Felipe Melo tops the charts

Rest days aren’t the easiest to fill with blog material, but I thought it would be interesting to put together a list of the top 20 players at the World Cup in terms of pass completion rates.

As a filter I limited the list to players who have attempted over 200 passes and, unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by a host of central defenders and defensive midfielders. Felipe Melo tops the list with 90% of his passes finding their target – somewhat surprising considering the criticism he has received for some of his performances – while Xavi, predictably, has made the most passes, a whopping 464.

Player / Passes attempted / Passes completed / Pass completion %

1. Felipe Melo (Brazil) 256 / 230 / 90%

2. Carles Puyol (Spain) 273 / 241 / 88%

3. Sergio Busquets (Spain) 475 / 420 / 88%

4. Martin Demichelis (Argentina) 236 / 203 / 86%

5. Juan (Brazil) 259 / 224 / 86%

6. Gilberto Silva (Brazil) 307 / 263 / 86%

7. Per Mertesacker (Germany) 321 / 273 / 85%

8. Gerard Pique (Spain) 446 / 378 / 85%

9. Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) 209 / 174 / 83%

10. Lucio (Brazil) 245 / 204 / 83%

11. Joan Capdevila 412 / 336 / 82%

12. Francisco Rodriguez (Mexico) 215 / 174 / 81%

13. Lee Young Pyo (South Korea) 227 / 184 / 81%

14. Rafael Marquez (Mexico) 247 / 200 / 81%

15. Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina) 254 / 206 / 81%

16. Nigel de Jong (Netherlands) 264 / 214 / 81%

17. Sergio Ramos (Spain) 395 / 321 / 81%

18. Philipp Lahm (Germany) 434 / 350 / 81%

19. Xabi Alonso (Spain) 491 / 399 / 81%

20. Xavi (Spain) 570 / 464 / 81%