As we pass the midway point of the 2012-13 season, it is time to reflect on the players from Europe's top five leagues who lead the way in passing statistics.
You'll find all the usual suspects here—Xavi, Mikel Arteta and Andrea Pirlo—and a few surprises thrown in, too.
The Top 15 are ranked purely based on statistics from three categories: passes per game, pass completion percentage and assists.
Naturally, forwards and midfielders are given the edge over defenders, who usually lead certain fields based on the fact that they regularly make the easy passes out from the back, as opposed to those who attempt splitting through the ball.
As always, this list is intended to spark debate, rather than end it. I believe it was Gerard Pique's squeeze Shakira who famously once sung, "stats don't lie."
(All statistics via WhoScored.com)