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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.

Dragos   November 16, 2015 at 7:17 pm
No doubt, Maradona and Mane Garincha
asareson Stephano   November 14, 2015 at 9:29 am
messi is the greatest player of all time.MESSIAH of football
Eric Nielson   November 6, 2015 at 3:49 pm
Messi and Maradona
Ing sisay.a   October 30, 2015 at 4:27 pm
it's difficult to grouped messi to other player,no dout he is macro in soccer
Atiyeye   October 29, 2015 at 10:53 am
Messi is the God of soccer
Allanem   October 16, 2015 at 4:20 pm
Messi is of course the KING. Oxford English Dictionary: Dribble: (in soccer) take the ball forward past opponents with slight touches of the feet. to those who understand English and the topic here can agree with me that Messi is consistent in going past defenders unlike other players who turn back from defenders to pass the ball elsewhere. the topic here is dribbling. i have seen videos of Maradona, Pele, Ronaldo(9) and i have seen other dribblers LIKE cr7 WHO CAN MAKE TRICKS BUT CANT GO PAST DEFENDERS... 1. Maradona 2. Messi KING of this moment.
Chidi   October 7, 2015 at 9:41 am
Where is OKOCHA?
awesome   September 21, 2015 at 11:53 am
Delima ronaldo is the best pele george BEST garrincha ronaldinho zico maradona
Dil   September 21, 2015 at 8:30 am
Neymar is the best dribbler ever
CLINTONIAN   September 8, 2015 at 9:41 am
shakir ahmed shuvro   September 7, 2015 at 9:49 pm
of course! messi is the best. no doubt.
James   August 29, 2015 at 6:48 pm
Messi............ No doubt.... Maradona need to born one more time to beat messi
alex   July 25, 2015 at 6:26 am
Kinkladze best dribbler
Tufan(CR7)   July 5, 2015 at 4:09 pm
CR7 is the all time greatest
Banda   June 26, 2015 at 10:54 pm
Ronaldihno is still the best ever.
nima   June 20, 2015 at 6:46 am
Best dribler of asia ali karimi the former player of fc bayern-munich and shalke 04 should be in this list
El Sunni 11   June 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Pelé good, Meradona better, George BEST!
Abega.Ankamu.Ghana   June 12, 2015 at 5:11 am
I have seen world class dribblers like Denilson,George Oppong Wear, Pele, Maradona,Gary Lineker, Juan, Zidane, Messi and C.Ronaldo and etc.Guys don't challenge me because I am an ex-footballer of a Ghanaian team.Ronaldinho is the king in the dribbling in soccer, he is the best dribbler in the world, accept it or leave it . Ronaldinho is not a selfish player, he made Samuel Eto a world class striker.He combines skills and everything in soccer when he dribbles . Ronaldinho is the king of the field in his peak time, which player can match Ronaldinho skills in dribbling?Though Zidane is a great player he cant match the king of the Jungle.Trust me.
Tawiah Crentsil   June 11, 2015 at 4:05 pm
Ronaldinho is the best dribbler ever.I had watched video clips of Pele, Maradona, Messi and C.Ronaldo but trust me Ronaldinho is the best. He dribbles with power and no player can match him
iran   June 7, 2015 at 8:31 am
The game world of Iran and Argentina facing ajam see And learn how to stopped Messe بازی ایران و آرژانتین در جام جهانی رو نگاه کنید ویادبگیرید چطور مسی رو مهار کنید
magnus inonoje   May 24, 2015 at 3:46 pm
messi is the wizard of football.the king of football at all times.ronaldo is a lizard compared to him.
maitte   May 12, 2015 at 4:51 am
ronaldinho de best ever
APPARAO NAKKA APPU ANJU   May 9, 2015 at 4:17 am
Excellent player
APPARAO NAKKA APPU ANJU   May 9, 2015 at 4:17 am
Excellent player
Naima jannat rupa   May 8, 2015 at 7:57 pm
An argentina based survey !
fazla rabbi   May 8, 2015 at 4:24 am
messi is the best
uriah k.wesseh   May 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm
Th truth is Leonel Messi and his kings man are the very best dribbler in the the world of football for their consistences in their dribbling skill,other player keep the ball ahead of their opponent and run after it like cristiano ronaldo and some others, but lionel messi and and his kings man posses the and dribble two-three or four player at the same time in the filed of played, They have greatest dribbling skills in the football game.
Christoto   May 4, 2015 at 10:06 am
I Love Messi Than Robben
isahguy   April 30, 2015 at 8:51 am
messi his d best for ever
Thomas Kpadeh   April 25, 2015 at 6:26 pm
I Think Messi is the best drabbler in the world, because i have not seen any who can drable more than him
Beastbro24   April 7, 2015 at 12:39 am
Messi is The best watch the world cup and is feet!!!
zona mista   April 2, 2015 at 4:26 am
offcourse Maradona is the best, he is the player with the most completed dribbles in a World cup, 53 dribbles in 1986 in Mexico. Ronaldinho should rank higher. Messi had 46 completed dribbles in Brazil 2014. Maradona,Messi, Ronaldinho and Garrincha are the best dribbler ever.
Okolo   March 27, 2015 at 3:54 pm
No Jay-jay on that list?. poo poo
evergreen   March 23, 2015 at 8:01 am
There is only one god of soccer who is lionel messi
omotoyosi   March 19, 2015 at 12:41 pm
pls where is Jay Jay okocha
Greg   March 17, 2015 at 11:05 pm
I think Okocha should make the top 10.
Saurav   March 1, 2015 at 9:06 am
In Dribble I would like to add Ronaldinho, Denilson, Ortega and Hazard also.
travis henry tnbt   February 20, 2015 at 8:42 pm
its realy between maradona and garrincha but for my generation 2002 to now its ronaldinho by a far way
bahnan   February 13, 2015 at 9:42 pm
Honestly Ronaldiho was the best.
Mac P   January 13, 2015 at 11:39 pm
Ronaldo (The Original), Messi, Best, Cruyff, Savicevic, Maradona,Matthews, Garincha these players are true dribblers. CR7 can dribble but he is not a dribbler, his skill game is based mainly on tricks and feints. Real dribblers rely on close ball control with the ablity to beat players without the moves. In todays game, Messi is untouchable as a dribbler.

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