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Ranking the Top 5 Midfielders in 2014 World Cup

2014 World Cup: Ranking The Top 5 Midfielders In The Tournament

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In terms of pure on-field responsibility, no position carries more than midfield. A strong midfielder can dictate pace and create offensive opportunities for successful teams. On the flip side, poor midfield play is often a main culprit for a specific squad's failures. Bearing that in mind, here are the five best midfielders heading to Brazil for this summer’s World Cup.

5. Mesut Ozil, Germany

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5. Mesut Ozil, Germany

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Since turning professional back in 2006, Mesut Ozil has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most dangerous attacking midfielders. After starting his career in Germany, the speedy and skilled Ozil has become a key contributor to both Real Madrid and Arsenal the past two years. He’s coming off of a strong first season in the England, having netted seven goals and 14 assists for Arsenal, and hewill looked upon to create more offense in Brazil.

4. Arturo Vidal, Chile

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4 Arturo Vidal, Chile

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Already considered one of the more talented midfielders in the game, Arturo Vidal is coming off a banner year with Serie-A powerhouse Juventus. Vidal racked up 11 goals and added 5 assists in 32 league games this season in helping Juventus capture their third consecutive Serie-A title. On the national team level, the aggressive, playmaking midfielder has eight career goals in 53 appearances since first joining the Chilean National Team in 2007.

3. Eden Hazard, Belgium

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3. Eden Hazard, Belgium

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Eden Hazard has quickly risen to stardom since his debut with English Premier League squad Chelsea just two years ago. The supremely skilled 23-year-old has already made 69 career appearances for the club and is coming off a campaign that saw him lead the way for the Blues with 14 goals and seven assists in 35 Premier League starts. Hazard has also cemented his place for Belgium on the national team level with 45 caps and six goals since 2008.

2. Yaya Toure, Ivory Coast

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2. Yaya Toure, Ivory Coast

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Yaya Toure has firmly placed himself amongst the best midfielders in the world since joining Manchester City four years ago. Toure is coming off his best season yet, having scored 24 goals and added 11 assists in helping the squad claim its second Premier League crown in three years. Big and strong at 6-foot-3, Toure also excels on free kicks and is a constant threat when the ball is at his feet.

1. Thomas Muller, Germany

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1. Thomas Muller, Germany

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Thomas Muller enters the World Cup looking to build on his impressive display in South Africa that saw him claim the coveted Golden Boot Award as the tournament’s top scorer four years ago. A force for club side Bayern Munich, Muller is coming off a huge campaign that yielded 26 goals and 12 assists in 49 total games played. Muller has also been a standout at the national team level with 17 goals and 48 caps in the past four years.