Dribbling is not just about pace but it also requires a great amount of skill and concentration. A dribbler is considered to be key to any team as they have the talent to unlock even the meanest of defenses. We have seen some great dribblers in football over the years. In this article, we will have a look at some of the best dribblers ever.
Here is the list of 10 best dribblers ever in the history of world football –
10. Stanley Matthews
Widely regarded as one of the greatest English footballers to have ever lived, this player quickly gained the nickname “the wizard of dribble” because of his outstanding dribbling ability.Stanley Matthews had a great sense and he also could suddenly accelerate. He had incredible pace and it led Pelé to once say that Matthews was “the man who taught us the way football should be played.”
9. George Best
George Best is undoubtedly one of the greatest Manchester United players ever. He had the ability to use the inside and outside of his boot so well that he could cut around players quickly and effortlessly. He scored 137 goals for Manchester United in a career that spanned around 11 years.
8. Ronaldo de Lima
This Brazilian made a name for himself by managing to dribble past defenders and then going on to score a goal. Except for the Champions League medal, Ronaldo won everything there was to be won by the modern-day footballer in Europe.
He scored 2 goals in the final of the 2002 World Cup as Brazil beat Germany 2-0. He is undoubtedly one of the best dribblers ever.
7. Zinedine Zidane
Zidane wasn’t the fastest, he also didn’t have a great acceleration, but he didn’t need those with such a control over the ball. The player even had a move named after him called the “Zidane Roulette” which is a 360 degree turn he used to get around defenders. He is remembered as one of the best Real Madrid players ever.
Many people believe that he was the greatest ever to play this sport. In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). That year, France Football asked their former Ballon d’Or winners to choose the Football Player of the Century; they selected Pelé. In 1999, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the IOC.
During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970, being the only player ever to do so. Pelé is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 91 games.