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Top 20 Best Dribblers In Football Worldwide 2021

Football has witnessed some of the best dribblers in the last decade. The Sport has evolved to such an extent that even rookie players finds it challenging to dribble past.

Dribbling has shifted in perspective from being an additional attribute in a player to being a mandatory trait.

Below are the top ten best dribblers in the world currently in football and are judged based on Statistics :

10. Jonathan Ikone (LOSC Lille)

Jonathan Ikone has been at the helm of Lille Midfield this season. The Frenchman plays in an attacking role, he is no less than a box to box Midfielder who drops back to defend when his team is under attack by the opposition.

The 21 year old has a dribble success rate of 60.5% for Lille this season.

9. Nabir Fekir (Real Betis)

Betis have benefitted a lot since his arrival as is evident in the ex-Lyon player making 110 dribbles with a success rate of 66.36% in La Liga this season, resulting in seven goals and three assists.

There is no doubt that Fekir's stint with Lyon has helped him prosper in La Liga, as the 26-year-old looks to carve out a niche for himself.

8. Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina)

Italy's hottest prospect in the midfield role, Gaetano Castrovilli, is one of the most promising central midfielders in Serie A. He is all set to follow in the footsteps of famous Fiorentina players like Roberto Baggio, Rui Costa and Gabriel Batistuta.

Castrovilli, who operates in the centre of the field, has made 103 dribbles with a success rate of 74%, a stat that even surpasses that of some of the active playing legends in the game.

Inter Milan, who seemingly leads the race to secure the 23-year-old's services next season, might have to dish out a figure upwards of € 40 million as they also face competition from Juventus.

7. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United)

With ongoing talks of a take-over shaping up in a positive direction, the ensuing financial injection might just see Newcastle United rebuild their entire squad from scratch.

One position, though, that may not need a rejig is that of 23-year-old attacker Allan Saint-Maximin.

Saint-Maximin, who has risen to fame in England this season, has made 127 dribbles with a success rate of 63%. These are impressive numbers when compared with that of Newcastle who have been pretty average in this respect.

Saint-Maximin has 3.96 shot-creating actions per ninety minutes in the Premier League. He is touted to become the next significant import in England if he happens to join a top-6 club shortly.

6. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

Neymar is one of the best dribblers and top 5 players in world football in the past decade. The Brazilian starlet has made 148 dribbles with a success rate of 61% this season in all competitions.

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder left Barcelona a few years ago, in the world's most expensive transfer deal ever. Since then, Neymar's performances have had a significant impact on the French club, along with that of French wonder kid Kylian Mbappe.

The 28-year-old's career has been marred with injuries since his arrival in France, but his statistics depict his capabilities very accurately.

With Barcelona touted to bring him back to Spain, there are no limits to what Neymar can achieve in the remainder of his playing career.

5. Emiliano Buendia (Norwich)

Despite Norwich City making a bright start to the Premier League season since their promotion, the Canaries have since dropped to a relegation battle. The lack of depth in their squad is one of the primary reasons for their decline in fortune.

Norwich has been a home to some of the best young talents this season: Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons to name a few. However, the best among them is Argentinian import, Emiliano Buendia.

The Argentinian attacking midfielder, who is usually spotted on the right flank, is a dedicated playmaker, who has made seven EPL assists this season. He also has an impressive passing success rate of 81%, a figure which seems worldly when compared to that of his other Norwich team-mates.

4. Jeremie Boga (Sassuolo)

Italian club US Sassuolo's Jeremie Boga is next on our list of the world's best dribblers. The Ivory Coast International of French origin has made 166 dribbles with a success rate of 64% in the Serie A this season.

Boga is a talent waiting to thrive in Europe with a Champions League qualified club. His youth club Chelsea have a buy-back option tipped to be around €20 million. But the Blues' recent acquisitions suggest that the Ivorian may not be back at the Premier League club any time soon.

There is no doubt that Boga would enhance any team's attacking capabilities, especially in the Premier League where dribbling abilities are significantly rewarded.

3. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

Any statistic in world football would be an understatement to describe Lionel Messi, one of the best players to have graced this sport.

While long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo has moved to a more goal-scoring role in Turin, Messi continues to play the false-nine for Barcelona, a position that he has made his own since the Pep Guardiola era.

These numbers suggest that the diminutive Argentinian hasn't lost his touch as yet despite a decade and a half of professional football.

Messi is an epitome of the idea that the best dribblers in the world do stand a chance to become the best players in the world if they work hard enough on their strengths.

2. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

This list of best dribblers in world football would be incomplete without the inclusion of Wilfried Zaha, arguably the best active dribbler in England.

The ex-Manchester United player, who couldn't maintain his spot in the Red Devils' lineup, has proven his worth as Crystal Palace's first choice on the left-wing.

With the Ivorian harbouring aspirations of switching to a top-six club in English football, Palace's high transfer fee demand has reduced his exploits to Selhurst Park for the moment.

He is an extremely versatile player, a fact that is evidenced by his deployment on either wing or behind the striker in a false nine role.

1. Adama Traore (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

The biggest breakaway sensation of the season in Europe's top 5 leagues is Adama Traore. Statistically, he is the best dribbler in the world at the moment.

The Wolves winger has made the most successful dribbles (145) in world football this season. His success rate of 74% is also the best dribbling rate of any player to have made at least 20 dribbles this year.

The Spaniard wins roughly three out of every four dribbles he makes, taking Wolves to a different level altogether, with 13 direct goal contributions to his name.

Traore started in a left wing-back role for the Premier League club and has since evolved to a world-class winger. A regular spot in the Spanish national side looks imminent soon for the 24-year-old.

If he maintains his present level and keeps improving every year, Traore could become a force to be reckoned with in world football.

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