Generally striker is considered as the most important player in football but this concept is totally wrong. The defender and especially midfielders are very important as they are the ones that actually pass the bowl to striker who completes the pass by scoring a goal. The central-midfielder position is very crucial for every team and they put their best player at it. Following is the list of 10 greatest central-Midfielders of all-time in football.
1. Alfredo Di Stefano
The former Argentine football player and coach Alfredo Di Stefano is still know as the one of the best players of all time. He is most known for his association with Real Madrid. He was commonly considered to be a striker but with the amount of talent he had Alfredo Di Stefano used to play at different positions even in a single match. In his club career, he won two Argentinian League titles, four Colombian league titles, eight La Liga titles, a Spanish Cup, and five consecutive European Cups.
2. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane is a three time FIFA World Player of the Year. He was an attacking midfielder France national team and Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane is described as one of the greatest player in football history. He announced his shocking retirement after FIFA World Cup 2006 when he headbutted his opponent during the final game.
3. Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff is a former Dutch footballer and the manager of the Catalonia football team. His ability earned him nine Dutch League titles, six Dutch Cups, a La Liga title, a Spanish Cup, and three consecutive European Cups. He was also named as the European Footballer of the Year three times.
4. Bobby Charlton
Bobby Charlton is an English football player who was the member of the England team that won the World Cup in 1966. Famous for his attacking instincts and passing abilities Bobby Charlton almost played his complete club football at Manchester United. In 1966, he was named the FWA Footballer of the Year and the European Player of the Year.
5. Michel Platini
Michel Platini is a former French football player and the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Platini played for different clubs including Nancy, Saint-Etienne, Juventus and was a member of the French national team. Platini won the French League, the French Cup, two Serie A titles, the Italian Cup, the Cup Winners’ Cup, and the European Cup.
6. Lothar Matthaus
Lothar Matthaus is a former football player and the German football manager who has played the highest number of matches in world cup. In his career he won seven Bundesliga titles, three German Cups, three German League Cups, one UEFA Cup, one Serie A title, the 1990 World Cup and 1980 European Championship.
7. Michael Laudrup
Michael Laudrup is a former Danish footballer and the current manager of Premier League club Swansea City. During his career he played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid. He won a Serie A title, five La Liga titles, a Spanish Cup, a Dutch League title, a Dutch Cup and a European Cup during his career.
8. Raymond Kopa
Raymond Kopa is a former French football attacking midfielder. In his career Kopa won four French League titles, two Spanish League titles and three European Cups. He was named as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004 by PELE.
Often called “the White Pele”, Zico is a former footballer and Brazilian coach. He is considered as one of the best finishers and passer of the bowl in the history of football. Even the real Pele once said that “throughout the years, the one player that came closest to me was Zico”. He won seven Rio State Championships and four Brazilian Championships during his club career.
10. Ruud Gullit
Ruud Gullit is a Dutch football manager and former football player. In 1987. He was a very versatile player who could play on any position during a match according to the match situation. Gullit was named the European and World Footballer of the Year.
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