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Europe's most underrated playmakers

Updated: October 20, 2011, 2:54 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

A few years ago, counterattacking 4-3-3 formations were dominant across Europe. The "playmaker" seemed an antiquated role, as South American No. 10s like Juan Roman Riquelme and Pablo Aimar failed to have the impact in big leagues that their talent hinted at. Now, positive football is in vogue and short-passing players are fawned over like never before. Here are five of Europe's most underrated playmakers.

Danny (Zenit St. Petersburg and Portugal)

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