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