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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 Is The Best Dribblers
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Marty McFly   December 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm
Best dribbler = Luis Figo
amstrong   December 1, 2013 at 6:09 pm
Messi, de KING of Football.....b4 Ronaldinho &Zidane.
Zlatko   November 29, 2013 at 8:31 am
Ronaldinho is the best dribbler ever
aditya   November 10, 2013 at 4:55 am
meesi is the best dribbler
Rizwan Ali   November 7, 2013 at 11:44 am
zidane is the best ever
jatin   October 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm
your work is ery admiable..
rafa nadal   October 17, 2013 at 2:37 am
1. Messi 2. Maradona 3. Pele 4. Garrincha 5. Ronaldinho 6. R9 7. Zidane 8. Thierry Henrry ... 999. CR7
Mireya   October 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm
I could not resist commenting. Perfectly written!
Harsh Raman   September 16, 2013 at 10:46 am
Absolutely Messi is the greatest dribbler after MAradona. We cant consider him s the greatest because he is just 24 years olds but in the future he will probably be considered as the greatest striker, dribbler and footballer football has ever seen.
messi1986   September 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm
after Maradonna and Messi, Giggs was the best dribbler ever, Giggs is the most underrated footballer of all time due to the fact that he underachieved at international level playing for a C_Grade team wales. Giggs tormented the best defenders in the world let alone the average defenders.e.g juventus, champions league semi final, Arsenal FA Cup semi final and much more. I have never seen a player running ant full speed changing direction so effectively and accurately. It breaks my heart he does not make the top 10 list. Its a joke he does not make the top 50 list
laser   September 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm
giggs the best
Hafix   September 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm
C.ronaldo is the best footballer in the world
henrique   July 24, 2013 at 11:08 pm
1°okocha 2°messi 3°maradona 4°pele 5°ronaldinho 6°garrincha 7°cruyff 8°jorge best 9°zidane 10°zico
Godlove Isasi   June 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm
Guys! Even zidane admires RONALDO DE LIMA. (De lima is a best in my football life)Zidane addmitted.
John   June 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Eric van der Leur.
confidence   June 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm
to me monaldo is the best. not messi or ronaldo or maradona.MONALDO SHOULD BE FIRST.
bobo   May 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm
denver mukamba is the best in dribbling and scoring and better than messi and cr7
bam boy   May 9, 2013 at 4:31 am
why is messi 2nd,he is the worlds best soccer player he can easily deek maradona and just because maradona has a deek named after him,that doesnt mean he is the best dribbler in the one even uses the maradona so messi should be first
sparda   May 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm
it is right that there is no place for c.ronaldo.he is not a dribbler,just tricker.may be he is the best tricker.but,he is not a rival of messi in dribbling.
kharu   April 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm
fuck you messi fuck fuck fuck you messi mother fucker messi hahahaha lol
kharu   April 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm
cristiano ronaldo his the best dribbler ?
Tony   April 17, 2013 at 6:03 am
J   April 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm
what about Giggs?!! Surely he deserves a mention at least if jay jay okocha makes it!
Xavi Hernandez   March 25, 2013 at 11:47 pm
Messi makes maradona look like shit
Luciano Uzuegbu   March 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm
I like your list of dribblers,but one problem i have with it is the hierarchy. The 1st should be Ronaldo Delima. it is a close call between him and Maradona, but the only way to resolve it is to download tons of videos of both players and count how many times each had had to dribble 4, 5 0r 6 players in a build up. Maradona did it minimally, while for Delima, it was like an ordinary nearly-everyday thing. He practically invites a pack of players and make a laughing stock of them every now and then. Messi is also exceptional, but overrated. the day he goes past 3 or 4 players, all tvs will replay it a million times. If you doubt me, just check out a few videos of even these 3 players and come up with a new list. Thanks
anmol   March 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm
andres iniesta has the best ball control
kuda   March 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm
messi is the best player ever to grace the beaufiful game.
waseem   March 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm
c.ronaldo is tha best play in tha world...
Néstor   March 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm
The best ranking, definitely you know football
LOL    March 12, 2013 at 8:30 am
I think Syaiful izzhar is the best dribbler in soccer one can beat him...He currently playing with Al Battani...Malaysian's think you can beat him? Naa!
neymar rules   March 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm
what about neymar hes the best.u guys must be kidding.neymars the best and thats that.u hear me hes the best try and beat that.if u can say somethin whats that is there anyone there, no u wanna know why because u guys are scared. ha ha ha. u bunch of chickens.chickens, chickens what u gonna do tell ur mommy. waaaaaaaaa and i will say it again $NEYMAR$ is the BEST!!!!
sorjee   February 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm
christian Ronald is the most fantastic dribbler in the world that had ever
ankit meena   February 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm
Messi & only messi is the best
Rotan   February 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm
Hashim Mustapha one of the best dribblers
kaustav   February 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm
ronaldo is the only perfect footballer master in free kicks,dribblings,runs,long shot,shot power,penaly, and all
Lawrencefac   February 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm
I think c ronaldo first, messi second, sergio kun aguero third. Lets reason wise
Mark Devlin   February 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm
Jimmy Johnstone got tonne up there.
RJW   February 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm
BEST PLAYERS (not just dribblers) 1)Pele 2)Maradona 3)Best 4)Messi 5)Charlton

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