Our reveal of the top 25 central midfielders continues with the defensive aspect of the game. This is the definitive list of the best performing central midfielders in Europe.

PlayerClubRankingDefense Score
Thiago AlcantaraBayern Munich173.3
Adrien RabiotPSG261.8
Arturo VidalBayern Munich350.4
Mateo KovacicReal Madrid450.4
Daniel CeballosReal Madrid547.9
Andres IniestaBarcelona647.0
Marco VerrattiPSG746.0
Borja ValeroInter Milan846.0
Mousa DembéléTottenham945.6
Yohan CabayeCrystal Palace1044.2
Dani ParejoValencia1143.8
Leon GoretzkaSchalke1243.3
Granit XhakaArsenal1342.0
Simone MissiroliSassuolo1441.0
Lukas RuppHoffenheim1540.9
Ander HerreraMan United1640.7
Claudio MarchisioJuventus1740.3
Toni KroosReal Madrid1839.6
Santi CazorlaArsenal1939.4
Mark NobleWest Ham2038.4
Radja NainggolanAS Roma2138.4
KokeAtletico Madrid2238.3
Ilkay GundoganMan City2338.1
Gonzalo CastroBorussia Dortmund2437.7
Daniel GarciaSD Eibar2537.5
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