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A brief look at this season’s 3 most creative players in the Champions League

A brief look at this season’s 3 most creative players in the Champions League

 

One of the most underappreciated skills a player may possess is creativity. We are accustomed to praising goal scorers, but the playmakers are the ones who make these goals possible in the first place.

In this article, our editorial team takes a brief look at three of the most innovative players currently competing in the Champions League. We are certain that we have enough data to reach a suitable consensus now that all teams have played four games each.

AFC Ajax’s Antony with four assists.

A brief look at this season's 3 most creative players in the Champions League

We don’t see many creative wingers at big clubs these days. They’ve shifted to a more goal-scoring role, delegating creative duties to the fullbacks. Antony is a winger who still looks and plays like the old, traditional wingers we used to see a decade ago.

He maintains his width and cuts inside when the opportunity arises, although he prefers to pass rather than shoot. This season in the UCL, he has created three major chances and made two important passes each game.

Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane with four assists.

A brief look at this season's 3 most creative players in the Champions League

Sane, like Antony, still plays more like a classic winger than a modern inside forward, looking for the final pass and more often than not, opting for the through ball. This has benefited his teammate Robert Lewandowski greatly. In each game, the German winger makes 2.3 key passes and has created three great chances.

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes has four assists.

A brief look at this season's 3 most creative players in the Champions League

Fernandes is without a doubt the best creative player in the world right now, and his assist totals should be significantly higher.

In the Champions League, the Portuguese international makes the most key passes per game and creates the most big chances. While he has been known to score goals, his greatest strength has been in creating opportunities for his teammates.

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