Could someone please tell me what we call a football(soccer) player who doesn't pass the ball and ignores other players at good positions.

I think about "Soloist" but I am not sure if it works for sport too.

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    "Soloist" would probably be understood but it's not a very good analogy. A soloist in music isn't being selfish or depriving others of opportunities: they're just doing their job of playing the most significant part in the piece. Jun 18, 2014 at 21:46

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You could say he is hogging the ball.

verb (hogs, hogging, hogged) [with object]

  1. informal Take or use most or all of (something) in an unfair or selfish way: he never hogged the limelight

This usage is very common to describe the situation you mentioned, and you hear it a lot in sports commentary. In US English you could say ball hog, but this is less idiomatic in UK English (although people would certainly understand what you meant), where in my experience it is more common to describe what he is doing (hogging the ball) than what he is.

Alternatively, you could simply say he is not a team player.

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    I've heard the expression in BrE that such a person "wants a ball of his own".
    – BobRodes
    Jun 19, 2014 at 2:40

Back when I played, we called that kind of person a "ball hog."

A ball hog is a derisive term for a basketball player that handles the ball exclusively to the point of impairing the team.
Source: “Ball hog” from Wikipedia

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    When I was young we would say, "He was ball greedy."
    – user8159
    Jun 18, 2014 at 14:47

I would use greedy but I would also recognise ball hog.


Hog is the term generally used, but a term that is gaining traction is 'Playstation' Footballer, which alludes to doing something in a way that is more elaborate than necessary (for example, holding onto the ball too long, rather than using teammates).

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    A person who does something in a way that is more elaborate than necessary is generally called a "hot dog" in AmE. One may also say that such a person is "hotdogging".
    – BobRodes
    Jun 19, 2014 at 2:39
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    Warning: Do not google "hot dogging".
    – Gusdor
    Jun 19, 2014 at 13:44

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