Barcelona are still the standard for having a great midfield in football. There is no question about that.
When a new young player has a great game or when a team puts on a clinic in midfield, people either race to label them the Barcelona of their league or prematurely start comparing them to the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets.
This year Lionel Messi has been phenomenal, perhaps better than any player we have seen in any single season in history.
However, as great as Messi has been, the combined strength of his partners in midfield have been even better in 2012.
Individually and Collectively the Best Midfield of This Generation
The great Xavi had a career high in goals while Andres Iniesta was finally recognized as the best midfielder in the world.
Cesc Fabregas finally found his place in the team while Sergio Busquets once again proved why he is the most visionary, smartest holding midfielder in Spain and probably anywhere.
Beyond the starters, Thiago Alcantara continued his development as arguably the most talented young central midfielder in football.
Barça's midfield has unrivaled talent, tremendous depth, youth, leadership, and has become even more tactically diverse under Tito Vilanova.
Honorable Mention: Lionel Messi, the best football player alive.