The game of football is ultimately all about making passes. Scoring a goal is also a pass into the net. This makes passing so fundamental in modern day football. Especially with the pace involved in the game nowadays, it is critical that you pass the ball precisely whichever position you play in. We take a look at the Top 10 passers that still rule the grounds.
10. Cesc Fabregas
The poster boy of Spanish football during their Golden Era, Fabregas has it all in his locker. The former Arsenal captain has a range of passing that most would envy.
His crossing and lofted passes are a delight as his colleagues would vouch for, at Arsenal, Chelsea and FC Barcelona.
9. Paul Pogba
The French World Cup winner learned it from the best. He was mentored by Andrea Pirlo during his days with the Italian great at Juve.
Pogba’s range of passing is incredible and he can switch play from one flank to another in the blink of an eye, almost effortlessly.
The Italian pass-master has become a revelation of sorts having been the benchmark for adapting to Sarri-ball, a one-touch quick press style of football mastered by Italian coach Maurizio Sarri.
Jorginho has adept ball control, great agility to make the right short passes and skills of winning the ball back.
7. David Silva
David Silva doesn’t stop at being a great passer, he’s a playmaker in the true sense of the game. Probably the man with the best game understanding in the World at the moment, Silva’s passes are slick, precise and well thought out.
The Manchester City and Spain stalwart has taken his game to another level by working on his finishing skills as well.
6. Mesut Ozil
The Arsenal midfielder has had stints with Real Madrid and Shalke before where he has proved his mettle. The orchestrator behind Germany’s 2014 World Cup triumph, Ozil is a wonderful creator in and around the box.
His long passes are a treat to watch as well as is his goalscoring abilities.
5. Luka Modric
The latest Ballon d’Or winner has entertained one and all over the years with his stunning passes and creative play for Tottenham Hotspurs, Real Madrid and the Croatian national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
He’s a leader by example and his passes range from short incisive ones to long ones switching play between flanks.
4. Miralem Pjanic
Pjanic is one of the most underrated midfielders in the modern game. The playmaker from the Czech Republic is one of the reasons Juve have been dominating the Italian game for seasons now.
Pjanic is made of the Pirlo mould, sitting in midfield and pulling the strings like an orchestra.
3. Toni Kroos
Another member of the 2014 German World Cup-winning squad, Toni Kroos of Real Madrid was priced away from Bayern even before he reached his maximum potential. And he has shown the World exactly why.
Kroos’ vision and the knack of picking out the right teammate or the free fullback in build-up play is a quality few possess and that is why his managers Low and Zidane rate him so highly.
2. Xabi Alonso
One of the most decorated players on the planet, Xabi Alonso has a long pass that managers would die for. And that is why he has been linked with the biggest of clubs throughout his career, be it Liverpool or Real Madrid or now Bayern Munich.
His switch of play, lob passes and crosses into the box are a treat to watch, yesterday, today and tomorrow.
1. Lionel Messi
It is Messi’s passing range that maybe puts him a little ahead of Ronaldo in the race for being the GOAT. The Argentine wizard may be known for his goals, but he created far more than he has taken.
His best has been seen with Barcelona of course and he has also influenced the Argentina team to a great extent, so much so that they ended up being runners-up in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.