Neymar Jr.

Best dribbler in Europe, Neymar Jr receives praise from former coaches Dunga and Lima

Dribbling is one of the main ways Neymar Jr has to overcome his opponents. The striker is off the pitch treating the fifth metatarsal on his right foot, however, he still holds the lead in the top leagues of European football when it comes to dribbling per game. Dunga and Lima, two former players and Neymar Jr´s coaches in different periods of the career, spoke exclusively about the athlete´s creativity and why it is so difficult to stop him.

The striker playing for Paris Saint Germain is the first on the list in this regard, according to a survey performed by the website "WhoScored.com", specialized in football statistics. The data includes players from the Premiere League (Ingalterra), Ligue 1 (France), Bundesliga (Germany), Serie A (Italy) and Spanish League (Spain).

In the 2019 season, Neymar Jr played during 13 French league games, a total of 1129 minutes - not counting Champions League and the National Cups. There are 4.8 dribs per game.

In an interview to the site [www.neymarjr10.com] about the player's 10-year career anniversary, the former Brazilian coach Dunga joked with the situation. "I use to talk a lot about Neymar and commented that he has ABS [braking system that prevents the wheels from locking and slipping], he dribbles to the left, to the right, accelerates, brakes. It's very difficult to do", he says.

In addition to coaching, Dunga was Brazil´s captain in the four-time world championship win in 1994, in the United States. Inside the field, he has always been known for his firm style in marking his opponents. During the chat he was asked what he would do if he faced Neymar Jr 1 on 1. The answer came with a funny metaphor. "In a One on One situation, one of us will have to die", said the coach who lived with Neymar Jr on the National Team between 2014 and 2016.

Former player Lima, who was Pelé's teammate in the Santos FC gold team that charmed the world in the 1960s, recalled a passage he had with the player when he commanded Santos´ youth teams. "I told him at that time: 'the kind of dribble you have, if you go one on one against anyone, you win them all. If you face anyone ten times one on one, you will win nine, because when he turns to stop you, you are already inside the goal with your speed".

Lima also said that before an official youth match, he asked if Neymar remembered a conversation they had about the opponents' defense players and that in the second game they would hunt him down. "He answered, 'Today, they won´t even find me'. And I added saying that I hoped he would do just that, otherwise he would not touch the ball because they will beat him the whole game. He finished the game and we won them 4 to 1 and he scored two goals", Lima recalled.

The biggest dribblers of the European season:

1 - Neymar (Brazil) - Paris Saint-Germain / France - 4,8

2 - Hatem Ben Arfa (France) - Rennes / France - 4

3 - Allan Saint-Maximim (France) - Nice / France - 4.3

4 - Sofiane Boufal (Franco-Moroccan) - Celta de Vigo (Spain) - 4,1

5 - Lionel Messi (Argentina) - Barcelona / Spain - 3,8

Source: WhoScored.com

Neymar Jr 10

<
>


  • njr10
    .doc

    Backstage of Neymar Jr's arrival at Santos FC are web-series theme that honors Zito

    Former player José Ely de Miranda, Zito, was one of the main responsible...
  • goal
    bar
    be
    cue

    Backstage: Dorival Jr offered barbecue by Neymar Jr's head goal

    The goals have marked important moments of the 10 years of Neymar Jr's caree...


  • will
    smith

    Neymar Jr receives a surprise visit from the actor Will Smith

    This Wednesday (8), in Paris, Neymar Jr. received a surprise visit of the actor...


  • Half 
    time

    Half-Time: Neymar Jr receives journalist Glenda Kozlowski

    To celebrate 10 years of Neymar Jr as a professional player, NRSports and OTRO h...
  • stop
    pe
    nal
    ties

    The Famous Run up of Neymar Jr Has prompted Fifa to change penalties 9 years ago

    The penalty kick carries a natural tension for whoever kicks it, tries to defend...


  • go
    als

    Nine years ago Neymar Jr scored 5 goals in the same match

    Neymar Jr´s second year as a pro already gave clues about his rapid growth...


  • half 
    time

    Meeting between Neymar Jr and Ronaldo marks the debut of a new frames on the website about 10 year career anniversary

     The public call for the first episode of Half-Time, a session inside the s...


  • drib
    bles

    Best dribbler in Europe, Neymar Jr receives praise from former coaches Dunga and Lima

    Dribbling is one of the main ways Neymar Jr has to overcome his opponents. ...

  • num
    bers

    The numbers of Neymar Jr in 10 years of Brazilian National Team

    Even outside the pitch due to the treatment in the fifth metatarsal injury of th...

  • gol
    den
    gol

    Neymar's father reveals conversation with his son about winning the Olympic Gold Medal: 'the goalposts seemed smaller'

    Winning the unprecedented 'Olympic Gold Medal' in 2016 was one of the mo...

  • the
    goal

    Roni remembers Neymar Jr's anxiety for the first goal scored 10 years ago

    A week after his debut as a professional player, Neymar Jr marked the first goal...

  • new
    web
    site

    Neymar Jr. launches new website in celebration of his 10-year career

    The new page gathers statements from people that lived and live with the player,...