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World Cup 2018: Top 5 midfielders on the basis of passing accuracy

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Barcelona’s midfielder Sergio Busquets in one of his interviews said – “I play in a position that demands hard work and generosity and little glamour, but I like it. It’s my job and I like it. I would rather intercept and steal 10 balls than shoot. That’s what I’m here for, to make everyone else’s jobs easier.” He was absolutely spot on. Midfielders are an integral part of a team and they help in orchestrating the tone of the game.

We have compiled a list of 5 midfielders who had the best passing accuracy in 2017-18 season and will play a huge role in their national side in World Cup 2018.
#5 Sergio Busquets (Spain)
 
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Busquets has undoubtedly been one of the best midfielders of his generation. The stability that Busquets provides to the team, there’s no one better than him at what he does. The 29-year-old Spanish midfielder has averaged a passing accuracy of 89% this season in all the competitions combined. 
 
Busquets knows how to spray passes and he controls the tempo of the game like nobody else. It will be interesting to see how the Spaniard fares at World Cup 2018.
#4 Ilkay Gundogan (Germany)
 
 
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The 27-year-old German Ilkay Gundogan has left behind the injury woes and he is back to his very best. He is thriving in Pep Guardiola’s system at Manchester City and he will be very instrumental to Germany’s campaign at World Cup 2018. Gundogan had a 89.2% pass success rate which is a feat in itself.

Gundogan can play in a number of positions and Germany’s gaffer will be looking to get the most out of this crafty playmaker.

#3 Mateo Kovacic (Croatia)

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People might be a little surprised to see this midfielder making the list. Real Madrid’s midfielder Mateo Kovacic is at #3 in the list as he notched up a passing accuracy of 89.7% this past season. Kovacic didn’t get many chances as Real Madrid had a number of quality midfielders who were ahead of him in the pecking order.

Real Madrid’s ex manager Zinedine Zidane preferred the trio of Kroos, Modric and Casemiro. Croatia doesn’t have much to play for but Kovacic can surely make the jaws drop.

#2 Julian Draxler (Germany)

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Were you expecting this player to make the cut? No, right? PSG’s attacking midfielder Julian Draxler is the runner-up in the list as he registered a staggering 90.1% passing success rate. He has stayed on the bench for the major part of the last season.

If Draxler plays well in World Cup 2018, the top clubs will be at the door as everyone is aware about the talent this player possesses.

#1 Toni Kroos (Germany)

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Toni Kroos tops the list and this is the least surprising player to make the list. Real Madrid’s ace midfielder Toni Kroos has been phenomenal since his Bayern Munich days and he makes everything look so simple. His performance in Champions League Final 2018 against Liverpool was exemplary as he nullified the effect of Henderson and Milner.

Kross had a brilliant overall season and he averaged a passing accuracy of 91% which was normal by his standards.

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Gourav Pilania is the Head of Content at ThinkQuant. He is also a guest writer for India Today and can be followed on twitter @pilania_gourav.

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