Andrea Pirlo has been, without question, one of the most creative players in Europe over the past 15-20 years.
So, when the Italian maestro talks about which players of the current generation he believes are the most creative on the continent, the world should listen.
Rather than naming one of Barcelona’s ‘MSN’ - Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar - as the most creative player in Europe at this moment in time, Pirlo chose a current Premier League star instead.
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“[Mesut] Ozil is maybe the most creative player in Europe right now,” Pirlo was quoted as telling Shortlist magazine by The Sun. "He creates an unbelievable amount of chances for attackers playing ahead of him.
"He has vision like nobody else in Europe."
Ozil: Europe's assist king
When you look at the stats from this season, it’s difficult to argue with Pirlo’s conclusion.
Ozil has set up 16 goals in the Premier League alone this season - that’s six more than PSG’s Angel di Maria, Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, who have all registered 10 assists in their respective leagues.
The Arsenal playmaker has been outstanding for the Gunners this season - he scored his fourth Premier League goal of the campaign during Sunday’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth - and is among the favourites to win the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year award.
But is he really more creative than the likes of Messi, Neymar and Suarez?
Do you agree with Andrea Pirlo that Mesut Ozil is the most creative player in Europe right now? Have your say by leaving a comment below.