A playmaker in football is the play who controls the rhythm of his team’s offensive play. He is mainly involved in the passing moves and creating chances, which will lead to goals. They often have great vision, technique, skill, ball control, creativity, and passing ability.

Many of the top playmakers in the world are not normally known for their defensive attributes, and they usually supported by a defensive midfielder. This article outlines the top 5 football Playmakers in 2021.

Top 5 Best Playmakers in Football 2021

These are best playmakers in football for 2021, who created chances, and most goalscoring opportunities. We use the statistics of average key passes on Whoscored, and assists provided to make our list. This list is in no particular order.

5. Bruno Fernandes

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Bruno Fernandes is arguably one of the best players in the English Premier League at the moment. He has been crucial to Manchester United’s brilliant season, where they are behind Man City for the EPL title.

Fernandes played as number 10 for Manchester United in the 2019/20 football season. The 26-year-old Portuguese attacking midfielder has been brilliant in his playmaking role, using his incredible skill on the ball to create chances. Bruno has 12 assists in total this season.

He is also the top big chances creator in the Premier League, with 17 big chances created, and has averaged 2.8 key passes per game. He is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world, and rightly so.

4. Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller

Bayern Munich were impressive last season, and utterly sensational this season. One of the players who have been crucial to them is Thomas Muller. He has been impressing in a playmaking role for the Bavarians. He currently has 10 goals and 12 assists this season, while averaging 2.8 key passes per game. Although Thomas refers to his role as the Raumdeuter (which means space intepreter). he has been the leading playmaker at Bayern Munich.

3. Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian attacking midfielder has been in phenomenal form this season, and is undoubtedly the best playmaker in football now. He was also the main playmaker for his team last season. He dropped deep occasionally to start attacks and link up with the midfielders. The Belgian midfielder is currently the top assist provider in the EPL

Kevin De Bruyne has so far scored 5 goals while providing 15 assists, and averaging 3.0 key passes per game. The 29-year-old has also created 16 big chances in the EPL this season.


2. Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish

The diminutive English midfielder had a phenomenal season for Aston Villa, and has proved his mettle as one of best playmakers in Europe. Grealish rose to become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League this season.

Jack Grealish is blessed with superior technical and dribbling ability. His passing skills are equally top notch. His nimble movement on the ball has been used to deadly effect for both his club and his national team.  Grealish has so far this  season scored 6 goals and 10 assists. In fact, he has the highest average of key passes per game in Europe with 3.3 per game.


1. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

The Argentine genius is undoubtedly at the top of our list of the best playmakers in football 2020. Although Messi usually starts on the right wing for Barcelona, he often drifts to a number ten role to create play.

Lionel Messi has evolved into a deadly playmaker, with accurate passing range, superb technical abilities and unique vision.

Lionel Messi has the loaverage of key passes per game with 2.6, but his 25 goals and 8 assists has been very impressive this season. He has also created a huge number of big chances this season.

These are the top 5 playmakers in football right now.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Neymar
  • Angel Di Maria
  • Memphis Depay
  • Toni Kroos
  • Hakan Calhanoglu



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