Arguably the most entertaining aspect of the game we so dearly love and cherish, showboating is an attribute possessed by a technically gifted player composed of flair, eccentricity and great audacity.
While the Brazilians live for and appreciate showboating as an artistry, a sort of footballing freedom their European counterparts particularly the Spanish regard this as an unnecessary distinct showing of lack of respect to the opposition.
Dribbling is a huge attribute to showboating but this does not guarantee you a show boater, players like Messi, Raheem Sterling, Iniesta are great dribblers but miss out on this list. 2015/2016 season has had its fair share of showboating display and here are the top 10 best showboat footballers of the season.
- Riyad Mahrez
Arguably the most exciting talent to emerge in the premiere league this season, the Algerian international has given the Leicester based outfit a bit of swagger this season with speed and technical ball control skills, his ability to take on defensive players is unquestionable swaying past them effortlessly before slotting the ball home.
His biggest moment this season so far came in a match against Giants Manchester city cutting in from the right with a cheeky ‘’elastico’’ before scoring earning his side 3 points in a game that saw Leicester win 3-0
- Alexis Sanchez
An incredibly gifted player it should come as a little surprise that he is no stranger to the occasional showboat. With technique, precision and staggering speed, the Chile and Arsenal wide man glides past players in the premiere league in a unique fashion.
This aspect of his game has also come under scrutiny in certain games this season for doing too much where he could have given a simple pass. Manager Arsene Wenger once claimed Alexis “slows down” arsenal play with his showboating.
Easily the best left back in the modern game, the Brazilian is no stranger to showboating, well he is Brazilian after all, Marcelo possesses a natural ability that all can clearly see teaming up with Cristiano Ronaldo superbly in the left flank. He is capable of humiliating defenders and attackers alike especially on the counter.
Throughout this champions league campaign for Real Madrid, Marcelo has taken to showboating humiliating Ex-teammate Angel Di Maria on the match against PSG not forgetting the 360 skill move against Arnold in the quarter final come back against German Outfit Wolfsburg.
- Hatem Ben Arfa
Now known as the “Messi of Ligue 1”, the French man has been showboating for the better part of his career. He was known in the English flight for this lighting up games for Newcastle United.
He has also come under scrutiny for showboating too much without end product something that has since cost him a place in the French squad
- Memphis Depay
Amongst the most exciting talents of his generation, at the tender age of 22 the Dutch wideman is currently highly rated in the footballing sphere being tipped to become the next “Cristiano Ronaldo” and probably the greatest player to wear the iconic number 7 shirt for Manchester united. Depay is indeed highly skillful and blessed with flair and also sheer strength.
His biggest moment came in the Europa league fixture against FC Midtjylland a match that saw him inspire Manchester united to a 5-1 win having a hand in defender Romer’s send off on the 89th minute. however, he has also been a frustrating player often doing much more than required
- Luis Nani
Easily the most frustrating player of his generation, the Portuguese talent’s work rate and desire have been often called into question something that saw him loose his place in the Manchester united squad transferring to Turkish side FC Fenerbahce. Nani’s ability however, is unquestionable, at his best the winger is very capable of exposing defenders.
Nani has resurrected his career at fenerbahce being a fan favourite.
- Douglas Costa
Bayern Munich star signing who played his plight for Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk has been known to pull off moves and tricks that seem only possible in video games, his dribbling, pace and precision is almost unrivalled featuring moves like rabona, step overs, flip- flap, rainbow kicks.
- Cristiano Ronaldo
Probably the greatest goal scorer in the history of the game, gifted with pace, precision, sheer strength, staggering speed and trickery the Portuguese winger is an embodiment of a complete athlete and a defenders nightmare, a player who can use both feet there is little wonder why Ronaldo can afford an occasional showboat.
Step-over trademark and occasional rabonas and elastic should suffice in Ronaldo’s game every once in a while.
- Ricardo Quaresma
It is the natural ability on the ball that attracted Barcelona on the winger who was highly rated and sort after at the time. Playing for Besiktas at the moment, the Portuguese has resurrected his career earning his place in the Portuguese squad.
Showboating is in his game without a doubt being referred to as ‘the other Ronaldo’ frequently using step-overs and rabona passes this man has the ability to make a mockery off a defender.
Ballon d’or finalist Neymar is finally taking his place in the game’s hierarchy, officially the heir to great Pele, the remarkable talent is not prone to playing the Brazilian way with flair and trickery, Neymar is the greatest player amongst his peers occasionally attempting the impossible. At 24 he has 46 goals to his name for Brazil a feat that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would envy.
Prior to the world cup on home soil a video showed Neymar scoring a goal from behind the goal post let me see you try that.