James Milner Joins Neymar At The Top Of Elite List Of Champions League Creative Players


JAMES MILNER has joined Neymar at the head of an elite list for creating the most goals in a single season in the Champions League.

Liverpool’s unheralded midfielder has created eight goals in Europe this campaign to help his side to the verge of the final in Kiev.

REUTERS James Milner now holds the record alongside Neymar for creating the most goals in a single Champions League season

AFP Neymar is one of the superstars of world football – and he ranks alongside James Milner as a creative force

That sees the England player move top of the list of most creative players in Europe’s top club competition since records began – alongside Brazilian superstar Neymar.

The Paris Saint-Germain player was starring for Barcelona last year when he set up eight goals in nine matches.

Milner’s eight assists have come in nine matches – and given he still has the second leg against Roma plus a potential final to play, he could still move out on his own.

And it puts the 32-year-old ahead of some of the best playmakers in recent history for making a difference on the biggest stage.

PA:Press Association Milner has assisted eight goals for Liverpool in Europe this season – a record for the competitioin

AFP Milner also combines his creative talents with his industry in the heart of the midfield

Legendary Barcelona star Xavi’s best return in a single season saw him create seven goals in 12 appearances in the 2008/09 competition.

Mesut Ozil is regarded as one of the best creative players in the past two decades, but the World Cup winner’s seven assists for Real Madrid in 2010/11 is not as good as the Liverpool player’s.

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Big names like Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Ryan Giggs, Andreas Iniesta and Wesley Sneijder all fall short of the performances Miner has put in for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.

Yet the former Manchester City and Newcastle star appears to be out of Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup in Russia this summer despite his excellent form.

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