6) Javier Mascherano (Argentina and Barcelona)
Mascherano plays as a centre-back for the Spanish club FC Barcelona, but when he represents Argentina, he’s one of the very best defensive midfielders in the world. At the World Cup, along with Lionel Messi, he carried his country through to the final, where they narrowly lost to Germany. The fans still have in their memory the tackle which he made to snatch the ball from Arjen Robben in the semis when the Dutchman was through to the goal and was one on one with the goal-keeper.
The 30-year-old is renowned for his strong tackling and clever positioning. He makes clever interception and is also an exquisite passer of the ball. Thus, Javier Mascherano finds the 6th spot on our list.