1: Xavi | Barcelona

That's right, the pass-master tops our list of key-players who have found themselves on the bench this season.

Xavi's still managed to get a lot of game-time but, for the first time since his arrival at the club, Cesc Fabregas has been able to keep the legendary playmaker out of the starting XI on a number of occasions. 

He may be ageing, but Xavi remains a fabulous talent at the Nou Camp, and it's a testament to Barcelona's strength in depth that they can afford to keep him on the bench.

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