Ranking the Top 8 left footed players in world football in 2023

Ranking the Top 8 left footed players in world football in 2023

Isaac Darko
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • The ability to use both feet equally is one of the most sought-after qualities of a football player
  • Some players stand out for their exceptional use of their left feet, making them a valuable asset
  • Sports Brief looks at some of the world's best left-footed football players

While it is anticipated that professional footballers possess proficiency with the ball on both feet, the majority still exhibit a preference for one foot.

Left-footed players bring a distinctive finesse to their playing style, often appearing more graceful compared to their right-footed counterparts.

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Here are some of the world's best left-footed football players. Photos by Joe Prior/Visionhaus
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Despite the prevalence of right-footed players outnumbering left-footed ones, some of the game's finest footballers have showcased exceptional skills with their left foot.

Sports Brief delves into the analysis of the top left-footed footballers.

8. David Alaba

Renowned for his versatility, Alba is a player of exceptional adaptability in global football. Capable of performing in various positions, including central midfielder, wide midfielder, left-back, and centre-back, the Real Madrid player stands out as one of the most multifaceted athletes in the sport. His remarkable career includes a staggering 27 titles won with Bayern Munich, setting the stage for his move to Real Madrid in 2021.

Upon joining Real Madrid, the Austrian continued his success by securing both the La Liga and Champions League titles in his debut season. Despite primarily featuring as a centre-back, the 30-year-old played a pivotal role, starting 30 league matches and contributing significantly to Real Madrid's triumphant journey to clinch the 2021-22 La Liga title.

7. Ederson Moraes

Arriving at Manchester City in 2017, the Brazilian goalkeeper has swiftly become recognised as one of the premier goalkeepers globally. Proficient with both feet, he possesses a natural inclination for the left foot.

His remarkable achievements include clinching the Premier League Golden Glove for three consecutive seasons and securing four League titles in just five years with Manchester City.

Renowned for precise distributions and adept sweeping skills, this goalkeeper stands out. Notably, he made history as the first Manchester City goalkeeper to contribute an assist for a goal, underscoring his exceptional distribution abilities.

6. Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann is known for his excellent left foot and can score and create goals with it; hence, he is one of the best left-footed midfielders. He is also proficient with his right foot and is a versatile player who can play multiple positions in the attacking third of the pitch.

5. Leroy Sane

Sane has won two Premier League championships with Manchester City in four years. Most of his left crosses are driven, whereas most of his right crosses are in the air. Sane often enjoys the space a high block provides and makes frequent runs.

4. Mohammed Salah

Since his arrival at the club in 2017, Salah has proven to be Liverpool's prolific goal scorer, playing a crucial role in the team's recent successes. Under his influence, Liverpool secured both a Champions League and a Premier League title.

Additionally, the winger has clinched three Premier League golden boots in his five seasons with Liverpool. Notably, Salah holds the record for the most goals scored in a single Premier League season, further solidifying his exceptional goal-scoring prowess.

3. Bernardo Silva

While he is comfortable using both feet, Bernardo Silva's left foot is considered to be his stronger foot. As a midfielder and winger, using both feet effectively allows him to create opportunities and score goals from different angles and positions on the field.

2. Erling Haaland

At the age of 22, Erling Haaland has already established himself as one of the premier strikers globally. The Norwegian rose to prominence at Borussia Dortmund, showcasing a remarkable goal-scoring prowess.

Haaland's outstanding contributions earned him the prestigious Golden Boy award in 2021, and he was further recognized as the Bundesliga Player of the Season in the same year.

Following his standout performances with Dortmund, Haaland secured a transfer to the English champions, Manchester City, during the summer transfer window. Since joining City, the forward has been relentless, netting 11 goals in just eight league appearances..

1. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is widely considered one of the greatest footballers in the history of the sport, particularly as the most outstanding left-footed player of the last two decades. Nevertheless, his second position on the list can be attributed solely to a less-than-stellar performance during the 2021-22 season.

Following his departure from Barcelona, Messi joined PSG in the summer of 2021, and his initial season with the club left much to be desired.

In the 2021-22 season, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner struggled, managing only six goals in 26 league appearances, marking a somewhat disappointing phase in his career.

However, Messi appears to have regained his peak form in the current season, already tallying four goals and seven assists in just eight league appearances, signalling a return to his prolific and influential self.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)