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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.

adigs   July 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm
Let's forget who we love and or who we hate and be realistic with ourselves. To me the world best tricky dribbles came from Okocha,Ronaldinho,Ronaldo,Zidane. There dribbles can actually destroy a defender's moral. They can dribble at a spot or in motion. Give it a real thought.
fatima    July 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm
messi is the best vida leo messiii
brellies   July 26, 2012 at 9:01 am
messi is just too much to be compared with anyone in terms of dribbling. When he has the ball, he knows the ball!!!!!!! He's the best!!!!!!!!!!
Bob M   July 20, 2012 at 3:20 am
Check this out--Robert Prosinecki. NONE of these guys are in the same league when it comes to dribbling
Sepad   July 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm
Your List is Junk !!!!!! Messi ?!?!?!? is this joke ??! Messi and ronaldo Dribbling Now Stupid Players ! But garrincah , pele and .. Dribbling Greatest Defenders etc B.Moore , Beckenbauer and ... ! You Don't Understand anything !
alexander    July 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm
whay not rivaldo
Sam   July 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm
Bright   July 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm
Jay Jay Okocha is the greatest dribbler of all time. Even Ronaldhino confessed he learnt from him.
Aman   July 5, 2012 at 8:34 am
C ronaldo is the best
Anon   June 29, 2012 at 3:41 am
Really? Ronaldinho is number 9? What constitutes dribbling exactly? Because I remember in his prime at Barca everyone use to just watch him, Messi included! Zidane as well - he was an artist on the pitch - nobody comes close to his football intelligence while dribbling! And then you must go watch the REAL Ronaldo dribble - at his best he was magical and probably the quickest of the lot! Defenders use to fall over one another trying to stop him!
DEEPAK   June 26, 2012 at 11:28 am
Duy   June 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm
Ryan Giggs ???
Roy   June 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm
Best dribbler ever is Ronaldo De Lima Nazario, look up his dribbles on you tube no one from the top ten can do what he did!
Pranith   June 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm
Cristiano Ronaldo is the best dribbler. He is much much better than Messi. C Ronaldo has many tricks whereas Messi does'nt.
admin   May 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm
New player added: Cristiano Ronaldo
Sean Allan   May 21, 2012 at 11:07 am
Has to be Jimmy Johnstone.
Talento   May 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm
I love every thing about messi
shodipo   May 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm
messi is d best
rohit   May 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm
oh man u missed c.ronaldo...are you a enemy of c.ronaldo?
danny   May 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm
jinky johnstone didnt make top 10 because he didnt play in england if he did or if he was english he would be the best ever!!!!!
fonejack   April 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm
Jay jay okocha is about the best dribbler in the history of world football if the criteria is plain pure dribbling
Puraskar   April 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm
Have u seen how christiano ronaldo dribbles???????
Rajesh   March 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm
where's c.ronaldo?
me   February 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm
dobrin, sinedlar, are some of the players u shud add. take out zidane though. he had other great abilities bt never for dribbling.
Marcin   November 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm
Matthias Sindelar is the best dribbler in pre-war football.
admin   November 5, 2011 at 11:45 am
new player added: Magico Gonzalez

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