"I think they're still around, but they're not given a chance. Tactics have changed to 4-4-2 now and it's all about running around and launching into tackles. Even when you've got someone who's a
good soccer player, can slow things down, scores goals and can prove decisive, if he doesn’t scrap for every ball and slide into tackles then he gets dropped. That's the difference. There are
always playmakers around, but few coaches are willing to give them a go."
-- Colombian great Carlos Valderrama upon being asked whether playmakers still exist in modern soccer. (FIFA.com)