Messi and Ronaldinho – Who is the Best Dribbler?

As we all know football is one of the best sport worldwide, with great players, coaches, teams and lot more, overtime football has been a fast growing sport in the world with UEFA and other football organisation pushing the sport to a greater height.

But in this article, I will love to compare the skills of these two star players Lionel Messi and Ronaldihno.

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho is a Brazilian former professional footballer and current ambassador for Barcelona. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but was also deployed as a winger.

Often considered one of the best players of his generation and regarded by many as one of the greatest of all time, Ronaldinho won two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and a Ballon d’Or.

A global icon of the sport, he was renowned for his technical skills, creativity and dribbling ability, as well as his use of tricks, feints, overhead kicks, no-look passes and accuracy from free-kicks.

Lionel Andrés Messi also known as Leo Messi, (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains the Argentina national team. He is currently a free agent, having played all his professional career for La Liga club Barcelona, whom he captained from 2018 to 2021.

Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards, a record six European Golden Shoes, and in 2020 was named to the Ballon d’Or Dream Team.

He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles and four UEFA Champions Leagues.

A prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga and European league season, most hat-tricks in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, and most assists in La Liga, a La Liga and European league season and the Copa América. He has scored over 750 senior career goals for club and country, and has the most goals ever by a player for a single club.

Messi is yes, probably the best dribbler of all time, Ronaldinho however is not even in the conversation.

Wikipedia gives the meaning of dribbling as the maneuvering of a ball by a single player while moving in a given direction, avoiding defenders’ attempts to intercept the ball. Such control may be exercised with the legs (e.g., association football), hands (basketball and handball), stick (bandy, field hockey, and ice hockey) or swimming strokes (water polo).

A successful dribble will bring the ball past defenders legally and create opportunities to score.

Ronaldinho ability relied on skills to trick the defender’s mind, most of the times he would do some step overs or try a elastico to beat a defender and sometimes he was successful, but what he had in skills, he lacked in momentum therefore he could not beat more than one player, rarely two.

Messi in comparison is not much into skills but his control, balance and acceleration make him a dribbler several times more dangerous than Ronaldinho, Leo is simple but yet effective, sublime, sometimes it seems that the defenders are not even there, he passes one, two, three, four and more players, and still keeps moving, then what we realise next is goal.

Ronaldinho could bamboozled a player in multiple ways, a skilled player, but Messi can destroy an entire defense in a blink of eyes, a true dribbler.

Leo Messi beats Brazil legend Ronaldinho as the best dribbler in the history of football by fans in a game proposed by French channel RMC Sports.

Messi faced ex-Barca Ronaldinho in the final which he beat by a tight of 50.7 per cent to 49.3 per cent.

Messi is not only one of the best players in the world, but apparently he is the best dribbler in the world. No player around can dribble with such consistency and effectiveness. Messi has the ability to open up a deadlocked game with a few touches and has the ability to dribble past a whole team.

Messi may not opt for the flamboyant side of the game, but his ability to smoothly glide past opponents renders him one of the most potent dribblers in the history of the game. Messi is certain to win many more accolades with his team Barcelona and will continue to torment defenders each week in La Liga and Champions League.

Besides, Messi averages more dribbles (5.9) per 90 minutes this season than any other La Liga player to date. His success rate is the best, too – 74.1 per cent, as per WhoScored.

Ronaldihno dribbling statistics yet to be given.

So in this opinion I will say Messi has a good dribbling statistics than Ronaldihno.

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