The best left-footed XI vs the best right-footed XI - who would win?

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It’s something that some football fans will never understand. The fact that some world-class footballers earning hundreds of thousands of pounds each week can only kick the ball with one foot.

That’s despite training almost every single day for their entire career.

Take Lionel Messi for example.

The Argentine superstar is widely considered as the greatest player to have ever played the game. And yet he only really uses his right leg to stand on.

Not that it impacts him negatively, though.

But are the best players usually left-footed or right-footed?

The general conception is that left-footers are usually more skilful and can often strike the ball sweeter than their right-footed counterparts.

And GIVEMESPORT have decided to have a theoretical left-footed vs right-footed match and ask: ‘Who would win?’

LEFT-FOOTED XI

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RIGHT-FOOTED XI

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GOALKEEPER

Left-footed: Ederson

Right-footed: Alisson

Verdict: As Alisson gets the nod for the Brazil national side, we’re giving this one to the Liverpool ‘keeper

Left-footed XI 0-1 Right-footed XI

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RIGHT-BACK

Left-footed: Andy Robertson

Right-footed: Joshua Kimmich

Verdict: We’re well aware Robertson is not a right-back - but can you name another left-footed right-back? We’re sure he can do a job, but maybe not as good as Kimmich.

Left-footed XI 0-2 Right-footed XI

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LEFT-BACK

Left-footed: Jordi Alba

Right-footed: Cesar Azpilicueta

Verdict: A similar problem to right-back - but at least Azpilicueta has experience of playing left-back. But Alba wins this one.

Left-footed XI 1-2 Right-footed XI

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CENTRE-BACK

Left-footed: Aymeric Laporte

Right-footed: Virgil van Dijk

Verdict: The two best centre-backs in the Premier League. But Van Dijk edges this one.

Left-footed XI 1-3 Right-footed XI

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CENTRE-BACK

Left-footed: Samuel Umtiti

Right-footed: Sergio Ramos

Verdict: Barcelona vs Real Madrid. Real Madrid win this one.

Left-footed XI 1-4 Right-footed XI

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CENTRE-MIDFIELD

Left-footed: David Alaba

Right-footed: N’Golo Kante

Verdict: We needed a slightly defensive midfielder and Alaba can do that - despite also being a full-back. But Kante is the best defensive midfielder in world football

Left-footed XI 1-5 Right-footed XI

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CENTRE-MIDFIELD

Left-footed: David Silva

Right-footed: De Bruyne

Verdict: A battle of the Man City midfielders. De Bruyne claims it.

Left-footed XI 1-6 Right-footed XI

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CENTRE-MIDFIELD

Left-footed: Bernardo Silva

Right-footed: Frankie de Jong

Verdict: De Jong is one of the best young midfielders in the world but Bernardo is a star in Pep Guardiola side.

Left-footed XI 2-6 Right-footed XI

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FORWARD

Left-footed: Mohamed Salah

Right-footed: Eden Hazard

Verdict: Salah has won the Golden Boot for two years in a year, leaving Hazard trailing in his wake.

Left-footed XI 3-6 Right-footed XI

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FORWARD

Left-footed: Antoine Griezmann

Right-footed: Kylian Mbappe

Verdict: There’s little doubt Mbappe is a future Ballon d’Or winner. He beats Griezmann here.

Left-footed XI 3-7 Right-footed XI

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FORWARD

Left-footed: Lionel Messi

Right-footed: Cristiano Ronaldo

Verdict: The ultimate question. Five Ballon d’Ors each. But we’re giving it to Messi.

Left-footed XI 4-7 Right-footed XI

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