As they say: "Football without skill is like a person without a soul." Twenty-first century football has grown to be biased towards the final score rather than the football show.
Here are some of those players who make the beautiful game truly live up to the name.
10. Sergio "Kun" Aguero (Argentina) - Atletico de Madrid
The young 20-year-old Argentine striker has a tremendous close control which makes a difficult task for defenders to take the ball from him. Apart from his clinical finishing, he has decent skills in his repertoire.
9. Kaka (Brazil) - AC Milan
The Brazilian may not be in his very best at the moment, but there's no doubt that he is definitely good on the ball. His first touches, coupled by great pace allows him to run away from challenges at ease.
8. Andrés Iniesta (Spain) - F.C. Barcelona
The list wouldn't be complete without a mention of his name. His main advantage lies in his ball control which complements his intelligence. This allows him to read the defense and move around them. He has used this to win numerous penalties.
7. Ronaldo (Brazil) - Corinthians
It might seem strange to see his name in this list since he is way past his peak, but O Fenômeno (The Phenomenon) has graced the world with overwhelming skills as an icing on the cake of his goal scoring gift.
It's not everyday you see a player who uses step-overs to round the keeper before slotting the ball into an empty net.
6. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) - Real Madrid
The Dutchman has some dazzling displays on the feet which constantly keep Madridistas and other football fans on the edges of their seats. His ability to beat defenders has earned him a spot as a pivot of the Real Madrid attack.
5. Juan Roman Riquelme (Argentina) - Boca Juniors
The 30-year-old Boca Juniors play-maker is known for his vision and control of play in the field. On top of that, he is a very potent dribbler of the ball, great ball control with displays that has left his victims look like beginners, especially during his early days in Boca.
He was even awarded most artistic player in 2005 by Spanish sports paper, Marca.
4. Robinho (Brazil) - Manchester City
The king of step-overs, as he is known has spiced up the Eastlands this season with some great goals but also great magical displays with the ball. In his younger days at Santos, Robinho was warned publicly by Gremio goalkeeper Danrlei that his humiliation of older players would get his leg broken one day.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) - Manchester United
The 24-year-old Portuguese has a bag full of tricks which he constantly shows game in game out. His blistering pace and moving the ball into space hinders defenders from keeping up with him. His goals only complement the shivers he sends to defenders as he approaches.
2. Ronaldinho (Brazil) - AC Milan
Though not as good as he was three seasons ago, Ronaldinho brought a revolution in the skills department on the field. His ability to bring freestyle skills into the game of football has always been a joy to watch.
1. Lionel Messi (Argentina) - F.C. Barcelona
The 1.69-meter-tall winger has a unique gift of dribbling. His height and quick feet allow him to quickly change pace and direction right in front of and between defenders. His ball control is simply phenomenal, with the ability of running as quickly with the ball as he does without it.
This natural ability allows Messi to ghost through defense; easily and frequently able to beat three opponents with three touches.
These are just few of the football players who make watching them play worthwhile with their abilities of making the ball happy...
What do you think? Can you think of others? Who has been left out?
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