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The Best Dribblers In Europe, CR7 & Salah Not In Top 50

Two Africans are among the best dribblers in Europe over the past year, while Lionel Messi leads the ranking, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah are not in the top 50.

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The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), a Swiss-based football statistics institute, recently analysed the top dribblers in Europe's top five leagues over the past year.

Messi sits at the top of the ranking, completing a dribble every 19.2 minutes, with an overall success rate of 67%. He is followed by OGC Nice forward Allan Saint-Maximin, who completes a dribble every 19.8 minutes of play, with an overall success rate of 60%.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard sits in third spot with a successful dribble every 21 minutes. However, the Belgian has the highest completion rate among all players in Europe's top five leagues with 73%, even though he attempts fewer dribbles than the abovementioned pair.

Dijon's Tunisian winger Naim Sliti is the highest-ranked African dribbler with a successful dribble every 21.4 minutes and an overall completion rate of 72%, while Wilfried Zaha also features in the top 10, with a completed dribble every 25.6 minutes, despite a relatively low success rate of just 54%.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, who was known for his skillful dribbles at Manchester United, did not make the top 50, while Liverpool's Salah is also not among CIES' 50 best dribblers in Europe.

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Note: CIES analysed all footballers who played at least 1 800 minutes (1 500 minutes for Bundesliga, whose league has fewer games) over the course of the past 365 days among the top five leagues.

Who do you think is most skilful dribbler in Europe? Have your say in the comments section below.


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