Having left-footed players is a gift to any side.
Even though professional footballers are expected to be good with the ball on either foot, almost all footballers have a favored foot. Left-footed footballers have a certain guile to their style of play. They naturally seem to be more elegant than right-footed players. Even though the number of right-footed players easily outnumber the left-footed ones, some of the best footballers to play the game have been left-footed.
Here is a list of the best left-footed footballers in 2022.
5. David Alaba
One of the most versatile players in world football, Alba can play as a central midfielder, wide midfielder, left back and centre-back. The Real Madrid player is also one of the most decorated in the world, winning 27 titles with Bayern Munich before joining Real Madrid in 2021. The Austrian went on to win the La Liga and the Champions League in his debut season in which he played an instrumental role. Also, playing primarily as a centre-back, the 30-year old started 30 league matches for Real Madrid on their way to win the 2021-22 La Liga title.
4. Ederson Moraes
Moraes joined Manchester City in 2017 and since then has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Comfortable with both feet, the Brazilian is naturally left-footed. The Brazilian won the Premier League Golden Glove in the last three seasons running and has won four League titles in five years with Manchester City. Also, the goalkeeper is well-known for his accurate distributions and his sweeping ability. Finally, his distributing quality is highlighted with the fact that he is the first Manchester City goalkeeper to provide an assist for a goal.
3. Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland, at just 22, is already one of the best strikers in the world. The Norwegian made his name at Borussia Dortmund, scoring goals for fun. Haaland won the Golden Boy award in 2021 and was also named Bundesliga Player of the Season the same year. His impressive performances for Dortmund earned him a transfer to English champions Manchester City in the summer transfer window this year. Since joining City, the forward has been unstoppable, scoring 11 goals in eight league appearances for Manchester City.
2. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is arguably the best footballer to have ever played the game. It is no doubt that he has been the best left-footed footballer over the last two decades. However, the only reason the Argentine is second on the list is because he didn’t have the best of seasons in 2021-22. After leaving Barcelona, Messi joined PSG in the summer of 2021. His first season with PSG was a little disappointing. As the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner only managed six goals in 26 league appearances. However, Messi seems to be back to his best in this season as he already has four goals and seven assists to his name in eight league appearances.
1. Mohammed Salah
The best left footed footballer in world football right now is Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah. Salah has been Liverpool’s goal-scoring machine since he joined the club in 2017. The Egyptian has been instrumental in Liverpool’s success in recent years. Leading the Reds to a Champions League and a Premier League title. Also, the winger in his five seasons with Liverpool has won three Premier League golden boots. Finally, he also holds the record for most goals scored in a single Premier League season.