Top 10 left-footed players in world football today

Left-footed players make up less than 20% of all footballers, but are utterly invaluable to the sport. Traditionally, left-footed players were used at left-back and in attacking wide areas.

But in the modern game, left-footedness is even more valuable, thanks to the rise of possession-based systems, with managers like Mikel Arteta valuing left-footed centre-backs very highly.

All over the pitch, left-footers boast world-class players, sending fans into a frenzy.

Without further ado, here are our picks for the top 10 best left-footed players plying their trade right now.

Theo Hernandez can run the left wing by himself – Photo by Icon Sport
Best left-footed players
Current club
Senior club-level goals
%of goals via Left-footed shot*
Left-footed matchwinners

🇳🇴 Erling Haaland

Man City

225

51.6% (116)

29

🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah

Liverpool

288

60.1% (173)

37

🇦🇷 Lionel Messi

Inter Miami

⭐ 735

61.6% (453)

⭐ 117

🇵🇹 Bernardo Silva

Man City

101

⭐ 74.3% (75)

22

🇫🇷 Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid

268

57.5% (154)

52

🇳🇴 Martin Ødegaard

Arsenal

66

54.6% (36)

11

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Phil Foden

Man City

87

73.6% (64)

16

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Bukayo Saka

Arsenal

64

45.3% (29)

7

🇨🇦 Alphonso Davies

Bayern Munich

25

56.0% (14)

3

🇫🇷  Theo Hernandez

AC Milan

32

62.5% (20)

4

*Includes only goals classed as a ‘left-footed shot’ on Transfermarkt.

Top 10 left-footed players in world football today

10) Theo Hernandez

Let's keep things traditional to start, with a classic flying full-back. Theo Hernandez has cemented himself as one of the very best full-backs in the world.

The Frenchman has boundless energy and blistering speed and is physically powerful, but he possesses excellent technique, with five goals and ten assists for the Rossoneri this campaign.

9) Alphonso Davies

Another flying full-back, Alphonso Davies' consistent form for Bayern Munich over the last five years will see him follow former teammate David Alaba to Real Madrid this summer.

Canadian international Davies is a similarly colossal attacking threat to Hernandez but in a slightly different way. Davies' speed is matched with exceptional close control and 1v1 ability.

This allows Davies to effectively be a left winger in possession, allowing players like Jamal Musiala to come inside and thrive.

8) Bukayo Saka

Arsenal's star boy, Bukayo Saka, just keeps adding new strings to his bow each season, with this season set to be his most productive season yet, with 18 goals and 14 assists so far.

Saka is a remarkably well-rounded talent, with the ability to beat players on the outside or inside, a variety of finishes, bags of creativity and surprising strength.

8) Phil Foden

To avoid the ceaseless debate fans have over who is the better of England's talented left-footed attackers, we're putting Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka together on our list.

Like Saka, Foden is having a career-best year, with 24 goals and 10 assists so far this campaign, including two hat-tricks.

Foden was described by Pep Guardiola as  the “most talented player” he'd ever worked with as a teenager, and is fulfilling that promise this season, leading his side.

Arsenal's Martin Ødegaard, along with Bukayo Saka, make our top ten – Photo by Icon Sport

6) Martin Ødegaard

Speaking of teenage prodigies, Martin Ødegaard was one of the most hyped youngsters of all time when he moved to Real Madrid aged 15.

After a series of false starts in Spain, Ødegaard has found a home in North London

He has been Arsenal's best player this season, creating reams of chances, scoring key goals and keeping the midfield ticking, all while leading one of Europe's most ferocious presses.

Ødegaard features ahead of Foden and Saka on account of quite how left-footed he is. The Norwegian almost never uses his right foot!

5) Antoine Griezmann

After a fallow two years at Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann is back to his magnificent best at Atletico Madrid.

The Frenchman is incredibly intelligent, and has shone everywhere from lone striker to number eight. In the last two seasons, Griezmann has 37 goals and 26 assists.

The 33-year-old has a record of standing up when it matters. He was the top scorer at Euro 2016, was indispensable at the World Cups of 2018 and 2022, and has pained Real Madrid for a decade.

4) Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva has long been touted as one of the world's most underrated players, but somehow, it is still true.

The Portuguese is one of Pep Guardiola's most reliable players.

He has inimitable skill in tight spaces, an irrepressible engine, incredible versatility and an eye for a big goal – his brace against Real Madrid last season sent City on the way to the Champions League final.

Lionel Messi still produces magic – Photo by Icon Sport

3) Lionel Messi

No list of left-footed players would be complete without Lionel Messi.

There's not much more that can be said about Messi, who in the eyes of many is the greatest to have ever kicked a ball.

Messi's career is very slowly winding down in the MLS, but the little magician is still more than capable of winning any game on his own.

2) Mohamed Salah

Despite facing criticism of late, Mohamed Salah has still had an incredible 2023/24, and has been one of the most productive players on the planet for years now.

Since joining Liverpool in 2017, the Egyptian has contributed a minimum of 37 combined goals and assists every single season.

Erling Haaland leads our Top 10 left-footed players
Erling Haaland terrorises defences – Photo by Icon Sport

1) Erling Haaland

He may not have had quite as good a season as 2022/23, but Erling Haaland is a huge part of why Manchester City look likely to secure a record fourth consecutive Premier League title.

Despite injuries, the big Norwegian has still scored 31 goals this season.

Haaland may not have as cultured a left foot as others on this list, but he is by some distance the greatest provider of football's most valuable currency: goals.

Since moving to Manchester City, Haaland has scored a frankly absurd 83 goals, with an additional 15 assists, while playing in the toughest league in Europe.

Haaland's freakish physical gifts, relentless mentality, positional nous and cannon of a left foot make him a uniquely awe-inspiring footballer.


William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.