2) Nemanja Matic (Serbia and Chelsea)
Nemanja Matic ends up as the runner up in this list. The 27-year-old was one of the vital reasons for the success that the Stamford Bridge club earned in the 2014-15 season. The Serbian is now one of the quintessential parts of the Mourinho set up for the Blues and has admirers from all the top clubs in Europe.
When the Serbian was sold to Benfica, there weren’t any eyebrows raised but there were certainly some when Jose Mourinho decided to re-sign him as the club’s first choice defensive mid. Soon the world got to see Matic’s talent and Mourinho’s mastery. Matic and Fabregas have been an excellent attack-defense duo in the Blue midfield.
His contribution to the club’s success earned him a top class whoscored rating of 7.50 and thus Nemanja Matic occupies the second place on our list of best defensive midfielders in the world right now.