Both the simplest aspect of the sport yet the most difficult to truly master, the pass is a pure art in football, the one common foundation that all clubs have in common.
Perhaps one of the more wonderful benefits of our growing fascination with facts, figures and how technology helps us to track those statistics is the ability to apply those numbers over both the long and short term.
We've taken a look at the passing numbers from both the 2013-14 and 2012-13 seasons, grading each of our candidates on an aggregate from those campaigns in order to give as fair and contemporary result as possible.
Accuracy, length, passing frequency and the effectiveness of each attempt (i.e. how lethal their pass turns out to be), have all been taken into account for the following study. With the help of Squawka stats, it's the midfielders who unsurprisingly reign as victors in this particular battle. But just how do Europe's biggest names (and some of the more unexpected) truly compare?
Regardless of how popular a player might be or how well they fare in other facets of the game, be it shooting, tackling or otherwise, this list deals strictly with the passing side of things and how effective that dimension of their game is.
Therefore, a centre-back boasting a perfect passing record doesn't quite count due to the fact that most of those will simply be to a goalkeeper or fellow defender. Feel free to make your suggestions in the forum below if you feel your favourite passing playmaker has been left out, but be sure they've got the numbers behind them to back it up.