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Xabi Alonso, Pirlo and football's best 'quarterbacks'

Goal.com Logo Goal.com | Slide 1 of 15: In recent years, tactical alterations implemented by some of the biggest teams in the world saw greater value placed on midfielders who could provide defensive cover, but also initiate sweeping counter-attacks with a single stroke of the ball. Due to their vision, passing ability and leadership qualities, these types of players have variously been likened to the the quarterback in American football. So, with the NFL Draft in mind, Goal has taken a look at some of football's best 'quarterbacks'.

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In recent years, tactical alterations implemented by some of the biggest teams in the world saw greater value placed on midfielders who could provide defensive cover, but also initiate sweeping counter-attacks with a single stroke of the ball. Due to their vision, passing ability and leadership qualities, these types of players have variously been likened to the the quarterback in American football. So, with the NFL Draft in mind, Goal has taken a look at some of football's best 'quarterbacks'.
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