5. Paul Pogba
He started his football senior career with the Manchester United, before joining Juventus in 2012, where he helped the club win four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. During his time in Italy, Pogba further established himself as one of the most promising young players in the world and was awarded the 2013 and 2014 Golden Boy award and the Bravo Award respectively. He went back to Manchester United in 2016, where he won the League Cup and the Europa League in his first season with the club.
At the international level, Pogba led France to victory at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and was awarded the best player of the tournament. He made his first appearance for the France senior team a year later and appeared mostly at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he was awarded the Best Young Player Award for his performances. He later played for his adopted nation at the 2006 UEFA Euro, where he finished as a runner-up, before winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, scoring in the final.
He is currently one of the best midfielders in the world.
4. Joshua Kimmich
Joshua Walter Kimmich is a 26-year-old German professional soccer player currently playing as a defensive midfielder for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.
Regarded as one of the current best midfielders in the world, he is renowned for his versatility, passing, shooting, tackling and aggression.
Kimmich joined Bayern Munich in 2015. After winning the continental treble with Bayern Munich two years ago, he was included in the UEFA Team of the Year, and was recognized as the UEFA Champions League midfielder of the Season.
3. Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos is a 31-year-old German professional football player who currently plays as a midfielder for Real Madrid.
Currently considered as one of the best midfielders in the world, Kroos is renowned for his vision, passing, creativity, crossing and set-piece ability.
Kroos’ professional soccer career kicked off with Bayern Munich, where he won two consecutive league titles, a UEFA Champions League title, two DFB-Pokal titles, and was voted into the league team of the season three times. Seven years ago, he was signed to Real Madrid. With Real Madrid, Kroos won nine trophies, including two La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League titles, which he won simultaneously from 2016 and 2018. He was voted the IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker in 2014 and German Footballer of the Year in 2018.
2. Marco Verratti
Marco Verratti Cavaliere is an Italian professional soccer player who currently plays as a central midfielder for Paris Saint-Germain and the Italy national team.
Nine years ago, he joined Saint-Germain, where he won seven Ligue 1 titles from 2013 to 2020, among other domestic and individual trophies, and established himself as one of the current best midfielders in the world.
1. Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne is a 30-year-old Belgian professional soccer player currently playing as a midfielder for Manchester City and the Belgium national team.
De Bruyne started his professional career at Genk, where he was a regular player when they won the 2010 to 2011 Belgian Pro League. Thirteen years ago, he was signed to Chelsea. In 2015, De he joined Manchester City, where he has since won three Premier League titles, five League Cups and an FA Cup.
De Bruyne made his first international appearance for the Belgium national team in 2010, and he has since earned over 80 caps and scored 22 goals for Belgium. He was part of the Belgium squad that reached the quarter-finals both at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and at UEFA Euro 2016 respectively. He played for Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where Belgium won the third place play-off match against England, and was included in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.
De Bruyne is widely regarded as the current best midfielder in the world. His elegant passes, awareness, and composure with the ball is like no other player at the moment. He has won the Premier League Playmaker of the Season twice, Manchester City’s Player of the Year three times, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year twice, the UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season, the Bundesliga Player of the Year, the German Footballer of the Year, the Belgian Sportsman of the Year, and the IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker.