Top 5 Central Midfielders heading to the World Cup
In what is his first World Cup, the young Frenchman will be looking to prove his worth against some of the best players on the planet. The 21 year old is noted for his power and pace; some have even compared him to fellow Frenchman Patrick Viera for his similar style of play to the former Arsenal man.
After a title winning season at Juventus in which he scored 9 goals, Pogba will be hoping to top it off with a strong World Cup campaign.
The man with everyone’s favourite beard is finally back on the global scene. At 35 it may sadly be the last time we see Pirlo perform at a World Cup. With 108 caps he is Italy’s most capped player. And once again he is expected to play a crucial role in the Italian midfield playing as a deep lying playmaker. Despite his age Pirlo will still be one of the best midfielders heading to Brazil.
Pirlo was one of the key men during Italy’s successful Euro campaign in 2012 where they reached the final only to be thrashed by Spain.
In what is an almost endless choice of midfielders in the German squad, Ozil is the only one who can be fairly comfortable about keeping his starting place in the first 11, despite some poor form from the German at Arsenal this season.
The 25 year old memorably burst on to the scene back in the World Cup in South Africa where his form made him a hot target for some of the world biggest clubs, eventually signing for Real Madrid and later moving on to Arsenal in 2013. Germany will be hoping the attacking midfielder can rediscover that form that made him an international superstar.
Another Juventus midfielder, the Chilean international is generally considered to be the most complete midfielder in world football. Known for his great tackling and play-making abilities, the 27 year old is at the peak of his career. With Vidal in the team, Chile may find themselves doing very well in Brazil this summer. All will depend if they can make it out of there group where they have been drawn alongside Spain and Holland.
Vidal’s form at club level has seen him become hotly sought after with links to Manchester United & Real Madrid, and a strong showing at the World Cup can only serve to enhance their desire.
The Real Madrid star was vital in Madrid’s Champions League winning season, with his cultured right foot often dictating the play. Whether or not we’ll get to see much of the 28 year old is in question as Croatia may struggle to make it out their group.
Since his move to Real Madrid 2012, Modric has gone from strength to strength, establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the world. Luka Modric has made 75 appearances for his country.