Europe’s top 10 dribblers, 2020-21: Neymar, Mbappe, Messi & more
Dribbles are one of the more seductive elements of football, but which players have made the most this season?
There’s nothing quite like watching a player take the ball past multiple defenders before unleashing an unstoppable cross or shot. With moves straight out of a Nike ad, many of the world’s finest players welcome the opportunity to showcase their ability.
Filtering out any players that have played fewer than 270 minutes so far this season, we’ve collated the top 10 players from Europe’s big five leagues to make the most successful dribbles per 90 minutes in 2020-21.
10. Richarlison – 3.2
Richarlison was instrumental in Everton’s impressive start to the Premier League season before his sending off in the Merseyside derby and subsequent injury.
In accordance with this, the Brazil international has made an average of 3.2 successful dribbles per game this campaign.
9. Jadon Sancho – 3.2
Sancho has also made an average of 3.2 successful dribbles per game but appears higher than Richarlison by virtue of appearing in more minutes for Borussia Dortmund.
Given he seems to be trying to make full-backs cry whenever he takes to the pitch these days, we’re not exactly surprised to see him on this list.
8. Ludovic Blas – 3.3
Probably the least well-known entry on this list, Blas is a 22-year-old French midfielder who plays for FC Nantes.
The Breton club have made an average start to the Ligue 1 season, but Blas has recorded 3.3 successful dribbles per game in his 672 minutes on the pitch to date.
7. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa – 3.5
Fulham may be looking set for a relegation battle, but they are the only club with two players on this list.
Their first entry is Cameroon international Zambo Anguissa, who has made 3.5 successful dribbles per game so far this year.
6. Ademola Lookman – 3.6
Another surprise entry is Lookman, Fulham’s second player to appear here.
With an average of 3.6 successful dribbles per game, Lookman is proving to be an asset for the west London club.
Just don’t ask him to take a penalty.
5. Allan Saint-Maximin – 3.7
Saint-Maximin often seems like a law unto himself and his high placing here would seem to confirm this perception
Providing creativity in a stodgy Newcastle team, the winger achieves an average of 3.7 successful dribbles per game and will surely be destined for one of Europe’s elite clubs in the future.
4. Lionel Messi – 3.9
Even at 33, there’s no stopping Lionel Messi.
With an average of 3.9 successful dribbles per game this season, alongside three goals and three man of the match awards, statistics show that even an unsettled Messi is still the best footballer in the world.
3. Kylian Mbappe – 4.2
Considered by many to be the heir to Messi’s crown, World Cup winner Mbappe has managed to notch seven goals and four assists in only six league appearances for PSG this season.
Demonstrating his influence, Mbappe has also completed an average of over four successful dribbles per game, leaving a trail of French defenders in his wake.
2. Hatem Ben Arfa – 5.5
One of those Premier League players ‘the streets will never forget’, Ben Arfa is evidence that class remains permanent.
The 33-year-old is turning out for Bordeaux these days and, while he has not registered a goal or assist this season, he has completed an average of 5.5 successful dribbles across his four appearances to date.
That’s what we like to hear.
1. Neymar – 5.5
With the same figures as Ben Arfa, Neymar comes top of this list as he has played 360 minutes this season, 31 more than Ben Arfa.
With two goals and three assists to his name, as well as a succession of pissed off opponents wanting to hack him down, Neymar remains football’s biggest joker in the pack.