3) Phillip Lahm (Germany and Bayern Munich)

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The 31-year-old German might be very well known for playing as a full back, but he is a defensive midfielder as well. Philipp Lahm is broadly acknowledged for his runs on the wings, but he contributes a lot more than what a usual defensive midfielder does. He has already earned every possible accolade, includig the World Cup triumph in 2014 and the treble win with Bayern in 2012-13. He creates chances for his team and contributes majorly from the defensive department too. Given the German’s diverse range of skills, the club’s gaffer Pep Guardiola labeled Lahm as the “most intelligent player” he has ever coached.  Thus, he finds the 3rd spot in our list.


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