The autobiography of Italy and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo is out soon - and, according to those lucky enough to have had a sneak peak, it’s a fascinating insight into the mind of one of football’s most intelligent players.
This list features ten big-name players who are all highly ‘football intelligent’. By this we mean they are capable of carrying out complex tactical instructions, while they can also spot and play passes that supporters up in the stands can’t see.
Also, and this is what tends to separate the good players from the truly great players, they also almost always make the right decision when in possession. They know when to pass and who to pass to, they know when to time their runs, and they know when to fire a shot at goal.
This is all opinion-based, so feel free to agree or disagree. Tell us in the comments section below which other players should feature in this list.
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