Welcome back to my third Top 5 list! As we move across the field, it is time to look at the Top 5 left-backs in the world. After the struggle of putting together a list of the five best right-backs in the world, I am anticipating more of the same with this post! Always feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments and give me some feedback! I would love to hear from my readers and get some of their thoughts! With that being said let’s get started. Here are my top 5 left-backs in the world!
#5- David Alaba- FC Bayern
Fighting off players like Filipe Luis and Marcos Alonso to claim a spot on the list is Bayern Munich’s David Alaba. The Austrian is a very versatile player, with the ability to play across the defense or in a central midfield position if needed. At only 26 years old, Alaba is the second youngest player on this list and could continue to climb as players ahead of him age. Given his usage in the midfield, Alaba is very solid with the ball at his feet. He can make a multitude of passes, while also taking his man on with the dribble. Injuries have knocked him off course, as he was expected to be one of the best in the world when he was younger. However, there is still time for Alaba to climb this list and with good health, I believe he will.
#4- Alex Telles- FC Porto
This is a name that may be a surprise to some on this list, Telles is a Brazilian left-back who plays in Portugal for FC Porto. Even with his talent, he is often forgotten. This is due to the fact that the next two players on my list are also Brazilian left-backs. The position is locked up on the Brazilian national team. Telles has actually never appeared for Brazil and has considered a citizenship change in the past. His grandparents are Italian, which gives him the ability to switch his nationality. Telles is the youngest player on this list and is so gifted in the attacking aspect of his game. Personally, I think it is only a matter of time before he makes the Brazilian national team.
#3- Alex Sandro- Juventus
The second of three Brazilians on this list, Alex Sandro has earned the third spot on this list. If you recall my last article discussing the top five right-backs in footy currently, you may remember the name Joao Cancelo. As the right-back for Juventus he checked in at #4 on my list. With Sandro at #3, Juventus are set in defense and they have shown that by only allowing 8 goals in 16 Serie A matches. His speed and stamina are what make him so great. Sandro can also play left midfield, which speaks to his technical abilities. He just signed a lucrative contract extension with Juve and at 27 years old, Sandro is just getting warmed up.
#2- Marcelo- Real Madrid
The oldest player to make this list at 30 years of age, Marcelo comes up just short of #1. The elder member of the three Brazilian left-backs in this list, Marcelo has been playing at a high level for years now. His age is starting to show, as he looks to have lost half a step in speed this season. However, what he is losing in physical ability, he makes up for it technically. There are few players, especially defenders that can do the things Marcelo can with the ball. He is a wizard with both his dribbling and passing, which is often not what left-backs are known for. Although he is not #1 on my list, Marcelo is definitely world class and it will be a shame when he retires.
#1- Jordi Alba- FC Barcelona
Coming in at #1 on my list is the diminutive Spaniard, Jordi Alba. Similar to Alex Sandro, Alba is known for his pace and stamina. Except the difference with Alba is that he is even faster. At 5’7″, Alba can accelerate at olympic-type speed. He is 29 years old, so his speed may not be around for many more seasons. But while he has those physical gifts, Alba will remain my #1 left-back. His dribbling, passing, and defending abilities, paired with his lightning speed, make him my clear choice. How long will he hold his throne? We will have to wait and see!
So those are my top 5 left-backs in the world? What do you think? Are there any that I missed? Let me know your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to share and subscribe! Until next time God bless and have a Merry Christmas!