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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.

abba   February 18, 2013 at 2:37 am
The answer is simple. Messi it is!
adonay   February 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm
neymar ronaldinoho messi ronaldo c ronaldo is the king of football but ronaldinoho and maradona are the best
aguma   February 6, 2013 at 11:36 am
Tunde   February 6, 2013 at 10:07 am
Jayjay okocha is the best dribbler and entertainer in Foosball ever
Hugo   February 4, 2013 at 1:45 am
Jonathan Pitroipa of Bulkina Faso is the best dribbler
Bruline   January 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm
i love Eto'o because he is kind and he plays extremely well.
Robert   January 9, 2013 at 6:00 am
How could the best dribbler be anybody but MARADONA? You cant even be one of the best without a worldcup medal on your chest.
Ramin   January 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm
1)messi 2)maradona 3)zidane 4)ronaldinho 5)iniesta 6)cruyff 7)zico 8)garrincha 9)ronaldo 10)pele
Ermi   January 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm
1.maradona 2.ronaldo 3.ronaldinho 4.pele 5.messi 7.grancha 8.cruff 9.zidane 10.esubeo
Gangnam   January 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm
LEE YOUNG-PYO is the best dribbler.
i   January 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm
Messi Ronaldinho n Neymar best dribblers in history
Blumbas   December 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm
Luis Figo was one of the best dribblers which i ever seen. His close control and skills are as good as Ronaldinho, but not as spectacular. Really good player, great technicaly
jahnile   December 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm
neymar is the best dribler in the world
Thashen   December 19, 2012 at 7:01 am
Ronaldo De Lima is the best ever injury prevented him from doing greater things. "Often imitaded but never duplicated"
david   December 16, 2012 at 12:35 am
messi/messi/messi is the best
victor white   December 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm
i love messi because of all the good things he is doing for his team and his country
HESAM NSR   December 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm
EL CID   December 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm
1.ronaldo =ronaldinho (ronaldo ground techniques and ronaldinho airborne skills) 2.thenry 3.zidane 4.rivaldo 5.recoba 6.edgar davids 7.messi 8.luis figo rest u decide. these are the best players according to me.
Jeswin John   December 3, 2012 at 7:28 am
Cristiano Ronaldo is better than messi&Maradona.I think,he should be on the top.He threatens the defenders with his skills&his most devastating freekick which the goalkeeper fear the most.
Real Madrid CFan   November 21, 2012 at 3:13 am
Ronaldo Fenomeno 7THHH? Are you kidding me? Much better than Messi!
Dobrin   November 16, 2012 at 2:41 am
Dobrin was the best dribbler ever, hands down. Pele and Eusebio themselves said so. Look it up. Also have a look at his youtube videos, he scored against Real Madrid and soon after Santiago Bernabeu himself begged the Romanian communist (at the time) government to let him sign with Real Madrid for 2 million (a huge sum at the time). they refused, however he did play in the Blancos shirt in Gento's testimonial match. It's very sad but a true story. again, look it up if you don't believe me. Pele himself said Dobrin was better than him, and Eusebio and several other Portuguese and Brazilian players were in awe of him.
Sajjad   November 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm
zidane is the best . U add messi in top ten r u joking?
rana   November 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm
messi is de best.
Drey   November 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm
What of Jay Jay Okocha? He is definitely among the best ten
Mic   November 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm
All the selected players are very good , But just relax and watch Ronaldinho carefully , you will see he is the master of all, and he is still doing it , i agree with you David, know Dinho know world Cup 2014
David   November 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm
Ronaldinho all the way , he is still the best , and i will not watch the world cup if he is not selected to the Brazilian side
John   November 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm
Agree with the top 3, Maradona head and shoulders above the rest, remember he used to beat players for fun when you could kick players and get away with it.
Shankar Rawal   October 19, 2012 at 9:09 am
Ronaldinho is and will remain the king of dribbling.He is still my no 1.
Axel Ross   October 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm
I think people in this generation don't think of legends. Like Maradona, Cryuff, pele, Garrincha.... People in this generation only thinks of Christiano Ronaldo and Messi i think The Legends Are more Likely to be the Greatest because Without them Progess Would Be Slow.
vishal   October 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm
LIONEL MESSI is the best
Chinedu   October 15, 2012 at 12:21 am
Messi, Ronaldinho & Ronaldo Delim are the best
Amaan Zahoor   October 10, 2012 at 12:00 am
miky   September 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm
hey wena, musona is the best ever
HAGÝ   September 11, 2012 at 1:16 am
Georghe Hagi where?
umar   September 10, 2012 at 9:23 am
messi is crap and cristiano ronaldo is way better
Idiots   August 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm
Bunch of idiots... Nine year old boys... of course Maradona is the great dribbler that ever played the game. Ronaldo(brasil),Messi,cruyff next.
mika   August 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm
lewis figo was the best dribbler ever
pankaj   August 18, 2012 at 11:08 am
ronaldinho the best dribbler,,,,,,,,,,,,
Nathan   August 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm
Ronaldinho should b 1st!! Go 10!!
hussain karamat    August 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm
i think messi is the world best dribllar ?????????????????????

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