The World Cup in Brazil has been highlighted by an eruption of scoring, with a total of 94 goals hitting the back of the net through the first two rounds of group stage games.
Five players - including Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and unlikely Golden Boot candidate Enner Valencia - have grabbed their fair share of glory with a trio of strikes each.
But behind the prolific figures leaving opposing goalkeepers in tatters have stood the providers - creative forces with the vision to unlock defences and setup chances.
Interestingly enough, the World Cup’s chief architect though match day two isn’t a member of the high-flying Netherlands squad, free-scoring French outfit or Colombian side that have become famous for their brilliant celebratory dance routines.
|Miralem Pjanic||Bosnia and Herzegovina||MF||10||2||180|
|Christian Bolaños||Costa Rica||MF||7||2||179|
|Sulley Ali Muntari||Ghana||MF||7||2||180|
Indeed it’s Miralem Pjanic, whose Bosnia and Herzegovina have already been agonisingly knocked out of the tournament, leading the pack two-thirds of the way through the group stage with 10 chances created.
The Roma man flourished under Rudi Garcia at the Stadio Olimpico last term and seems to have carried his form over to Brazil - perhaps unlucky that Edin Dzeko and company haven’t been able to take advantage of his excellent service in South America.
Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and Joao Moutinho lurk close behind with eight chances created apiece. The former has shown himself to be a complete forward at the World Cup in a demonstration of exactly why he was of interest to Arsenal, whilst Hazard has been typically influential for Belgium and Moutinho a bright spot for an otherwise struggling Portugal.
Surprise package Costa Rica are represented by Christian Bolanos with seven key passes, finding himself in good company with Lionel Messi, David Silva, Xherdan Shaqiri and Sulley Muntari all registering the same amount.
Bolanos and Messi have both punched their tickets to the round of 16 already so will get the chance for an extended run pulling the strings. Meanwhile, Shaqiri and Muntari both have plenty of work to do to help Switzerland and Ghana through on match day three, whilst Silva is set for an early trip home with reigning champions Spain eliminated.