Best central/box-to-box midfielder ever in football

Best central/box-to-box midfielder ever in football

Heart and soul of a football team: The central midfielders! These are the ten best box-to-box players of all time…

10. Toni Kroos (Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid)

Achievements: Achievements: World cup victory 2014, Champions League winner 2013+2016, several national titles in Bundesliga and Primera Division.
Strengths: High-grade role player, connection between defense and offense, good long-distance shot
Weaknesses: Dribbling, Speed, too much secure square passing at times

  • Playmaking score: 95%
  • Technique score: 85%

 

9. Paul Scholes (Manchester United)

The most decorated English footballer of all times!

Achievements: Two-time Champions League winner, eleven(!!!)-time Premier League champion
Strengths: accurate passing
Weaknesses: Too shy, no leader

  • Playmaking score: 90%
  • Technique score: 85%

 

8. Patrick Viera (Cannes, Arsenal, Internazionale, Manchester City)

Achievements: World cup champion 1998, European champion 2000, champion in Premier League and Seria A three times each
Strengths: Impressive physical appearance, very dynamic
Weaknesses: not that agile

  • Playmaking score: 90%
  • Technique score: 85%

 

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7. Frank Lampard (Westham United, Chelsea London)

Achievements: Champions League winner 2012
Strengths: Fighter, potent scorer, ball-winning
Weaknesses: average technique

  • Playmaking score: 90%
  • Technique score: 80%

 

6. Ilkay Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City)

Achievements: Bundesliga champion
Strengths: very dynamic and creative
Weaknesses: not the most dangerous goal scorer

  • Playmaking score: 90%
  • Technique score: 95%

 

Additional reading: Best wing-back ever in football

 

5. Clarence Seedorf (Ajax Amsterdam, AC Milan)

One of the most successful players of all times

Achievements: Four-time Champions League winner with three different clubs
Strengths: Reading and controlling the game, good allround skills
Weaknesses: Hm very complete, physically but also technically and tactically strong

  • Playmaking score: 90%
  • Technique score: 90%

 

4. Luca Modric (Real Madrid)

Achievements: Champions League winner, multiple national titles in Spain
Strengths: Ball-control, reading of the game, dribbling
Weaknesses: Physically not that strong, but he doesn`t need that

  • Playmaking score: 95%
  • Technique score: 100%

 

3. Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan, Juventus)

The Italian ball virtuoso seems to never get old. More feeling in his foot than most others in their fingertips. He hardly runs at all, but gets every ball and distributes it to the right places.. Without him the Italian squad is worth only half as much and AC Milan certainly curses the day when they decided to sell him due to his age. What a mistake! Juventus Turin took advantage and ever since Pirlo joined them dominates the Serie A.

Achievements: World cup champion 2006, countless national titles in Italy
Strengths: Football virtuoso with amazing chip passes
Weaknesses: Speed

  • Playmaking score: 95%
  • Technique score: 100%

 

Additional reading: Best striker ever in football

 

2. Xavi (FC Barcelona)

The heart of Barcelona and Spain, a “tiki taka machine” who was always one step ahead of his opponents. Together wis his congenial team colleague Andres Iniesta he controlled every game and made sure, his team would always have the vast majority of ball possesion. And how could another team possibly score a goal when always running after the ball? The only thing that could be criticized is that sometimes that style wasn`t effective enough and caused trouble against deeply defending teams. In Barcelona that wasn`t so much of a problem with the door opener Messi en team. The spanish squad never had a Messi and therefore had much more trouble scoring goals despite controlling the games. But if you look at his titles there is no denying his brilliant skill, soooo many multiple European, World and national titles speak for itself.

Achievements: World cup champion and two-time European champion 2008-2012, unbelievably many national titles in Spain. Part of the most dominant national and also club teams of all times
Strengths: Ball-controll, clear view, tiki taka
Weaknesses: Not a good scorer

  • Playmaking score: 100%
  • Technique score: 100%

 

1. Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona)

Achievements: World cup champion and two-time European champion 2008-2012, unbelievably many national titles in Spain. Part of the most dominant national and also club teams of all times
Strengths: Ball-control, dribbling, tiki taka
Weaknesses: Not a good scorer

  • Playmaking score: 100%
  • Technique score: 100%
Best central midfielder ever in football
von Clément Bucco-Lechat (Eigenes Werk) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you agree with the list of the ten best central midfielders ever? Or should any other box-to-box players be in there?

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