No One Stops Them: The Best Dribblers in Soccer

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The CIES ranked the best dribblers in the world in soccer, a list in which several Latin American soccer players stand out. We tell you who make up this outstanding recognition.

Jorge Carrascal

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LatinAmerican Post | Daniel González Guerrero

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The International Center for Sports Studies (CIES) unveiled the best players on the subject of dribbling, an aspect that became a fundamental quality for all soccer players worldwide. This feature allows athletes to get rid of their defenders, thus creating wonderful individual plays that are applauded by all fans of the sport.

To carry out this study, the CIES analyzed the average success of the players in this kind of plays, the number of minutes in which they carry out these actions and the level of rivals that these soccer players constantly face. These three items were crucial in defining the best dribblers in the world today.

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In this list and to everyone's surprise, the CIES highlights several Latin American soccer players, who are always recognized for their qualities and abilities to generate new plays of this nature.

Colombian Lead

One of the big surprises in this ranking is the appearance of CSKA Moscow midfielder Jorge Carrascal. The Colombian midfielder took first place in this list, an aspect that makes him the best dribbler in the world. According to the CIES, the athlete has an average success in these plays of 68.8%.

Despite not being the player with the most success eluding defenders, his average number of minutes played in this kind of plays and the level of the opponents he faces made him worthy of winning this important award. With this recognition, the 23-year-old footballer continues to emerge as one of the most outstanding promises in Colombian soccer.

In addition to Jorge Carrascal, within the top 10 is the Colombian winger Johan Carbonero. The Racing de Argentina player has a success rate of 62.4% in these plays. Despite the fact that this young player has been away from the courts for several months due to a serious injury, his statistics of eluding defenders led him to be considered one of the most outstanding dribblers in the world.

He could not miss

Lionel Messi appears in this list in position number 4. The PSG winger remains in force as one of the best dribblers in the world, an aspect that has been confirmed in Ligue 1 for many days. The captain of the Argentine National Team has a success rate of 70.3% in these plays, a statistic that is one of the highest found in this ranking.

Another Argentine that appears in this list is the midfielder Esequiel Barco from River Plate. The young soccer player has a success rate of 77.2%, this is the highest statistic of all the players mentioned. With these outstanding numbers, Barco remains in seventh place in this important ranking.

The only Mexican

Hirving 'El Chucky' Lozano has a dream season with Napoli, a team that won a league title after 33 years. In this season, the Mexican winger was essential for his team, which is why he is justly deserving of being on this list of dribblers. The player of the Mexican National Team has an average of 70.8% to elude his rivals, a statistic that leaves him in the eighth box of this ranking.

The Jogo Bonito

Historically, Brazil's players have always been recognized for their one-on-one skills. This is why the player Eduardo Gabriel Aquino Cossa, better known as Pepê, represents the 'Canarinha' in this list. With an average of 72.1%, the Porto player closes the top 10 of the best dribblers in the world, an aspect that makes him the only Brazilian in this ranking.

Other talents

This CIES list is completed mostly by European soccer players, who have been adapting their game over the seasons. They do this to have more tools to generate spaces in the offensive zones, an aspect that is taking on greater importance with the passing of the years.

Jack Grealish, Leroy Sané and Rafael Leão are European players characterized by their great abilities to put aside all their defenders. That is why these three elite players from the old continent are in the top 5 of this list, an aspect that highlights the sporting growth that all these athletes have been carrying out in their way of playing.

Finally, it is important to highlight the work of winger Yacine Brahimi. The 33-year-old footballer is the only African athlete to appear on this list. With a success rate of 68.9%, the Algerian player is classified as one of the best players on his continent today.