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Who are La Liga's 2020/21 pass masters?

As always, there is a huge emphasis in possession in the Spanish top flight these days, but which players are the best at finding their team-mates...

 
3:02pm on Thursday 7th January 2021
By
Martin Macdonald

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets completes the most passes per game in La Liga in 2020/21.

The Blaugrana are currently embroiled in one of the most tumultuous seasons in their recent history both on and off the pitch, with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu exiled and the team languishing seven points adrift of Atletico Madrid in the title race in third place.

Though his overall contributions have been questioned in this and in recent campaigns, Busquets' passing in the middle of the pitch has remained consistent.

On average, he makes 88.8 passes to team-mates per game, with a completion rate of 91%.

These are not just side-to-side passes, either, as he averages 27.2 passes into the final third per game, which is the sixth-highest tally of anyone in the league and the most of any central midfielder.

Second on the list is Real Madrid's Toni Kroos, who completes 82.9 passes per match.

The current leaderboard, found below, shows players who have featured in at least 500 minutes in the league this season.

If this filter was to be taken away, the player with the most passes completed on average would be Busquets' Barcelona team-mate Miralem Pjanic, who has averaged 108.9 completed passes.

Jordi Alba, Dani Parejo, and Clement Lenglet make up the top five.

La Liga pass masters

PlayerTeamPasses P90Final Third Passes P90Pass Completion
Sergio BusquetsBarcelona88.827.291%
Toni KroosReal Madrid82.926.993%
Jordi AlbaBarcelona81.533.887%
Dani ParejoVillarreal78.525.091%
Clement LengletBarcelona76.811.092%

Taking defenders Alba and Lenglet out of the equation and just focusing on midfielders, then Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong and Sevilla's Joan Jordan would enter the top five, completing 76.8 and 70.9 passes per game each respectively.

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