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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.

francis   July 28, 2014 at 10:48 am
when talking of dribling skills ,ronaldinho should be in top 5
X   July 24, 2014 at 11:58 pm
Not having CR on this list means your not being honest.. its out of hate and that's fine.. but if you are being honest he should be on the list.
Sheriff   July 23, 2014 at 11:07 am
Messi is the best dribbler...cos he dribble past deffenders any time any where with his amazing acceleration and ball control.
siddharth   July 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm
I think dribbling should be done with respect to the team . I am happy that c. Ronaldo isn't there. he's a showoff
Sparxx   July 11, 2014 at 11:49 am
If there were no goal posts and opositions stood face to face one trying to get passed the other and having multiple tricks with the ball SA is undoubltly the best.
shafee   July 11, 2014 at 11:27 am
cool dude u will rock in 2014 world cup finals
Robert   July 8, 2014 at 7:53 am
Lies, Okocha the best driller.
sando ware    July 7, 2014 at 5:13 am
ManEnough   July 5, 2014 at 6:36 pm
Jay Jay Okocha is the best, check him out.
saran de maradona   July 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm
maradona is the best dribbler ever and nobody can beat him until now
Mohammad   June 29, 2014 at 8:05 pm
one of the best dribbler in the word is Ali Karimi !!!
Top Steamer   June 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm
The word dribbler to me and you means different things in my opinion Stephen Hawkings is definitely the best dribbler the amount of spit that he lets out is in the litres
Kid suu    June 8, 2014 at 10:42 pm
Neymar may not be on this list but he is going to be the best dribbler ever soon.
Eric G. Laweh   June 7, 2014 at 12:53 am
Tshabalala is the best in the world, Messi, 2.
Solo Base   June 7, 2014 at 12:48 am
Ronaldinho is d best 4 me
simon   June 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm
Ronaldinho is the best player for dribbling,skill and he was also very fast in his day
Namara Newton   June 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Messi is the number one on this planet earth no one kan match him, He is simply the best!.
sawan   May 29, 2014 at 6:40 pm
Ronaldhino is the best
Lionel ahmed   May 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm
Lionel messi is the best he will be the best he was the best
Raffiente   May 25, 2014 at 2:42 am
C Ronaldo first b4 Ronaldinho
Roham   May 24, 2014 at 9:55 am
Ronaldinho and Ronaldo are the best in the world
man u fan   May 18, 2014 at 2:20 am
hahahahahahahha Cronaldo is no way near the best dribblers Di Mairia is way better Messi is the best then Zico then probably Maradona or Lucas Moura but Messi creates the best chances after killing a lot of bitches hahahahahahahahahahahahahah
Proudly South African   May 11, 2014 at 8:53 am
SA has the best dribblers ever.Have u heard about Jomo Sono , Ace Ntsoelengoe , Doctor Khumalo and Jabu Pule just to name a few?
Steven   May 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm
Lionel Messi wil always be the best
milos   May 2, 2014 at 9:11 am
Mr. Epic   April 25, 2014 at 10:12 am
Dribbling, skills, techniques,styles, and Goals, 1. Critiano Ronaldo, 2. Ronaldinho, 3. leo messi, if you have calculations and understanding of what foot ball is, this are the three guys best ever in the history of football.
pele   April 7, 2014 at 11:10 pm
where is cr7 is one above all players he is god for football
cr9   April 7, 2014 at 10:56 pm
cristiano ronaldooo is always no 1
giggs   March 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm
have u seen giggs in his early,mid twenties,this man is a beast,1.maradonna,2.giggs(against world class defenders)3.messi,,5.ronaldhinio,6.r9,7.garrincha,8.figo,9.henry,10.cr7
Pep G   March 27, 2014 at 9:25 pm
Stewart Downing for me.
Fabry   March 18, 2014 at 5:03 pm
ZICO! Support your Team!
Nyumah M.Banebela   March 13, 2014 at 12:01 am
messi is the best dribbler in the world,watch some of his video you will have no questions to ask. messi is one of the respectful player I had ever seem in the world or since I started watching games.
Hemant sharma   February 11, 2014 at 11:39 am
Ronaldinho is best Dribller ever
bible owusu dankwa torres   February 4, 2014 at 10:43 am
ilove messi in football he is the best dribbler in the world
bible   February 4, 2014 at 10:41 am
sure awonderful player is messi he is the ever player in the world there should be no comparasion for messi in football
pastore   February 4, 2014 at 10:32 am
messi is the best player in the world
stevie   January 27, 2014 at 10:25 am
cristiano Ronaldo a dribbler? lol you people dont know sheeet about football!
praveena   January 25, 2014 at 9:01 am
akide   January 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm
for me samuel atoo is the best dribbler in the world
junior   January 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm
for me Ronaldinho is the best dribbler because he has many body movement more than maradona

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