Messi, Neymar, Fernandes: the 10 best playmakers in the world ranked
Playmakers are the puppeteers behind some of football’s greatest moments.
While the traditional number 10 might decrease as the age of 4-3-3 formations goes, don’t get me wrong that the best clubs in the world still have a creative magician pulling the strings somewhere on the pitch.
Whether it’s Toni Kroos as Real Madrid quarterback or the Jack Grealish attack from the left wing, the genius of the game can manifest itself in countless different ways.
And with playmakers often providing the moment of magic or the finishing touch that leads to goals – something that’s pretty important in football, don’t you know? – their importance cannot be underestimated.
As such, there is good reason to believe that having a world-class playmaker can be the difference between just fighting for Champions League qualification and conquering Europe as a whole.
Now that’s all well and good, but who exactly are the best playmakers in the business? There are a lot of top contenders in the sport, so it’s not an easy question.
But it is the one that the Daily Star has sought to tackle it by compiling its list of the top 10 playmakers in football based on current form – and it is clear that they are evaluating the Premier League cohort.
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The ten best playmakers in the world
Indeed, no less than six English elite stars have made the list with creative magicians from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga also throwing their hats in the ring.
But enough chatter, let’s see what they think of the world’s top playmakers in the first half of 2021 by checking out their top ten rankings below:
10. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
9. James Rodriguez (Everton)
8. Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)
7. Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool)
6. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
5. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
4. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
3. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Lionel Messi named the best in the world
Depending on your definition of a playmaker, there’s good reason to think that Luka Modric, Papu Gomez, or potentially even Christian Eriksen should be above some of the lower ranked stars.
But we are not going to cut our hair on the Star position criteria because there are a lot of world class creators in the top ten and he is a football legend who claims the gold medal.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Messi is a better playmaker than De Bruyne, personally, but I think it’s pretty clear from my situation that these are the two best passer in the sport.
Beyond that, Muller deserves credit for becoming an assist machine at the Allianz Arena, while Neymar is arguably the most creative and innovative playmaker in the beautiful game.
However, no matter who you think deserves to finish first, it’s clear that these ten players have at least one thing in common – they’re really fun to watch and that’s the beauty of their position.