In Beckham's first few minutes playing for the LA Galaxy against Chelsea he made a pass across the video, a diagonal ball, that is rarely seen in the MLS, and a skill that is hard to come by--someone who can make that laser pass right to the feet of a player, so they can score or get a team out of a jumbled area of pressure.
Beckham: In the 81st minute, he launched a 40-yard crossfield laser right to the head of Quavas Kirk, who, unlike, say, Van Nistelrooy, had no idea what to do with. From Dead Spin
Or, there are key players that act like walls, get it and give it back to the player who's open or has more time and space. Then there's the player who, seemingly, never loses the ball and allows his team to get organized, players like Xavi for Barcelona or Makelele for Chelsea and formerly of Real Madrid.
Passing is really an art though--at times the pass being more beautiful than the actual goal. And that is where players like Beckham, Alonso, Deco, Xavi, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Riquelme, Zidane distinguish themselves and their teams.