9) Thiago Motta (Italy and PSG)
Once labeled as an injury riddled Barcelona failure, the 33-year-old Italian has spent the last few years rebuilding his career with great success. The Brazil born midfielder who spent a number of his teenage years in Spain, is a driving force from deep midfield for both his club and country. With PSG’s preference for a stacked center midfield, it’s Motta’s instinctive execution of the basics alongside his excellent vision that gives him a spot on this list. His partnership with Marco Verratti has been one of the major reasons for the French capital club’s dominance on the national league.
Unfortunately for PSG though, reports have emerged of Motta being unhappy with his role and is reported to be considering a return to one of his boy-hood clubs, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.