Ranking the top 6 Best Dribblers in World Football at the Moment

Ranking the top 6 Best Dribblers in World Football at the Moment

Isaac Darko
updated at February 15, 2024 at 5:24 AM
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  • There are loads of best dribblers in the world of football today
  • But there are always those with exceptional skills
  • Here are six of the top dribblers in football right now

Football dribbling is an essential component of the game, and football fans have always had a soft spot in their hearts for skilled dribblers.

Football requires dribbling for more than just moving the ball around; it also requires it to get past defenders and eliminate them from the play.

Football teams benefit from having adept dribblers on their team.

Neymar, Vinicius, Messi, Mahrez, Musiala, Dembele, top 6 best dribblers in the world
These players have exceptional skills to wreak havoc in opposition defences, create chances and score goals. Photos by Aurelien Meunier, Gualter Fatia, Lintao Zhang
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Skilled dribblers can frequently make a difference when teams sit deep inside their own halves to defend and look to hit the opposition on the break.

With their quick movements, agility, and burst of speed, they can get around obstacles and overcome such defences.

Some of the most admired football players are those who can dribble with finesse, as noted by Bleacher Report.

Sports Brief takes a look at six of the top dribblers in football right now.

Riyad Mahrez

The Mirror reported that one of the most exciting wingers to play in the Premier League recently is Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian international first gained prominence while playing for Leicester City, where he was a vital component of the club's incredible Premier League title-winning squad in 2015–16.

Manchester City subsequently signed Mahrez, and even today, his agility and dribbling prowess terrorize defences.

The left-footed winger enjoys dropping his shoulder to misdirect defenders before charging into the penalty area to confuse the goalkeeper.

Mahrez mesmerises defenders with his quick touches on the ball and low centre of gravity.

It's a pleasure to watch him play down the right wing for Manchester City because he does it all with the grace of a gazelle.

Jamal Musiala

Jamal Musiala's superior technical abilities are helping him to develop into one of the world's best dribblers.

In his final match of the season against FC Koln, the youngster from Bayern Munich scored the Bundesliga title-winning goal for the Bavarians, demonstrating his ability to perform under pressure.

The Germany international controls and manipulates the ball with an impressive degree of skill and finesse.

He has excellent close control, which enables him to easily dribble past opponents, create opportunities, and break through tight defences.

Ousmane Dembele

The fact that Ousmane Dembele excels at dribbling with both feet and being a great dribbler sets him apart from other players.

One of Europe's most exciting attackers at the moment, the Frenchman is also one of the most dangerous players a defender can face in the final third.

Dembele has a burst of speed that is both deceptively quick and helped by his long strides, making him nearly impossible to catch once he has passed a defender.

Due to his ability to dribble with both feet, the 25-year-old's final product is also of the highest calibre and he is about as unpredictable as forwards get.

Lionel Messi

For Lionel Messi, dribbling is not about performing fancy moves. Efficiency is always prioritized over everything else.

One of the greatest dribblers in the annals of the beautiful game, the legendary Argentinian has a low centre of gravity due to his short stature, much like his predecessor Diego Maradona, which gives him greater agility.

He has unmatched close control, making it nearly impossible to get the ball away from him.

He uses calculated, smooth touches to advance past obstacles while maintaining control of the ball, which frequently appears to be glued to his feet.

He is known for his ability to change direction swiftly and evading tackles while running at a blistering pace through the opposition defence. Widely considered to be the best dribbler in the world, Messi’s capabilities are second to none.

Neymar Junior

Neymar has long been known for his incredible dribbling prowess. He might just be one of football's most inventive dribblers ever. Neymar has the grace of a gazelle on the football field and excels at outwitting opponents.

He can effortlessly manoeuvre past opponents thanks to his agile movements, deft touches, and quick changes of pace.

The iconic Brazilian performer occasionally pulls off spellbinding feats like the rainbow flick and the Okocha sombrero flick.

Neymar is still as entertaining as ever with the ball at his feet, despite losing a yard of speed recently.

Vinicius Junior

Another unconventional winger, Vinicius Junior, has amazing dribbling prowess and a well-rounded attacking style that are reminiscent of some of Brazil's all-time greats.

Vinicius has become recognized as one of the top forwards in the league over the course of the last couple of seasons.

He is an excellent dribbler and is just as elusive as any player. His low center of gravity makes quick turns possible, and his silky dribbling technique allows him to take on multiple defenders at once while leaving them both gasping for air.

Perhaps the best dribbler in the game right now is Vinicius.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)