1) Sergio Busquets (Spain and Barcelona)
The treble winner with Barcelona and the World Cup and Euro Cup winner with Spain, Sergio Busquets is widely heralded as one of the game’s finest pivot midfielders and is one of most important elements of the Tiki-Taka game play for the Catalans and the Spanish national team.
The 27-year-old has exquisite ball distribution skills and is an excellent tackler of the ball. He is tasked with stopping numerous attacks of the opposition before they even actually start. His importance to the club can be highlighted by the fact that he replaced the dynamic Yaya Toure from the first team and has been first choice since then for both club and country. He also forced Javier Mascherano to play at center back, despite the fact that the Argentine has more experience at the position!
It is very very difficult to be recognized in a team full of footballing geniuses like Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta but Busquests works as one of the silent gems of the team.
To quote a Argentina manager, “The first time I saw Busquets playing, I called a friend and said: ‘I saw a player from an extinct species’. An absolute talent.”
And that is why he is the winner in this list of current top defensive mids in the world.