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Top 10 best passers in football right now

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Barcelona v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga
He might the best player in the world but doesn't find a place on this list

While a shot is required to put the final touch, passing is what leads to it. In football, there are some players who make passing look effortless, almost as though they were born with the talent.

And the objective of this list is to convey their names. The criteria used to choose these players is having a minimum average of 55 passes-per-game, at least 88% passing accuracy and 1 key pass-per-game in the least.

Before we start over, here are some of the players that deserve an honourable shout.

Note: The stats used here are only for league games.

Honourable mentions

Kalidou Koulibaly – 86.9 passes-per-game, 91.4% accuracy, 3.4 long balls-per-game and 0.3 key passes-per-game

Borja Valero – 64.9 passes-per-game, 91.3% accuracy, 3.8 long balls-per-game and 1.2 key passes-per-game.

Raul Albiol – 82.3 passes-per-game, 90.2% accuracy, 10 long balls-per-game (that is just plain insane) and 0.3 key passes-per-game.

Mesut Ozil – 70 passes-per-game, 86.7% accuracy, 2.2 long balls-per-game, 3.1 key passes-per-game and 7 assists.

Sergio Busquets – 72.8 passes-per-game, 90.1% accuracy, 4.8 long balls-per-game, 0.8 key passes-per-game and 3 assists.


Ivan Rakitic – 71.7 passes-per-game, 90.6% accuracy, 4.2 long balls-per-game, 0.9 key passes-per-game and 4 assists.

#10 Luka Modric

Eibar v Real Madrid - La Liga
A Croat genius

One of the reasons why Luka Modric is regarded as one of the best midfielders is due to his ability to make seemingly effortless passes through the defense. The Croat is a silky passer of the ball and his stats prove just that.

In the games that he has played in the league this season, he has made 63.4 passes-per-game with an accuracy of 89.7%. Modric has also made 1.4 key-passes-per-game this season thus far and has an assist to his name.

This might not seem like a lot, but he plays very deep and doesn’t really involve himself much in the final third. Finally, he has 5 long balls-per-game.

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