Barcelona's top passer is someone you would not expect

In Barcelona's comprehensive defeat of Real Sociedad on Thursday night, the player who had most passes for Barcelona was goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.


Barcelona celebrates a goal against Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Barcelona > won a thrilling Copa del Rey quarterfinal second leg 5-2 against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on Thursday. Denis Suarez scored twice, with Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Arda Turan also on target as Barca moved into the semifinals 6-2 on aggregate.

But when the post-match statistics revealed the player who had the most passes for Barca in the game, fans were in for a major surprise. It was not Denis Suarez, Luis Suarez, Messi, Neymar, Andre Gomes or even Gerard Pique.

Indeed, it was goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, whose 49 passes attempted were more than anyone else in Barca's team. La Real had four players who attempted more, with Asier Illarramendi (80) the player who attempted the most during the match.

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