Left-footers only XI

Zaid Khan

Recent research suggests that only 19% of the world’s population is left-footed. However, this statistic hasn’t come in the way of people being witness to some sensational left-footed footballers.

Typically, people tend to fall in love with left-footed players more easily due to the natural guile, poise and elegance with which they play the game. Historically, players like Alfredo Di Stefano, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Roberto Carlos and more recently, Lionel Messi and Raul are considered some of the best ever players to have graced the football field, and one common attribute which this elite bunch possessed is the ability to amaze audiences with their mesmerising skills on the ball.

Di Stefano’s impeccable balance and ability to control the entire flow of the game, Carlos’ exquisite set-pieces, Cruyff’s trademark turn, Maradona’s ‘The Maradona Turn’, Messi’s spellbinding dribbling skills and Raul’s finishing prowess are idiosyncrasies which are synonymous with the beautiful game.

We usually talk about the greatest defenders, attackers and country specific playing elevens. Ever thought about having a go at formulating the best left-footed playing eleven of all time?

The amount of effort and heartbreak that went into formulating this list was way more than what anyone could’ve envisaged. A 4-2-3-1 formation provided optimum balance to the team and also provided an opportunity to include more attackers. There were innumerable standout candidates and there is a huge possibility of one of your favourites not making the cut. Who do you think we’ve missed out? Have your say in the comments below.

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