Few sports require accurate passing quite like soccer. For a sport that’s already so low scoring, if players weren’t able to pass the ball effectively, they might never score. That’s why many of the greatest players in the game have also been among its greatest passers. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the greatest passers in soccer.
If you have watched any international soccer the past few years, chances are you’ve heard of Schweinsteiger. He’s a mainstay on the German National Team, and one of their great passers to boot. In 660 games, he has racked up an impressive 113 assists.
He’s one of the most famous players in the world, and yet David Beckham’s ability to “Bend it Like Beckham” scoring-wise has overshadowed his considerable passing ability. Both he and Schweinsteiger played for Manchester United, making their squads some of the best ball-handling teams of their era. Beckham tallied an impressive 172 assists in his time, making him one of the greatest passers of his time.
The US Women’s National Team is one of the great sports stories of the past decade. Dominating their sport like few other teams, male or female, they have won the last two Women’s World Cups with Carli Lloyd as the spark plug to their attack. While her scoring may overshadow her passing skills, she is nevertheless a great passer. She has 52 assists among her 281 appearances and ranks as one of the most versatile passing and offensive threats of any player in the game.
While she’s just as known for her progressive off the field stances on LGBT rights and her country’s political “situation,” Megan Rapinoe deserves note as one of the greatly underrated passers of her generation. In 158 appearances, the heart and soul of the US Women’s National Team has tallied 59 assists. For as cuttingly accurate as she is in her fight for equal rights (and equal pay) off the field, she’s just as accurate with her on-field passing.
In a sport so dependent upon passing, these great passers deserve special notice.