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Some countries have a knack for producing quality players. The following three remain amongst the best in unleashing playmakers across the world.
Lionel Messi is the most famous playmaker right now. Alongside him, the country continues to produce gifted individuals. While Argentina hasn't performed particularly well at the international level in recent years, the talent is still coming through.
Often lacking in physicality, Argentinian playmakers are all about the technical side of the game.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Enzo Perez (Benfica), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica), Pablo Aimar (Benfica), Jose Sosa (Metalist Kharkiv). Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain), Fernando Gago (Valencia).
You could be forgiven for overlooking France in recent times. At the international level, Les Blues haven't made a significant impression since Zinedine Zidane's head planted into the chest of Marco Materazzi.
The country is still producing top playmakers. Many also possess defensive qualities that align them with the likes of England.
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Marvin Martin (Lille), Yoann Gourcuff (Lyon), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Yann M'vila (Rennes),
Dutch playmakers are amongst the most creative. Many establish themselves within the Eredivisie before heading to tougher leagues across the world.
Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Rafael Van Der Vaart (Hamburg), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Stijn Schaars (Sporting Lisbon).
It's usually all or nothing for Portugal's national side. They have performed well at many tournaments since the turn of the millennium. They've also suffered some shocking results against poor sides. The recent home draw with Northern Ireland underlines such a statement.
I've always been struck by the country's lack of strikers. A shortage of quality front men means the playmaker role has been hugely important across recent years.
Ruben Micael (Atletico Madrid), Hugo Viana (Braga), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Miguel Veloso (Genoa), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Joao Moutinho (Porto).