Top 10 best midfielders in the world 2022 - Global ranking

Top 10 best midfielders in the world 2022 - Global ranking

Midfielders are generally considered the backbone of any squad. Generally, the best midfielders in the world are good at building the play, keeping control of the ball and breaking defences. So, who is the no.1 midfielder? Let us look at the best midfielders in football and much more.

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There are different positions that midfielders can play. They act as links between the defence and attack. They can also play in central, defensive, attacking or the flanks. So, who is the best midfielder in the world in 2022?

Best midfielders in the world 2022

Our list of best midfielders in the world's soccer is based on the players' input and achievements for their clubs and national teams and their overall contribution to football.

10. Joshua Kimmich

Joshua Kimmich enters our list as one of best midfielders in the world in the tenth position. Kimmich previously played as a right-back. He has won numerous titles with Bayern, including the 2019/20 Champions League title.

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Top 10 best midfielders in the world 2022 - Global ranking
Joshua celebrating his many victories. Photo: @jok_32 (Modified by author)
Source: Instagram

Joshua Kimmich's profile summary

  • Full name: Joshua Walter Kimmich
  • Nickname: Mr Versatile
  • Date of birth: 8 February 1995
  • Place of birth: Rottweil
  • Nationality: German
  • Age: 27 years (as of February 2022)
  • Height: 1.77 m
  • Position: Defensive midfielder
  • Club: Bayern Munich
  • Instagram: @jok_32
  • Facebook: @JoshuaKimmich
  • Transfer market value as of February 2022: $10 million

9. Luka Modrić

The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner is undoubtedly one of the most talented players of his generation. Modric can play in the central, attacking, and defensive midfield positions. The Real Madrid playmaker is also regarded as the most outstanding Croatian footballer in history.

Top 10 best midfielders in the world 2022, Luka Modric
Luka Modric of Real Madrid. Photo by Alvaro Medranda
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Luka Modric's profile summary

  • Full name: Luka Modric
  • Nickname: Cruyff of the Balkans
  • Date of birth: 9 September 1985
  • Place of birth: Zadar
  • Nationality: Croatian
  • Age: 36 years (as of February 2022)
  • Height: 1.72 m
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Club: Real Madrid
  • Twitter: @lukamodric10
  • Instagram: @lukamodric10
  • Facebook: @LukaModrić
  • Transfer market value as of February 2022: $11 million

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8. N'Golo Kanté

N'Golo Kanté plays as a central midfielder for Chelsea and the France national football team. Despite his short height, he has displayed a tremendous work rate and excellent defensive skills. Kanté helped Chelsea win the 2020/21 Champions League and the 2016/17 Premier League title.

Top 10 best midfielders in the world 2022, Ngolo Kante
Ngolo Kante in action in a Premier League match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in 2021. Photo by Michael Regan.
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N'Golo Kanté's profile summary

  • Full name: N'Golo Kanté
  • Nickname: NG
  • Date of birth: 29 March 1991
  • Place of birth: Paris
  • Nationality: French
  • Age: 30 years (as of February 2022)
  • Height: 1.68 m
  • Position: Central midfielder
  • Club: Chelsea
  • Twitter: @nglkante
  • Instagram: @nglkante
  • Facebook: @nglkante
  • Transfer market value as of February 2022: $59 million

7. Paul Pogba

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French star player Paul Pogba celebrates a victory with the national team. Photo: @PaulPogba
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Paul Pogba is among the best players in the world's all-time ranking. He can play in a central midfield position or as a deep-lying playmaker.

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Paul Labile Pogba's profile summary

  • Full name: Paul Labile Pogba
  • Nickname: La Pioche
  • Date of birth: 15 March 1993
  • Place of birth: Lagny-Sur-Marne, Seine-Et-Marne
  • Nationality: French
  • Age: 28 years (as of February 2022)
  • Height: 1.90 m
  • Position: Central midfielder
  • Club: Manchester United
  • Twitter: @paulpogba
  • Instagram: @paulpogba
  • Facebook: @PaulPogba
  • Transfer market value as of February 2022: $64 million

6. Bruno Fernandes

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Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes in action during their UEFA Champions League Round16 match against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano on 23 February 2022. Photo: Angel Martinez
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Since joining Manchester United from Sporting CP, Bruno Fernandes has established himself among the best midfielders in the world at the moment. In the 2018/19 season, he was the highest-scoring midfielder in Europe with 33 goals in all competitions.

Bruno Fernandes profile summary

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5. Marco Verratti

Best midfielders in the world 2022
Italy's Marco Veratti controls the ball in an international football match. He is one of the most talented players in his position. Photo:@Marco-Verratti
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Starting off our list of the top five best midfielders in the world in 2022 is Marco Veratti, a creative and technically gifted player with quick dribbling skills. Veratti guided Italy to their second European Championship title in July 2021.

Profile summary

  • Full name: Marco Verratti
  • Nickname: Gufetto
  • Date of birth: 5 November 1992
  • Place of birth: Pescara, Italy
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Age: 29 years (as of February 2022)
  • Height: 1.65 m
  • Position: Central midfielder
  • Club: Paris Saint-Germain
  • Instagram: @marco_verratti92
  • Facebook: @Marco-Verratti
  • Transfer market value as of February 2022: $64 million

4. Jorginho

Jorginho is a technically gifted defensive midfielder who prefers playing as a focal point and controlling the tempo of play. He won the 2021 Champions League and Club World Cup with Chelsea and the 2020 Euros with Italy.

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Top 10 best midfielders in the world, Jorginho
Jorginho celebrates after scoring his penalty in a match against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium, 2022. Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA.
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The talented footballer was voted UEFA Men's Player of the Year. In addition, he is considered the best defensive midfielder in the world in 2021/22.

Profile summary

  • Full name: Jorge Luiz Frello Filho
  • Nickname: Il Professore (The Professor), Radio
  • Date of birth: 20 December 1991
  • Place of birth: Imbituba, Brazil
  • Nationality: Italian, Brazilian
  • Age: 30 years (as of February 2022)
  • Height: 1.80m
  • Position: Central midfielder
  • Club: Chelsea
  • Instagram: @jorginhofrello
  • Transfer market value as of February 2022: $52 million

3. Pedri

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Barcelona's Pedri celebrates a goal against Valencia in a La Liga match. Photo: @Pedri
Source: Twitter

The 19-year-old Spaniard has surprised many with his dazzling talent and skills. He is a regular starter for Barcelona and the Spanish national football team in the central midfield position. In addition, Pedri won the 2021 Golden Boy Award for the best under-21 player in Europe.

Pedri's profile summary

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  • Full name: Pedro González López
  • Nickname: Pedri
  • Date of birth: 25 November 2002
  • Place of birth: Tegueste, Spain
  • Nationality: Spaniard
  • Age: 19 years (as of February 2022)
  • Height: 1.74m
  • Position: Central midfielder
  • Club: Barcelona
  • Twitter: @Pedri
  • Transfer market value as of February 2022: $94 million

2. Frenkie de Jong

The second player on our list is Netherlands star Frenkie de Jong who plays for Barcelona. He is a box-box midfielder known for his vision, passing, and dribbling techniques. De Jong has collected several individual awards, including the 2018/19 UEFA Midfielder of the Season.

Top 10 best midfielders in the world 2022, De Jong
Frenkie de Jong during a La Liga match against Athletic Club, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Sergio Ruiz/ Pressinphoto/ Icon Sport.
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Frenkie de Jong's profile summary

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1. Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne tops our list of best midfielders in the world at the moment. The Belgium and Manchester City star is considered the best attacking midfielder in world football. He is the only player besides Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry to have won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award back to back.

Who is the no.1 midfielder?
Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium kicks the ball during a training session with the national team. Photo: @DeBruyneOfficial
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Kevin De Bruyne's profile summary

  • Full name: Kevin De Bruyne
  • Nickname: The Ginger Pele
  • Date of birth: 28 June 1991
  • Place of birth: Drongen, Ghent, Belgium
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Age: 30 years (as of February 2022)
  • Height: 1.81m
  • Position: Attacking midfielder
  • Club: Manchester City
  • Twitter: @DeBruyneKev
  • Instagram: @kevindebruyne
  • Facebook: @DeBruyneOfficial
  • Transfer market value as of February 2022: $106 million

Ranking among the best midfielders in the world is a massive privilege. However, that does not undermine their qualities. So, who else do you think deserved mention? Let us know in the comments who is your favorite midfielder ever.

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