Best Defensive Midfielders in PES 2020

It’s a brand new season in the world of Pro Evolution Soccer with the release of PES 2020. As PES fans all over the world are trying to assemble their dream squad, this article is right on cue to present you with a list of the 10 best defensive midfielders (DMF) to choose from in the latest version of the game. Check out our list below:

10. Lucas Leiva

Age: 32

Country: Brazil

Club: Lazio

Rating: 84

It does look like Lucas Leiva gets better with age, doesn’t it? The 32-year-old has had his overall rating upgraded to 84 on PES 2020 after another decent season with Lazio. Recall that Lucas was named player of the season after playing over 50 games in the 2017-2018 season. While he wasn’t able to reach such heights last season, he still played an important role for his club and did enough to earn an upgrade. Gamers who love tough-tackling midfielders will enjoy Lucas Leiva’s 85 defensive awareness, 85 ball winning and his destroyer like playing style.

9. Rodri

Age: 23

Country: Spain

Club: Manchester City

Rating: 85

Rodri’s stock has been on an upward trajectory since his move from Villarreal to Atletico Madrid after a scintillating 2017/2018. Last season, another brilliant individual performance saw him on the move again, with English champions Manchester City paying his release clause (€70 million) to acquire his services. On PES 2020, Rodri has earned a massive upgrade from his 82 overall rating in PES 2019 to 85 rating this year. Some of his impressive attributes are 88 defensive awareness, 89 ball winning and 89 low pass.

8. Fabinho

Age: 26

Country: Brazil

Club: Liverpool

Rating: 85

Life in England didn’t start well for Fabinho after he made the move from Monaco in the summer of 2018. Luckily for him, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp did well to manage his minutes on the pitch until he was fit enough to produce quality performances every week. He ended the season with 21 league starts and a UEFA Champions League medal. He gets an upgrade on PES 2020 with an 85 overall rating. His attributes include 85 tight possession, 83 ball winning and 83 defensive awareness.

7. Jorginho

Age: 28

Country: Italy

Club: Chelsea

Rating: 85

Jorginho’s services were highly coveted in the summer of 2018 with English clubs Chelsea and Manchester United struggling to sign the Italian. Chelsea eventually won the race and Jorginho moved to England from Napoli. Unfortunately, things didn’t start smoothly for Jorginho, and he struggled to deal with the pace and physicality in the Premier League. It seemed like all Jorginho needed was time as he recovered to put in some key performances to help Chelsea to a 3rd place finish in the league and a Europa League trophy. He retains his 85 overall rating with impressive attributes like 90 low pass, 87 tight possession and 83 ball control.

6. Axel Witsel

Age: 30

Country: Belgium

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Rating: 85

Famous for his Afro, Axel Witsel was having a great footballing career until he decided to move to China with a fat paycheck calling. He endured 2 frustrating seasons in China before a great World Cup outing with Belgium gave him the chance to return to Europe. Since moving to the German Bundesliga, Witsel is back to being one of the best defensive midfielders around and his return of 4 goals and 1 assist in 32 league starts is a stat any defensive midfielder would be proud of. Witsel earned a well-deserved upgrade in PES 2020 climbing from his PES 2019 overall rating of 82 to 85. His attributes include 85 ball control, 87 low pass and 88 stamina. If you’re a big fan of midfield anchormen, then you’re going to love having Witsel in your team.

5. Javi Martínez

Age: 31

Country: Spain

Club: Bayern Munich

Rating: 85

Javi Martinez’s worst enemy has always been his injury record. It has restricted him to a bit-part role even though his talent is unquestionable. You have to look as far back as 2011/2012 season to find the last time Martinez made up to 30 league starts in a season, a truly frustrating record for a player of his status. He is rated 85 overall on PES 2020 with impressive attributes like 89 defensive awareness, 84 ball winning, and 87 low pass. His versatility means you can also play him as a Centre back, making him a valuable asset to any team.

4. Casemiro

Age: 27

Country: Brazil

Club: Real Madrid

Rating: 86

In PES 2019, Casemiro was rated 87 overall after starring in the Real Madrid team that won the UEFA Champions League for a record 3rd time in a row. Unfortunately, he has been downgraded to 86 in PES 2020 after a disastrous season last year with the Spanish giants. That aside, Casemiro is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world of football and his in game attributes do not disappoint. His stats include 85 ball winning, 90 stamina and 87 aggression.

3. Fernandinho

Age: 34

Country: Brazil

Club: Manchester City

Rating: 86

Like fine wine, Fernandinho gets better with age. Rated 82 in PES 2018, the Brazilian midfield enforcer has achieved a laudable 86 rating on PES 2020. There were times last season when it seemed like Fernandinho was Man City’s best player and that’s saying something considering the vast array of talents the English club has within its ranks. In the latest video game, he possesses solid attributes like 87 defensive awareness, 86 ball winning and 85 low pass.

2. Miralem Pjanić

Age: 29

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Club: Juventus

Rating: 87

In a Juventus midfield that was lacking in quality at times, Pjanic stood out like a shining star. Forging a reliable anchor at the base of Juve’s midfield, the Bosnian midfielder is the creative hub of the Italian champions. He’s rated 87 overall on PES 2020 and it is no more than his performances deserve. Gamers who enjoy a defensive midfielder with excellent ball skills will love Pjanic’s stats which include 88 ball control, 85 dribbling, 90 low pass and 91 place kicking.

1. Sergio Busquets

Age: 31

Country: Spain

Club: Barcelona

Rating: 89

For many seasons, Sergio Busquets has been arguably the best defensive midfielder on the planet. His neat style of play has drawn lots of applause from admirers and critics. At 31, he’s not the player he was 5 years ago, but after helping Barcelona to yet another league title, he is still good enough to be rated 89 on PES 2020. His in-game attributes are as good as they get and include 90 tight possession, ball 86 control, 87 ball winning and 90 defensive awareness.


Defensive midfield is a crucial position in the game of soccer and if you hope to win a game or two in PES Master League, you’ll certainly need an anchorman who can provide a strong link between defence and midfield. We’ve done the hard work for you, so now it’s up to you to decide which one of these defensive midfielders (DMF) is right for your team.

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