Busquets named Champions League pass master

Author: dailymail
Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets has emerged as the Champions League's best passer last season, with an incredible 93 per cent success rate.

The Barcelona lynchpin attempted 995 passes from midfield over 12 games, completing 927 of them.

Busquets played 12 times as his side reached the semi-finals before being knocked out after Liverpool recovered a 3-0 first-leg deficit to win 4-3.

A La Liga rival in Real Madrid's Toni Kroos came second in the table, also achieving 93 per cent success with his passing.

However, the German attempted only 692 passes, completing 641 - 286 less than Busquets.

The Spain international was joined in the top three by team-mate Ivan Rakitic, who hit the target with 854 of 927 of his passes, an impressive 92 per cent.

Frenkie de Jong, a star of Ajax's run to the semi-finals, and tipped to eventually replace Busquets after agreeing to join the Catalan giants this summer, ensured that three of the top five would be either current or future Barcelona midfielders.

With 559 passes completed out 667 during Juventus' campaign, Miralem Pjanic rounded out the top five despite his team's campaign ending in the quarter-finals against Ajax.