One of the most entertaining aspects of the beautiful game is dribbling, but it requires great hard work and skill. Sometimes, when the opposition defences deep, the only way to break that defence is through some individual brilliance This skill of the game almost seems magical. The following are some of the best dribblers in the world right now.
Based on dribbles attempted, success rate, and successful dribbles per 90min, here are the best dribblers in the world right now based on performances over the last two years. Stats are taken from fbref.
10. Samuel Chukwueze
Full of pace, dribbling skills and possessing a majestic left foot, Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze has drawn a comparison to Arjen Robben. He completed about 60 dribbles in the limited time he got to play last season. He averaged 3.92 successful dribbles per 90 mins, which was best in the whole of La Liga. The 23-years old has a big future ahead of him if he keeps working on himself.
9. Leo Messi
Talking about dribbling and not mentioning the Argentinian magician would be a huge crime. Even though he didn’t have the greatest of seasons that term according to his standards but he still successfully completed 70 dribbles. Messi has the perfect amount of balance, agility, skill and pace, and he uses it to great effect. It will be interesting to see how he performs this season for PSG.
The Brazilian is one of the most skilful players the world has ever seen. He missed a portion of last season due to injury but still was able to complete 67 dribbles in the 22 games he played. He averaged 3.25 successful dribbles every 90 min. Beating defenders on the field isn’t a big deal for Neymar as he has been doing that for years now.
7. Rafael Leao
Leao’s dribbling abilities, along with his vision and creative skills, have been greatly beneficial to AC Milan. He completed 95 dribbles last season with a rate of 3.67 successful dribbles per 90 min. The Portuguese is one of the best dribblers in the world right now.
6. Alphonso Davies
Alphonso Davies completed 71 dribbles last season while only playing 22 league matches. He had a ratio of 3.68 successful dribbles per 90 min which is great for a defender. The full-back likes to run up the field and try to create chances for his teammates. He is one of the best full-backs in the world.
5. Sofiane Boufal
Boufal was one of the best players for club Angers in the French Ligue 1 last season. He completed 95 dribbles with a ratio of 3.67 successful dribbles per 90 min. He also scored 8 goals and provided 4 assists for his team. His abilities on the ball make him a difficult player to handle and one of the best dribblers In the world.
4. Kylian Mbappe
Mbappe is already one of the best players in the world. His dribbling mostly comes from his deadly pace which he uses very effectively. He completed over 100 successful dribbles last season, with a ratio of 3.07 successful dribbles per 90 min. He also scored the most goals and provided the most assists in the league.
3. Vinicius Junior
Vini Jr. really stepped up last season for Real Madrid. He uses his pace, flair and dribbling abilities widely to create a massive threat for the opponents. He completed over 100 successful dribbles last season with a ratio of 3.38 per 90 min. Vinicius could be the next big thing for Real Madrid.
2. Allan Saint-Maximin
The Frenchman has some serious pace, which combined with his dribbling skills helps him beat defenders easily. He completed 150 successful dribbles last season, with a ratio of 4.8 dribbles per 90 min. He attempted a total of 241 dribbles last season which shows that he likes to take on players.
1. Adama Traore
Adama Traore has been one of the best dribbles in the world for the past couple of seasons. He had an average of over 5 successful dribbles per match last season during his time with Wolves and Barcelona combined. He also has a dribble success ratio of over 70%, making him the best dribbler in the world. Traore has an excellent physique which together with his extreme pace makes him one of the most lethal attackers in the world.