The Top 50 Best Dribblers of All Time
It's anything but difficult to count dribbles, yet who are actually the best dribblers? Who has the most effect on their team?
Dribbling is an under-appreciated skill in football, however, these players on the rundown have attempted to keep it alive.
There are a large number of statistics that we could consider in the history of football, and today we are taking a gander at the best 50 dribblers ever. The sport has numerous viewpoints one of them is dribbling. Numerous extraordinary players can dribble quite well without a doubt yet this rundown is about "The best dribblers ever". These players can change a game with only one action they are the players who dribble the best and had the skills to beat rivals in a way nobody else could.
Dribblers are artists and so important to their side.
That being stated, a soccer player can be a specialist dribbler, however, that doesn't really mean he'll be an extraordinary footballer.
This article will list the top 50 best dribblers of all time:
50. Fernando Redondo
Fernando Redondo was one of the classiest footballers of all time.
Redondo used his skills to drag defenders out of position before crossing or attack.
He was a genius and was aware of his role in the pitch.
However, the position he made his name was as a defensive midfielder with the ability to play both in the attack and defense, he played ten years in La Liga, mainly for Los Blancos.
Redondo was a member of the Argentina national team in the 1990s.
His skills to control the tempo of his team's game in midfield made him a key member of his sides.
49. Michael Laudrup
Michael Laudrup's technique and dribbling ability was absolute magic and he is regarded as one of the best footballers of his generation. Michael Laudrup made his side look better and play much better since they realized they were playing with a superstar. He could provide precise passes even the blind ones. Laudrup was voted the Best Foreign Player in Spain over the last 25-year period In 1999. Michael Laudrup was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's best players by Pele in 2004. He scored 117 goals in 464 games for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Vissel Kobe, Juventus, Lazio, Brondby, and Ajax Amsterdam.
48. Ariel Ortega
Ariel Ortega, in contrast to numerous others on this rundown, was not a perfect one. Be that as it may, when it came to tight ball control, there were rare individuals who were superior to El Burrito.
The confounding and regularly touchy playmaker had the world at his feet however he would never truly made it to the end. Truth be told, his most remarkable World Cup memory remains that of head butting against Edwin van der Sar instead of a flawless flick of his left boot. A highly innovative player with amazing technical ability, El Burrito was famous for his pace, agility, dribbling, and skills from dead-ball situations, just as his ball trickery, smart body feints. Ariel Ortega never fully justified his skills at either club or international level yet he netted 16 goals in 87 matches for Argentina national football team. At his prime, Ortega was one of the greatest dribblers on the planet.
47. Jay-Jay Okocha
Jay-Jay Okocha is one of the most elegant soccer players of all time.
It was odd seeing such an example of innovative football playing for Sam Allardyce. Not at all like Eric Djemba-Djemba, Okocha was acceptable to such an extent that they named him twice. The Nigerian playmaker is regarded as the best Nigerian and one of the best African footballers in history. Augustine Azuka was known for his confidence, technique, and dribbling skills, in particular, the stepover. He netted 14 goals in 73 games for the Nigeria national football team.
46. Paulo Futre
Paulo Futre was a tremendously skilled soccer player who has since entered English footballing old stories.
He stated that he wouldn't play for Harry Redknapp at West Ham United except if his number was changed to number 10.
Paulo Futre won a European Cup and was 16 points away from winning the 1987 Ballon d'Or. His dribbling ability, agility, and pace allowed him to be so fast with the ball and enabled him to take on several defenders. He scored 6 goals in 41 appearances for Portugal national football team.
45. Gianfranco Zola
Gianfranco Zola touched off the Chelsea fan's adoration for football and was the motivation to support Chelsea. For a vast majority of those fans, Zola is the favorite player. It appears Chelsea have informally retired Number 25.
During his football career, he was initially played as a striker. The creative talented player was famous for his dribbling skills, ball control, and passing, just as his tactical intelligence and finishing. Zola is considered as one of the greatest Italian strikers of his generation and as one of the greatest footballers in the Premier League ever. He scored 193 goals in 629 appearances for Napoli, Parma, Chelsea, and Cagliari.
44. Georgi Kinkladze
Georgi Kinkladze is one of the best dribblers in history without a doubt.
In 1995, Georgi Kinkladze moved from Dinamo Tbilisi to Manchester City, where his dribbling skills and amazing goals made him a hero who won the club's Player of the Year award in two back to back campaigns.
The dribbling skill was generally considered as one of the playmaking midfielder's greatest attributes.
43. Sir Tom Finney
Sir Tom Finney played his whole football career at Preston North End. He was always a deadly striker with his perfect style of play.
Sir Tom Finney was a double Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year. Bill Shankly once stated about him: "Tom Finney would have been great in any team, in any match, and in any age even if he had been wearing an overcoat"
42. Eddie Gray
Edwin Gray was a Scottish soccer player as a key figure of the legendary Leeds United side of the 1960s and 1970s. He netted 52 goals in 454 appearances for Leeds United.
Don Revie's statement summarizes Eddie Gray's dribbling skills stating, "When he plays on snow, he doesn't leave any footprints." He played in the team that arrived at the 1975 European Cup Final in Paris.
Robson de Souza, a fast, creative, agile, and technically-talented footballer who is mainly known for his pace, ball control, movement, and dribbling skills, just as the use of tricks and feints like the flip-flap and step over. Because of his speed and great abilities with the ball he was compared to Pele in his youth. Robinho is able in different positions such as winger, supporting striker, center forward, an attacking midfielder. He can both score goals and create them. However in spite of the talent, he displayed in his youth, his football career has been marked by inconsistency. Robinho scored 28 goals in 100 appearances for Brazil national football team.
40. Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard basically plays as a midfielder or a winger. His most basic commendable characteristics are his pace and specialized ability, which have been portrayed as surprising and mesmerizing. Hazard's agility, speed, and dribbling skills joined with his creativity permit him to hold the ball, dribble past rivals.
Hazard developed into an amazing footballer and was used as a left midfielder that empowers him to cut into the middle and attempt to score goals with his more grounded right foot.
Hazard is praised for his dribbling, innovativeness, and ball control abilities.
Hazard's previous manager Claude Puel named him "little Messi" on the right-hand side.
39. Brian Laudrup
Brian Laudrup is the younger brother of Michael Laudrup. His career wasn't as successful as Michael yet he was a better dribbler. He faced a greater number of challenges and was more elegant than Michael.
It's amazing how two brothers could be world-class and superstars in light of the fact that normally it's one brother who becomes more famous. Brian Laudrup earned the Danish Football Player of the Year prize 4 times. He played 82 games and netted 21 goals for the Denmark national team. He participated in 342 games for Brondby, Uerdingen, Bayern Munich, Fiorentina, Milan, Rangers, Copenhagen, and Ajax Amsterdam and scored 84 goals.
38. Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta initially began as a deep-lying midfielder, yet his agility and technique, ball control and dribbling skills improved him as an attacking midfielder. Frank Rijkaard described Iniesta once as "I played him as a false winger, central midfielder, deep midfielder and just behind the striker and he was consistently amazing."
Andres Iniesta is a footballer known for his passing, dribbling and vision.
His eagerness to play anyplace in the field has earned him the Don Andres from the Spanish press. Zinedine Zidane additionally stated: "Iniesta truly intrigues me. He has such a great amount of impact on his teams. He helps me to remember myself."
37. Florian Albert
It's shocking that Florian Albert was born in an inappropriate period of time in light of the fact that he simply could have been playing with Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Kocsis, Zoltan Czibor and Nandor Hidegkuti. A Team that reformed the football game. He scored 256 goals in 351 appearances for Ferencvaros. Florian Albert likewise netted 31 goals in 75 matches for Hungary national football team. Sepp Blatter said about him "Florian was an amazingly elegant soccer player with great abilities and ball control. These qualities ensured that he was widely respected by his rivals. I remember his astonishing display in the match against Brazil at the FIFA World Cup in 1966 that saw him as one of the world's greatest players."
Joaquin Sanchez Rodriguez referred to just as Joaquin, is a Spanish expert soccer player who plays for Real Betis as a winger. He is notable for his pace and quickness, just as fantastic dribbling and passing skills. During his football career, he was mostly played for Betis and Valencia, participating in 518 La Liga games more than 16 campaigns and netting 66 goals.
He additionally played for Spain national team 51 times including in two World Cups and one European Championship.
35. Robert Prosinecki
Robert Prosinecki was a key figure of that Croatian brilliant team that included Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban, and Robert Jarni.
Prosinecki used to humiliate any individual who tried to tackle him. He was regarded as one of the most creative and talented football players. On a technical level, he was brilliant in passing, dribbling, and creating space for scoring. He scored 10 goals in 49 appearances for Croatia national team.
34. Paul Gascoigne
Paul John Gascoigne known by his nickname, Gazza played 57 matches for England's national football team career. The National Football Museum stated that Gascoigne is widely known as the most talented English soccer player of his generation. Gary Lineker regarded Gascoigne as "the most naturally talented footballer that I played with."
Paul Gascoigne had great pace, strength, ball control, and fantastic dribbling skills, which enabled him to hold the ball, dribble past rivals, and attempt on goal. Paul Gascoigne scored 10 goals in 57 caps during his England career.
"True Phenomenon" plays as either a forward as well as an attacking midfielder. Because of his fiery pace and playmaking abilities; the position permits him to shoot with his more grounded foot, or provide passes for other players. His dribbling abilities have been compared to legendary Ronaldinho.
His main characteristics are his dribbling, innovativeness, crossing, scoring, and vision. He is normally right-footed but can score with the two feet, just as with his head, and is an amazing free-kick taker.
The media have frequently compared Neymar and Pele, both started football from the Santos Youth Academy and made a name for themselves with magical skills.
Romario was an entertainer in the box, and his hunger for goal scoring was unique. He claims to score 1,047 goals while taking informal games into consideration yet he is considered as one of the best and most prolific forwards in the history of football. Romario de Souza Faria was famous for his clever style of play, offensive awareness, and his ability to find space and find the back of the net. Romario's dribbling skills let him use particular feints and the flip-flap. He was an amazingly agile player with great balance on the ball. His quick bursts of acceleration allowed him to dribble past rivals easily. He netted 55 goals in 70 appearances for Brazil national football team.
31. Roberto Baggio
Roberto Baggio mainly played as a second striker and an attacking midfielder. As a technically talented playmaker, and a free-kick specialist, famous for his amazing dribbling skills and goalscoring is widely considered as one of the best footballers ever. Baggio scored 27 goals for Italy in 56 games. Roberto Baggio was a tactically versatile player and was comfortable playing on either flank or through the center of the field. He was a precise finisher and was famous for his bending shots. despite the fact that Baggio was right-footed, he was capable of using both feet and usually began dribbling with his left foot.
Just Like the remainder of the world, Real Betis were dazzled by Denilson's perfect dribbling skills. In a 16-year football career, he played for Sao Paulo and Real Betis. The Spanish club paid a then-world record of £21.5 million for him. Denilson gained more than 60 caps for Brazil netting 8 goals.
He was a creative and technically talented footballer. Denilson de Oliveira Araujo was famous for his dribbling abilities, especially for his use of feints to beat rivals with the step over. in spite of his talent, he was regarded by many to not have justified the potential he displayed at the beginning of his football career.
Cristiano Ronaldo is equipped for playing on either flank just as through the box, and while apparently right-footed, is exceptionally solid with both feet. He positions among the world's quickest soccer players. Ronaldo got noted for his dribbling and style, regularly showing a variety of tricks and flip-flap. Ronaldo is known for his uncommon athleticism as well. Ronaldo experienced a significant physical change, building up a solid body type that permits him to hold the ball easily and solid legs that compensate for exceptional jumping. However, it is true that since Ronaldo entered his thirties he started to dribble less. Initially sent as a forward and he was later moved back onto the left-wing. His side's counter-attacking likewise permitted him to turn into an increasingly effective goal scorer.
28. Laszlo Kubala
Preceding Lionel Messi, Laszlo Kubala was regarded as Barcelona's best player of all time. Kubala would have been extraordinary for Hungary on the off chance that he hadn't defected to Spain. Kubala netted 243 goals in 329 matches for Barcelona. Kubala was famous for his speed and dribbling skills, perfect finishing, and precise free kicks taking. He is considered one of the greatest players of all time.
27. Omar Sivori
Enrique Omar Sivori was an Italian Argentine footballer who played as a forward. Omar Sivori was considered one of the best footballers of his generation and as one of the best players ever. The Maradona of the Sixties could beat rivals with pace, be that as it may, he had extraordinary dribbling skills. Sivori played 8 campaigns with Juventus, scoring 134 goals in 215 matches. Omar Sivori compared to Diego Maradona because of his creative playing style, country of birth, hairstyle, strong mentality, and dribbling skills.
26. Dragan Stojkovic
Despite the fact that Dragan Stojkovic never turned into a record-breaking extraordinary player, he's regarded as one of the best Serbian soccer players.
In addition to the fact that he played 8 campaigns for Nagoya Grampus, however, he's presently directing them.
He scored 15 goals in 84 matches for Yugoslavia. Piksi is one of the 5 footballers to be awarded the title Star of the Red Star.
He was a highly skillful playmaker famous for his vision, passing, technique, and dribbling skills.
25. Luis Figo
Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo played as a midfielder for Barcelona and Real Madrid scoring 93 goals.
Luis Figo was an individual from the Portuguese Golden Generation, one that at last failed to win a title. He was known for his intelligence, amazing vision, playmaking abilities, and mazy dribbling skills.
24. Marc Overmars
Marc Overmars played as a winger during his football career and was famous for his speed and technical abilities.
Except for Ronaldo around 1993-98, there was no player as deadly as a dribbler as Marc Overmars might have been. He scored 17 goals in 86 matches for Netherlands national team.
All things considered, Barcelona must have signed Overmars 5 years before when they bought him. He never satisfied that €40.6 million expense.
23. Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben is considered as one of the greatest wingers of all time. He played on the right-wing most of the time to be able to cut inside on his left foot reaching to central attacking part of the pitch to beat defenders by using his bursts of acceleration and dribbling skills till he could discover the space to make an attempt on goal. Robben could decide a game on his own. Robben's Robben's speed and great technique usually caused rivals to foul him in order to stop him. Robben played in 420 games for Groningen, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and scored 151 goals. He played 96 games and netted 37 goals for the Netherlands national team.
22. Nicolae Dobrin
Nicolae Dobrin is regarded as one of Romania's best footballers of all time. Famous for his dribbling skills, Dobrin received the Romanian Footballer of the Year award thrice and has a stadium named after him.
Like Pele, he was so imperative to his nation. However, we'll never know how great Dobrin could have been because he never played in a major league. Dobrin scored 6 goals in 48 games for Romania national team. He additionally played 395 games for Arges Pitesti scoring 106 goals.
21. Dejan Savicevic
Obviously Dejan Savicevic had magnets in his boots. In the same class, as his dribbling skill was, many recollect him for his famous goal against Barcelona.
Dejan Savicevic played as an attacking midfielder. He is regarded by many to be the greatest footballer that Montenegro has ever had. Savicevic was a fast, technically talented player with an astonishing pace and exceptional dribbling skills.
20. Dennis Bergkamp
Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp was normally a winger who was turned into a forward then to the second striker.
Dennis Bergkamp joined Arsenal from Inter Millan. He could monitor the pitch as though he was watching football on the TV since his vision was remarkable.
He could dribble past rivals and score difficult goals easily. Bergkamp has been described by Jan Mulder as having "the finest technique" of any Dutch player ever. Bergkamp possessed an amazing first touch with his quick feet, dribbling skill that could enable him to beat rivals in one on one situations.
Jair Ventura Filho was an agile, skillful, and powerful winger, famous for his finishing potential. He was a key figure of the legendary Brazilian national team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup.
Jairzinho netted at least a goal in each match of the 1970 FIFA World Cup. He is considered one of Brazil's greatest players of all time and as one of the best players in history.
18. Enzo Francescoli
Enzo Francescoli had such an impact on Zinedine Zidane that the Frenchman named his son Enzo in tribute to Francescoli. If Francescoli had stayed at Marseille for two more seasons, he would have won the UEFA Champions League. El Principe was considered as one of the most elegant players of all time. Enzo Francescoli was noted especially for his ball control, dribbling skills, and agility. He scored 17 goals in 73 matches for Uruguay. He was also elected by IFFHS as the sixth-best Uruguayan footballer and the 24th best South American footballer of the 20th century.
17. Jimmy Johnstone
Jimmy Johnstone demonstrated size did not make a difference. Being 5'2", he unleashed devastation against greater, taller, and more grounded players because of his sharp dribbling skills.
He's deified in Celtic's history and the 1967 European Cup makes it difficult for any future Celtic player to outperform the accomplishments of Johnstone.
He scored 129 goals for Celtic in 515 matches. He additionally won 23 caps for Scotland.
Zico showed the world his class during the 1981 Intercontinental Cup, where he was a key figure in Flamengo's 3-0 win over Liverpool. Zico usually played as an attacking midfielder, however, he was also able to play in several positions. Be that as it may, he failed to win the FIFA World Cup with one of the most pleasing teams ever in 1982. he was naturally a two-footed player, who was famous for his acceleration, amazing technique, ball control, and dribbling skills.
15. Giuseppe Meazza
Giuseppe Meazza was incredible to the point that he had an arena name after him.
Meazza was so skilled at dribbling that he had even tried to dribble past the goalkeepers. Giuseppe "Peppino" Meazza was an Italian soccer player who is the fourth all-time highest goal scorer in Serie A. He scored 33 goals in 53 matches for Italy and scored 242 goals in 365 appearances for Internazionale. Luigi Veronelli stated about him, " I also saw Pele playing. He did not achieve il Balilla's elegant style of playing. One day I saw him doing something incredible. He stopped the ball with a bicycle kick, Then he dribbled over a surprised opponent, and then netted a goal with a shot."
Roberto Rivellino was one of the superstars of Brazil's 1970 FIFA World Cup-winning side. With the ball control, dribbling skills, and his left foot magic, Diego Maradona named Rivellino among his best inspirations growing up. Rivelino claims he did the elastico for the first time, however, it's been around for a considerable length of time and it was just his idea to name that.
In any case, he was a glorious dribbler, who played 92 games for Brazil and scored 26 goals.
13. Sir Stanley Matthews
Sir Stanley Matthews played as a winger and he is often considered as one of the best footballers of the British game, he is the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year prizes.
Franz Beckenbauer stated that the Matthews' skills meant that "nearly no one in the sport could stop him"
12. Frank Ribery
Frank Ribery who plays as a winger is one of the fast and incredible dribblers who has amazing control over the ball. In spite of the fact that he is a right-footed midfielder, he has personally accepted that he prefers to play on the left flank. Playing on the left side gives him a chance to use his acceleration to successfully cut inside, dribble past defenders, and provides him with the opportunity to decide whether shoot for the goal with the right foot or to give a vital pass to teammates. Ribery's vision, passing, technique, and playmaking skills allow him to play also as an attacking midfielder in the center of the pitch. He provided 124 assists in 12 campaigns with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and averaged more than 10 assists each season.
11. Alfredo Di Stefano
Alfredo Stefano Di Stefano Laulhe is considered as one of the greatest soccer players ever. He is the most complete football player of all time.
He was a key figure of the Real Madrid team that won 5 back to back European Cups.
He was able to defend, create, and score goals with amazing dribbling skills.
He was selected as the Golden Player of Spain by the Royal Spanish Football Federation as their greatest player of the past 50 years in November 2003.
Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima well known as Ronaldo played as a striker. Ronaldo is regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever. He was famous for his dribbling at speed, feints, and precise finishing.
Presently it is extremely unlikely you can deny that Ronaldo is one of the best dribblers ever.
He won a FIFA World Cup as the top goal scorer of the tournament.
Ronaldo played 98 matches and scored 62 goals for Brazil and is the second-highest goalscorer for his nation of all time. He was an amazingly powerful and technical player.
Cafu stated "The first time I saw him play he was still a kid. It was in a game where he ended up netting 5 goals. From that point on he demonstrated he was really a phenomenon."
9. Johan Cruyff
Hendrik Johannes Cruijff won the Ballon d'Or thrice, in 1971, 1973, and 1974 and is widely considered as one of the best footballers in football history.
Johan Cruyff was a genius that has a move named after him, the Cruyff turn.
He scored 33 goals for the Netherlands in 48 matches.
Zinedine Yazid Zidane played as an attacking midfielder. Zizou widely considered one of the best players in football history and was famous for his elegance, passing, vision, and ball control.
Since he was so solid and in fact talented, he had the option to foxtrot his way past rival footballers.
He scored 31 goals for France in 108 appearances.
7. George Best
George Best played as a winger for Manchester United. The European Footballer of the Year is considered one of the best footballers ever. He is regarded by many as the best dribbler in the history of football.
George Best was talented to such an extent that he drank, slept, and celebrated his way to a European Cup and a Ballon d'Or. He scored 137 goals for Man United in 361 appearances.
6. Pierre Littbarski
Pierre Littbarski was one of FC Koln's legendary players and he could frustrate defenders to no end with his unbelievable dribbling skills.
He was involved in three deep runs by the Germans in the FIFA World Cup. Pierre Littbarski reached the finals in 1982 and 1986 ahead of winning FIFA World Cup in 1990 against Argentina. In 1985 his goal against Werder Bremen was elected "Goal of the Year". He scored 135 goals in 532 appearances for FC Koln, RC Paris, JEF United Ichihara, and Brummell Sendai.
In spite of the fact that some may criticize him for inconsistency, Ronaldinho still is considered as one of the legendary football players of all time. He did a lot of stunning tricks during his football career. One of his renowned moves is the elastico where he tricks a rival by pushing the ball sideways and out of nowhere pulling the ball back to the opposite side. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder but was also deployed as a forward or a winger. Ronaldinho played at his peak for a relatively short time but still, he is considered widely as one of the greatest players of all time.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento is widely considered as one of the best footballers ever. He was voted World Player of the Century by IFFHS In 1999.
A youthful Pele would dribble past 5 or 6 rival players ahead of scoring.
He scored 77 goals in 92 matches for Brazil national team. His special playing style combined creativity, and technical skills. Pele was also famous to be a fair and highly influential footballer.
Manuel Francisco dos Santos played as a right-winger. He is widely considered as one of the greatest dribblers ever, and by some, even the best dribbler in football history.
Garrincha communicated his careless way of life by the manner in which he dribbled.
Garrincha is famous for his incredible ball control, vision, dribbling abilities, and feints to create goal chances. He scored 12 goals in 50 games for Brazil national team.
Maradona was a playmaker who normally played in a free role as an attacking midfielder or as a second striker.
In case you're a football devotee, you've likely observed the goal of the century, so we should investigate the story behind one of the most notable FIFA World Cup photographs.
The fascination was a 21-year-old Diego Maradona, who was kept out from Cesar Luis Menotti's 1978 World Cup-winning team.
Maradona's passing, vision, ball control, and dribbling skills were unique and one of the best ever in football history. He scored 34 goals in 91 matches for Argentina. He was able to dribble past full-speed on the right-wing, and on reaching the rival's goal line, providing precise passes to his teammates or attempt on a goal.
1. Lionel Messi
Finally, here is the best dribbler of all time. At the point when Messi moves, the ball shows up as though it is superglued to his feet as he dribbles opponents without any difficulty.
The Argentine is a special player on the planet who does not require a variety of extravagant flicks and deceives to dribble his rivals. Messi's feints are all that could possibly be needed.
Considering all that, it's nothing unexpected that Messi has been the best dribbler in world football since the start of the 2006/07 campaign.
Be that as it may, the numbers behind his place ahead of everyone else are very exceptional. Altogether, he has completed over 1,900 take-ons, which is a totally terrifying amount.
He has amazing ball control and unbelievable speed. Messi can beat opponents with his touches and changing direction.
In spite of the fact that he is still playing we consider him as the best dribbler ever as of now. With his amazing play at Barcelona, he has just won the Champions League four times. He scored a comparable goal like Maradona's against England in a match against Getafe where he dribbled past 5 opponents.
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