Manchester City’s midfield general ends the year with his place as the world’s best midfielder solidified

Manchester City’s midfield general Rodri has finished the year with his place as the world’s best midfielder secured. The Spanish international has enjoyed one of the best years by a player in recent memory.

He was again at his best as the treble winners ended 2023 with a 2-nil win over Sheffield United at the Etihad. The win saw City keep pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool with Rodri a vital component of another City win.

It only took City’s midfield general 14 minutes to make his mark against Chris Wilder’s side. A surging run from midfield and a neat one-two with Phil Foden set the world champions on their way. It was a goal typical of the world’s best midfielder in what has become something of his calling card over the past year.

On top of his goal, it was Rodri’s all-round performance yesterday that highlighted just how good he is. The Spanish midfielder drove forward when his team required it and also slotted in at centre-back when Manuel Akanji drove forward from defence. The versatility of City’s most important player and his all-round ability have made him a crucial ingredient in his side’s monumental 2023.

It has been a spectacular 12 months for City’s midfield general. He famously scored the winner in Pep Guardiola’s side’s famous UEFA Champions League final win over Inter Milan. That goal solidified Rodri’s place in Manchester City’s history. His performances over the entire year earned him his crown as the world’s best midfielder. In a packed field of elite midfielders in world football, it is Rodri who stands above them all.

Rodri has solidified his place as the world’s best midfielder. Yesterday’s performance just reaffirmed his status.

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