Samba skills: The kings of Brazilian dribbling

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Brazil superstar Neymar wowed football watchers around the world with his latest outrageous skill this week for Santos and will undoubtedly inspire many others to try and do the same.

It got GiveMeFootball thinking as to the best tricks and dribbling it has seen and thought it a good idea to compile a few of them.

Some football stars are more famous for their flair than others and GMF decided it would pick out a couple of their favourites and see who agreed.

While flair and flamboyance is mostly attributed with the South American nations, there is no shortage of it going around elsewhere.

But the Samba stars of Brazil perhaps best embody the most common perception of a player that uses tricks and feints to beat opponents, so we have picked out some of the greatest.

GMF knows everyone has their favourites, so we’re not saying these are the best but are exceptional and fantastic to watch doing their stuff.


Currently back in Brazil with Atletico Mineiro, the premature end of his career in Europe was reportedly down to his penchant for the party lifestyle and he certainly enjoyed himself on the pitch.

One of the skills he is most famous for is the elastico, or flip-flap, and he was bamboozling European defences from the moment he made the switch from Gremio to PSG.



O Fenomeno was once considered the greatest striker in the world; his pace and power were staggering and devastating finishing ability was complimented by his ability to dribble past numerous opponents at a time.

Serious knee injuries meant the mazy runs he was famed for early in his career were not possible but he remained a high-class striker long after his movement started to wane. One of his favourites was the step-over and there were few in world football that could use it so effectively.



The player that sparked the this train of thought had to get some further recognition, as the age of YouTube means his reputation as a jinking dribbler has probably been enhanced further than the others.

Everything he does is soon uploaded and there are numerous examples of his brilliance to be found. Neymar seems to be the perfect midpoint between Ronaldinho’s flair and Ronaldo’s direct running at goal.


Although he missed out on the 2012 award, Neymar picked up the Puskas Award for goal of the year in 2011 and it is an effort that sums up his brilliance. Anyway, we shouldn’t really need an excuse to watch it again…


Leave a comment below to tell us who your favourite Brazilian dribblers are…


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