Opening up the opposition defence is not always easy. It takes a special type of player to open up an opposition defence. It’s about more than just pace or dribbling abilities, it’s about having the intelligence to see the openings that others can’t and having the flawless passing technique to exploit the tiny gaps in the opposition’s defense.
For obvious reasons, we call these players the playmakers, and below you’ll find the 10 best playmakers in world football today.
Here are the 10 best playmakers in world football right now.
10. Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish is an elite level creator of goal scoring chances. Despite playing for relegation-threatened Aston Villa last season, he created the second most chances in the 2019-20 season. Even this season, he has been performing well for the club. Villa are currently in the top half of the table with great performances from the club captain Jack.
Grealish tends to start games on the left-wing but drifts deeper into central positions to get on the ball and help build attacks. He’s reliable in tight spaces and his ability to win free-kicks in dangerous positions is almost a skill in its own right – and something England might want to take advantage of at next summer’s Euros.
9. Papu Gomez
The man who pulls the strings between the lines for Atalanta, arguably the most enjoyable side to watch in Europe. The Serie A club have been punching well above their weight over the past few seasons and it has much to do with the performances of deep-lying forward and club captain Papu Gomez.
The wee midfielder loves to drift between the lines and is constantly looking to probe the opposition defence, either with a devilish piece of skill or a cutting through ball.
8. Luka Modric
The Croatian may have regressed slightly since his 2018 heyday but he remains an elegant and composed presence in the Real Madrid midfield.
Modric is most comfortable when the pressure is at its highest. That is evidenced by the way that he has controlled huge Champions League games for Los Blancos and vital World Cup contests during Croatia’s road to the final more than two years ago. He will be remembered as one of the best midfielders of his generation.
The 29-year-old Brazilian has made PSG more watchable, more exciting and moved them a bit closer to their holy grail of lifting the Champions League for the first time in their history. They reached the Champions League final last season, only to lose to Bayern Munich in the final.
A phenomenally gifted dribbler who beats opponents for fun, Neymar is a devastating and highly influential attacker with the numbers to back it up. The Brazilian has scored 64 goals for his national side, only Pele has found the net more often for Brazil.