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10 best midfielders of 2017

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10 best midfielders
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Midfielders are the players who run the game of football. They are crucial in setting up the style of play and controlling the flow of the game.

These players are the link between attack and defence often playing defence-splitting passes and breaking up opposition play as and when required. This season, the top leagues around the world have witnessed many amazing midfielders go about their business and pull the strings for their respective sides.

All the best teams in the world have that one player in the centre of the park capable of making a difference with a moment of magic. We take a look at the 10 best midfielders in the world in 2017.

Honourable Mentions:

These 3 midfielders were extremely good for their respective teams, but they just missed out on making the top 10 because of some slight inconsistencies in their performances over the calendar year.

Marek Hamsik (Napoli)

SSC Napoli v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A
Hamsik is an icon and a hero at Naples

The captain of Napoli has had a fine 2017. Playing as an attacking midfielder, Hamsik has been at the forefront of Napoli's thrilling style of play and he will be hoping to guide The Partenopei to the Serie A title at the end of this season.

Casemiro and Isco (Real Madrid)

Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg
Casemiro and Isco were superb for Real Madrid in the latter half of 2016/17 season

While the Real Madrid team is filled with stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric, Casemiro is often the person who does all the dirty work. A brilliant performer for Madrid last season, his form like most of his team-mates has tailed off in the 2017/18 season.

Isco, on the other hand, is the player who was closest to making the top 10. Simply superb and sublime for Madrid in the Champions League and La Liga last season, the Spaniard has struggled to replicate the same form this season and will be looking to bounce back in 2018.

Now, let us take a look at the 10 players who were the best midfielders of 2017:

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