The central midfield position is a key role to a team's success. Over the years the central midfield role has seen players who have the ability to link a teams attack and defence. They can also protect the backline from opposition attack and make play by carrying the ball to the final third for their offensive players to finish. Here are the best central defenders in 2021.
1. Ng'olo Kante
The UEFA best midfielder was influential for Chelsea during their European conquest. He is known for his physicality and ball winning ability. He finished fifth in the just concluded ballon dor ceremony.
The German defender has been a key figure for the Bayern Munich team. He is a technically gifted player who can also play as a defender when need arises.
He was UEFA men's best player and also finished third in the ballon dor awards. He won the champions league and the Euros trophy for club and country respectively. In his outstanding season he was also named in Euros team of the tournament.
A type of midfielder with the ability to read the game and anticipate things on the field before they actually happen. He was key in inter Milan scudetto winning season. He also won the Euros with Italy.
5. Marco Verrati
The Italian was influencial for both PSG and the Italian national team.
8. Luka Modric
9. Ilkay Gundogan
10. Frenkie De Jong'
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