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eFootball PES 2020: Reviewing the Legends Midfielders in PES

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We previously reviewed the Playing styles of Legends Forwards in eFootball PES 2020. Now let’s come to the midfield part. In this article, we are going to talk about the different playing styles of each and every Legends Midfielder in PES 2020.

The midfielder is the engine room of any football team. They are mostly the people who run the show from behind and who control the flow of play. Be it PES or real life, the absolute brilliance of the magicians like Ronaldinho has put the stage of soccer in fire and the sheer mettle of midfield generals like Patrick Vieira have proved that they are integral in the structure of the team and is rightly a true legend.


Classic No. 10

The focal point of the attack of the team. They are quite useful in possession attacking style managers where their through balls can havoc a defense and they can score from a long-ranger.

Ronaldinho (AMF)

Legends Midfielder in PES

The charismatic Brazilian midfielder is one of the most delightful legend midfielders to use in PES 2020. He has smooth dribbling and insane ball control with a variety of skill sets up his sleeve. Thus he tends to push forward and get past the best of defenders and score. His finishing and curlers are great to get you some great long-rangers. Low stamina and low weak foot are the downsides of him.

Best formations to use in: He is best suited for the left AMF position in 4-1-2-3(Ex: L. Roman) or as a sole AMF in 4-2-3-1(Ex: D. Deschamps). He can also be played just behind the striker as a left SS in front-3 formations of Luis Enrique.


Ruud Gullit (AMF)

The 1988 Euro-Cup winning Dutch Captain is one of the powerhouse legend midfielders of PES 2020. He is a consistent all-rounded utility player in the squad. He is physically strong and incredible stamina unlike most other Classic No. 10’s. He can maintain even a maxed rating of 85 as a fullback or a center-back, 89 as a CF/SS with 95 at his favorable AMF position. You can play him anywhere in the pitch but he excels as a midfield general (CMF, AMF) who drives the team with his strength and is always popping up at the edge of the box unlike most other classic no. 10’s who tend to stay behind.

Best formations to use in: He can play as an AMF in the counter-attacking formations of Fernando Santos’s 4-3-1-2 or a CMF in Y.Grimault’s 4-3-3.


Zico (AMF)

Legends Midfielder in PES

White Pele has exceptional dribbling and ball control and brilliant explosive power to push forward and get past the best of defenders and score. He has terrific set piece-taking capabilities to accompany that skill. Along with his low stamina, he also has low physical contact which means he can be pushed off the ball easily.

Best formations to use in: He is best suited for the left AMF position in 4-1-2-3(Ex: L. Roman) or as a sole AMF in 4-2-3-1(Ex: D. Deschamps).


Rivaldo (AMF)

A new legend to grace PES 2020, the former World Football player of the Year (1999) has quite good attacking stats and does quite well up the pitch. Despite being a Classic No. 10 midfielder, he makes forward runs and can nail wonderful shots in the back of the net. Rivaldo is best at a SS/LWF as he used to play in real life and therefore his runs and ends up in the box to make the most of his shooting skills

Best formations to use in: He could play in SS/LWF position in Y. Grimault’s 4-3-3 or Luis Enrique’s 4-3-3. He can also play in central SS in a 2-CF formation in D.Millesi’s 4-2-2-2 and Fernando Santos’s 4-3-1-2.


Rafael van der Vaart (AMF)

Legends Midfielder in PES

The Dutch attacking legend midfielder is one of the new players added to PES this year. Despite being a classic no. 10 he makes runs to the box and has excellent kicking power to beat the goalkeeper. He takes wonderful free-kicks and has got an excellent low pass and lofted-pass to find attackers as well. He is lethal with his left foot near the box, but his right foot shots are quite good too.

Best formations to use in: He is best suited for the left AMF position in 4-1-2-3(Ex: L. Roman) or as a sole AMF in 4-2-3-1(Ex: D. Deschamps).


The Destroyer

‘The Destroyer’ player role is for players who have great tackling and physical abilities, and are fundamental for winning the ball back in the defensive third.Despite always not having the best positioning, they can also drop as an extra center-back in times of trouble.

P.Viera (DMF)

One of the stalwarts of the Arsenal’s Golden PL season, Patrick Vieira is a complete central midfielder who can play as a deep-lying playmaker, holding midfielder or a box-to-box midfielder. The Frenchman is the engine that works tirelessly deep in the midfield, who intercepts and tackles and pushes forward from start to end. One of his most underrated capabilities is his goal-scoring, as he can score some long rangers from far out.

Best formations to use in: You can fit him as a central DMF in any manager in any variant of 4-3-3 of L.Roman(4-1-2-3) or Y.Grimault(4-3-3),etc. He can also function as a DMF in the two-midfield pivot of D.Millesi’s 4-2-2-2 or R.Mancini’s 4-2-3-1, etc.


Esteban Cambiasso (DMF)

Legends Midfielder in PES

Cambiasso is an underrated legends midfielder in PES who is good at defending and holding the last line of midfield. We would suggest that one should position-train him as a CB. He has solid defensive midfielder stats and pushes back and forth whenever necessary. The downside is that he is weak in the air.

Best formations to use in: You can fit him as a central DMF in any manager in any variant of 4-3-3 of Gareth Southgate (4-1-2-3) or Luis Enrique, etc. He can also function as a DMF in the two-midfield pivot of C. Valbuena’s 4-2-2-2 or Hansi Flick’s 4-2-3-1, etc. He can also play as a CB(Position-trained preferably).


Emmanuel Petit (DMF)

Petit has good defensive stats that are similar to Cambiasso and in addition, possess good positioning to intercept the ball off the opponent’s feet. On the offensive end though, Petit is different where he is actually a decent dribbler, with good balance and skill moves at his disposal. He can be quite useful to break lines and push forward. He also has quite good shot power.

Best formations to use in: You can fit him as a central DMF in any manager in any variant of 4-3-3 of G.Southgate(4-1-2-3) or Y.Grimault(4-3-3)etc. He can also function as a DMF in the two-midfield pivot of M.Preuss’s 4-2-2-2 or D.Deschamps’s 4-2-3-1, etc


Prolific Winger

They are wide players who provide width to the attack and combine with the strikers and midfielders to build up the attack. You can often cut inside and aim for the top corner if the player has good shooting skills.

Robert Pires (LMF)

Legends Midfielder in PES

The Arsenal legend is smooth to use with great dribbling and crossing skills and average shooting skills (low shot power). He has good speed and ball control to go past defenders. His physical strength is low so he can easily be pushed off the ball by strong defenders if he tries to cut inside. He also possesses less stamina. The tip is just to cross the ball and to get on the end of it for your forward.

Best formations to use in: You can fit him as an LMF in M.Preuss’s 4-2-2-2, D.Deschamps’s 4-2-3-1 or Fernando Santos’s 4-3-1-2.


Freddie Ljungberg (RMF)

The former Arsenal coach can be a good addition to your gold ball squad. He has an 89 maxed rating in AMF position compared to his 90 ratings at RMF. Good speed and ball control to go past defenders, and he has good stamina and moreover with his high offensive awareness, he activates nicely as a counter-attacking threat. He has average shooting skills (low shot power) and weak strength. So just run into the opposition box with his pace and impose an attacking threat. Try to press opposition fullbacks too.

Best formations to use in: You can fit him as an RMF/RWF in M.Preuss’s 4-2-2-2, C. Valbuena’s, or Fernando Santos’s 4-3-1-2.


Creative Playmaker

Creative Playmakers often move out of their position to receive passes and can create good goal-scoring opportunities continuously. They are very useful in offensive build-ups as they can create spaces for other players to run into.

Deco (AMF)

Legends Midfielder in PES

The Portuguese playmaker is sluggish and slow but he has decent ball control and dribbling to keep the ball. He finds spaces to run into the box and is thus useful for assists and pre-assists for pacy wingers and goal poachers. He has less shooting skills and can get pushed off the ball as well. Stamina is good but his pace forbids him to run towards the goal in case of counter-attacks.

Best formations to use: He is best suited as an AMF/CMF in 4-1-2-3(Ex: L. Roman or G.Southgate).He can also be played as a sole AMF in 4-3-1-2 of Fernando Santos and C.Valbuena.


Hidetoshi Nakata (AMF)

Nakata’s gameplay has gone more impressive this year as his physical strength and stamina is quite good. His passing is solid and can link up well with the forwards. Nakata himself also makes decent runs and finds open space quite often, and when he gets it, his long rangers are quite powerful.

Best formations to use in: The former Roma playmaker is best suited as an AMF in 4-1-2-3 of G.Southgate and 4-1-2-3 of P.Boer.He can also be played as a sole AMF in 4-3-1-2 of Fernando Santos and C.Valbuena.


Orchestrator

The Orchestrator is a legends midfielder who likes to sit deep and is part of the build-up from the back in PES. They are masters of regulating passing in the midfield.

Paul Scholes (CMF)

Legends Midfielder in PES

Scholes is one of the best long-range shooters of the ball and therefore can score some blinders from his rising shot which catches the goalkeeper. Despite being an orchestrator, he always rushes to the edge of the box to shoot. He has amazing dribbling and ball control and wonderful passing stats. He should be paired along with a Destroyer/Anchorman and a Box-to-box midfielder as he offers minimal defensive work.

Best formations to use in: He can be used as a CMF in any 4-3-3 formations of Luis Enrique, L.Roman, or Y.Grimault.


Andrea Pirlo (DMF)

One of the most decorated Regista’s(Deep lying playmaker) in football, Pirlo has monstrous passing stats and set-pieces down his sleeve. His long balls can spot runs for poachers and speedsters running past the lines of the defense and a defense-splitting pass.

Best formations to use in: He can also function as a DMF in the two-midfield pivot of C. Valbuena’s 4-2-2-2 or Hansi Flick’s 4-2-3-1 or P.Boer’s 4-2-1-3 alongside a Destroyer preferably because of Pirlo’s low defensive stats as a DMF. In case of a 4-3-3 formation of Y.Grimault or Quique Setien, you can also play Pirlo as a left CMF.


Anchor Man

Anchor Man players are those players who play the role of an anchor between the midfield and defense. They are typically defensive midfielders, playing as a protector of the defense.

Gilberto Silva (DMF)

Legends Midfielder in PES

The 2002 World Cup Winner with Brazil works well as a CB and could do much better being position-trained as a CB. The difference between him and likes of Cambiasso as CB is that he stays back and holds the defense being a legends midfielder which is really useful in PES 2020 where forwards can make you pay for moving ahead to tackle. Not very good on the ball but interceptions are solid enough.c.He doesn’t play the ball effectively well, so he should be paired along with an orchestrator. He can also play as a CB (Position-trained preferably).

Best formations to use in: He could function as a DMF in the two-midfield pivot of C.Ranieri’s 4-2-2-2 or R.Mancini’s 4-2-3-1, etc


Box-to-Box Midfielder

This class of the modern-day midfielders charge from their own penalty box to the opposition penalty box with or without the ball. They track back and try to protect the defense and move forward in attack when needed.

Park Ji-Sung (LMF)

Rightly known as the Three Lung Park by the United fans, Park is everywhere on the pitch. He can press the opposition well with his stamina and retrieve the ball back easily, plus his pace and passing stats are decent enough for good counter-attacking. Park finds his place in formations mostly consists of Classic No.10’s or Orchestrators who do not offer many defensive duties, where Park can compensate by his tireless pressing and offensive counters.

Best formations to use in: He can be used as an LMF/CMF in any formations such as N.Chaves’s 4-2-3-1 or Fernando Santos’s 4-3-1-2 or G.Southgate’s 4-1-2-3.


David Beckham (RMF)

Legends Midfielder in PES

Beckham’s gameplay in PES is a bunch of mixed bags perhaps. He does have the best of crossing and the Bend it like Beckham free kicks, however, he lacks the pace of a natural RMF. The former stylish England captain can initiate counters from the deep thanks to his range of passing; therefore can be played as a DMF/CMF as well. He doesn’t have the best of dribbling to be played as an AMF or doesn’t have the defensive abilities of a natural DMF.

One should remember the qualities of Beckham to properly use him. Don’t try hard to outpace a fullback and cut in much. Make sure your CF has good heading if you’re going to bend the crosses into the box. Play him alongside a destroyer in midfield as Beckham doesn’t offer much defensively where he works as an orchestrator

Best formations to use in: He can function as an RMF or a DMF alongside a Destroyer in the two-midfield pivot of R.Mancini or Hansi Flick’s 4-2-3-1 or P.Boer’s 4-2-1-3.


Lothar Matthaus (CMF)

Matthaus is easily the best box-to-box legends midfielder CMF in PES. He rushes to the edge of the box to shoot, contributes richly in the defensive work of the team making interceptions and pressing, and plays defense-splitting passes. His proactive nature makes him part of every juncture of the game (both offense and defense). His fighting spirit trait makes him involved in the game even when his stamina has exhausted.

Best formations to use in: Any formation with 2 or more CMFs like 4-3-3(Ex: Quique Setien, G.Zeitler, Luis Enrique, C.Tunal) works best with at least one Box to Box midfielder.


Pavel Nedved(LMF)

Legends Midfielder in PES

Nedved is one of the smoothest players in-game. He has got beautiful close control and good speed to go past defenders. This legends midfielder has one of the best long-range shots in PES 2020. He is not too much strong defensively but compensates with brilliant off-the-ball positioning and intercepts and initiates attacks. Nedved has a lot of stamina with which you can press aggressively. However, as a LMF he doesn’t involve himself in the game nearly as much one would like, so He really shines as a CMF/AMF.

Best formations to use in: Any 4-3-3 formation where (Ex:  G.Zeitler, Luis Enrique, Y.Grimault) works best as a Box to Box midfielder. He can also be played as an AMF/LMF in 4-3-1-2 of Fernando Santos and CMF/LMF of 4-2-2-2 of C.Valbuena or C.Ranieri.


Hole Player

They are those players who can exploit the spaces between the opposition defenders really well by moving up the pitch as an extra attacking option and also contributes to the build-up play.

Dejan Stankovic (CMF)

The fundamental part of Mourinho’s successful Inter team, His legend version in the game is almost as good as he originally was, with great passing, strength, and ball holding attributes. Such hole players are really useful in counter-attacking and finishes well. He can also play well in a DMF position. The only weakness in his game is his less injury resistance and his speed. Otherwise, he is one of the best among the gold ball legends midfielder in PES.

Best Formations to use in: Stankovic can be properly used as a CMF in the 4-3-3 counter-attacking formations of Y.Grimault or R.Koeman or the 4-1-2-3 (4-3-3 variant) of G.Southgate.


RÁI

Legends Midfielder in PES

The brother of Brazilian legend midfielder Sócrates, RÁI has solid stats as a legends midfielder in PES 2020. His height and physical contact are a deadly combo which is quite useful in-game. Shooting and finishing are top-notch. Long shots are absolutely fantastic. He is an extremely rare legend and we can simply say he is a rare treasure to have.

Best formations to use in: RÁI can be properly used as an AMF in the 4-1-2-3 (4-3-3 variant) of G.Southgate or as an AMF in the 4-3-1-2 of Fernando Santos and 4-2-1-3 of P.Boer.


Goal Poacher

Goal Poachers are the kind of strikers who lead the attack and like to be a part of the attacking build-up. They are mainly the trait of the attackers but we have one legends midfielder in PES 2020 having that certain playstyle.

Y. DJORKAEFF

Legends Midfielder in PES

This Inter Milan legend was probably the best Gold legend midfielder in PES 2019. He has awesome dribbling and ball control and shooting skills. He has good attacking prowess and passing skills as a goal poacher, good speed, great balance, and decent enough strength to hold off defenders. Djorkaeff performs well at RMF, AMF and SS.His rare playstyle of goal poacher as a legend midfielder makes him really unique legends midfielder in PES

Best formations to use in: He could work well in counter-attacking formations in Y.Grimault‘s 4-3-3 as an SS or G.Southgate‘s 4-1-2-3(4-1-2-3 or 4-2-1-3) as an AMF/SS. He could also play in Fernando Santos’s 4-3-1-2 formation as an AMF.


Did we miss out on any legends midfielder on the list who has worked well for you online in PES? Feel free to mention them in the comment section below!

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Chirag Chaudhuri

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Joe

Very well written. Thanks!

Elias Binu

S nakamura arguably one of the best amf and if not the best free-kick taker and who has one of the most deadly left foot and curls

Elias

Why didn’t you include him in this list

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