The newest entry to the annual FIFA series, FIFA 23 once again provides players with the best soccer athletes in the world to compete in simulated World Cup events, and as new women teams in FIFA 23 provide more gameplay opportunities, the importance of having a good dribbler has never been higher. Technology has advanced in FIFA 23, offering the most realistic simulation yet through one of the world's most recognized competitions. Whether setting up an amazing cross or performing an impressive scissor kick for that clutch goal, FIFA 23's roster encourages players to build a team that can tackle any situation.


The role of a dribbler in soccer focuses more on individual interactions between athletes, as it refers to the ability to retain possession of the ball even when in the face of defensive pressure. Being able to keep the motion of the ball may lead to improved passing in FIFA 23, setting up for those sometimes elusive scores. Combined with some fancy footwork, players with enough practice are able to outmaneuver rivals through seamless dribbling without drawing any sort of foul.

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Each playable athlete in FIFA 23 boasts an overall Rating, determined by their performance in the previous season of play. Divided into several subcategories, Dribbling occupies a section called Skill Average, taking into account many other factors of play to contribute to its total. Some other skill totals like Ball Control and Long Passing are also listed next to Dribbling, so higher scores in these groups may also hint at better Dribbling capabilities. Players that seek out the best athletes for dribbling, especially with FIFA 23's crossplay, should pay attention to these specifics.

Picking the Best Dribblers in FIFA 23

The Best Dribblers in FIFA 23

The best dribblers in FIFA 23 are Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Mohamed Salah. The highest rated player among these 3, Lionel Messi brings an incredible amount of ball control when players select him in FIFA 23. Sporting a Dribbling score of 94, Messi's overall 91 Rating merges with skills all above 90 in the Skill Average category, truly speaking to the massive talent he has already. Maybe not the greatest defender players can choose, Messi certainly makes up for this with incredible movement that makes his dribbling an art form that unleashes a potential offensive threat at any time.

​​​​​​Complimenting FIFA 23's incredibly realistic graphics are the authentic representations of its athletes, a great example being the French national player Kylian Mbappe. Tied with Messi at a 91 overall Rating, Mbappe has a lower Dribbling score at 92, but has some more interesting points in other places to make up for this. The Acceleration and Sprint Speed stats are near their peak with Mbappe, giving him an edge over Messi for players who want a dribbler who emphasizes sheer speed when handling the ball from his usual Striker position.

The final choice for best dribbler goes to Mohamed Salah, whose Dribbling and overall Rating tie at an even 90. Joining the likes of Sam Kerr in FIFA 23's boisterous roster of athletes, Salah is only a slightly better defender than either Messi or Mbappe. However, Salah's strengths come through his consistencies. While Messi has fantastic ball control and scoring, and Mbappe has raw speed, Salah has both in equal measure. Not as extreme perhaps, but Salah's above-average skills make him supportive and reliable in more situations should a player want more flexibility when looking for the best dribbler in FIFA 23.

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    FIFA 23
    Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia
    Original Release Date:
    EA Vancouver, EA Romania
    EA Sports
    Local Multiplayer, Local Co-Op, Online Multiplayer
    The next in the yearly installments of EA's FIFA franchise, FIFA 23 returns as the final entry in the franchise under the association's name. The 2023 entry will bring back the Ultimate FUT features and will feature crossplay for many modes except for Co-op modes. In addition, Fifa 23 utilizes a new system engine known as "HyperMotion2," which analyzes data from real football matches to create an extensive array of animations for players in-game to create a more realistic experience. In addition to these features, FIFA 23 will include both World Cup modes for both men and women. This entry also includes Women's club football, starting with two real-life teams and adding more as the game's seasons advance. Sam Kerr will also be the first female athlete to appear on a FIFA cover. After FIFA 23, EA Sports will continue their Football games under the new moniker "EA Sports FC."