Rio Ferdinand names the top-five left-footed players of all-time

Arsenal v Manchester City - The Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final

There’s nothing better than watching a left-footed player in full flow.

It’s just a fact that left-football players will always look technically better than their right-football colleagues. We don’t know why, they just do.

And football fans have had the privilege of watching some incredible left-footers down the years.

Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Arjen Robben and Ryan Giggs have all wowed us with their wands of a left foot down the years by dribbling past defenders for fun and scoring screamers.

But what is the best left foot football has ever seen?

Of course, that question is open to interpretation.

That left foot could be used for dribbling, it could be used for passing, it could be used for crossing, it could be used for scoring from 30 yards or it could be used for finishing.

Either way, Rio Ferdinand has got everyone talking by asking his Twitter followers to name their top five left footers of all-time.

And Ferdinand also named his top five. Here it is:

- Rivaldo
- Diego Maradona
- Lionel Messi
- Hristo Stoichkov
- Ryan Giggs


Not bad at all.

However, Ferdinand had to leave out some big names from his top five including Robben, Roberto Carlos, Raul and Johan Cruyff.

But, unsurprisingly, Messi did make into his top five with many football fans believing the Argentine is the greatest player to have ever played the game.


Ferdinand on stopping Messi

And Ferdinand has previously admitted it's nigh on impossible to stop the magician.

"It’s almost impossible to stop him," Ferdinand told FourFourTwo.

"If you nibble at him he’ll go past you or win a free-kick. He’s able to react so quickly to situations and make decisions, it’s difficult to read what he’s going to do.

"If you try and get physical and kick him he can just play one or two touch so you can’t near him. When he starts doing this you think, 'There’s no point getting close to him because he’ll just play it around me’, so you stand off and then he runs at you and produces a bit of magic. He always finds a solution to every situation."

Barcelona v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Final

Ferdinand himself didn’t have a bad left foot, though.

Who remembers his left-foot strike against Liverpool after bringing the ball down inside the box?

Watch: Ferdinand's left foot

Well, if you don’t, take a look:

Doubt Ferdinand will be making any top 5's with his left foot, though.

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