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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.
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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.