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Ranking The Top 10 Midfielders In The World

Ranking The Top 10 Midfielders In The World

Ranking the Top 10 Midfielders In The World Right Now
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Midfielders are the link between offense and defense on the pitch; they make the team tick. They are tasked with setting up goals, helping defenders, and they sometimes bear the burden of scoring themselves. Here is a list of the top 10 midfielders in football today.

10. Angel Di Maria

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10. Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria
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The Argentine winger made his move to Manchester United during this year's transfer window. Known for his pace and vision, Di Maria brings a lot to the table. He holds on to the ball and loves to shoot from distance; he makes the right pass more often than not. He enjoyed four successful seasons at Real Madrid; last season he made 22 assists and scored 12 goals for the club. He also had a good World Cup with Argentina, making it to the final.

9. Marco Reus

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9. Marco Reus

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The German midfielder currently plies his trade in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. Reus is a versatile attacker with bags of technical ability. He means everything to his team -- they would really hate to lose him. The 2012 German Player of The Year also made it into the 2013 UEFA Team of The Year. He recorded the most assists in the league last season (14). Reus is already off the mark this season having scored 42 in his previous two.

8. Juan Mata

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8. Juan Mata

Juan Mata
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Juan Mata is a bright spark in a dull Manchester United team. He is a splendid midfielder. He spent two seasons at Chelsea and flourished -- it was such a shock when he was sold. Mata was Chelsea's Player of The Year twice. He helped them win the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions league. He has scored 33-in-135 for Chelsea along with 50 assists. He has also scored seven in 18 for United, assisting five.

7. Mario Gotze

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7. Mario Gotze

Mario Gotze
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Germans won't be forgetting Mario Gotze's superb World Cup-winning volley anytime soon. The attacking midfielder is rated as one of the game's best young players. He won the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund in 2011, but has since moved to Bayern Munich on a €37 Million Euro transfer. He scored 15 goals and served up 12 assists last season. He is currently the second-most expensive German player, behind Mesut Ozil.

6. Cesc Fabregas

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6. Cesc Fabregas

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Cesc Fabregas -- probably the first name on the team sheet every weekend. The Spaniard is famous for his immaculate vision and pin-point pass accuracy. To Jose Mourinho's pleasant surprise, Fabregas was made available by Barcelona this summer; the manager did not think twice. Cesc is also a good scorer and has been used as a false No. 9 for both Barcelona and Spain. To date, he has scored 99 goals and assisted 150-in-458 club appearances.

5. Thomas Muller

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5. Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller
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The German attacking midfielder is very versatile -- he is able to play several roles in the middle of the pitch. He has spent all of his playing career at Bayern Munich, enjoying much success. Muller is known for his wonderful composure, and his awareness and positioning ar exemplary. He's both a scorer and a creator; so far, he has scored 117 goals during his seven-year career at Munich. He has also assisted 64 goals during this stint.

4. Eden Hazard

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4. Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard
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Chelsea's midfield wizard won the PFA Young Player of The Year award and was runner-up to Luis Suarez for the PFA Player of The Year award last season. He was also voted Chelsea's player of the year that same season. Eden is also credited with creating the most chances in Europe last term, and has been referred to as possibly Europe's most outstanding talent. Hazard is absolute class, he has scored 32 goals and assisted 30 for Chelsea so far.

3. Yaya Toure

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3. Yaya Toure

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Yaya Toure is an all-rounder, every coach's dream player. He can break up play and defend, but he also provides an offensive threat with goals and assists. He is decent with free kicks and sometimes impossible to dispossess. Toure combines power with technique, the fulcrum of Manchester City's offense. He also spent three seasons with Barcelona, but his offensive game really took shape at City. Toure has scored 73 career goals from midfield.

2. Frank Ribery

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2. Franck Ribery

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Franck Ribery is exciting and electric. The French International continues to dazzle fans with his fancy dribbling ability. Ribery is also known for his speed and passing accuracy; he is magic with a ball at his feet. At the end of the 2012-13 season, he was voted the UEFA Champions League Best Player and received the UEFA Best Player In Europe award. Ribery has scored 128 career goals in 491 appearances. He has also scored 16 for France.

1. Lionel Messi

 Lionel Messi
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1. Lionel Messi

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The little Argentine goal machine is the best in the world at what he does; Lionel Messi is simply amazing. He has scored 367 goals for his club, having made 459 outings. Statistics only tell half the story -- no one else has ever been so valuable to a team. Messi is Barcelona, and they would be nowhere without him. The midfielder has won the Ballon d'Or an unprecedented four times and holds the record for the most goals in a calendar year (91).

Lou Flavius is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @LouFlavius , “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.