Top 10 Best Left-footed Football Players 2022

Riyad Mahrez best left-footed football players
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While many professional footballers can use both feet, most players are naturally right-footed, meaning left-footers are a notable minority. Only 19% of professional footballers are left-footed.

A left-footed football player is always regarded as a special gift for any football team. Interestingly, some of the greatest footballers of all time have been left-footed — the likes of Johan Cruyff, Ferenc Puskas, Diego Maradona, Roberto Carlos, Ryan Giggs, Raul, Arjen Robben, Rivaldo, and Alfredo Di Stefano.

Left-Footed football players are wonderful to have in any squad because they, along with the right-footed players, create a balance on both wings, as well as surprise the opponents with elusive decisions.

In this article, TOP SOCCER BLOG brings you the top 10 left-footed football players in the world in the year 2022.

1. Mohamed Salah

Mohammed Salah

The best left-footed player in the world in the past decade used to be Lionel Messi, but with the Argentine’s slow start the season at PSG, Salah is the best left-footed football player in the world in 2022.

The Egyptian’s 30 goals and 16 assists in all competitions has got Liverpool chasing an unprecedented quadruple. The Reds have already won the League Cup and have reached the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League finals.

2. Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez best left-footed football players
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Mahrez predominantly plays on the right and likes cutting inside on his left foot to unleash powerful shots as well as delicious crosses.

The Algerian has been in sensational form this season, and he is only behind Kevin de Bruyne in the Manchester City ranks. His performances helped Man City reach the Champions League semi-finals and also on course to win the Premier League title.

Mahrez has 24 goals and 9 assists in 45 matches in all competitions this season.

3. Leroy Sané

Leroy Sané

Sané is extremely good with his left foot. The speedy winger likes making powerful crosses into the opposition box with his left foot.

He initially struggled to find his feet on his arrival at Bayern Munich last season but has significantly improved in 2021/22.

Sané scored 14 goals and provided 15 assists in 44 appearances this season.

4. Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland

Manchester City’s new striker is left-footed. Haaland is one of the most dangerous young strikers in world football at the moment.

Despite Borussia Dortmund’s struggles this season, Haaland scored 29 goals and provided 8 assists in JUST 29 matches in all competitions!

5. Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva contenders For The Ballon d'Or 2022

Replacing the iconic David Silva at Manchester City seemed like an impossible task, but Bernardo Silva has slotted into the role fairly well.

Not only does Bernardo share the same name (Silva) as David, but he is also left-footed like his predecessor.

Bernardo Silva has 13 goals and 7 assists in 48 matches in all competitions this season as City are edging towards the Premier League title.

6. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Messi’s arrival at PSG was expected to take the Parisians to another level and, most importantly, lead them to UEFA Champions League glory. But the Argentine’s debut season in France has not been good (by Messi’s high standards).

Nevertheless, he still remains one of the best left-footed players in the world, and there is optimism that we will all see the real version of Lionel Messi next season.

This season, Messi scored 9 goals and laid on 13 assists in 32 appearances in all competitions. These stats will have been considered impressive for an average player, but this is Leo Messi!

7. Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann endured a very terrible spell at Barcelona as he shockingly flopped and looked out of place at Camp Nou. He has returned to Athletico Madrid to revive his career and his now gradually getting back to his best.

The Frenchman is left-footed and very dangerous with it, either from open play or set-pieces.

Griezmann scored 8 goals and made 6 assists in 37 appearances in all competitions this season as Athletico Madrid battled their way to the Champions League quarterfinals and only got eliminated by a superior Manchester City side in a very tight contest.

8. Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz

Havertz arrived at Chelsea as a superstar youngster on a huge transfer but couldn’t deal with the pressure in his first season. But the German has gained more confidence this season and has dazzled with his displays.

Kai Havertz has 13 goals and 6 assists in 45 games in all competitions this season.

The German has already written his name into the Chelsea history books as a legend with cup-winning goals in the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup finals.

9. David Alaba

David Alaba utility football players

Alaba is one of the most versatile left-footed footballers in the world.

He was signed by Real Madrid to replace the legendary Sergio Ramos and has slotted in seamlessly.

Despite being a defender, Alaba has 3 goals and 4 assists in 45 matches in all competitions and has helped Real Madrid win La Liga and also reach the UEFA Champions League final.

10. Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka Arsenal
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Bukayo Saka is one of the best left-footed wingers in the world. The Englishman has been phenomenal for Arsenal this season, and has cemented his place as a key player in Mikel Arteta’s team. Bukayo Saka has brilliant close control, finishing, and dribbling ability. He loves to isolate an opponent, and uses stepovers to draw defenders’ eyes towards the ball before quickly pushing it to one side – almost always on to his left foot – to deliver a ball towards goal.

Saka’s 11 goals and 6 assists in the EPL this season helped Arsenal compete for the top four spot in the Premier League.

Notable Mentions:

  • Hakim Ziyech
  • Jordi Alba
  • Angel di Maria
  • Paulo Dybala
  • Hulk
  • Nuno Mendes
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • David Silva
  • Gareth Bale
  • Andy Robertson
  • James Rodriguez.
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