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Can you name the top Champions League assist provider in each of the last ten seasons?

Everyone always talks about the Champions League goalscorers, but what about the guys that put goals on a plate?

Scoring goals in the Champions League is one of the hardest acts of football.

But it’s a whole lot easier when you’ve got team-mates putting the ball on a plate for you.

So let’s take a moment to appreciate the players who have topped the assists chart in the Champions League for the last decade.

(Spoiler alert: There’s even an Englishman on the list)

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Kevin De Bruyne checking in to see what time Gabriel Jesus wants his next tap-in

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Kevin De Bruyne checking in to see what time Gabriel Jesus wants his next tap-in

2007/08: Alex (Fenerbahce)

Alex is fairly unknown outside of Turkey despite racking up 49 caps for a Brazilian national team at the height of their powers.

But among Fenerbahce supporters the attacking midfielder is a god, thanks in no small part to his displays in the 2007/08 Champions League.

Alex’s six assists helped Fenerbahce beat Inter Milan, PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Sevilla on the way to a quarter-final exit against Chelsea.

Understated class right down to the choice of footwear

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Understated class right down to the choice of footwear

2008/09: Xavi (Barcelona)

Barcelona’s Champions League win in 2009 was as close to footballing perfection as you can get.

Xavi, who provided seven assists, was the heartbeat of the side dripping in Barca DNA, and the conductor of Barcelona’s dizzying passing game.

So good, if fact, that he had Lionel Messi scoring headers against Rio Ferdinand in the final.

He’s in there somewhere

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He’s in there somewhere

2009/10: Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)

Much was made about Jose Mourinho’s defensive approach to winning the Champions League with Inter in 2010, but there was nothing boring about the way he got Sneijder playing.

The Dutchman provided six assists on the way to the triumph while playing the best football of his career.

Fantashtic.

The Little Maestro and the Special One

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The Little Maestro and the Special One

2010/11: Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid)

Before the memes. Before the contract wranglings. Before the debates about his body language. There was just Mr Assist.

Ozil picked up six assists during an otherwise disappointing Madrid campaign in which Los Blancos crashed out in the semi-finals against Barcelona.

He went from assisting Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema to Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi. No wonder he wants out.

Tough love from Jose

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Tough love from Jose

2011/12: Kaka (Real Madrid)

The 2011/12 Champions League was an assisting bonanza, with five players level on five at the end of the tournament.

Kaka saw off Benzema, Nicolas Gaitan, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery due to playing less minutes than the other four.

This was a weird year though- Aly Cissokho had three assists to his name.

Stumbling at the feet of greatness

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Stumbling at the feet of greatness

2012/13: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)

Think Zlatan is selfish? Think he’s a one-man band? Think again.

In 2013 he finished with two more Champions League assists than any other player- seven.

Sharing is caring.

Celebrating another assist

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Celebrating another assist

2013/14: Wayne Rooney (Man United)

What do you get when you combine Arjen Robben and Gareth Bale? Wayne Rooney, obviously.

Allow us to explain. In 2014 Robben and Bale registered four assists each, while Rooney had eight.

Simple.

Headband Rooney was the best

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Headband Rooney was the best

2014/15: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

It was only going to be a matter of time until Messi popped up.

Not content with scoring ten goals, the little genius also registered six assists as Barcelona won the trophy.

Is there anything he can’t do?

Great player, terrible kit

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Great player, terrible kit

2015/16: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich)

What do Coman, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar have in common?

All three registered five assists, but Coman did it in the least amount time.

We bet that award is sitting pretty on his mantelpiece.

All of the lights

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All of the lights

2016/17: Neymar (Barcelona)

When did Neymar decide it was time to leave Barcelona?

When he provided eight assists for his team-mates with nothing to show in return.

Poor Ney.

The sadness in his eyes

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The sadness in his eyes

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