Top 10 Best Left Backs In The World Currently – Left-backs are usually acclaimed for the technical proficiency they show in threatening opponents and teaming up with their teams’ attacking forces. Besides their 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?
Left Backs have sometimes been some of the most exciting players in the game of football; Roberto Carlos will never be forgotten. Even though we no longer have the bald-headed Brazilian to thrill us with his pace, power, and shooting, we have a lot of exciting players.
Based on NaijaQuest ranking on FIFA’s players, 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. In this article, we highlight the Top 10 Best Left-Backs in the World Currently 2019.
Top 10 Best Left Backs in the World 2019
1. 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 he 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 his presence, Barca strikers always find it easy to use the left flank in scoring goals.
Jordi Alba is also one of the most consistent performers in the left back position that the football world can boast of. Some of his attributes include a great sense of awareness off the ball, an ambition to get forward and create something, the speed and acceleration to carry it out, the ability to take on one or two markers, good crossing ability, and a commendable finishing ability for a player in his position.
Jordi Alba has been a regular feature in the Barcelona team that has won back to back to back La Liga titles while making it to the Semi-Finals of the Champions League this season. Without a doubt, he is a veteran, a proven asset to any club- not that he is going anywhere soon.
The left-back has made over 250 appearances for the club, winning La Liga four time as well as a Champions League, having also won Euro 2012 with Spain before arriving at the Camp Nou.
2. Andrew Robertson -Liverpool- Scotland
No games, no dazzle, no-nonsense, Andrew Robertson means business. Andrew Robertson has taken the Premier League by storm since getting regular football at Liverpool. The left-back was key to the Reds’ fantastic form in recent times, as they reached the Champions League for the second time in a row, and are within touching distance of the English Premier League.
Scotland’s captain aged just 24, boasts a high work rate, very good crossing from the flanks, ability to get forward, good passing, strength, the ability to stay on his man, and a good sense of awareness.
Andrew Robertson has the potential to be the very best in his position and has been a great asset to coach Jurgen Klopp, and the Kop.
3. David Alaba – Bayern Munich – Austria
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.
For his general ability, David Alaba should perhaps be higher up this list, but due to Bayern Munich’s convincing loss at the hands of Liverpool this season, and due to the fact that Liverpool has an equally able left-back who seems to have bested him in a fair fight, we find David Alaba in the third position on our list.
Bayern Munich’s man is perhaps the strongest left back in the world. The 26-year-old is a danger going forward with his delivery into the box, but is even more reliable in defense, and has even been used as a center back in the past. He is a sure bet in any 50 – 50 contest, he has a combination of strength and ability to dispossess any player no matter how skillful, good jumping power to prevent attackers sneaking in behind him with long balls, and he has great confidence on the ball. Furthermore, David Alaba is not one to crack under pressure; he remains calm and co-ordinates his defense- line very well.
4. Faouzi Ghoulam – Napoli- Algeria
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.
He is one of those players that don’t care for the noise. A consistent performer contributing to the success of his team, Faouzi Ghoulam sweats his shirt week in week out and does not spare himself of any effort.
Faouzi Ghoulam is not only one of the best-left backs in Serie A, but in the world. The Algerian has churned out over 150 appearances for Napoli since arriving in 2014 and helped the club win the Coppa Italia in his first season at the Stadio San Paolo.
The Quarterfinal loss to (possible eventual winners)Chelsea in the Europa Cup does not make him look bad, Faouzi Ghoulam with his crossing, work rate, and stamina has helped Napoli to a second place finish in Serie A, meaning that Champions League football is guaranteed next season.
5. Aleksandar Kolarov – Roma – Serbia
Aleksandar Kolarov has proven himself to be a very good purchase from Manchester City. The evergreen player seems well adapted to Italian football and has been improving his game since arriving at Roma in 2017.
The mature Serbian possesses a wicked left foot that is guaranteed to be a worry to any team when he gets forward from wide areas or set pieces. That is on the attacking side, but Aleksander Kolarov is best known for his defending abilities, with the following attributes:
Very good marking, well-timed interceptions, precise tackling ability, good awareness, and the ability to anticipate danger.
Roma is currently placed 6th in Serie A, which means we may not be seeing Kolarov in the Champions League next season.
6. Alex Sandro -Juventus-Brazil
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. Alex Sandro is an accomplished player. He can boast of winning two league titles with Porto followed by four Scudettos with Juventus.
Alex Sandro is a robust and dynamic player that stands out when his team is under pressure, or when his team is putting their opponents under pressure. He is very good with the ball at his feet, he can make runs into opponents deep into opponents halves, and has the ability to dribble past onrushing defenders. He loves to shoot; with 28 shots this season Alex Sandro has been a very busy person.
Despite a disappointing Champions League quarter-final loss at the hands of Ajax Amsterdam, Alex Sandro and Juventus at least have an Italian Serie A win to write home about. They will be in the Champions League again next season.
7. Nicholas Tagliafico – Ajax Amsterdam- Argentina
When you get to the Semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, producing stellar performances against great clubs like Real Madrid and Juventus to get there, and then win the Dutch Eredivisie in one season you tend to jump into recognition. That is exactly what Taglifico has done. Here is a little about him, and how he plays:
Tagliafico is a left-back that likes to get forward and attack. He’s not content with just affecting his own position soaking up pressure, he likes put opponents under duress and does that by running into central areas to tackle, intercept and create attacking momentum for his team.
He has good running power and when you match that with his mentality you get a left-back that is constantly making runs up and down the left-hand side of the pitch, wearing out opponents in the process.
A comfortable receiver of the ball in tight areas, he has the cool touches of a play-maker, and it is that kind of composure that allows him to hold on to the ball, waiting for his teammates to position themselves to receive the ball in attacking areas.
Tagliafico is hot on the transfer target list of a number of clubs, including Arsenal.
8. Danny Rose – Tottenham – England
The England international has made tremendous progress in the last few seasons, overcoming injury setbacks, and developing into arguably the finest all-around left-back in the Premier League. 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. With his dynamic and direct style of play, the 28-year-old provides an added boost to his side’s attacking capabilities. He has also improved his positioning without the ball, ensuring that he rarely gets caught out of position.
Danny Rose is stubborn, and will not let himself be beaten either by skill or speed. He has very good tackling, reads danger very well, and will even run across to help the full backs if need be.
A very good Champions League run this season sees Danny Rose and Tottenham in the Final, where they square up against local rivals Liverpool. This could be his year of Glory!
9. Lucas Hernandez – Athletico Madrid – France
After playing an important role in France’s World Cup win, Hernandez brings himself into reckoning as a left back worthy of note by any rating. He boasts a good work rate, anticipation, positioning and aerial prowess.
He has contributed to Athletico’s second-place standing in the La Liga log this term, although he does not look like having pinned down that starting place for the club.
Bayern Munich has reported signed Lucas Hernandez for a club record 72 million Euros, and that is further confirmation of his abilities because the Bavarian Giants don’t spend that kind of money on you unless you are good.
10. Marcelo – Real Madrid – Brazil
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 once sits in the 30th position among the world’s best players, is obviously the among 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.
Marcelo has shown that he still has the ability to be a top player despite everything that is going on at Real Madrid. His balance, dribbling, passing, and shooting continue to be top notch.
To remain in contention, however, he will have to force his way back into the Real Madrid first side as his huge wage bill would probably make it impossible for any other clubs to sign him at age 30.
With Real Madrid currently standing at third on the La Liga standings, Marcelo and Real Madrid are probably in next seasons Champions League- a Competition they recently won 3 times in a row.
Worthy Mentions: The following Left- backs did not feature in our list, and this could be for any reason. They are mentioned here as a note of their abilities.
- Emerson – Chelsea
- Benjamin Mendy – Manchester City
Benjamin Mendy is a skillful 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 defensive 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.
- Layvin Kurzawa – Paris Saint Germain
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 the previous season’s UEFA Champions League, the 25-year-old Frenchman could be a good scorer.
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