FIFA World Cup 2022: The top passers from the opening round

2F5AC7F Bruno Fernandes of Portugal looks on during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers match between Portugal and Azerbaijan. Portugal wins 1-0 over Azerbaijan.

Here are the top five players in key passing metrics from the opening round of matches at the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

Passing Completion Percentage (min. 50 passes attempted)

Sebastián Méndez, Ecuador — 98.7%
Leander Dendoncker, Belgium — 98.6%
Rodri, Spain — 98.6%
John Stones, England — 98.3%
Koke, Spain — 98.0%

Line-Breaking Passes Completed

Rodri, Spain — 22
Aymeric Laporte, Spain — 20
Ilkay Gündogan, Germany — 17
Daniel Amartey, Ghana — 16
John Stones, England — 14
Pedri, Spain — 14

Defensive-Line-Breaking Passes Completed

Bruno Fernandes, Portugal — 3
Raheem Sterling, England — 3
Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland — 3
Mohamed Kanno, Saudi Arabia — 2
Youssef Msakni, Tunisia — 2
Robert Lewandowski, Poland — 2
Michael Estrada, Ecuador — 2
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Cameroon — 2
Kieffer Moore, Wales — 2

Through-Balls Completed

Bruno Fernandes, Portugal — 3
Raheem Sterling, England — 3
Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland — 3
Christian Pulisic, United States — 3
Lionel Messi, Argentina — 3
David Raum, Germany — 3

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