Best Central Midfielders in PES 2020

With Konami’s PES 2020 now available worldwide, here’s our list of the best central midfield (CMF) players in the game. This list features some incredible box-to-box midfielders with unique abilities that would be a great addition to any PES gamers team.

10. Sergej Milinković-Savić

Age: 24

Country: Serbia

Club: Lazio

Rating: 86

If you’re looking for a tall, strong and technically gifted player in the game, few can better the abilities of Savic. The Serbian footballer is one of the best midfielders in the Italian league and many are tipping him to make the big step up to a top European club in the near future. His performances last season earned him an upgrade on PES 2020 with in-game abilities like 86 kicking power, 92 ball control, 87 physical contact and 86 heading.

9. Arturo Vidal

Age: 32

Country: Chile

Club: Barcelona

Rating: 86

Arturo Vidal has been rated amongst the best central midfielders for the larger part of his career. His ability on the ball coupled with his aggression have made him one of the best box-to-box midfielders of his generation. He contributed 3 goals and 7 assists as Barcelona went ahead to lift another La Liga title in Spain. Unfortunately, his efforts did nothing to stop his downgrade from 87 to 86, but he’s still an incredible player in the latest version of the game with stats like 85 kicking power, 85 defensive awareness and 86 ball-winning.

8. Saul

Age: 25

Country: Spain

Club: Atletico Madrid

Rating: 87

Saul is a box-to-box midfielder who has grown in leaps and bounds since his debut season in 2012/2013. Forming a great midfield partnership with Koke, he is often available to deliver the pass that launches devastating counter-attacks. His ability to keep the ball and control the game is also worth noting. His 87 rating on PES 2020 is coupled with other exciting stats like 87 ball control, 85 dribbling and 88 low pass.

7. Marco Verratti

Age: 27

Country: Italy

Club: PSG

Rating: 87

Marco Verrati is perhaps one of the most technically gifted footballers to ever play the game. His ability to defend and attack is one of the best examples of a box-to-box midfielder you’ll ever see.  He started 22 games for PSG last season and contributed 2 assists. It wasn’t a productive season in terms of goals, but it was good enough to earn him an upgrade from 85 to 87 in PES 2020. Gamers will love his in-game abilities which include 89 ball control, 90 dribbling, 91 low pass and 94 tight possession.

6. Ivan Rakitić

Age: 31

Country: Croatia

Club: Barcelona

Rating: 87

3 goals and 5 assists in 29 league starts is a respectable stat for any central midfield player, but Ivan Rakitic is not just about the numbers. His overall play has seen him keep his place as a regular starter in a highly competitive Barcelona midfield and that in itself is a great achievement. He is rated 87 in PES 2020, an upgrade on his 86 rating in PES 2019. Rakitic’s most impressive in-game abilities include 87 ball control, 90 low pass, 92 lofted pass and 88 curl.

5. N’Golo Kanté

 Age: 28

Country: France

Club: Chelsea

Rating: 88

After helping France win the World Cup, Kante came back to Chelsea and walked into an unfamiliar central midfield role. For a player who has made a name for himself as a terrific defensive midfielder, many did not believe he was being properly utilized by Chelsea. However, Kante proved once again that he’s more than just a tackler as he grew into the position and flourished. If Kante is on your PES 2020 team, then you have a beast of a player that possesses 86 low pass, 94 defensive awareness, 93 ball winning and 93 balance.

4. Paul Pogba

Age: 26

Country: France

Club: Manchester United

Rating: 88

PES fans were certainly sad to see Paul Pogba downgraded to 86 overall rating on PES 2019, but the Frenchman showed the world just how good he really is as he helped France to the World Cup title, and scored 13 goals and provided  9 assists in 34 league starts for Man Utd in the 2018/2019 season. His efforts were rewarded with an upgrade to 88 on PES 2020 and his key statistics include 88 kicking power, 88 ball control and 88 lofted pass.

3. Thiago Alcântara

Age: 28

Country: Spain

Club: Bayern Munchen

Rating: 88

Alcantara’s biggest enemy has been his injury record. When fit, the Spanish midfielder is one of the best central midfielders in the world. Last season, he was able to start 26 games and contributed 2 goals with 6 assists. His efforts were enough to earn him an upgrade on PES 2020 with his overall rating climbing to 88. His best in-game stats include 90 ball control, 93 dribbling, 90 tight possession and 92 low pass.

2. Toni Kroos

Age: 29

Country: Germany

Club: Real Madrid

Rating: 88

Even Toni Kroos would agree he wasn’t in his element last season and he was one of the players at the heart of a Real Madrid team that produced a woeful season in 2018/2019. His disappointing season came right after a disappointing World Cup campaign with Germany which compounded Kroos’ woes. As expected, he has been downgraded to 88 in PES 2020. His key abilities include 87 kicking power, 94 ball control and 91 lofted pass.

1. L. Modrić

Age: 34

Country: Croatia

Club: Real Madrid

Rating: 89

After being named the MVP at the World Cup in Russia and the best player in the world, many expected Modric to carry his form to Real Madrid and help his team challenge Barcelona for the Spanish league title. Unfortunately, Modric had an average season like many of his teammates and has been downgraded to 89 on PES 2020. The silver lining for Modric is that his worst season in years was still good enough to earn him the number one spot on this list despite being 34 years of age. His in-game abilities include 92 ball control, 89 dribbling, 91 balance, and 94 low pass.

Summary: 10 Best Central Midfielders (CMF) in eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020

Ranking Name Age Country Club Overall
1 L. Modrić 34 Croatia Real Madrid 89
2 Toni Kroos 29 Germany Real Madrid 88
3 Thiago Alcântara 28 Spain Bayern Munchen 88
4 Paul Pogba 26 France Manchester United 88
5 N’Golo Kanté 28 France Chelsea 88
6 Ivan Rakitić 31 Croatia Barcelona 87
7 Marco Verratti 27 Italy PSG 87
8 Saul 25 Spain Atletico Madrid 87
9 Arturo Vidal 32 Chile Barcelona 86
10 Sergej Milinković-Savić 24 Serbia Lazio 86

Conclusion

If you love technically gifted players with the ability to retain possession in tight spaces, and with an eye for that final killer ball, you’ll certainly be pleased with the abilities of the central midfield players on this list. If you want to build a stable team on PES 2020, one or two of the players from this list would lay a great foundation for any football side looking to push to the next level.

Looking for the best players overall? Read about the Best Players in PES 2020 here.