Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi only the fourth most successful dribbler in 2019/20

Barcelona's Lionel Messi is one of the greatest dribblers of all time

There aren't many attacking departments in which Lionel Messi doesn't rank as one of the best in the world.

Goal scoring? Only Cristiano Ronaldo can lay claim to being his equal. Passing? Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne is perhaps the only player in the world who is slightly superior - and even that's up for debate.

Then of course you have dribbling ability. Throughout his career, Messi has well and truly mastered the art, making world-class defenders look like fools on a regular basis ever since his professional debut.

Every time you watch Barcelona, the 33-year-old is embarking on mazy dribbles and charging at opposing defenders with the ball at his feet.

Most of the time, the Argentine's dribbles end up being successful, but it seems his success rate is now growing inferior to a selection of more youthful talents.

Messi in action

Thanks to Planet Football, we can reveal that Messi was only the fourth most successful dribbler in 2019/20 across the top five European leagues.

Below, we've provided the 10 players with the most successful dribbles per game and close to half the players hail from the Premier League.

Hazard in action

10. Eden Hazard | Real Madrid | 4.1

The Belgian's debut season in the Spanish capital yielded just one goal and six assists in La Liga, but his trademark dribbles were still a feature of his game.

On his day, Hazard's ability with the ball at his feet is not far behind Messi's and he'll be eager to find his best form with Los Blancos in 2020/21.

=8. Mounir Chouiar | Dijon | 4.2

The 21-year-old Frenchman is far from a household name at the moment, but the left winger is certainly not afraid to take on a full-back.

In his 20 Ligue 1 appearances with Dijon in 2019/20, Chouiar scored four goals, with one of them coming against Paris Saint-Germain back in November.

=8. Youcef Atal | Nice | 4.2

The versatile Algerian has been linked with a host of top clubs in the past few years, but he's sadly yet to play a competitive game in 2020 due to injury.

But prior to his prolonged stay on the treatment table, Atal was completing dribbles for fun in Ligue 1 from both a full-back position and as an out-and-out winger.

Atal with Nice

7. Moussa Djenepo | Southampton | 4.3

The 22-year-old's debut season with the Saints has been riddled with injuries, but he's still shown enough to suggest he's going to be an exciting addition to the Premier League.

In 18 league appearances, the Senegalese winger notched two goals and two assists, as well as completing a very healthy amount of dribbles in each showing.

6. Wilfried Zaha | Crystal Palace | 4.5

Despite having a poor season by his own lofty standards, Zaha still managed to scare the living daylights out of opposing defenders with his dribbling.

The Palace forward scored four goals and provided three assists in what could be his final season with the club.

5. Jeremie Boga | Sassuolo | 4.7

There's a reason Chelsea fans have been crying out for the club to re-sign the Ivorian winger. On top of his successful dribbling, Boga has also scored 11 goals in Serie A.

The 23-year-old is a serious talent and it's likely he'll be snapped up by a bigger club this summer.

Boga in action

4. Lionel Messi | Barcelona | 5.7

He may be in fourth, but 5.7 successful dribbles per game is still pretty outrageous for a player well into his 30s.

Just a reminder, Messi also scored 25 goals and assisted 21 more in La Liga...

3. Allan Saint-Maximin | Newcastle | 5.8

What a signing Saint-Maximin has been for Newcastle. For the first time in years, the Magpies have a player that entertains spectators and terrorises opposing defenders for fun.

Dribbling is his forte, but the Frenchman also scored three goals and provided four assists in his 26 Premier League appearances.

2. Neymar | Paris Saint-Germain | 6.1

No surprise here. The Brazilian's dribbling and array of skills are unlike any other player on the planet and there isn't a more exciting sight in football than the 28-year-old in full flow.

On top of being the second most successful dribbler in 2019/20, Neymar scored 13 goals and provided six assists in just 15 Ligue 1 appearances - what a player!

Neymar in action

1. Adama Traore | Wolves | 6.3

Europe's new dribbling king. The 2019/20 season saw Traore finally evolve into one of the best wingers in world football, scoring four goals and providing nine assists in the Premier League.

A terrifying entity with the ball at his feet and faster than any player on the planet, the Spaniard is going to wreak havoc on defenders for years to come.

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