Neymar’s dribbling is Messiesque

Neymar is the player with most successful dribbles in the Liga 2015/2016 and in the Top 5 League, with 68 successful dribbles. He is undoubtedly one of the best dribblers in the Spanish football, at least during the last 6-7 seasons. Let us have a look at the below graph:

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Here we have graphed the dribbling of all the Liga players since the 2009/2010 season, considering all those players with more than 50 attempted dribbles per season and more than 2 attempted dribbles per 90 minutes. The orange points represent Messi’s seasons. As we can see, he is separated from the rest, especially his dribbling during the current season. The green points in the graph represent Neymar. Starting from the 2013/2014 season, when he joined Barcelona, his dribbling has been improved in terms of success rate. During the current ongoing  season he is in full ‘Messi dribbling zone’, featuring a relatively high number of dribbles per 90 minutes and a relatively high dribble success rate.

It is quite remarkable for Barcelona to have in the same team two players with such distinctive dribbling ability and they are benefiting the most from this.

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