37. Marco Verratti: Paris Saint-Germain/Italy
Italy has a history of central midfielders resembling connective tissue. In other words, players that cohesively link the back line with the advanced offensive attack. As Pirlo and others did before him, Verratti is the quintessential player with sublime ball-moving skills. Quick on his feet and decisive with his movements, the tiny midfielder seamlessly pings the ball around the pitch with terrific effectiveness. When fully healthy, Verratti is a dynamite player.
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36. Aymeric Laporte: Manchester City/France
Silky smooth on the ball, Laporte is unarguably Man City’s best defender. The French international is quite skilled when it comes to facilitating out of the back. This largely stems from his upbringing as an overlapping outside back. With this sort of positional versatility, manager Pep Guardiola is afforded the opportunity to tinker and experiment with his personnel. This makes Laporte highly indispensable to the side.
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