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The World's Best Attacking Midfielders Have Been Ranked Into Four Tiers And It's Caused Controversy

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The World's Best Attacking Midfielders Have Been Ranked Into Four Tiers And It's Caused Controversy

The world's best attacking midfielders have been ranked in a controversial list and six players are included in the top bracket.


French television show After Foot RMC took on the mammoth task of rating the best midfielders around and whittled their list down to 24 players.

Among the big names to miss out are Bayern Munich legend Thomas Muller in addition to Angel Di Maria, who will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent.


It will come as no surprise that Manchester City dominate the top tier, with Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden all featuring.

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Image Credit: Alamy

De Bruyne was City's best player last season and helped Pep Guardiola's side to their fourth Premier League title in five years.

Foden won PFA Young Player of the Season, while Silva played a key role despite looking set for a move to Spain last summer.


Joining the trio are Barcelona teenager Pedri, RB Leipzig sensation Christopher Nkunku and Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric.

You can check out each bracket in full below.

Tier 4

Martin Odegaard (Arsenal and Norway)


Lucas Paqueta (Lyon and Brazil)

Luis Alberto (Lazio and Spain)

Ruslan Malinovskyi (Atalanta and Ukraine)

Paulo Dybala (Juventus, will be a free agent on July 1 and Argentina)


Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig and Spain)

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Image Credit: Alamy

Tier 3

Hakan Calhanoglu (Inter Milan and Turkey)


Mason Mount (Chelsea and England)

Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea and Morocco)

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United and Portugal)

Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich and Germany)

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio and Serbia)

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Image Credit: Alamy

Tier 2

Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen and Germany)

Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma and Italy)

Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan and Italy)

Gavi (Barcelona and Italy)

Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich and Germany)

Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax, will join Bayern Munich on July 1 and Netherlands)

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Image Credit: Alamy

Tier 1

Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia)

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium)

Pedri (Barcelona and Spain)

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City and Portugal)

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig and France)

Phil Foden (Manchester City and England)

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Image Credit: Alamy

Perhaps the biggest shock is Bruno Fernandes only managing to make it into tier three.

The Manchester United star had a poor campaign but still managed to register 14 assists in all competitions.

What do you think of the rankings? Are there any you disagree with?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Atalanta, Barcelona, International Champions Cup, Juventus

Daniel Marland
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