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Top 10 Greatest Left-footed Footballers



Football is an entertaining game that requires using the foot, as suggested by its name.

As you already know, the right and left feet are allowed to be used by players during a game of soccer. Some players are good at using both, some just one, and the list below features those that are extremely good at using their left foot.

Here you go, in no particular order;

10. Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, known as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who now works as a football ambassador.

In 2006, he was described as the “most offensive-minded left-back in the history of the game”, by John Carlin of The New York Times; indeed, he was known for his forward surging runs throughout his career. Carlos is also widely considered by several pundits as one of the best left backs in the history of football.

9. Willem van Hanegem

Willem “Wim” van Hanegem is a Dutch former football player and coach who played as a midfielder. In a playing career spanning over 20 years, he won several domestic honours in the Netherlands, as well as a European Cup and a UEFA trophy, all with Feyenoord.

He was also a finalist in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

8. Erling Haaland

Erling Braut Haaland is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Norway national team.

Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his speed, strength and finishing inside the box.

His preferred foot is Left.

7. Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly, also known as Mo Salah, is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Egypt national team.

Salah has the record for the most left-footed goals in a single Premier League season.

6. Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Mota Veiga de Carvalho e Silva, known as Bernardo Silva or simply Bernardo, is a Portuguese professional footballer.

Silva is a diminutive, elegant, and creative left-footed playmaker, with a slender build, who is capable of playing in several attacking and midfield positions.

He plays as an attacking midfielder, forward or winger for Premier League club Manchester City and the Portugal national team.

5. David Alaba

David Olatukunbo Alaba is an Austrian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back or left-back for La Liga club Real Madrid and captains the Austria national team. Alaba started out in Bayern’s youth system before being promoted to the reserve team for the 2009–10 season.

In an interview with Bild, Alaba said he never takes his left foot for granted.

4. Ryan Giggs

Ryan Joseph Giggs is a Welsh football coach and former player. Regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Giggs played his entire professional career for Manchester United and briefly served as the club’s interim manager.

Ryan Giggs was a central part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s serial winning Man United side in the 1990s and 2000s.

Giggs scored 83 left-footed goals in the Premier League

3. Robin Van Persie

Robin van Persie is a Dutch football coach and former professional footballer who played as a striker.

Regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, Van Persie was known for his excellent technique and ball control, intelligent positioning, and vision.

Robin van Persie scored 94 left-footed goals in the Premier League

2. Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and captains the Argentina national team.

Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Messi has won the most Ballons d’Or in history — Seven.

1. Diego Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentine professional football player and manager. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.

During his time, he was a notoriously one-footed maestro, who orchestrated the nature of play with the prompt of a left foot that had few, if any, equals.


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