Midfielders are the link between attack and defence often playing defence-splitting passes and breaking up opposition play as and when required.
Player who were born from January 1st 1990 made the cut.
Here are the top 5 Nigerian midfielders above the age of 30:
5. John Owoeri
At 34, John Owoeri is waxing stronger at Beijing BSU. The intelligent attacking midfielder understands how to locate his teammates, he also scores goals too.
4. Raheem Lawal
Raheem Lawal is still at the very top of his game even though he is 30. He has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts this season after he has managed to keep himself injury free. He shown once again why age is just a number when it comes to Lawal. Despite the many injuries in his career, the central midfielder is still capable of producing moments of magic regularly.
3. Chukwuma Akabueze
Akabueze almost has a telepathic understanding of his team-mates’ positions. Always setting up goals or scoring crucial ones, he is truly a big match player. Akabueze relies on exceptional creative passing, intuition and inventiveness to control the midfield and dictate the ebb and flow of play. Now 31, Akabueze is still among the best midfielders in Turkish second tier and is a crucial player at Ümraniyespor.
2. Rabiu Ibrahim
Rabiu Ibrahim is a player who is complete and that is why he is absolutely integral to Slovan Bratislava’s style of play. His ability to tackle in defence, secure the ball and then feed the forwards is simply stunning. His remarkable calm when carrying the ball converted what for other midfielders would be uncomfortable situations into attacking scenarios. He has been absolutely important for Bratislava this season and there is a marked difference in how they play with and without the Nigerian playmaker.
1. John Obi Mikel
One of the best Nigerian midfielders to ever play the game, John Obi Mikel has been successful wherever he has played, be it in the Premier League with Chelsea, or the Turkish Super Lig with Trabzonspor or the Championship with Stoke City. A complete, consistent, hardworking and versatile midfielder, Mikel is capable of contributing both defensively and offensively.