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Goal.com looks at the 10 most valuable central midfielders, as according to transfermarkt.co.uk

10.
Michael Essien - 33 Million Euros

Age:
29

Club: Chelsea

Country: Ghana

Michael Essien's strenghts are his power, drive and relentless work-rate. He also possesses an incredible shot from distance. He is a combative box-to-box midfielder who likes to be involved with play at all times, whether in defence or attack.

9.
Sergio Busquets - 35 Million Euros

Age:
23

Club: Barcelona

Country: Spain

Sergio Busqutes is robust, composed, a simple but effective player. He fits into the Barcelona system very well and is a no-nonsense medio who can break up opposition attacks with ease.

8.
Yaya Toure - 35 Million Euros

Age:
28

Club:
Manchester Cty

Country:
Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure combines strength, poise on the ball and skill. He may be known as a defensive midfielder but he is no slouch when it comes to going on the offensive as we have seen him send chills down opposition defenders' spine since his shift to England.

7.
Xabi Alonso - 35 Million Euros

Age:
30

Club: Real Madird

Country: Spain

Alonso is a controlled, visionary, creative, and consummate passer of the ball. Whether spraying a 60-yard pass to a forward or maintaining possession and dictating the flow of the game, Alonso is an expert manipulator of the ball.

6.
Xavi - 35 million Euros

Age:
32

Club:
Barcelona

Country:
Spain

Xavi is one of the best playmakers in the game today. A sublime technician, he rarely wastes possession and, with his visionary passing and ability to hold onto the ball in tight situations is the perfect man to dictate play from deep. A danger from set-pieces, the midfielder also boasts a tremendous work-rate.
 

5.
Bastian Schweinsteiger - 38 Million Euros

Age:
27

Club:
Bayern Munich

Country:
Germamy

Schweinsteiger is an energetic and dynamic player. He possesses a fearsome shot from long range as well as a wicked delivery from set-pieces. His boundless energy serves him well.


4.
Luca Modric - 39 Million Euros

Age: 26

Club:
Tottenham Hotspur

Country:
Croatia

Luka Modric is skilful, creative, classy, a playmaker with immense vision. He is also quick with or without the ball, able to change the course of the game with a deft pass or long-range effort.


3.
David Silva - 46 Million Euros

Age:
26

Club: Manchester City

Country: Spain

Silva is an excellent footballer who is equally at home as a conventional winger, a wide man in a front three or in the hole behind the strikers. A sprightly dribbler with a creative eye, Silva is a master at teeing up his team-mates.


2.
 Cesc Fabregas - 55 Million Euros

Age: 25

Club:
Barcelona

Country:
Spain

A superb passer of the ball who possesses both excellent vision and the ability to dictate the pace and tempo of a contest. Fabregas has a strong character and mentality to complement his technical excellence and has become more potent in front of goal.

1.
Andres Iniesta - 65 Million Euros

Age: 27

Club:
Barcelona

Country:
Spain

The title of the 'Most Valuable Central Midfielder' goes to Andres Iniesta.  Being one of the finest exponents of the passing game in Europe, Iniesta also has an admirable willingness to work ceaselessly for his team. His dribbling, vision and poise all catch the eye while his versatility also marks him out as the complete midfielder. The Spaniard is a versatile, intuitive, masterful midfield maestro.



 

Note: The likes of 31 year old Steven Gerrard, valued at  £21 million and 33 year old Frank Lampard, valued at £9.5 million have missed out of the list due to their age and number of seasons left in them.

Data from transfermarkt.co.uk

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