World Cup dribble kings - Which Chelsea star joins Messi?

After the first round of World Cup action, Lionel Messi led the way statistically - as well as a Chelsea-based Brazilian.

As football fans, there is little more we could have asked for so far this World Cup in the way of excitement.

We've had absolutely everything (sadly including a 0-0 draw now - but never mind!). And central to the thrilling non-stop action we're seeing in Brazil is the open, attacking game being adopted by most nations.

The South Americans have been the main proponents of the beautiful game in its purest sense - but the likes of the Netherlands, France (despite Honduras' best attempts) and Germany have also kept us on the edge of our seats.

That type of game has been reflected by the stats, with several players completing a high number of successful dribbles during the first round of games.

  TeamSuccessful DribblesMins
Lionel Messi Argentina 7 90
Oscar Brazil 7 90
Neymar Brazil 6 88
Alexis Sánchez Chile 6 90
Ángel Di María Argentina 5 90
Eden Hazard Belgium 5 90
Luka Modric Croatia 5 90
Nani Portugal 5


Unsurprisingly, five of the top eight dribblers from the first round of World Cup games were South American. Three reigned from the Premier League - and two from Chelsea.

Indeed, Eden Hazard impressed with a typically energetic performance against Algeria last night, even if Belgium were a little slow out of the starting blocks in their Group H opener.

But it was Oscar who particularly shone during his first World Cup clash, as the Brazilian scored against Croatia but also completed seven successful dribbles. That total was only matched by Lionel Messi, who - even on a relative off-night by his standards - managed to dazzle with a superb individual goal.

On that same night, Luka Modric offered his best against Brazil, winning five take-ons, while Nani makes for a surprise inclusion during Portugal's 4-0 loss at the hands of Germany.

As far as Oscar is concerned, though, Chelsea fans will hope the 22-year-old can continue to produce Samba Soccer at its best to give him the confidence to return to Stamford Bridge in top form.

The Brazilian enjoyed a significant dip in performance levels last season and a strong World Cup showing will provide a big boost for the Blues' trophy aspirations next term. Oscar will need to produce more, though, than he did last night against Mexico.

  Successful DribblesMins
Marcelo 5 90
Neymar 3 90
Oscar 1 84

During his country's frustrating 0-0 draw, Oscar only completed one successful dribble - and was outshone by Neymar and Real Madrid man Marcelo.

Based on his first appearance, however, Oscar clearly has the talent to keep producing - and Brazil's last group game against Cameroon may be the perfect stage for the 22-year-old to shine once again.

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