The defensive midfielder is an essential part of any football team as they form the link between attack and defense. They can help a team defensively as well as form a formidable wall against the opponent during a goal attempt. Here we present to you the five best defensive midfielders in the world today.

Top 5 Best Defensive Midfielders in The World In 2019

5. Wilfred Ndidi – Leicester City

Wilfred Ndidi

The Nigerian international is undoubtedly one of the top defensive midfielders in the world right now, he is also the most underrated. Wilfred Ndidi possesses superb physical strength, great composure, neat passing, and tackles cleanly. Ndidi is indeed a defensive midfield maestro. His marking and ball winning capabilities are also top notch. For two straight seasons, he has been among the top five most successful tackles won in Europe.

4. Sergio Busquets – Barcelona

sergio busquets

Sergio is probably one of the most underappreciated defensive midfielders in today’s football. This, of course, is understandable since he’s in a club filled with many other stars and most times all he does is dispossess the opponent of the ball and sleekly pass it to Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. This does not in any way make Sergio a poor player; instead, it shows a player with team spirit; ready to sacrifice personal glory for the team.

3. Casemiro – Real Madrid

Casemiro is one of those rare players cut out naturally for the position they are playing. His strength, size, and jumping ability makes him rule the defensive position with an iron-clad fist, making it almost impossible for any opponent to get past him.

Real Madrid is going through a rough time this season and as we all can imagine Casemiro is not at his best as well.

2. N’Golo Kante – Chelsea

Top 5 Best Defensive Midfielder in The World

The defensive midfielder must hassle the opponent and win back possession as often and as fast as possible. No one does this job better than N’Golo Kante. Kante is one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League and in the world today and does his job up to the ceiling.

1. Fernandinho – Manchester City

Top 5 Best Defensive Midfielder in The World 2019

Among the stars of Manchester City, none is more important than their defensive midfielder; Fernandinho. Fernandinho missed only two matches this season, and the team felt the impact of his absence losing both games. You might say it was bad luck, but we all know things could have turned out better for the team if their defensive midfielder was present. The Brazilian is clearly the top defensive midfielder in the Premier League right now.


Honorable Mentions:


  • Idrissa Gueye – Everton FC
  • Axel Witsel – Borussia Dortmund
  • Ibrahim Sangaré – Toulouse
  • Lucas Torreira – Arsenal
  • Rodri – Athletico Madrid
  • Otávio – Bordeaux



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