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At the moment, I think it has to be Essien or Senna. When Gattuso returns from injury, he joins that elite group.
Mascherano, Mikel, etc. are inthe 2nd tier.
So who do you think is the BEST among Essien, Gattuso, and Senna at breaking up play and distributing?
Apparently there is a huge misconception about Michael Essien amongst posters on this thread. Holding midfield is where Essien has spent a majority of his professional career. Even in Lyon, he played behind Juninho, who had freedom to roam. The only time he plays is what people "claim" is his natural position, i.e., box-to-box, is a few times a year with Ghana.
Best holding midfielder.......Gerrard
Best Defensive midfielder......Gerrard
Best attacking midfielder........Gerrard.
The other guys mentioned are very good but SG, on his day, is better than any of the others on their day.
So in a nut shell. Best midfielder in the world, Gerrard. Why?
Because he can do it all, from defence to holding to attacking,scoring and creating.