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Adama Traore tops Europe's best dribblers list; Lionel Messi fails to make the top 50

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi has struggled for form this season
Lionel Messi has struggled for form this season / Ernesto Ryan/GettyImages
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Argentina icon, Lionel Messi is widely considered as the greatest player in the history of the sport, with the striker winning numerous honours during his career so far, including a record six Ballon d'Or awards.

Despite his brilliance on the field, Messi failed to make the cut for the best dribblers in Europe this season according to a new analysis, with the superstar not even making the top 50. A study conducted by CIES football observatory revealed that Wolves star, Adama Traore is the best with the ball is at his feet.

The Spaniard has recorded 11.2 successful dribbles for every 100 minutes of play, well ahead of his nearest rival, Portuguese forward Rafael Leao of AC Milan, who registered 7.2 successful dribbles. Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin is Europe’s third-best dribbler with 7.02 successful runs per 100 minutes, with Rennes Kamaldeen Sulemana and Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Neymar rounding up the top five.

Top 10 dribblers in Europe this season.

1) Adama Traore (Wolves) - 11.24 successful dribbles per 100 minutes.

2) Rafael Leao (AC Milan) - 7.10 successful dribbles per 100 minutes.

3) Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) - 7.02 successful dribbles per 100 minutes.

4) Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes) - 6.44 successful dribbles per 10 minutes.

5) Neymar (PSG) - 6.28 successful dribbles per 10 minutes.

6) Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) - 6.14 successful dribbles per 10 minutes.

7) Jeremie Boga (Sassuolo) - 5.80 successful dribbles per 10 minutes.

8) Sofiane Boufal (Angers) - 5.52 successful dribbles per 10 minutes.

9) Nahitan Nandez (Calgliari) - 5.36 successful dribbles per 10 minutes.

10) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) - 5.33 successful dribbles per 10 minutes.




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