Ranking the 25 Best Passers in World Football
While the world's greatest goal scorers are typically the most recognized in the world of football, there are those that must exist to create the opportunity for all of those scoring opportunities.
There is nothing quite like seeing a player make a through ball that splits a defense on a fifty-yard rope from deep midfield, or seeing a beautiful cross sent in to the far post.
With an eye for appreciating the vision of the best of the best on the ball, we take a look at the 25 best passers in football.
Nicknamed the Italian "Messi" by some, you can see some of Parma midfielder Sebastian Giovinco about 48 seconds into the above video.
Chelsea's newly acquired winger, Eden Hazard, is a total package. His passing skills continue to improve as does his eye for goal and he has blossomed into one of the worlds best, even at the age of only 21.
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He may be 34 years old, but Boca Junior's Argentine midfielder, Juan Roman Riquelme, has been a maestro on the pitch for more years than many and shows no signs of stopping any time soon.
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is quickly becoming one of the world's best midfielders and as he nears the prime years of his career there is only hope for him to become even better.
Portuguese and FC Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho has developed into one of the finest up-and-coming passers in the world. After a strong past few seasons with FC Porto and a solid summer UEFA European Championship campaign, it is no wonder he is a highly coveted prize.
Paul Scholes is nothing but pure world class. Although he is no longer the spring chicken he once was at Manchester United, the veteran Red Devil still has one of the best eyes for the pass in the game.
Although he had a rough few years with injuries, Brazilian midfield maestro Kaka is still one of the best in the game.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is a midfield engine for both Bayern Munich and the German national team. The talented 26-year-old is nearing the best years of his career and will undoubtedly be remembered as one of Germany's best.
Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho held the world in the palm of his hand for a time as he passed and scored his way around all opposition in the world of football.
Although his age and partying and poor soft drink choices have taken their toll, he still has some of the game's best skills when he turns on his game.
French international winger Franck Ribery is another late-20's midfielder that is only getting better with age. His passing continues to get better with age as does his vision.
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata continues to show his skill with the pass as well as his eye for goal. As he heads into his second season for the Blues in the English Premier League there is no reason to believe he won't be even better in 2012-13.
Although he doesn't play for one of the most well known clubs in football, Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton is arguably one of the best midfielders in all of Europe.
With a pass completion rate that is unparalleled by few but the best in the world, he is a rising star shining out of Wales' lone English Premier League club.
At FC Barcelona where you have the talents of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi all in the first team, it would be hard to get noticed.
However, Sergio Busquets manages to prove time and time again that he is a skilled passer as well for the Catalan club.
Despite his age, David Beckham continues to show he still has the ability to make the crosses and passes that help others find the back of the net.
Frank Lampard is yet another older British veteran of the game that has the gifted eye for the pass and the vision to see the through balls that will make his teammates successful.
Cesc Fabregas continues to live up to his Barcelona upbringing as his passing skills continue to improve since he moved home to Catalonia.
One day tipped to be one of the best Dutch passers of the ball, Inter Milan midfielder maestro Wesley Sneijder shows his talent for the pass time and time again.
Real Madrid central midfielder Xabi Alonso is one of the most poised passers in the game. He can pick out a long pass better than nearly anyone and has been a huge part of Jose Mourinho's continued success in the Spanish capital.
Perhaps the greatest center midfielder to ever pull on a Liverpool strip, Reds captain Steven Gerrard can lead from the front lines or the center of the park. However, no matter what position he plays he always can find the right pass.
Manchester City midfielder David Silva had his best season in England in 2011-12 as he led the EPL in assists and showed his ability to find the key passes all over the pitch throughout the entire season.
Juventus veteran Andrea Pirlo proved that he and Italian wine have one major thing in common: they both get much better with age.
He may be the arguably the most prolific goal scorer of his generation, but Lionel Messi also happens to be one of the best passers for said generation as well.
German international Mesut Ozil was sensational for a second straight season in the Spanish La Liga with Real Madrid.
At the age of only 23 the youngster has amassed 107 appearances, 49 assists and 17 goals since moving to Spain and looks one of the brightest young passers set to battle for the throne of the best.
There are perhaps only two players in the game that have a tighter battle for whom in the best passer in the game at the moment.
The first is FC Barcelona's Andres Iniesta and the second is to be named next.
There is truly no doubt that Xavi Hernandez is the king of the pass in world football these days. However, just to prove the point, take a look at the compilation above.