They are the players who inspire their team to victory, who create something out of nothing, who can stun their opponents by doing something that others cannot even think of. They are just like the heartbeat of their side; they without shadow of a doubt wear the famous number 10 jersey for teams they play for. In the language of football, they are called as playmakers, on which the whole team can rely. They dictate the tempo on which the game is played. Most of the times, team as a whole suffers when its playmaker has a day off. However, these days it gets difficult for players to get the number 10 shirt as there are a lot of players in a single team to make a complete squad. One such prime example is Liverpool’s Luis Suarez who wears iconic number 7 shirt but he is seen doing more than enough to deserve the number 10 jersey. So considering this thing, we have formed a list of top 3 playmakers who indeed are playing great football.
1- Lionel Messi
Messi no doubt, is the best playmaker in current world of football. Ironically, he also wears the number 10 shirt for Barcelona Football Club. Year 2012, proved to be an amazing one for Messi, as he surpassed the record set by Gerd Muller by scoring 91 goals in a single calendar year. The previous best was 85 by Gerd Muller. Moreover, he has already scored 39 goals this season which identifies his importance for the team. The little Argentine has got everything in his locker with many calling Messi as the greatest ever player to have graced the field of football.
2- Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez just like Messi plays upfront but he is seen doing everything that a real playmaker does on the field. He dribbles past players, passes the ball with complete authority, score goals and last but not the least, also gets his team mates into the game by assisting them with killer passes. Suarez has been at his best this season and has already scored 20 goals for both club and country.
3- Juan Mata
Mata has to be one of the unluckiest players in the world of football despite being a true number 10 for his club Chelsea. However, he hardly gets a chance to play for his country Spain with so many amazing players already there to play in his preferred position but it hasn’t effect his performances for Chelsea at all. Despite playing in midfield, the little Spaniard has already chipped in with 13 goals this season. Last season, he was awarded Chelsea’s player of the season in his first year at the club.