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15 Of Football's Most Skilful Players

Some players use their skill as an effective tool, others to humiliate and ridicule their opponent. Here are 15 of the most skilful footballers in Europe, including Neymar, who has been accused of showboating by people who perhaps have a similar view to Pitso Mosimane.

Click through the gallery above to see 15 of the trickiest footballers in the game!

The beautiful game is interpreted differently by almost everyone, and while skill is widely appreciated, when it is used and how it is used is something not every football fan will shake hands in agreement on.

On Wednesday night in the Premier Soccer League, Mamelodi Sundowns manager Mosimane had quite a bit to say about showboating after Orlando Pirates' Fortune Makaringe pulled some tricks out his locker despite his side leading just 1-0.

During his time with Spanish giants FC Barcelona, superstar Neymar had a few run-ins with LaLiga rivals in matches after being accused of taking things too far. In 2015, the Brazil international insisted he will "not change my style" after Athletic Bilbao players lost their cool with him, and he had similar issues with Atletico Madrid.

While the topic of showboating is one that can be debated forever, what cannot be debated is the fact that the Brazilian is one of the most skilful footballers in the world. Neymar's ability to get past his opponent with an inventive move is second to none, even if he does sometimes cross the line.

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Other players tend to only use trickery to beat their opponent, such as Neymar's former club colleague Lionel Messi. Despite having incredible skill in his locker, the Argentine has not really been one to make a fool of his opponent intentionally, or at least without a smile on his face.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha also makes use of his skill in a productive way more often than not, similarly to Brazil and Juventus speedster Douglas Costa. His teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, is another who holds the ability to do amazing things with a ball at his feet, like he did against Roma defender Chris Smalling recently.

Meanwhile, there are players, such as Roberto Firmino, who seemingly just want to have fun while they are out on the field. The Liverpool and Selecao forward has referenced legendary skill master Ronaldinho in many interviews, clearly drawing inspiration from his care-free approach to football.

Although he is not one to necessarily showboat, the 28-year-old does have an unusual bag of tricks he is not afraid to whip out from time to time, such as this recent piece of control against Sheffield United.

Many other high-profile top dribblers feature – click through our gallery to see more footballers considered among the game's most skilful stars!

Can you name any other players you would have included in our gallery? Let us know in the comments section below.  


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