Top 5 Balkan Midfielders
The Balkan Peninsula has a rich footballing history, with several players emerging from the 12 countries, which is collectively known as the 'Balkan Nations'. These countries which include the likes of Serbia, Croatia, and Kosovo, among others are turning out to be a conveyor belt for world-class midfielders whose contributions can't go unnoticed.
With the World Cup and the Euro fast approaching, these pint-sized countries cannot be overlooked as they are accoutred with the most serpentine minds calling the signals for topflight teams across the major leagues presently. Youngsters like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Mateo Kovacic are also getting into the act to carry on the everlasting footballing legacy of the region forward.
Take a look at the top five from the Balkans who are dominating world football at present.
#5 Ivan Perišić
The Croatian is one of the best wingers around right now. Joining Inter in 2015, after brief spells at Borussia and Wolfsburg, he has come to terms with Italian football really well. A superb dribbler, he is adept with both his feet, despite playing mostly on the left wing.
Renowned for his cut-ins, crosses and dangerous volleys, he has been in the thick of things for Inter for the past two seasons. He was linked with a possible move to Manchester United, with the deal going awry at the last moment.
Perisic's importance and his style of play is something that may escape the attention of the highlights, but he is as important as Mauro Icardi to the Milan side. He can also be played as a second striker. The tall Croatian, who is also Inter's top assist provider is an asset any team would be thrilled to have.