Top 5 Attacking Midfielders In Soccer

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Top 5 midfielders in soccer

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This group is a list of the top playmakers in the soccer world -- players not known for scoring goals, but more so for picking out the killer pass that leads to them. This particular group has a very Spanish feel to it, as four of the players are Spanish internationals and four of them play in La Liga.

Seeing as Barcelona is the standard with which all attacking soccer is judged, it shouldn't surprise you that three of the representatives ply their trade for the Catalan club.

This group of players always plays one step ahead of the opposition, as if they were blessed with eyes in the back of their heads. Vision, anticipation and technique are what make a good attacking midfielder. Knowing when to pass, shoot or hold up play for reinforcements is an innate ability they all possess.

Their play is as inspirational as it is vital to the success of their teams, unlocking defenses effortlessly with inch-perfect passes. All are more than capable finishers, delivering the ball with accuracy from set pieces whether it’s a pass or a shot that is needed.

It is no surprise that these five players are on some of the world's most dominant teams, as creativity is what allows goals to be scored in bunches. There is no mistaking the impact that these guys have on their respective teams. They are the supreme dictators, and are usually difference-makers in the outcome of a fixture.

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5. Xavi Hernandez

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Xavi Hernandez is without a shadow of a doubt the best passer in the world. His vision is second to none, as his passes are always considerate. Xavi dictates play from the outset; he looks like he is hardly ever moving at pace, but somehow manages to get about the pitch with relative ease. What he lacks in pace and athleticism, he makes up for in technical ability and mentality. Maybe the most cerebral player the sport has ever seen, Xavi can do no wrong.

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4. Andres Iniesta

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Andres Iniesta is one of soccer's wonders. If not for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he would probably be the best and most consistent player in the world. The Spanish international has all the right qualities, runs at defenders with pace, always picks the right pass and is clinical when he decides to strike the ball at goal. A dribbling maestro, Iniesta is one of the most complete players on the planet. Sometimes unselfish to a fault, he remains a driving force in Barcelona and Spain’s midfield. A supremely athletic player, Iniesta is deployed as an out and out winger at times, utilizing his direct approach to unsettle defenses.

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3. Mesut Ozil

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Mesut Ozil is an example of what the new era of attacking midfielders can do. Also a cerebral player, the German international is a pass master. Always on the delivering end of a Real Madrid goal, his vision never ceases to amaze. With pace to rival his technical ability, Ozil is a handful for defenders to contain. Comfortable on the ball, Ozil plays with fluidity and grace, picking out pass after pass. Deadly from set pieces, the German has all the goods necessary to play with a top side, having an appetite for delivering on world's biggest stage.

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2. David Silva

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David Silva is diminutive in size and stature but enormous in talent. The Spainish international reeks of class with his darting runs, timely goals and direct mentality. Silva can line up anywhere on the pitch for Manchester City, and he is as feisty and determined as any player to have graced a soccer pitch. Possessing the kind of quickness and elusiveness that would make a cat envious, Silva performs at the highest level, always working hard for the team to put in a good shift. Silva makes the extraordinary look routine, bewildering opponents with trickery and flair.

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1. Cesc Fabregas

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Cesc Fabregas is as talented as any midfielder in the world. He is the complete package with the ability to put in a good tackle, but Fabregas excels in the final third of the pitch, sometimes even being deployed in a false no. 9 role with Barcelona. He is the quintessential no. 10; a true playmaker, he is at his best when the game is dictated through him. The Spainish international is an unpredictable player who scores timely goals, making unsuspecting passes that contain a high level of difficulty. Fabregas’ game could be summarized in a myriad of ways, as he shows dexterity and tenacity to elevate his teammates' intensity.

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