In previous articles I have looked at the best right and centre-backs. In this article I will look at the final piece of the puzzle, left-backs.
These are the top five left-backs currently playing:
5. David Alaba, Bayern Munich
After winning the Champions League and the Bundesliga last season, Alaba has emerged as an important part of the Bayern defence. The Austrian was initially regarded as a midfielder, but migrated back to the left back position. He played a key role in Bayern's successful 2012/13 campaign and helped them win the CL with a long range stunner against Juventus.
4. Filipe Luis, Atletico Madrid
Many people reading this will question the inclusion of the Brazilian but he is one of the most complete defenders in the world right now, and carries a solid left foot.
He is also immensely fit and could run up and down the left flank for the entirety of a match. Many EPL clubs are after his signature.
3. Marcelo, Real Madrid
Marcelo struggled at first after joining in 2007 but has since become a huge hit at the Santiago Bernabeu. Jose Mourinho worked to excel the Brazilian from a midfielder into the excellent defender we see today. He has also netted 15 goals for the Spanish giants and will be looking for his best season yet to make up for his injury plagued 2012/13 campaign.
2. Leighton Baines, Everton
It's difficult to find prolific goal scoring defenders these days, and Everton have one in the form of Baines, but for how much longer? Manchester United have been working hard to secure the signing of the England International.
Baines is fast and has a superb left foot that allows him to frequently find the net from long range free-kicks. He also possesses a terrific crossing ability and a nerveless penalty, and he can feel unfortunate to be behind Cole in the England side.
1. Jordi Alba, Barcelona
Alba made himself known at the 2012 European Championship and was immediately scouted and signed by Barcelona. Before the Euro's, people felt that Spain's only weakness was the left-back position, but not anymore with the emergence of Alba.
He immediately slotted into Barca's defence as if he's always been there and has consistently put in great performances for the La Liga champions.
Other top left-backs that were considered:
Patrice Evra, Ashley Cole, Fabio Coentrao, Lucas Digne