration which helped him get past defenders easily. He scored 138 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United and helped them win the European Cup in 1968.



Zico Zico played three World Cups with Brazil (1978, 1982, 1986), but never won the tournament. He scored 66 goals in 88 matches for Brazil. He is often referred to as "The white Pelé". He was a great free kick taker and a great dribbler.


Francisco Gento

Francisco Gento Gento was one of the players of the Real Madrid that dominated the 50s and 60s. He is the only player that won the European Cup six times and one of the two players that played eight European Cup finals(Paolo Maldin is the other).


Bobby Charlton

Bobby Charlton Bobby Charlton is widely regarded as one of England's greatest players ever. As one of the few survivors of the Munich air tragedy Charlton went on to help Manchester United win the European Cup ten years later in 1968. He won the World Cup with England in 1966 and the golden ball for best player of the tournament.

v.kumar   January 7, 2018 at 1:04 am
Xavi and Inista
shiraa fayee   February 6, 2017 at 12:55 pm
Football Fan   January 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm
Zidane,Platini,Cruyff and Rijkard are the best option Followed by Xavi,Mradona,Gulit and Rivaldo
John   January 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm
1. Maradona. Rest of top ten. Garrincha, Zidane, matthaus, zico, Michael Laudrup, best, pirlo, rivelinho, Ronaldinho, cruyff..... There's others, matthews, best, socrates, didi, iniesta, Rijkaard, Hagi etc that would get in my midfield before a Scholes, Gerrard, lampard, Ronaldo. As a Liverpool fan I'd take souness ahead of any of those last
Amar   September 8, 2016 at 11:30 am
You must be an idiot to exclude Xavi. Defined an era.Was the pivot for the spanish nation a l team and Barcelona.Such was the influence that both spain and Barcelona won everything for so many years.
petar   August 7, 2016 at 1:08 pm
Expertise    July 7, 2016 at 3:03 pm
According to their efficacy in major tournaments (World Cup,Euro,champion league,club league) 1.zidane - 2.Platini- 3-Maradona- 4.Cruyff- 5-Di Setefano- 6.Garinsha- 7.Charlton- 8.Ronaldinho- 9.Zico- 10.Mathious
james79   June 18, 2016 at 11:16 pm
David Kipiani
fcb fan    April 22, 2016 at 11:06 pm
For me , if Ronaldiho is not there then we are not talking about football.....
varun   March 12, 2016 at 7:24 pm
paul scholes
Shahram   January 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm
1.Zidane 2.Platini 3.Maradona 4.Cruyff 5.Di stefano 5.Garinsha 6.Ronaldinho 7.Jerzinho 8.Mathious 9.Bagio 10.Zico
ims   January 12, 2016 at 4:36 am
1-Zidane 2-Maradonna 3-Cruyff 4-Di Stefano 5-Platini 6-Garrincha 7-Gullit 8-Zico 9-Pirlo 10-Xavi
Gabriel   December 28, 2015 at 12:39 pm
Great list. Take in all generations. Maybe Ronaldo should be in the top 10 tho, probable a better scoring ratio than any of those players and is 3 times ballon d'Or.
ilyes   December 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm
leocantbecompared   November 28, 2015 at 8:29 pm
weres James Rodriguez and Neymar and Suarez
neymar ago'go   November 27, 2015 at 2:10 pm
wea is fabrigas and ozil
Stavan   November 13, 2015 at 10:13 am
What about xavi
Roman   November 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm
Where is Lothar Matthäus. Against him playing Maradona made nothing. He was all in all perhaps the number one of all players, because he was world class forward and worldclass backward, as offensive or defensive player. Zidane, Maradona, Messi were better forward, but they were nothing in defense. Therefore Matthäus is the better all in all player.
Why   August 24, 2015 at 3:51 am
Toure silva and nasri
itstoomainstreamtoo   July 28, 2015 at 6:55 pm
vicky   July 16, 2015 at 5:55 am
Where is the best of them all XAVI
ha   July 2, 2015 at 9:04 pm
where is scholes
Manchester United   June 1, 2015 at 12:24 pm
Where is angel di Maria????? But the good thing is there is no Ronaldo
Rass   May 26, 2015 at 3:53 pm
The list would have been perfect,except for the fact that Ronaldinho is missing from it
Chinmay   May 25, 2015 at 10:57 am
Michael Laudrup ignored,as always!! :|
abi   May 3, 2015 at 8:34 pm
In my view young star like hazard,all time best couple xavi and iniesta,and the mind blowing ronaldinho are missing from d list.... ............
Nabs    April 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm
I think the list is just fine , this player made football more attractive ;) Zizo n*1
Pirlo master 2001   April 14, 2015 at 8:14 pm
What about Pirlo, Kakka, Ronaldinho and me XD
oliver   April 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm
jasmina   March 27, 2015 at 6:23 pm
where is rodriguez and ronaldo☆☆☆
Lad12364   February 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm
The people that are missing from that midfield list are Ronaldinho, Kaka and Roman
Cr7   February 8, 2015 at 8:15 am
Iniesta, ozil!?!
D ALL   January 9, 2015 at 1:45 am
Number one is not debatable but David Beckham should have made the list.
joe b   January 3, 2015 at 12:55 pm
Wheres captain fantastic Steven Gerrard he should be in here
Rajesh   January 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm
messi is one
cr7   December 20, 2014 at 3:54 am
FCB>   December 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm
These are my opinion: 1. cruyff 2. maradona 3. Zidane 4. Di Stefano 5. Nedved 6. Ribery 7. Iniesta 8. Ruud Gullit 9. Vieira 10. Michael Laudrup I never saw best play so i cant put him in...
sonu   December 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm
cruyff   November 15, 2014 at 11:53 pm
Maybe pirlo could be in the list. But its obvious Cruyff should be nr 1. Anyone with even a bit of knowledge knows that.
noman   November 13, 2014 at 7:09 pm
george hagi should be at the list.

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