Watching dribblers in action is one of the best sights to see as a football fan. And over the years, we have seen some top players feature in the top flight of English football with outstanding skills. In this article, we take a look at the top ten dribblers in the Premier League over the years.
Top 10 dribblers in the Premier League
10. John Barnes
Barnes featured for Liverpool, Charlton and Newcastle and was among the finest dribblers for England. He won his league titles when it was still the first division, and kicks off the list of the best dribblers in the Premier League.
9. Riyad Mahrez
In recent years, Mahrez has established himself as one of the most skilled players in the Premiership. The Algerian has a wand of a left foot, and has helped Leicester City and Manchester City win the league titles with his prolific dribbling skills.
8. Gianfranco Zola
Despite not having the best physical stature, Zola, on his day, was right up there with the best. And to this day, he remains an undisputed Chelsea legend for his skills on the ball.
7. Chris Waddle
Joining Sheffield Wednesday at 31, Waddle established himself as a club legend by showcasing his dribbling skills week in – week out. So much so that it became an integral part of the opposition’s game to have one or two men mark him.
6. Thierry Henry
There are few attributes more dangerous than a dribbler who can finish. And Thierry Henry was just that for Arsenal. The Frenchman was tall, strong and fast – all the right tools for a fearsome attacker. And as Arsenal’s top goalscorer of all time, it is safe to say that he is among the best the league has ever seen.
5. David Ginola
Ginola, much like Adama Traore before his departure to Barcelona, was a strongly built player. And as a result, he was fearless with the ball at his feet. The Frenchman featured for Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, and was unplayable on his day.
4. Steve McManaman
The Liverpool man attracted strong interest from Real Madrid in 1999. His career had a slew of stunning solo goals, which cement his place among the best dribblers in the Premier League.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
There’s no shortage of compliations that show Cristiano Ronaldo’s unreal skills in his first spell at Manchester United. Despite being 37 years old in 2022, the Portuguese sensation still has all the quality needed to dominate the league and dribble past opponents. Alongside Mahrez, he is the only other active player (in England) in this list of the best dribblers in the Premier League.
2. Ryan Giggs
Another Manchester United player in the top 3, the Welshman spent his entire career with the club. He was a fearless 17-year-old, a regular in the first team and tearing through defenses from wide positions. As a result, he is always a mainstay among the best Premier League players of all time.
1. Eden Hazard
There are few players that exuded magic like Eden Hazard. The Belgian is right up there with the best Chelsea players of all time, as well as the best dribblers in the Premier League. He has a career full of sensational solo goals to prove his case, and dominated the English top flight before leaving for Spain.