TOP 10 BEST LEFT BACKS IN THE WORLD 2018
Left-backs are usually acclaimed for the technical proficiency they show in threatening opponents and teaming up with their teams’ attacking forces. Besides his primary role as a defender, a left-back pair up with attackers especially by delivering important crosses to them. So who is the best left back in the world right now?
Based on FIFA’s rankings, the world’s best left-backs are found in Europe’s top 5 leagues including EPL, La Liga, Serie A, German Bundesliga and Ligue 1. Therefore in this article, we have churned out the list:
Top 10 Best Left Backs in the World 2018
Marcelo might not prove to be the best while maintaining a defensive style of play but no one would doubt the fact that he is the best left-back while teaming up with attackers. In 2017, his impressive performances earned him a lot of acclaims and this overshadowed some people’s claims that the Madrid star often committed defensive errors. Marcelo, who sits in the 30th position among the world’s best players, is obviously the best left-back in the world.
Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions as well as the Spanish La Liga in the previous season and it was evident that Marcelo’s presence contributed massively to the team’s success. In that season, the 29-year-old left-back created 10 assists in the Spanish La Liga. Marcelo is acclaimed for his technical proficiency and the ability to move the ball forward especially in helping his team’s attacking force. Recently, Real Madrid hasn’t been able to fight Barcelona closely for the Spanish La Liga and the fact that they are 18 points adrift of their toughest rivals means they might not win the Spanish La Liga this year. Nevertheless, Marcelo’s presence has strengthened Zinedine Zidane’s squad both in the Spanish La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
2. Jordi Alba
Jordi Alba is a bright left-footer and his responsiveness, especially in the attack, has helped Lionel Messi find a suitable left-back to partner with. Barcelona’s style of play is much more offensive and Jordi Alba adapts quickly to this and even falls back early enough whenever there is need to do so.
Jordi Alba possesses one more distinguishing skill which is undoubtedly his brilliant pace and this makes it easy for the 28-year-old Spaniard to switch swiftly from attack to defense and from defense to attack. Through Jordi Alba’s presence, Lionel Messi always finds it easy to use the left flank in scoring goals.
3. David Alaba
David Alaba is one of the important players in the defense line of Bayern Munich and he adapts quickly to his team’s attacking flair. In 2016, FIFA ranked him as the best left-back in the world but now, it is obvious that the Austrian has dropped to the third position. For the fact that the 25-year-old left-back has been battling injury spells, the reasons for his form decline are clear. Besides his brilliant defensive displays, David Alaba is better admired as a defensive midfielder due to his passing ability and the way he keeps ball possession.
While at Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola enjoyed Davida Alaba’s passing ability and his calm style of keeping ball possession. In consequence of this, he frequently used the Austrian as a midfielder. However considered a left-back, David Alaba performs brilliantly when used as a defensive midfielder. In FIFA’s ranking of the world’s best players, the Austrian star is currently placed in the 69th position.
4. Alex Sandro
Alex Sandro is one of the key figures in Juventus’ strong defensive line. Though he often came off the bench during the latter part of 2017, Alex Sandro proved to be an important player. Prior to that moment, his performances had clarified that he is one of the best left-backs in the world. Sandro’s quickness and technical proficiency constitute the factors which make him a perfect player that should adapt to any defensive line.
In the last summer transfer, Alex Sandro earned interest from Chelsea FC of England and rumours have it that the Brazilian might find his way out of Juventus at the end of the current Serie A campaign. In previous times, Alex Sandro played for Porto but today, his brilliant spell at Juventus is probably what has given him a place amongst the world’s best left-backs.
5. Filipe Louis
Filipe Louis is evidently one of the key figures strengthening Diego Simeone’s tough defensive style of play. The Brazilian has been a significant part of Simeone’s squad for years. Though there had been a time he left Atletico Madrid for Chelsea. Sadly, he couldn’t adapt to Chelsea’s squad and was soon sold back to his former club Atletico Madrid after spending one season at the Stamford Bridge.
Filipe Louis may not have succeeded in Chelsea but it is beyond doubt that Atletico Madrid has always made the best out of the Brazilian left-back. In FIFA’s rankings of the world’s best players in 2017, Filipe Louis took the 85th position and his return to Atletico Madrid –about three years ago –has yielded an impressive football career. Though a 32-years-old, Filipe Louis possesses great strength which makes him a tough defender while coming up against attackers. Besides his strong defensive capability, Filipe Louis does well in creating passes and moving the ball forwards.
6. Benjamin Mendy
Benjamin Mendy is a skilful left-back who runs powerfully and crosses the ball into the box while operating from the flank. In reality, he is a technical defender who enjoys an attacking style of play and this flair is the obvious reason why he would naturally fit well into a team that dwells on attacking football.
Mendy’s brilliant efforts which included 8 assists contributed immensely to Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph of 2016/17. Following his remarkable spell at Monaco, Mendy became part of Man City’s summer signings. In September of 2017, when Mendy had played only five games for City, the French left-back picked up a crucial injury. Due to this, Fabian Delph has had the opportunity to replace the Frenchman and prove some ability as a suitable left-back in Pep Guardiola’s brilliant squad. If Mendy were available, Man City’s defense line could be more solid than it has ever been. Although Mendy is not present at the moment, the Frenchman’s exceptional Monaco spell has kept him among the world’s best left-backs.
7. Marcos Alonso
Marcos Alonso is one of the consistent players in Chelsea’s squad. The former Sunderland player has taken the advantage of his attacking flair to score goals and team up with attackers in order to create goals. Besides his defensive capability, Marcos Alonso has proven to be a good free-kick taker on several occasions.
Marcos Alonso joined Chelsea ahead of the 2016-17 EPL season and his efforts had a significant hand in Antonio Conte’s EPL triumph in the latter’s first managerial season in England. The Spaniard [Marcos Alonso] might not be strong defensively as some people would have expected, his attacking strength has made him the brilliant left-back that befits Antonio Conte’s squad. Marcos Alonso, who clinched 12 goals from 66 games for Chelsea, has proven to be a wing-back with a strong flair for scoring goals. In the previous season, his attacking flair created about 9 goals for Chelsea in the EPL.
8. Faouzi Ghoulam
Around the latter part of 2017, Faouzi Ghoulam sustained an injury but prior to this, the left wing-back had proven himself as one of the best left-backs in the world. Though Napoli was marked down by a form decline towards the end of 2017, the team has obviously graced the current Serie A campaign [2017/18] with excellent displays in the quest to clinch its first Serie A title since 1990. In 2016/17, Faouzi Ghoulam emerged Algeria’s player of the year –a feat he claimed ahead of Riyad Mahrez who received the African Player of the Year honour for 2015/16.
Faouzi Ghoulam is one of the talented left-backs who enjoy moving the ball forwards and in the course of this, the Algerian star succeeds in creating excellent crosses for his team’s attackers. Considered one of the strongest Serie A sides, Napoli adopts an attacking style that combines quickness with ball circulation. Through his technical proficiency, Faouzi Ghoulam has succeeded in adapting to this brilliant style of play.
9. Danny Rose
2017 could have been a great year for Danny Rose if the England international hadn’t picked up a knee injury. In consequence of the injury, the left-back was out of action from January to October of 2017. But prior to his absence, Danny Rose had gathered some significant acclaim for himself, making him one of the best left-backs to reckon with in the EPL. In previous times, Danny Rose could be criticized for too much of defensive lapses but as a result of his remarkable development, the 27-year-old Englishman has proven great composure defensively and while teaming up with Tottenham’s attackers.
10. Layvin Kurzawa
Layvin Kurzawa is one of the brilliant players in Unai Emery’s squad. Although PSG lost the Ligue 1 race to its toughest rivals [Monaco] in the previous season, Layvin Kurzawa maintained an interesting season with a string of brilliant displays. 25-year-old Kurzawa is recognized for his immense strength, the ability to come up against attackers and the way he works vigorously around the flank. Through his excellent pace, Kurzawa delivers great crosses to attackers and considering the superb performance which earned him an astonishing hat-trick against Anderlecht in last season’s UEFA Champions League, the 25-year-old Frenchman could be a good scorer.
That’s all about Top 10 Best Left Backs in the World 2018.
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