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Top 10: Europe's most creative players (1)

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Goalmouth action is what football is all about, so lets celebrate the stars who make it happen.

But for once we're not talking about Cristiano Ronaldo or even Leo Messi, because we've got to look much closer to home for the best in Europe when it comes to creating goalscoring chances.

England's top flight is home to all manner of styles - from Swansea's 'Barcelona-lite' to Stoke City's up'n'under. It may not boast the clinical technical excellence of La Liga, or the tactical naunces of Serie 'A' but it does promise drama, and lots of it. 

So it's no real surprise to see the Premier League dominate the competition when it comes to Europe's most prolific chance creators.

These scheming creatives lay chances on a plate for their greedy forwards, and according to statistics from the Daily Mail, five of the top 10 best on the continent ply their trade in the Premier League.

Sitting top of the pile is Everton's very own shaggy haired Leo Messi, Leighton Baines. The England international has been a robotically efficient extension of Everton's well-oiled chance-creation machine down the left flank this term, chalking up 97 goalscoring opportunities created. Shame Nikica Jelavic was on the receiving end though.

Liverpool duo Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez also crack the top 10, while David Silva sits third and his carbon copy Santi Cazorla lies ninth.

Those La Liga critics who get bored of watching Barcelona knock it around the back for whole games at a time will be pleased to note that just one player from the Spanish top flight makes the list - Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil.

From the Bundesliga, Schalke star Jefferson Farfan stands out, while Max Kruse of Freiburg squeaks into the top 10.

Anyway, lets get to it. Here's your top 10 countdown - click on the arrows at the bottom of the editorial to scroll through the gallery…

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