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3 Best Midfielders who Helped their Team win FIFA World Cup

The ability to create chances and break the opposition from attacking has always been a Midfielder's biggest assets. Here we take a look at three such players who dazzled the World Cup stage and lifted the trophy.

Lothar Matthaus - Won for Germany



Lothar was never gifted with anything exceptional except his ability to make the most out of his limitations. He formed the formidable midfield of West Germany and dropped deep at times to play as the third central defender when required. He could also pop up with the vital goals that made him a complete midfielder.

He upped his game during the 1986 World Cup where he helped in creating goal scoring chances and also scored a vital goal against Morocco. However, in the final against Argentina, he was tasked to man mark Maradona. He almost made life hard for the little man but one moment of genius saw him evade Lothar and slip in a beautiful assist.


Battered and bruised, he took his revenge in 1990 final coincidentally against Argentina. This time he made sure there were no slip-ups. In the whole tournament, he scored four goals and helped Germany don the newly found attacking intent. In the final, he created many chances and intercepted at will. Germany downed Argentina a goal to nothing to lift the World title.

Zinedine Zidane - 1998 Champions




There are the rarest of players who could make the ball talk with their feet; Zinedine Zidane belonged to such a breed. The talismanic Frenchman seemed to glue his foot which made his first touch keep the ball within an inch of his body. He never tried to be flamboyant but his simplicity and the famous Zidane-360 made everyone weak in their knees.

Zidane emulated his club form during his national duties as well, and some might argue that he played his best football as a French national team player rather than a club player. His crowning moment came in the 1998 World Cup. A relatively unknown France team was up against Italy, Germany, and eventual finalists Brazil.


Zidane was instrumental in France's run to the finals and he jacked up just when his nation needed him. Two corners led to two goals from Zidane and he destroyed Brazil 3-0 to crown France as World Champions. He could have added to his tally had he not headbutt'd Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final.

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Ronaldinho - Won 2002 World Cup for Brazil




There was no other player other than Ronaldinho who made football look like a Harry Potter movie wizardry. An absolute sensation with breathtaking skills, swashbuckling shots, and abundance of talents; Ronaldinho is every football fan's dream player.

Despite his love for nightclubs, he knew what he was doing the moment he stepped out on the field. He is not a box-to-box midfielder by any means, but his play-making ability and his number 10 role made him the best-attacking midfielder in the early 2000s. He performed exceptionally well for Brazil as well. In the 2002 World Cup, he alongside Rivaldo and Ronaldo fashioned an invincible three-man front-line. Ronaldinho played as a free roam player and baffled defenders. His freekick against England could be considered as one of the best goals in the tournament.

He made a significant impact in every game he played and was outstanding against Germany in the final. His exploits helped Brazil win their fifth World title. It is sad to say that he could only play in the World Cup for one more time only.


These players made their team work as a coherent force. This World Cup will definitely give us more exciting prospects and moments to cheer. We will bring in another segment of FIFA World Cup's best.
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