While FIFA 17 witnessed number of talented midfielders, we expect an entrance of new midfielders in FIFA 18. Unlike defenders and strikers, midfielders are those key players assist in creating the goals. Positioned between the forwards and defenders, depending on nature some midfielders play a defensive role while rest creates goals.
This article will succinctly feature top 10 midfielders in FIFA 18 assisting and creating startling goals on the pitch.
- Juan Mata
A Spanish professional footballer, Juan Mata plays as a midfielder for the Spain national team and English club Manchester United. The player plays as both attacking midfielder and the wing. The midfielder started his career from Real Madrid Castilla before joining Valencia.
In 2011, Mata signed for Chelsea for some record breaking fee believed to be one of the highest fees for the midfielder. As a midfielder, he assisted the club in winning a number of leagues making him the prolific midfielder in Premier League. With the club, the player won the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA and Europa League. Later in years, the midfielder moved to the Manchester United. With the same persistence and attitude, he gave the club the best and created spectacular goals. He has played a crucial role for the club in winning the first trophy since the Sir Alex Ferguson retirement.
A creative attacking midfielder, Mata also has created a number of successful goals for his country. He also helped Spain win UEFA European Under – 21 Football Championship in 2011. The midfielder received 84 rating in FIFA 17 but this year his improvement and for creating incredible goals, he is certain to see boost up to 86 in FIFA 18.
- Ivan Rakitić
Ivan Rakitić, a Croatian national team footballer, and FC Barcelona central plus attacking midfielder fall ninth in our top 10 midfielders in FIFA 18. Rakitic played in Schalke 04, before joining FC Barcelona and becoming the world’s top defender. After spending over three years in Bundesliga club, he was signed by Sevilla. The midfielder captained the team and led to winning UEFA Europa League.
Following his move to Barcelona, the 29yrs old has led the club to win the treble of Copa del Rey, La Liga, and UEFA Champions League right in the first season. Joining the Barcelona has come as a windfall for the Rakitic. He hasn’t just been recognized as a top midfielder but also earned the trophy to be the first player ever to win the Champions League a year after winning Europa League.
For Croatia, the midfielder has represented the country at UEFA Euro and FIFA World Cup earning over 90 caps. The midfielder who won the Croatian Sportsman of the Year was rated 87 in FIFA 17. In prior FIFA, he possessed 84 shooting and 86 passing, making him a strong choice for the midfield. This year, we anticipate his rating to see a point rise to 88 in FIFA 18.
- Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne is a professional Belgium-born footballer who plays as a midfielder for the English Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgium national team. The player was a former Chelsea and Wolfsburg midfield attacker before joining the City at the beginning of 2015 – 2016 seasons for a skyrocketing fee.
While Bruyne currently rejoices the position of the 8th top midfielder in FIFA 18, his start was quite rough and unsatisfactory. The player was sold off from Chelsea by Jose Mourinho to Bundesliga club Wolfsburg citing poor performance. But, since being signed in by Manchester City he has been projecting amazing skills and been a spectacular playmaker for the club. He is known as one of the best modern day playmakers. Thanks to his passing techniques, wide range shot and long range shooting, he is attributed as the best midfielders in Europe.
In his last European match, the 25yrs old midfielder led to winning the game over FC Barcelona with a splendid free kick. He also has scored amazing goals for his country and became part of a number of the international league including UEFA Euro. Etihad Player of the Year, Kevin De Bruyne in previous season appeared in 41 matches and scored 16 goals. This season he has surpassed the prior season goal record and is in remarkable form. Rated 85 in FIFA 17, the midfielder’s this season overall performance projects will have increase his rating up to 89 in FIFA 18.
- Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard is a professional footballer playing for the Belgium national team and English Club Chelsea attacking midfielder and wide midfielder. The midfielder is widely acknowledged for his superb creativity, technical and speed on the ground. Since joining the Chelsea the player has earned acclaims for his playing style as a superb passer. The player is often compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Ranked as one of the best players and midfielders in the world of football, Hazard is our 7th top midfielders in FIFA 18. After joining Chelsea from Lille, the 26 years old player has led the club to win UEFA Europe League right in his first season. Over the years with the club, he has helped Chelsea win leagues like League Cup and Premier League. He also has earned FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Players Player of the Year awards since joining the club.
He has earned overall 76 caps in international matches. He also was a player of Belgian national team which reached 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals and the UEFA Euro 2016. This season the midfielder has led the club to twelfth consecutive league victory, made a new club record in the victory over Bournemouth. The world class midfielder received 88 rating in FIFA 17. His exceptional performance this season can bring a rise to 90 in FIFA 18 making him 7th on our list of top 10 midfielders in FIFA 18.
- Riyad Mahrez
Algerian national team professional footballer, Riyad Karim Mahrez, popular as Riyad Mahrez plays a winger for the English Premier League club Leicester City. Riyad who began his career from French club as a youth player played a key role in winning the historic Premier League for Leicester City.
He has helped the club win the Football League Championship and promote to the Premier League at the end of his first season. The prior season, he was named the Algerian Footballer of the Year, the member of the Premier League PFA Team of the Year and the PFA Players’ Player of the Year. This season the player has extended a contract with the club. His exceptional performance for his club got him the nomination for the Ballon d’Or. His achievements and contribution to his club and the national team have honored him with BBC African Footballer of the Year.
He has made 30 Apps and 8 goals for his country. In his last match against Zimbabwe, he scored 2 goals against being awarded the Man of the Match. Not just the extraordinary season for the club, but he also finished the amazing record-breaking assist in the Premier League last season at 12 assists in over 35 apps. He was rated 85 in FIFA 17 while we believe will be rated over 88 in FIFA 18.
- James Rodriguez
Colombian professional footballer, James Rodriguez plays as an attacking midfielder plus winger for Spanish club Real Madrid. The Colombian national team captain, Rodriguez is ranked among the best midfielders of his time. The 25 years old midfielder is acclaimed for his vision, technique and playmaking skills. The player was already ranked as the best before joining the European giant, Real Madrid. During his tenure at Porto, the midfielder helped the club win several trophies. He also bagged individual awards including Globe Revelation Player, Record Team of the Year and Portuguese Golden Ball.
His move to Real Madrid from AS Monaco created a history for being the most expensive Colombian footballer and one of the most expensive players in football. Since joining the Madrid, Rodriguez has helped the club to clinch the UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League, and FIFA Club World Cup. Even though he is named the Best Midfielder, he hasn’t yet ceased to surpass his performance on the pitch. The midfielder strives harder on the pitch to give the club win over the competitors. He is a versatile footballer who looks out for the different style of play. The player can play in several positions such as winger, playmaker and central midfielder.
The accurate free kick taker, Rodriguez rated 85 in FIFA 17 has scored 25 goals in two seasons for the club. The player has been inaccurate form this season thus we expect his rating to go over 89 in FIFA 18.
- Andrés Iniesta
Spanish professional footballer, Andres Iniesta plays as a central midfielder for the Spain national team and the FC Barcelona. Iniesta serves as a captain for the La Liga leader Barcelona and the midfielder has helped the club win two historic trebles in 2009 & 2015.
The player also has equally contributed to his national team. He helped Spain win number of international cups. These include Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. His impressive performance against the competitors won him the Man of the Match and Player of the Tournament.
Considered as one of the best midfielders of the generation, Iniesta received 86 rating in FIFA 17. The player has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award and IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker twice. With the versatility and inventiveness, the player has managed to make and score quite goals this season. It is expected the midfielder will secure over 90 rating in FIFA 18, making him 4th top midfielder in upcoming FIFA.
- Alexis Sanchez
Chilean professional footballer, Alexis Sanchez plays as a forward and midfielder for the Chilean national team and the English club Arsenal. The former Barcelona midfielder, Sanchez became the third most expensive signing in the history of Arsenal.
The former Barcelona coach acclaimed the ability of Sanchez to be able to play in all attacking positions and intense defense. He led the club to win La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. His performance was highly appraised when he kicked off playing for the Arsenal. The midfielder netted over 40 goals in the prior season winning FA Cup and FA Community Shield for the Arsenal.
The Arsenal Player of the Season, Alexis Sanchez is a creative, quick and hard working midfielder who can play as a winger, supporting striker and attacking midfielder. Sanchez is the 3rd highest scorer in his country and the Premier league finest striker. Rated 86 in the previous installment of FIFA, Sanchez is certain to see increment up to 89 in FIFA 18.
- Luka Modrić
Rated 87 and second top midfielders in FIFA 17, Luka Modric yet again ceases the second position in our top 10 midfielders in FIFA 18. The Croatian professional footballer, Modric plays as a central midfielder and also as an attacking midfielder for the Real Madrid.
His career took a major point when he was signed by Real Madrid. With the club, he has helped win La Decima, Champions League, and received the La Liga Award for the Best Midfielder twice. As of now, the player has completed his 200th game for the Spanish leader. This season he has made a number of successful passes and scored over 50 goals.
The winner of the FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball is a creative playmaker known for great vision and able to make passes from distances and long range effort. Also known for dribbling skills, the midfielder is anticipated to be rated 91 in FIFA 18.
- Gareth Bale
The Welsh professional footballer, Gareth Bale is our number 1 top midfielders in FIFA 18. Since his record-breaking transfer from Tottenham Spurs to Real Madrid, Bale has been a key player for the Madrid. The versatile 27 years old plays as a midfielder and winger for the Real Madrid and Wales national team. Moreover, he is renowned for striking from long range, free kicks and ability to go beyond defenders with agile. The midfielder, who scored 58 goals past season for Real Madrid, is lauded for his tremendous speed and exceptional physicality.
Since joining the Madrid, the player has won a number of accolades including PFA Players player of the Year and the UEFA Team of the Year. He also has helped the club win illustrious cups by scoring exceptional and last minutes saving goals. These include Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
This season the player has signed an extended contract with the club and been named one of the fastest footballers in the world. For his country, the player has earned over 50 caps and scored 25+ international goals. Thus makes him the second highest scorer of his nation. Known for his physical fitness, agility, stamina, skill, pace and also the heading ability, Bale has netted 7 goals this season so far for Madrid.
The recipient of the Football Manager Team of the Decade, Gareth Bale is first on our list of top Midfielders in FIFA 18. While he was rated 88 in FIFA 17, in upcoming installment i.e. in FIFA 18, we expect his rating to go over 92+. This is very certain as his outstanding performance for the club and against the competitors have own titles and successive games in a row.