Yaya Toure is to Manchester City what Xavi Hernandez is to FC Barcelona.
The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international makes City tick, and is unassailably the best passer in the Premier League, as proven in 2011.
Last season, he was the most accurate long-range passer, spraying around 135 cross-field balls with an 81 percent accuracy rate. This, combined with his overall pass success rate and amount of accurate passes hit, made him the league's best overall passer of the ball, even better than Paul Scholes.
This season is no different, with Toure chosen by his teammates to start almost every attack. He has done this better than any other player in the league, with the best pass success rate and second best long-ball success rate.
Not only that, but he's also the most complete all-round midfielder with his two goals and four assists this season, nicely complementing his tackle and interception success rate (among the league's best).