As kids, we’re taught to always use both feet.
“You can’t make it as a professional footballer if you don’t kick the ball with both feet.”
Something you would often hear from coaches.
But a look at some of the best players in world football and that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Arguably the greatest player to have ever played the sport, Lionel Messi, hardly ever uses his right foot while the same could be said for Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben.
But there’s very little doubt that being effective with either foot can be used to your advantage.
That much was seen during Manchester City’s 1-0 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Despite dominating, City were struggling to break down Antonio Conte’s side. That was until Kevin de Bruyne picked up the ball, played a one-two with Gabriel Jesus and smashed the ball past Thibaut Courtois with incredible power.
Many players would struggle to generate that sort of power with their strong foot so it’s rather incredible that De Bruyne did that with his ‘weaker’ foot.
And a rather brilliant story has emerged that goes some way to explain just why De Bruyne has such a good left foot.
Kristof Terreur, a Belgian journalist, has explained how neighbours banned him from using his right foot. The result? An equally strong left foot.
After his winning strike, Chelsea will no doubt be seriously regretting getting rid of De Bruyne. But Chelsea’s loss is City’s gain and Pep Guardiola sung the praises of the world-class midfielder.
"Kevin is a guy who is clever, humble and shy guy but you can see the quality he has. We are lucky to have him," Guardiola told BBC Match Of the Day.
"He was again outstanding. He makes absolutely everything. He is good in small spaces. He has speed, fight and can attack through the channel.
"He played in a holding midfield position against Chelsea. He can play in four or five, six positions.
"It's not easy to find that with this kind of talented player. He has made a step forward."
And Guardiola has got De Bruyne’s neighbours to thank for his fantastic left foot.
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