Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago has been cleared to play after five months out, giving his side a boost entering a crucial final month of the season.
The club announced Tiago's recovery from a broken leg on Thursday, two days after securing their spot in the Champions League final.
The Portuguese had surgery in November but is now fit to return to action.
While the goalkeeper position lets us make apples-to-apples comparisons between players, different midfielders play significantly different roles. As a result, we've split our list into two ranks: the top 10 attacking mids/wingers and the top 10 other category mids, those occupying central, holding or defensive roles. Further, some players qualify for multiple positions. In such cases, as with Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, the panel classified them based on best role or the most position played more frequently (in Bale's case, the panel chose attacking midfielder over forward).
Our voting panel includes FC Insiders Tor-Kristian Karlsen, Paul Carr and Thore Haugstad. Each panelist was asked to select their top 10 based on players' skills and performance in the 2015-16 club season, taking into account time missed. The ranking below is an aggregation of their individual rankings.
Here are our panel's midfielder ranks followed by player-by-player analysis. Let us know your thoughts by getting involved in the discussion via Twitter at #FCPositionRanks....
Juventus' general manager Beppe Marotta says Alvaro Morata has stated his preference to stay with the Serie A club next season and not return to Real Madrid.
Morata moved to Turin in 2014 but Real insisted on a clause being inserted in his contract ensuring they could buy him back for a pre-agreed fee at the end of each season, with that fee increasing each year.
There has been talk of Real exercising their right to buy Morata back this summer, but Marotta says the striker is happy in Turin while...