Left-footed players are special. They cause headaches amongst opposing defenders and provide teams with balance, particularly on the wing. Football has provided us with some great players ever who were lefties. Let’s have a closer look at them.
Barcelona and Bulgaria legend Hristo Stoichkov was definitely a special player to watch. Pairing up with Romario, Stoichkov would often wreak havoc amongst opposing defenders and he did so by using mostly his left foot, throwing defenders off balance at will. He also won the Ballon d’Or and helped his nation to the World Cup semi-finals in 1994, which couldn’t have been easy.
Rarely can a player boast of changing the face of the game, but Nilton Santos did just that. The full-back position was once considered a relatively limited one, but Santos’ runs and attacking mentality made others take notice of what a defender could do for his team offensively. Oh, and we forgot to mention he won two World Cups – in ’58 and ’62.
Journeyman midfielder Edgar Davids is mostly known for his protective sunglasses and unique hairstyle, but was also a formidable player in his day. Playing for teams such as Milan, Inter, Barca, Ajax and Juventus, Davids was quick, skillful and energetic.
Dejan Savicevic is known as the best Montenegrin player ever. Winning several titles and two European Cups with Red Star Belgrade and A.C. Milan each, Dejo was known as an incredible dribbler and a passing genius. He couldn’t boast the highest work-rate of his teammates, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a key player in those squads, even under Fabio Capello.
At only 26 years of age, Gareth Bale has been among the world’s most lethal footballers for quite some time now. After dazzling fans, players and coaches with Tottenham in the Premier League, Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid has seen him secure European glory for the Spanish giants, and he may be on his way to winning another Champions League trophy. The Welshman’s left-foot is lethal, even when shooting from a distance.
Raul seems to be popping up every time we decide to write these Top 11 compilations. No wonder, as the Spaniard’s finishing ability enabled him to secure the honour of being the top scorer in Real Madrid history – well, at least until Cristiano Ronaldo showed up. Raul remains a true legend in the world of football to this day. See you on another list, El Ferrari!
300 goals in 552 club games, as well as 20 goals in 43 caps for Argentina – that’s Mario Kempes for you. Kempes is mostly remembered for winning the 1978 World Cup and scoring a brace in the final, which helped him to win the Golden Boot and Golden Ball. He was also La Liga’s top scorer and spent his best days playing for Valencia.
Ryan Giggs was known for his longevity and quickness, as well as a work-rate many of today’s players can’t even begin to imagine. Sir Alex Ferguson made sure Giggs continued to produce in training year after year, and the Welshman made sure Manchester United won every single trophy there is to win in football. Simple as that.
It’s a shame most of us didn’t actually see Puskas play, but we can be thankful for all the videos that remain of the biggest name in Hungarian football. Watching Puskas netting goals for Real Madrid is a delight, as are his feints, tricks and rabonas. His reputation as one of the greatest players in history is surely merited.
Let’s not waste time listing Messi’s goals and achievements here – we’ve done that already. The Argentine’s prowess on the ball has brought him fame and success time and time again. It’s not merely a matter of being left-footed, Messi’s low centre of gravity, quickness and flair are traits unmatched in today’s football, or any era, mind you. But who is our pick for the best left footed footballer ever, you might wonder?
No real surprise here – Diego Maradona takes our number one spot by a landslide. The iconic attacking midfielder is still considered one of the best footballers to ever grace a football pitch, and his goals, technique, personality and his controversial “Hand of God” will be remembered for generations to come. Hope to see you in football some more, Diego!
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