Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Mohamed Salah and Gareth Bale all have one thing in common.
They are all left-footed.
Just 20 per cent of the world’s population is left-footed, according to statistics, so it’s quite funny that the greatest player of all-time is part of that minority.
But League Two outfit Port Vale are on the hunt to sign left-footed players as part of a scheme to discover the next ‘Anthony Gardner, Steve Guppy or Lionel Messi.'
Vale are holding a ‘Left-Footer Talent Identification Day’ on Wednesday, April 17, where left-footed players aged between seven and 14 and encouraged to come down for a trial, with a view to joining the club’s Academy.
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A post on their website reads: “Whatever the reasons, there is something special about left-footed players and Port Vale Academy are looking to recruit more talented left-footed players who could potentially be the next Anthony Gardner, Steve Guppy or Lionel Messi.”
The club asks for the heigh, weight, position, attributes and playing history of all entries, and says those with the potential to progress will be invited for an academy trial, to the development centre or to community trust sessions.
Port Vale's left-footed talent identification day
Quite why Vale are prioritising left-footed players isn’t clear but it’s a great opportunity for any youngster with a dream of playing football.
“Our ‘Left-Footer Talent Identification Day’ is free to register, which is aimed at naturally left-footed players between the ages of 7-14 who believe they have the ability or potential to play in Academy football,” the post continues.
Those keen to attend the session are asked to email email@example.com with the following information.
- School Year
- Address / Contact Number
- Playing History
Vale, managed by John Askey, are currently 21st in League Two and fighting to avoid relegation.