By 90Min
November 21, 2017

Remember a time when it was a defender's primary job to, well, defend their goal from being breached?

With plenty of defensive stars now being coached into being able to play the types of passes that some midfielders could once only dream of, we're now seeing a steady increase in centre-backs in particular registering huge passing accuracy numbers.

Clear evidence of this comes courtesy of Opta's Spanish Twitter account, with the social media platform showing one Barcelona ace that's trumping his teammates in this particular department.

France international Samuel Umtiti is roasting the likes of Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and co. when it comes to successfully completing passes in Spain's top tier.

Lump in other pass masters like Real Madrid's Toni Kroos, and it's an even more remarkable statistic to get your head around.

Manchester City's John Stones as been outperforming plenty of stars in the Premier League as well, which just goes to show how important centre-halves have become at starting team attacks and retaining possession in today's game.

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