When we say 'Creative Ten', I'm sure you immediately conjure up an image of a classical painter of a player, who wonderfully creates art with their passing and incisiveness in the final third. But as has been well documented over the past few years, that type of player does not tend to exist in the modern game. The Mesut Ozil's, David Silva's and Cesc Fabregas's of this world no longer tend to exist as they once did, or play in the same positions that they once held. Nowadays, 'number ten's' must not only be capable contributors in the final third, but highly active in pressing from the front, and contributing to rotations that spread the width of the pitch.
Numbers 110-101 were so close to making The Mastermind Top 100 in 2018 but ultimately missed out. Read on to see who makes the cut.
Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 60-41 60. Sadio Mane This season, Sadio Mane not only established himself as one of the world's best wingers, but also became Liverpool's key man in attack. Loaded with pace and power, Mane has been Liverpool’s star and standout player this season and when he wasn't in the team, Klopp’s system … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (60-41)
While other leagues around the world are taking a festive break the Premier League is just heating up. Matchday 18 saw Chelsea, Liverpool, United and City all continue their winning runs, Henrikh Mkhitaryan score a stunning backheel goal and the demise of Swansea City manager Bob Bradley. This is The Mastermind's Team of the Week … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 18
Hundreds of thousands of fantastic football goals have been scored in 2016 and for The Mastermind's money, these four are the very best of the bunch. Dimitri Payet vs. Crystal Palace A week before this moment, Payet had scored a wonder goal in a friendly for France and so when he stepped up to take this … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2016: Goal of the Year
The Ballon d'Or did a better job than usual at picking the top 30 best footballers on the planet for the year of 2016. However, there were still several names missing. We know you're excited for The Mastermind's New Year's Eve reveal of who the Top 100 Footballers in the World are for the year of … Continue reading The Mastermind’s Top 30 Footballers In The World 2016 List
Wow, what a month of action it was in the English Premier League. This month we saw an almost broken Chelsea side turn things around and win 4 on the spin, Leicester City starting to reclaim their form of last season, Pep Guardiola and Manchester City starting to falter, and Liverpool really start to make … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Month October 2016
The Team of the Week was more or less said and done until Chelsea's smashing 4-0 victory gave The Mastermind a selection headache with so many standout players contributing to that massive victory. With so few of the top eight picking up points and so few goals being scored beyond Chelsea's 4-0 whopping of Manchester United, it … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 9
Team of the Month is one of the most popular features on The Mastermind. We know you love it, so get psyched for another edition of it right now. This is the team of the month for September 2016 in the Barclays Premier League. Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski Team of the Week Appearances: 1 3 appearances, 10 saves, 7 cross … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Month September 2016
After another fabulous weekend in the Barclays Premier League has officially come to a close it is now time for another edition of The Mastermind's Team of the Week! This is one of the very best set of eleven players ever and any one of them could have been named player of the week. Enjoy! Goalkeeper: Jordan … Continue reading Barclays Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 5
Paul Pogba's move to Manchester United has dragged on longer than probably any other transfer in the history of the sport. The 112 million pound move is set to break Gareth Bale's record for most expensive transfer fee in football history but as of right now a deal is still not done for the midfielder. … Continue reading These 11 Players Combined Cost Just As Much As Paul Pogba
The number one fantasy sport game in the world, Fantasy Premier League is back with new improvements as the Premier League season is just a couple of weeks away from kicking off on August 13th, 2016. With a plethora of new signings, rising stars and old reliable faces to choose from, picking a Premier League fantasy team … Continue reading My Fantasy Premier League Team 2016-17
Euro 2016 wasn't exactly the most entertaining international competition we've ever seen, but there were still some superb players on show, performing to the very highest level and giving everything they could to win matches their nation. This is my UEFA Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament based on how well they did, how important … Continue reading UEFA Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament