Every successful top-level club or national team has possessed a world-class midfielder or two in their ranks.
Retaining possession has become increasingly important in football over the years and, as a result, the 21st Century has seen some truly great midfielders play through its years.
Ranking the top 10 midfielders since 2000, therefore, is no easy task.
But we've attempted to rank them fairly based on their performances since the turn of the century.
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