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The best football dribblers ever

The football game has many aspects one of it is dribbling. Many great players can dribble very well but this list is about "The best dribbler ever". It are these players who can decide a match with just one action they are the players who mastered dribbling the best and had the ability to beat defenders no one else could.


Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona Maradona is arguably the best dribbler ever, just watch one of his videos and you will see why whole teams had to mark him. Maradona could get past defenders easily, he would use body feints to fool a defender into believing exactly the opposite of what he was actually going to do. He would suddenly change direction when the defender was expecting him to go the other way, it is this style of dribbling he used which is called "Gambetta". One example of this is his second goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final where he would get the ball and beat five England defenders before scoring a goal. Maradona would later say in one of his interviews "In that game no one could have stopped me, not even Mike Tyson".

Maradona Gambetta
Maradona's favorite way of playing and dribbling.


Lionel Messi

Messi The 23 year old Argentine has an incredible ball control and fast acceleration. He can beat defenders with his short ball touches by suddenly changing direction. Although he is still very young we consider him as one of the best dribblers ever already. With he´s brilliant play at Barcelona he has already won the Champions League thrice. He scored a similar goal like Maradona´s 'Goal of the Century' in a match against Getafe where he dribbled past 5 players.

Messi dribbles
No one can stop him. Amazing dribbles



Garrincha Garrincha was well-known for his great dribbling move where he threatened inside but then suddenly go outside with a fast acceleration. He would then reach the penalty area to score a goal or give an assist. He did this move multiple times in a match and defenders would always fail for it. He won the World Cup twice and Brazil never lost a game with both Pelé and Garrincha in the team.

His great dribble move


Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff Cruyff had the ability to see the weak spots in a defense he would see a gap and suddenly accelerate into it and make his way to the penalty area. He was a great dribbler who could suddenly change direction and accelerate past a defender. However he also had his own move named after him, "The Cruyff turn". In this move he would look like passing the ball to his teammate but instead of kicking he would drag the ball behind his planted foot with the inside of his other foot, turn 90 degrees and accelerate away from the defender.

Johan Cruyff
The Cruyff turn and other dribbles.


George Best

George Best The greatest player ever to play at Manchester United was also a great dribbler. Best mainly used his right foot to cut away from defenders, creating space in which he would continue his dribble. Although only using his right foot he had a great control of the ball. By using the inside and outside of the foot he allowed himself to quickly change direction or dodge tackles.

George Best
Simply the best.



Pelé Besides being great at heading, shooting and scoring goals, Pelé also was a great dribbler. With the ball short on his feet he had a great control of the ball which looked like it would stick to his shoe. This gave him the possibility to keep control of the ball even in short areas. With this ability he was able to keep the ball with him in the penalty area and score a lot of goals from there.

The Master Of the Beautiful Game.



Ronaldo Brazilian player Ronaldo had a great dribbling ability. He made amazing solo runs slaloming through the defense, passing several defenders and finally beating the keeper and scoring a goal. Ronaldo was great in doing step overs, whether it was a single one or multiple ones, he would always get past the defender. Not many players do step overs in front of the keeper the way Ronaldo did in his match against Ghana at the 2006 World Cup.

Ronaldo dribbling skill
Ronaldo making great runs.


Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane Zidane is probably the player with the best ball control ever. He wasn't the fastest, he didn't had a great acceleration, but he didn't need that with such a control over the ball. Zidane could get out of difficult situations easily. He also got an own move named after him, the "Zidane Roulette". It's the 360 turn he perfected and used most effectively of all players.

Zidane roulette and dribbles.



Ronaldinho Although he may not be as good as in his Barcelona period, Ronaldinho still is a great player with a lot of skills. He did a lot of amazing tricks during his career, bringing freestyle skills in a football match. One of his famous moves is the elastico where he fools a defender by pushing the ball sideways but suddenly pulling the ball back to the other side.

Skills and tricks.


Stanley Matthews

Stanley Matthews Stanley Matthews was known for his great dribbling skills, because of that he gained the nickname "the wizard of dribble". Matthews had a great balance and sense of timing, he could suddenly accelerate on a moment the defender would not suspect it. Pelé once said Matthews was "the man who taught us the way football should be played.".

Stanley Matthews
Dribbling compilation.

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Other great dribblers

Here are some other great dribblers that didn't make the list.

Roberto Baggio

Roberto Baggio
Dribbling compilation.

Jimmy Johnstone

Jimmy Johnstone
The lord of the wings.

Jay Jay Okocha

Jay Jay Okocha
Amazing runs.


Most famous for his elastico move.


A Zicco dribble.

Mágico González

Mágico González
Skills and dribbles.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
Dribbles, skills and goals.

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Messi    December 12, 2017 at 4:51 pm
Messi is the best
Capacidy   October 31, 2017 at 9:06 pm
Mess is the best of all
Master Ess   October 2, 2017 at 10:49 pm
there is only one god of dribbling and football.... and his name is Leo Messi
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de bayor   July 16, 2017 at 6:24 am
There will never come a day where any of the above mentioned players will beat Ronaldinho dribling skills
Mohapi Matli   July 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm
This list is whack. Ronaldinho should be at least number 2 after Maradona. Messi isn't better than Ronaldinho.
Forster   May 4, 2017 at 9:38 am
I have a problem with the criteria used in compiling the above list of 10. A dribbler must be distinguished from a "great" player although most great players were/are also dribblers. The touchstone for identifying a dribbler is the ability to beat defenders with feints, body swerves, and befuddling body contortions, often keeping the ball almost stationary. This is contrasted with the ability to run at speed at defenders using stepovers and sharp angular turns plus mind-bending ball control: the Ronaldos (brazil and Portugal), Messi, Arjan Robyn are good exponents. For classical quintessential dribbling skills, my pick of the top 10 (not in any particular order) is: Garrincha, Gento, Jimmy Johnsone, Stanley Matthews, JJ Okocha, George Best, Maradona, Tostao, Bruno Conti and Johan Cryuff. Having said that, the "greatest" label is the preserve of Messi & Maradona jointly.
peter   April 28, 2017 at 8:49 am
Being Ghanaian and an inveterate football fan, I would find a place for Osei Kofi, Ahmed Polo, Haruna Ilerika (Nigerian).
Dwizmaster   March 5, 2017 at 2:05 am
Pls messi is greatest dribbler of all time ..his type type of dribbling is beyoud human understanding ..magical ..intact he is God of soccer
Ayush   February 2, 2017 at 3:45 pm
Best player
Aritra Datta Shrobon   January 16, 2017 at 5:15 am
1.Messi 2.Maradona. Messi is the best footballar dribbler ever.Messsi is thE God of football
PETE   January 11, 2017 at 11:07 am
PANAGIOTIS   January 11, 2017 at 10:49 am
AdeC   January 9, 2017 at 6:31 pm
Put it simply Georgie Best
Osaswhite   December 31, 2016 at 5:24 am
Ronaldo cr7
deewhy    December 20, 2016 at 9:41 am
Jay Jay okocha should make the top ten list.. The master dribbler
shyam   November 12, 2016 at 6:00 am
Pele good Maradona better GEORGE BEST Best is the greatest dribbler of all time
duncan   November 3, 2016 at 8:49 pm
All of them has To do 5 skills to beat one player Messi has to do one trick to beat five players
Patrick Cold   September 29, 2016 at 10:42 pm
Ronaldinho is definitely the greatest dribbler of the football the world as ever seen. Follow by Denilson he can pick up the football from in his defence area and dribble to the next opponents half easily and then Robinho.
Year of the Dog   September 14, 2016 at 11:35 am
...Baggio brilliant
Year of the Dog   September 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm
Pele good Messi magic Maradona better George Best
Eskimo   August 31, 2016 at 5:03 pm
No mention of the great Jay Jay Okocha? The greatest dribbler that ever lived? Cow waste.
bhushan wagh   August 4, 2016 at 5:25 pm
are u mad ,in this list the best dribbler should be there that is neymar jr .He is the best dribbler
britney   July 30, 2016 at 7:49 am
Neymar trash messi the best dribbler
Neymar   July 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm
Neymar   July 13, 2016 at 9:45 am
We are taking about dribbling. Ronaldinho is very good. Messi too, but those guys can't dribble like Neymar. He breaks ankles. Watch YouTube videos of all the best. It's not close Neymar is the best ever.
MC   July 13, 2016 at 9:42 am
Best dribbler ever and it's not close is Neymar. Nobody in the world can do what he does with his feet.
SB   July 3, 2016 at 8:22 am
sorry People but Ronaldinho is the best! you do not believe me ? please, please looking for a clip of Ronaldinho and then a clip of an here event listed pseudo dribble Kings.... which is not to be compared.. sorry for me english google-translate
Sweetchucka    June 21, 2016 at 7:38 pm
Messi is my # 1 but when ronaldinho is around he will always bring 2nd the could say what the but that's the truth
Qabil    June 15, 2016 at 10:07 pm
You are crazy Zidane is god of dribbling
Bryan   June 5, 2016 at 11:32 am
Ribery should have made his way in list.
ugochukwu aka pele   April 16, 2016 at 1:19 pm
no one can reach messi
Marollast   April 5, 2016 at 7:42 am
Just watch how Messi moves with the ball that close to his feet always getting the defender to move the wrong way or intercept at the wrong time. I mean its fantastic to watch. I've never seen a player with that control and dribbling skill combined and I've seen Maradona but Messi is better dribbler than Maradona. Messi,His dribbling skills isn't form this planet it was supernatural. He is A Truly LEGEND who came form another dimension. Simply left me speechless and There is no messi after him.
Carlim   April 5, 2016 at 7:35 am
No one will ever come near MESSI's level at this terms of dribbling skills. He is by far the greatest football player of all time. Skills beyond "natural". His ability is one in 7 billion. Really. That level of dribbling is practically inhuman. I don't know how he visualizes open space and counters opponents body movements so damn well. It's like he's dancing on the pitch. He is the GOD of dribbling, naturally dribbler ever. 1. MESSI 2. Maradona 3. Garrincha 4. Best 5. R9 6. Cruyff
jean   March 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm
dribbler...only talking dribbling.. no best

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