Worthington was a maverick and an irresistibly gifted natural talent, a player capable of conjuring up moments of magic with his left foot and delighting crowds with his improvised ingenuity and highlight-reel star. There’s just something about left-footed talents, isn’t there? No one is quite sure what it exactly is, but a cultured left foot is amongst the most aesthetically pleasing aspects of the game and throughout the years we’ve seen some phenomenal lefties.
We’ve decided to compile a list of some of our favourites, not necessarily the best left-footed players of all time with both Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona absent, but a selection of stars who were magical to watch when at their very best. Here are five of football’s great left-footed geniuses:
Robben is known as a direct and selfish player, one who is eager to shoot on goal. That explains why, although strictly left-footed, he plays on the right wing: Rather than using his favored foot to cross, as he would if deployed on the left wing, he can use it to shoot after cutting in from the right.
A fearsome free kicker and an excellent dribbler, Rivaldo traditionally worked the left side of the field. Despite his obvious striking prowess, many observers believed Rivaldo could have been even better. He sometimes appeared to lack control while hitting headers in traffic, and he was not as effective as other players inside the penalty area. At times he was also criticized for his individual style of play. Yet there is little question that Rivaldo will be remembered as one of Brazil’s best.
3. Roberto Carlos
He became loved for his flair and samba style of play, paving the way for future wing-backs, such as Marcelo as we have already mentioned. Carlos inspired future wing-backs to contribute much more to their team’s attacking play with powerful overlapping runs.when it comes to shot nobody can kick the ball so perwerful like him, what a great legend.
2. Diego Maradona
Your views on Diego Maradona depend on your age and your nationality. The pantomime villain in England, his performance against the Three Lions make him a cult hero in his home town of Buenos Aires.His stocky build and bullish frame made him a nightmare to stop when he picked up a run of speed. Blessed with a low centre of gravity, he could twist and turn beyond multiple players in the blink of an eye.
Seemingly winning the 1986 World Cup on his own, you almost felt like he could have achieved that feet taking on the opposition himself. His greatest attributes were his dribbling, magnetic close control and that burst of acceleration that seemed almost superhuman.A legend for Barcelona, Boca Juniors and Napoli, he must go down as one of the greatest ever footballers, not just No.10s.
1. Lionel Messi
Arguably the world’s greatest ever player, Lionel Messi is another left-footed wizard capable of weaving all kinds of magic with a left foot that has been likened to glue because of his ability to retain possession and control of the ball. However, when Messi broke the Barcelona goalscoring record back in 2012, a whopping 79 percent of those goals were with his left foot, with just 16 percent coming courtesy of his right boot.
Those statistics illustrate the emphasis Messi places on his left peg, but while his right foot may have produced occasional moments of brilliance, his overwhelming reliance on his left means he can be accurately labeled a one-foot wonder.
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