Zidane = Best midfielder in history ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGumQkdHSis

I think so. The guy was a pure genius of ball control.
So great to watch him play.

Yes Phone Post 3.0

Maradonna, Cruyff and Xavi beg to disagree.

Certainly one of the greatest though Phone Post 3.0

Agreed

As Lionsoul above mentioned, Cruyff, but Zidane is definitely in the conversation.

^^^^^ definitely the best of his generation though. Phone Post 3.0

Zidane and Xavi have both said that they think Paul Scholes is the best midfielder ever. He never got as much publicity as he deserved because he wasn't super flashy, and avoided media as well as he could. What a talent! Phone Post 3.0

DPSalmon - Zidane and Xavi have both said that they think Paul Scholes is the best midfielder ever. He never got as much publicity as he deserved because he wasn't super flashy, and avoided media as well as he could. What a talent! Phone Post 3.0
Source? Sounds ridiculous Phone Post 3.0

Amazing skills and instincts.

Not saying he is the best of all time but I have watched soccer/football for 30+ years and I have never seen someone that could weight balls like Michael Laudrup. Sort of reminds me of Steve Nash seeing runs that no one else sees and sets people up to finish with minimal effort.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUMFlhLWzZ0

Laudrup was fucking brilliant! I'll always remember the hat-rick he scored in his Rangers debut, and I heard it over the radio. Guy was incredible.

Nope, never mind. I was thinking Brian Laudrup. Read that too quickly!

Fergie: "Show-pony"


At the time I always preferred Rivaldo to Zidane.

onyx2002 - Not saying he is the best of all time but I have watched soccer/football for 30+ years and I have never seen someone that could weight balls like Michael Laudrup. Sort of reminds me of Steve Nash seeing runs that no one else sees and sets people up to finish with minimal effort.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUMFlhLWzZ0


Definitely top 10... guy was brilliant.

lionsoul - Maradonna, Cruyff and Xavi beg to disagree.

Certainly one of the greatest though Phone Post 3.0

Well... neither Maradona or Cruyff were pure midfielders, they were more offensive players.

We can compare Zidane to Xavi, but i think Zidane did more and had more qualities (scored way more, better at the last pass etc.).



pidgey - 
lionsoul - Maradonna, Cruyff and Xavi beg to disagree.

Certainly one of the greatest though Phone Post 3.0

Well... neither Maradona or Cruyff were pure midfielders, they were more offensive players.

We can compare Zidane to Xavi, but i think Zidane did more and had more qualities (scored way more, better at the last pass etc.).





Look bro.... there is no better pure midfielder in history than Xavi.



Zidane was a very talented player... had better dribbling skills.



But Xavi was the architect.  He was the conductor of the orchestra.  He was nothing short of brilliant in controlling matches.

lionsoul - 
DPSalmon - Zidane and Xavi have both said that they think Paul Scholes is the best midfielder ever. He never got as much publicity as he deserved because he wasn't super flashy, and avoided media as well as he could. What a talent! Phone Post 3.0
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Xavi and Zidane have hard-ons for Scholes:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1355726/Xavi-interview-Paul-Scholes-best-midfielder-20-years.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1305187/Zinedine-Zidane-hails-Paul-Scholes-regrets-lining-Manchester-United-ace.html

BrooklynZoo -
lionsoul - 
DPSalmon - Zidane and Xavi have both said that they think Paul Scholes is the best midfielder ever. He never got as much publicity as he deserved because he wasn't super flashy, and avoided media as well as he could. What a talent! Phone Post 3.0
Source? Sounds ridiculous Phone Post 3.0

Xavi and Zidane have hard-ons for Scholes:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1355726/Xavi-interview-Paul-Scholes-best-midfielder-20-years.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1305187/Zinedine-Zidane-hails-Paul-Scholes-regrets-lining-Manchester-United-ace.html
Thanks, Zoo. VU. I have a bit of bias, because Scholes is my favorite player of all time, but they are also both quoted on the back of Scholes' book.

'The best central midfielder that I have ever seen - the most complete - is Scholes'

-Xavi

'You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get'

-Zinadine Zidane Phone Post 3.0

Paul Scholes
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On his day Zizou was the best, an absolute beast but he was not the most consistent player throughout his career. So many moments of genius. Even just before he retired he was still controlling games by himself at the World Cup.

Was not rare for him to have a quiet game at Real Madrid, but I can't say enough how much of a genius he was. Looking at him he does not look like an elegant quick footed player but the dude could make any player look foolish.

Can't say who is the best midfield ever as there are so many good midfielders around and can't compare across generations. Also so many variations to how a midfielder plays, holding, roaming, attacking, wide, central so can't compare also does the team counter, control, etc, but he won three Fifa world player of the year award and one ballon d'or at a time when there was so many superstars with genuine chances of winning the awards as opposed to today where it's either Ronaldo or Messi and someone at a distant third. Phone Post 3.0