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20 Greatest Playmakers in the History of World Football
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The playmaker is one of the primary attractive factors of world football. His exuberance, imagination and creative play help to enthral those who watch and play alike.

Although there seems to be quite a definitive idea of a playmaker, eloquent authors have diluted the playmaker into two separate ideas. He is sometimes likened to an orchestrator, the conductor to the team's orchestra, directing all that happens on the pitch. The other idea is that of a saviour, one who can turn a drab, quashed game into majestic, open football in a single moment.

Away from the melodrama, the existence of the playmaker is very pragmatic. As British teams in Europe have found out over the years, a creative player can prove to have the keys to open any defence. This is because of the imaginative, instinctive nature of the playmaker. Any defensive plan, no matter how sophisticated, cannot legislate for their waywardness.

Klaus Topmoller, erstwhile Bayer Leverkeusen coach, talking about Zinedine Zidane's famous goal in the 2002  European Cup Final, sums it up perfectly.

"We can spend all the time on the training ground planning for Real's tactics, but then something special happens that you cannot plan for and in this case it was Zidane's goal"

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