The best midfielders of the 1980s

Diego Maradona and Michel Platiini poses before a Napoli-Juventus match in the 1986/87 season.
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The 1980s was a memorable decade for football and a special era for midfielders.

While today's fast-paced pressing game allows means the ball is usually moved on quickly, creative players had much more time to express themselves in the 1980s.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.