The Greatest Number 8 Football Players In History

By Peter C

Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

One of the best midfielders to have graced our TV screens, Lampard did not only control the defensive midfield area perfectly but was also brilliant in the opposition’s half.

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Super Frankie was a very versatile player and produced memorable moments in the Blues shirt, scoring 177 goals in 609 Premier League appearances. He also created 102 league goals for his teammates. He won many trophies during his playing days.

Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

The Spanish midfielder is obviously one of his generation’s best number 8 players. Winning 35 trophies during his illustrious career, Iniesta remains one of the most decorated footballers ever.

His vision was excellent, his feet were quick, and his passing abilities stood him out, and he built one of the most deadly midfield partnerships with another maestro, Xavi Hernandez.

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Regarded as the greatest player to ever don the Liverpool jersey, Gerrard featured for the Reds in 17 seasons. The former English midfielder helped the Reds to three European finals and won two of them.

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He was strong on the ball and had a solid right foot that wreaked havoc with his thunderous shots. He was also brilliant tactically and still is as a manager.

Socrates (Brazil)

Socrates remains a living legend even during his playing days. He led arguably the best Brazil team in history that, unfortunately, never won a World Cup. His reading of the game was excellent, and he was a master orchestrator at the heart of the midfield.