European top central midfielders’ similarity clustering

Players’ similarities are clustered using Euclidean distance based on % of action types a player carried out.

Only players with >1200 touches in the last 3 years are included Some groups of players are highlighted: Pjanic and Kroos represent the long-pass’ playmakers. Busquets and Jorginho represent the short-pass’ playmakers. Casemiro and Nzonnzi are the destroyers.

It was done in heatmap2 in R. now the code is in ggplot2 which allows for more customization

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