Study reveals Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore is the best dribbler in Europe

Middlesbrough's Adama Traore looks dejected after a missed chance

According to CIES, Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore is the best dribbler in Europe's big-5 league.

Middlesbrough's Adama Traore in action with Tottenham's Ben DaviesMiddlesbrough's Adama Traore in action with Tottenham's Ben Davies

Is there any player who outshines both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the moment? Yes, there is - Middlesbrough's Adama Traore.

According to the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) - the Boro winger is the best player in Europe’s top five leagues when it comes to dribbling.

CIES has made a list of the top 100 dribbler in Europe by dividing the number of dribbles attempted by the percentage of successful ones.

Middlesbrough's Adama Traore in action with Everton's Morgan SchneiderlinMiddlesbrough's Adama Traore in action with Everton's Morgan Schneiderlin

Traore, 21, with 5.4 dribbles per game (whoscored) leads the chart, followed by Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest player of this generation, is just behind Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. His club teammate Neymar is in fourth. However, Ronaldo has failed to make the list.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Mousa Dembele is at number seven just ahead of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

The best ratio of successful dribbles among players in the top 100 goes to Nice’s midfielder Wylan Cyprien. The best ratio among players who attempted more than 100 dribbles was recorded by Eden Hazard (75%).

While Hazard and Dembele has been outstanding for their respective clubs this season, Traore has struggled to make a strong impact for Boro.

He has no goals and just one assist for Boro in the Premier League, and as such his dribbling skills haven't made much of a difference.

Middlesbrough's Adama Traore in action with Tottenham's Ben DaviesMiddlesbrough's Adama Traore in action with Tottenham's Ben Davies

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