He's Behind You! Europe's Top 5 Dribblers From the 2016/17 Season

Dribblers. The players who really get fans up off their seats as they run at the opposition with pace and power, displaying absolutely no fear, the players who can turn a drab 0-0 into a crucial three points with one flash of brilliance. 


With that in mind, here are the top five dribblers in Europe's top five leagues from the 2016/17 season...

5. Eden Hazard - Chelsea FC

Dribbles Per Game: 4


Albeit the last player on this list, Hazard's dribbling is perhaps the most efficient of the lot, as his drive and directness resulted in him scoring 16 goals and assisting five more as he helped Chelsea to the Premier League title. 


The Belgian's consistently excellent end product at the end of his trademarks dribbles is what differentiates him from other top ball carriers, and his ability to protect the ball using his body is a rare skill to possess for a player of his physique. 


He is undoubtedly one of the best players in world football. 

4. Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace FC

Dribbles Per Game: 4.1


The embodiment of south London street football, Zaha's unique skill set and dribbling ability has been nurtured on the streets of Croydon, shown by his flair and willingness to express himself on the pitch. 


The Ivorian born winger has successfully transferred his abilities from the playground to the Premier League, often treating top-flight matches last term as a friendly kick about, such was the freedom and expressiveness in his game. 


The Palace fans embrace Zaha's confident style, and his game will surely go to the next level with their passionate support. 

3. Allan Saint-Maximin - AS Monaco

Dribbles Per Game: 4.3


Perhaps one of the more relatively unknown players on this list, Saint-Maximin will surely become a well known talent in years to come, such is his jaw dropping ability on the ball. 


The French winger, who spent last season at SC Bastia on loan from Monaco, is viewed as as an exciting prospect, given his brave, fearless running with the ball all at the young age of 20. 


Saint-Maximin has been linked with a move to Tottenham, and it is no surprise why. If he keeps up his form, he will surely become a world beater. 


Remember the name (If you can!).  

2. Adama Traore - Middlesbrough FC

Dribbles Per Game: 5


Having come through the ranks at Barcelona's heralded La Masia academy, Traore's ability and staggering potential is under no doubt. 


What can be doubted, however, is the Spaniard's end product, as while he is regarded as one of the most direct and fearless players in football, his end product is extremely disappointing. 


After scoring none and recording a mere one assist for Boro last season, the best is surely yet to come for a player who, when he gets his head down and runs, is a handful for any team. 

1. Neymar Jr - FC Barcelona

Dribbles Per Game: 5.6


The extravagant Brazilian needs no introduction. After rising to prominence at his first club Santos, Neymar was dubbed a 'Youtube star' by Joey Barton for his eye-catching skills but apparent lack of end product. 


Fast forward four years, and the 25-year-old is regarded as one of the best players in the world, scoring 20 goals and setting up 19 more last season. 


In addition to this, Neymar is undoubtedly one of the best and most consistent dribblers around, made all the more impressive by the fact he has managed to stay out of teammate Lionel Messi's shadow and enhance his own reputation further. 


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