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10 greatest midfielders in football history

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17 Sep 2016, 16:52 IST

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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 their opponents.

There have been some truly amazing midfielders who have graced the beautiful game and to pick the best 10 out of the long list is no easy task. Without much ado let us look at the top 10 midfielders in the history of the game

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

#10 Patrick Vieira

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A dynamic midfield player whose ability to bring the ball from defence to attack was a marvel to behold, Patrick Vieira was the captain of the incredible Arsenal “invincibles” side. Vieira led his team by example and he was a player whose quality of tackling, passing energy and determination made him a natural fit to the League and an easy player for the Arsenal fans to fall for.

The ability to regularly beat people with the ball, especially in the middle, is a rare one, but to Vieira this seemed to come naturally. A combination of height and strength added to technique and composure led to him rapidly becoming a vital cog within Arsenal’s gameplan. 

The facts of Vieira’s career speak for themselves; at the time of his retirement he had amassed 107 caps for France (including the ’98 World Cup and 2000 Euros), featured in six seasons in a row in the PFA team of the year at Arsenal, won three Premier Leagues and four FA Cups.

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