HomeNewsWith the Champions League Round of 16 fixtures fast approaching, we take a look at the best passers from the group stages.
EVER BANEGA: 711 passes (86%)
Whilst Sevilla had a difficult group stage, qualifying by the skin of their teeth, Ever Banega emerged from midfield as the player with the most passes out of anyone in the European competition. He managed 711 passes in the group stage, with an 86% success rate.
MARCO VERRATTI: 573 passes (94%)
PSG almost emerged from the group stage with an unblemished record. With only the one defeat to Bayern Munich in Germany, Unai Emery’s team excelled. Midfielder Marco Verratti particularly impressed with a 94% success rate from 573 passes.
SERGIO BUSQUETS: 527 passes (95%)
The Barcelona man showed why he has a reputation as a ball-player with almost immaculate display of passing during the Champions League group stages. Of all the players, Busquets missed his target the least, recording a 95% sucess rate from his 527 passes.
NICOLAS OTAMENDI: 487 passes (94%)
The central defender has been reborn under Pep Guardiola. Not only is he one of the safest pairs of hands at the back in the Premier League, but he has rediscovered his quality with the ball at his feet, passing 487 times in the Champions League with a 94% success rate.
DANI ALVES: 445 passes (86%)
PSG have two players on this list with their right-back Dani Alves also having a successful group stage campaign. Having gained a reputation for his technical quality and great passing, the Brazilian lived up to it, making 445 passes with a success rate of 86%.