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10 best midfielders in La Liga history

  • We rank the top 10 midfielders in La Liga history
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 06:47 IST
xavi and iniesta
Xavi and Iniesta are two of the greatest midfielders of all time

A match on the football pitch is run by these gems. Midfielders are the players who are the engine of the team. The link between defense and attack, they can split an opposition defense with one pass or make a crucial tackle to deny a scoring chance for opponents.

There have been some truly amazing players who have graced the La Liga and to pick the top 10 midfielders in the long history of the La Liga is no easy task. The list is dominated by players from the two Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona

We take a look at the top 10 midfielders in the history of La Liga:

Note: Only central midfielders have been included, players who solely played as wingers and attacking midfielders have not been considered.

#10 Sergio Busquets

sergio busquets
Sergio Busquets is probably the best defensive midfielder in the world

The all-conquering Barcelona side have an attacking trident which is the envy of the whole world. However, the player who is most vital for Barcelona’s unique system to work is Sergio Busquets. 

The Spaniard often does the dirty work in the middle of the park without which Barcelona cannot play the beautiful football they are renowned for. 

Busquets is known for the pivotal midfield-anchor role that he plays for both Barcelona and the Spanish national side. A hard-working player, he excels at breaking down opposition plays due to his positional sense, defensive attributes, tactical intelligence, and ability to read the game. He is the reason Barcelona can play flawless tiki-taka without moving into their defensive half.

The importance of Busquets to the team can perhaps be best summed up by Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. 


In spite of the rivalry and one incidence of a red card earned due to Busquets' play acting, this is what Sergio Ramos had to say about him: "There are a number of players I like, but the one we perhaps need is Busquets,"

Still only 27, Busquets has already won 5 La Ligas and 3 Champions Leagues.

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Published 11 Apr 2016, 16:28 IST
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