The 10 Best Midfielders In The World 2022/2023

Best Midfielders in the World 2022

Best Midfielders In The World 2022: The midfielder is that player on whom an entire team pivots. That footballer manages to unite defense and attack, making the whole team play and bringing balance to the game.

Best Midfielders In The World 2022/2023

For this, it is necessary to have a series of essential virtues: a vision of the game, management of game times, quality (reception and pass), and ball handling … We come up with a list that brings together the best midfielders in the world today.

How Do We Rank the Best Midfielders in the World?

  • Statistics (% Good Passes Per Game, Assists, Goals, Recovered Balls): 50%.
  • Leadership: 50%.

It’s about pure, creative midfielders. We leave out the defensive midfielders or those who are on the wing. The ranking focuses on media that generate gambling. Both MCs and MCOs are included.

Honorable Mentions:

These are the players that could appear in the ranking but for reasons of opinion, statistics and comparison they have not done so. However, they have had a pretty good season and have the potential to further increase their projection.

10. Koke:

Koke’s season at Atlético de Madrid has been worthy of note and rewarding in a ranking of this kind. After a masterful year, the Atlético de Madrid captain was able to lift the coveted title and led his team through thick and thin.

While it is true that his statistics are not to shoot rockets, his impact and importance in the champion team of Spain go beyond the numbers.


  • Games: 37
  • Goals: 1
  • Assists: 2
  • Key passes: 1.0
  • Touches: 78.1
  • Passing success: 58.2 (89%)
  • Dribbles completed: 0.7 (72%)

HIGHLIGHTS: World-class pin and centering device. Excellent vision of the game and leadership.

9. Leon Goretzka:

Leon Goretzka, when in shape, is not only a worthy player to appear in such a ranking, but he will also find himself among the highest positions. However, after a very irregular season individually and collectively, Bayern Munich’s megacracks have slightly lowered their overall rating.

Therefore, after playing only 24 games, Goretzka has not signed a year to remember. However, due to its impact and importance, it deserves a mention in our ranking.


  • Games: 24
  • Goals: 5
  • Assists: 5
  • Key passes: 1.8
  • Touches: 55.9
  • Passing success: 38.2 (88%)
  • Dribbles completed: 0.5 (67%)

OUTSTANDING: Total midfielder with excellent understanding of the game. Ball filter, smart dribbler and youth with room for improvement.

8. Luka Modric:

Luka Modrić is a player who does not require a cover letter. The Croatian player continues to amaze locals and strangers in LaLiga Santander and, at 35, it seems that he still has a lot to prove at the White House.

Without a doubt, the big drawback of the season for Modrić, like that of his teammates, is having finished the season in the blank. However, statistically and because of his impact on the field, it is impossible not to mention the historic Croatian player.


  • Games: 35
  • Goals: 5
  • Assists: 3
  • Key passes: 1.4
  • Touches: 77.2
  • Passing success: 55.7 (88%)
  • Dribbles completed: 1.6 (74%)

OUTSTANDING: The quality and elegance made player. A veteran with three lungs capable of generating game, scoring goals and doing magic.

7. Nicolo Barella:

Nicolò Barella is one of the great international talents who gave us EURO 2021 in Italy. The transalpine midfielder has sat down with the great players of his position in the great campaign that saw him be crowned Serie A champion with Inter Milan.

This led him to be an important player in the EURO with Italy, being one of the starters in the center of the Azzurra team that managed to lift the coveted international title.


  • Games: 36
  • Goals: 3
  • Assists: 7
  • Key Passes: 1.3
  • Touches: 65.8
  • Passing Success: 43.4 (85%)
  • Dribbles Completed: 1.0 (67%)

OUTSTANDING: Youth and quality, a midfielder marked to be different. Good recuperator and promoter of high pressure. Creator of danger born.

6. Rodrigo de Paul:

Rodrigo de Paul is a player who has fallen in love with Cholo Simeone since his time as a Udinese player. Not in vain, the Argentine midfielder has signed for the mattress team and promises to be the star incorporation of the rojiblanco team for the next season.

After a masterful Copa América, Rodrigo de Paul appears as one of the best players in his position and, if all goes well, he will continue to improve under Diego Pablo Simeone.


  • Games: 36
  • Goals: 9
  • Assists: 9
  • Key passes: 2.3
  • Touches: 79.8
  • Passing Success: 40.7 (80%)
  • Dribbles Completed: 3.4 (67%)

HIGHLIGHT: todocampista. Excellent playmaker, good recuperator, and hazard initiator.

5. Pedri:

Pedri broke into the global elite in a way that only players marked for success do. After arriving as a reinforcement for the subsidiary from Las Palmas, Pedri showed Koeman and the world that he not only had the potential to be a starter at Barcelona, but to become one of the best young players on the planet.

Currently, Pedri is the main candidate to win the Kopa Trophy for the best young player in the world, as well as being the favorite to win the Golden Boy for his great season at Barcelona, ​​at the EURO and, for now, at the Olympic Games.


  • Games: 37
  • Goals: 3
  • Assists: 3
  • Key passes: 1.1
  • Touches: 56.9
  • Passing Success: 40.1 (88%)
  • Dribbles Completed: 0.8 (71%)

HIGHLIGHTS: The little magician of FC Barcelona. A player who remembers Andrés Iniesta and who, with his quality, is winning integers to be considered one of the best. Vision of play, dribbling, quality and creator of danger, what more could you ask for?

4. Toni Kroos:

What happened to Toni Kroos at Real Madrid is no longer a surprise. The German midfielder continues to show that he has a high level and, despite the fact that according to him, his retirement is approaching, he remains at a great level that shows that he could play like this until he is 40 years old.

The absence of titles at Real Madrid is the only thing that prevents Toni Kroos from being higher in this ranking. Since, last year, the German was the third best midfielder in the world in our ranking.


  • Games: 28
  • Goals: 3
  • Assists: 10
  • Key passes: 2.4
  • Touches: 85.1
  • Passing success: 67.4 (94%)
  • Dribbles completed: 0.6 (89%)

HIGHLIGHTS: The engine of Madrid. Generator of danger and natural plunger with his passes. Superb passing and quality shooting.

3. Frenkie de Jong:

Frenkie de Jong is a player with such marked versatility that, in our opinion, he deserves to be present in two of our midfielder rankings. In the ranking in which we reward the best pivots in the world, the Dutchman also makes an appearance and in a very high position.

This, above all, because de Jong has played his best season at FC Barcelona and has proven to be the best no matter in what position he plays. For this reason, he is the player who takes the bronze medal from our list.


  • Games: 37
  • Goals: 3
  • Assists: 4
  • Key Passes: 1.3
  • Touches: 86.3
  • Passing Success: 69.2 (92%)
  • Dribbles Completed: 1.6 (87%)

HIGHLIGHTS: Game creation from the core. A midfielder with a goal, with defensive sacrifice and with a lot of versatility.

2. Marcos Llorente:

The second place in our ranking is for a player who has played a season to remember. This is another Atlético de Madrid player who could perfectly have sat on the throne of first place. Marcos Llorente is the key piece in the Cholo Simeone scheme.

If we talk about versatility with de Jong, Llorente’s is already a study. This midfielder with the soul of a forward is a total player who has played games as a center back, as a winger, as a pure midfielder, as a pivot and even as a forward in the same campaign. Therefore, added to its excellent statistics, it deserves a high position in the ranking.


  • Games: 37
  • Goals: 12
  • Assists: 11
  • Key passes: 1.2
  • Touches: 50.2
  • Passing Success: 28.4 (85%)
  • Dribbles Completed: 1.1 (59%)

HIGHLIGHTS: After an incredible season, Llorente showed all his potential. Pure midfielder with a lot of goal, the ability to generate danger and finish like an area killer.

1. Kevin De Bruyne, The Best Midfielder in the World

Kevin de Bruyne, without a doubt, is one of the best players on the planet when he is in his prime. This year, despite having missed several duels, he showed that his importance in Premier League champions Manchester City is immeasurable.

The only blemish on the Belgian’s season, without a doubt, is the painful final loss to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. However, removing that factor, de Bruyne continues to show match by match that he is the best player in his position.


  • Games: 25
  • Goals: 6
  • Assists: 12
  • Key passes: 3.2
  • Touches: 72.6
  • Passing Success: 41.3 (82%)
  • Dribbles Completed: 1.9 (72%)

HIGHLIGHTS: One of the best players in the world. A unique midfielder in his style, with a lot of quality, vision of the game and, above all, with an ease to play and make play never seen before.

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Do you think we have left a midfielder off the list? Leave us your comment so that we can include you among the best on the planet and don’t forget to vote in the poll on the best midfielders in the world.


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