The 2020/21 Spanish La Liga season is almost over, and it has been a very entertaining season. However, we cannot fail to acknowledge some outstanding performers from last season, especially midfield players. Find out our list of the top 5 best midfielders in La Liga 2021.

Top 5 Best Midfielders in La Liga 2021

Our list of the best midfielders in La Liga is based on the performances of players who played well in a midfield position this La Liga season. It is also in no particular order.

1. Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad

Mikel Merino best midfielders in La Liga

The Spanish midfielder had a very good season for his club Real Sociedad. The 24-year old has enjoyed a meteoric rise this season. Although, Merino has so far been able to contribute 2 goals and 4 assists from this season, what has stood out is his work rate, vision, and ability on the ball. The former Newcastle player is always on the move, making late, unmarked runs into the box, and tracking back defensively.

2. Frenkie De Jong – Barcelona

Frenkie De Jong

The Barcelona midfielder has been impressive this season. The Dutchman was often used as a box-to-box midfielder by Ronald Koeman this season. He was able to make late runs into the box and scored 3 goals while providing 4 assists. What makes De Jong one of the best midfielders in La Liga is his ability to play in defence, his skills, pace, and trickery. He is also an expert at keeping possession and possesses sublime playmaking abilities.

3. Marcos Llorente – Athlético Madrid

Marcos Llorente Best midfielders in La Liga

The Spaniard enjoyed his most prolific campaign yet in La Liga. The midfielder had so far found the back of the net 12 times in the 2020/21 La Liga season while providing 11 assists to help his team, Atletico Bilbao, to climb the top of the league table. The 26-year old might end the season as the second-highest goal scorer for Diego Simeone’s side. Marcos Llorente was definitely among the best midfielders in La Liga this season.

4. Casemiro – Real Madrid


The Brazilian international had another successful season with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Casemiro was a reliable, steady force for Los Blancos in the middle of the park as they powered to a record 34th La Liga triumph last year. Apart from his defensive midfield duties, the 29-year old was also influential in the final attacking third of the pitch. Casemiro scored 6 goals and provided 3 assists to earn a place in our list of the best midfielders in La Liga. This season he was crucial to Zinedine Zidane’s plans, in spite of the injuries in the Real Madrid team.

5. Toni Kross – Real Madrid

Toni Kroos

The German midfielder had one of his best seasons in recent times for his club Real Betis. The diminutive midfielder was in fine form for Real Madrid this season, scoring 3 goals and providing 10 assists so far. He has also created the most chances in La Liga this season while being an asset to Real Madrid with his set-piece abilities.


Honorable Mentions: 

  • Sergio Busquets – Barcelona
  • Fede Valverde – Real Madrid
  • Jorge de Frutos – Levante
  • Ivan Rakitic – Sevilla
  • Nolito – Celta Vigo
  • Denis Suarez – Celta Vigo
  • Mikel Oyarzabal – Real Sociedad
  • Dani Parejo – Villareal
  • Carlos Soler – Valencia



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