Top Central Midfielders Of The 21st Century

#8 Xabi Alonso

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Yet another product of a generation of pure midfield talent, Xabi Alonso has become an ideal midfielder since his time at Liverpool. Renowned for long-range goals for the Reds, not to mention his impeccable passing, he earned a move back to his native Spain after a £30m deal with Real Madrid. Since his move, he has become an integral part of both Real Madrid's midfield and the famed Spain side, too. He is undervalued when alongside the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta, but is equally as impressive with his phenomenal ability to pass the ball to any area of the pitch he wants. Perhaps since the European Championships, Alonso has finally received the true recognition he deserves when playing for his country, and rightly so.