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Top 20 Dribblers In The History Of World Football

The art of dribbling is one that demands a tremendous amount of skill, not to mention concentration. In today’s modern game, a footballer requires a certain level of panache in order to carry off those all-important rabonas and through balls. A dribbler is considered to be key to any team as they have the talent to unlock even the meanest of defenses. They don’t have to be the best footballer per se, but if a player has that little bit of genius to take on a centre half or right back, it can spell trouble for the opposition. Take for example the former Tottenham and current Real Madrid player Gareth Bale. The Welshman ran rings around the highly regarded Maicon when facing each other in a Champions League tie a few years ago. In fact, the situation became so embarrassing that the White Hart Lane faithful began singing “Taxi for Maicon.” This was as a result of the Brazilian being left on the floor for most of the game.

However, as we look through the ages of association football, there have been many inspirational moments where dribbling has played a vital role. This includes the likes of Saeed Al-Owairan who scored an unbelievable goal for Saudi Arabia vs Belgium at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. His winding run actually took him past at least four or five Belgians which concluded in the nippy midfielder finding the back of the net past Michel Preud’homme. Delve a little deeper into the footballing archives and you will certainly find other iconic “where were you” passages of play.

From Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier’s strike against Blackburn Rovers to John Barnes wonder goal in the Maracana, dribblers have certainly lit up the hallowed turf. Here’s who did make it into the top 20 ultimate dribblers of all time.

20 20. Ryan Giggs

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19 19. Johann Cruyff

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18 18. Garrincha

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17 17. Franck Ribéry

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16 16. Michael Owen

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15 15. Dennis Bergkamp

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14 14. Manuel Neuer

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13 13. George Weah

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12 12. Chris Waddle

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11 11. Steve Mcmanaman

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10 10. David Ginola

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9 9. Roberto Baggio

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8 8. Pele

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7 7. George Best

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6 6. Zinedine Zidane

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5 5. Ronaldinho

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4 4. Bobby Charlton

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3 3. Diego Maradona

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2 2. Lionel Messi

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1 1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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There could only be one Ronaldo at number 1 and Cristiano takes the top spot. Having honed his skills at Sporting Lisbon before a multi-million pound move to Manchester United, it was under Sir Alex Ferguson’s tutelage that Ronaldo blossomed. After an £80 million move to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone on to the next level with his dizzying array of dribbling and sheer athleticism. Having finally achieved the Ballon D’Or Award in 2013, Ronaldo is all set to break the goal scoring record of renowned Madrid striker Raul. Furthermore, Ronaldo is within a whisker of breaking Raul's amount of goals in the Champions League this season.

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