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Top Five Defensive Midfielders To Look Out In The 2018 World Cup

Sports by Published on Updated on 11 May, 2018

5. Nemanja Mati?

Defensive midfielder, Nemanja Mati? plays for English club Manchester United and the Serbian national team. Started his career as an attacking midfielder, he is best known for his consistent performances on the pitch and his combative style of play.

Full name

Nemanja Mati?

Date of birth

1 August 1988 (age 29)

Place of birth

Šabac, SFR Yugoslavia

Height

1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)

Playing position

Defensive midfielder

Current team

Manchester United

Current Market Value

€40 million

 

4. Eric Dier

A versatile defensive player, Eric Dier has been deployed as a defensive midfielder, a centre back and a right back. He plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team.

Full name

Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier

Date of birth

15 January 1994 (age 24)

Place of birth

Cheltenham, England

Height

6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

Playing position

Defender / Defensive midfielder

Current team

Tottenham Hotspur

Current Market Value

€40 million

 

3. N'Golo Kanté

N'Golo Kanté, a French player currently plays as a defensive midfielder for English club Chelsea and France national team. He was named the PFA Player’s Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, and became the first outfield player to win back-to-back English league titles with different clubs.

Full name

N'Golo Kanté

Date of birth

29 March 1991 (age 27)

Place of birth

Paris, France

Height

1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)

Playing position

Defensive midfielder

Current team

Chelsea

Current Market Value

€60 million

 

2. Casemiro

Carlos Henrique Casimiro aka Casemiro, a Brazilian professional, currently plays as a defensive midfielder for the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. He scored 11 goals in 112 official games with São Paulo and moved to Real Madrid in 2013.

Full name

Carlos Henrique Casimiro

Date of birth

23 February 1992 (age 26)

Place of birth

São José dos Campos, Brazil

Height

1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

Playing position

Defensive midfielder

Current team

Real Madrid

Current Market Value

€60 million

 

1. Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets helped Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the Euro 2012, and has represented the country at the 2014 World and Euro 2016. He currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Barcelona and the Spanish national team.

Full name

Sergio Busquets Burgos

Date of birth

16 July 1988 (age 29)

Place of birth

Sabadell, Spain

Height

1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)

Playing position

Defensive midfielder

Current team

Barcelona

Current Market Value

€80 million