World Football's 14 Best Two-Footed Players Right Now

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 10, 2013

World Football's 14 Best Two-Footed Players Right Now

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    Football has been blessed over the years with a number fantastic two-footed players—many of which are still showcasing their skills around the world today.

    Be it dribbling, passing or shooting, there's a number of players in the world today who are simply superb on either foot. They are almost impossible to defend against at their best, and continue to prove how talented they are on both feet with scintillating highlights almost every week.

    Who are the best two-footed players in world football right now?

    Read on and find out.

    Note: This list is no particular order, with various factors considered in determining what makes a great two-footed player. All statistics and details via Transfermarkt.

Mario Gomez, Bayern Munich

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    Tranfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is what every striker in world football wants to be—tall, strong, good in the air and very good with the ball on either side of his body.

    Gomez is an instinctive finisher who is deadly inside the box, and he possesses the skills on either foot required to find the back of the net. Which, given his impressive goals tally in the past few seasons, would suggest he's very good at it.

Santi Cazorla, Arsenal

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    Ever since making his move from Malaga to Arsenal last summer, Santi Cazorla has lit up the Premier League with his dribbling, passing and finishing abilities.

    Which, given the goals we've seen from him against West Ham and Manchester United, show that he's more than capable of thriving on either foot.

    And having shown those skills countless times before for both Malaga and Spain, Cazorla has truly become one of the best two-footed players in the game today.

Robin van Persie, Manchester United

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Left

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is a left-footed player, but given the amount of goals we have seen him score on his right foot throughout the years, it's fairly safe to say that the Dutchman is an extremely talented two-footed player.

    Arsenal will attest to that—in more ways than one.

Alessandro Del Piero, Sydney FC

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    Now in Australia playing for Sydney FC, Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero has shown throughout the years to be a magisterial midfielder who can thrive passing (or shooting) on either foot.

    Perhaps it's the technical focus of the Italian game and playing in Serie A, or perhaps it's just the natural skill that oozes out of Del Piero on the football pitch.

    Either way, the two-footed Italian star has been pretty successful.

Andrea Pirlo, Juventus

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    From one Italian legend to another, current Juventus pass-master Andrea Pirlo is another prime example of two-footed brilliance, even at the age of 33.

    Pirlo was superb for Italy at the 2012 European Championships, with his mesmerizing dribbling and incredible passing game fundamental to their run to the final. And behind that was the brilliance and skill that Pirlo possesses on either foot—making him almost impossible to defend against.

Wesley Sneijder, Galatasaray

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    Wesley Sneijder has moved far away from Inter Milan (now at Galatasaray), but the Dutch midfielder still possesses the uncanny ability on both feet he became known for at the San Siro.

    One of the more ambidextrous footballers in the world, Sneijder is a passing menace at his best and has proved that throughout the years. But it's his finishing ability on either foot that still remains his greatest weapon, with this goal against Roma in 2011 (on his weaker foot) one for the ages.

Kaka, Real Madrid

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    Brazil, Real Madrid and former AC Milan star Kaka was once considered one of the best players in the world (if not the best) for his incredible attacking skills and on-ball talents. And whilst he might have dropped off from that perch, his skills on either foot still remain and are evident today.

    Kaka's passing game was crucial to AC Milan, and his ability to score from distance on either side always provided for plenty of joyous celebrations from their fans.

    And despite changing clubs, his impact or talent seemingly hasn't changed at all.

Didier Drogba, Galatasaray

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    When I think of strikers (or players in general) who possess brilliant two-footed abilities, Chelsea legend Didier Drogba wasn't the first name that I wrote down or considered. But upon watching the highlight reels (and trust me, there's plenty) it's clear that Drogba is a genuine talent on both feet.

    Now at Galatasaray, Drogba is still showcasing his mesmerizing skills and has already scored some superb goals for the Turkish club. But it will be the ones he scored in West London that made him a footballing legend, and those goals show just how good he can be.

    Whatever foot he decides to finish with.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paris Saint Germain

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    Confession time: this is my favorite goal scored of all time.

    Watch it, and try tell me that Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn't have two-footed skill that is rarely seen in a striker, let alone in a big dominant forward like Ibra.

Jack Wilshere, Arsenal

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Left

    Jack Wilshere is one of the hottest young prospects in English football at the moment, and despite bursting onto the scene several years ago, his potential and talents still remain as high as ever thanks to his mesmerizing passing and dribbling skills.

    Wilshere is prolific on either foot for the Gunners, and whilst he does favor the left to shoot, his passing and dribbling skills constantly utilize both.

Neymar, Santos

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    Whatever you think about Neymar—overrated, underrated, should transfer to England, should go to Barcelona, should stay in Santos—there is no doubting that he is one of the greatest dribblers of all time and one of the greatest two-footed players football has ever been blessed with.

    His skills and trickery on the ball are like no other in world football, and whilst he hasn't delivered big-time like many were expecting him to, the reality is that he is world-class on either foot.

    Don't believe me? Have a look for yourself.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has established himself as one of the world's top players with his success with the Spanish club and Manchester United.

    The Portuguese star has world-class dribbling skills and finishing abilities—both of which can occur on either foot—and consistently produces some pretty special highlights.

    There is no doubting that Ronaldo is one of the world's best two-footed players.

Nani, Manchester United

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    Nani might not be the most popular guy at Manchester United at the moment, but there's little doubting his abilities and claim to be a two-footed star in world football.

    Not known for scoring a plethora of goals, Nani's highlight reels show a number of goals on either foot, and it's those skills that have made him a big success at Old Trafford over the years, with Sir Alex Ferguson confidently able to play the Portuguese star in any midfield position.

    Few managers can have that confidence in a player, but given the skills that Nani possess on either foot, Ferguson can do with very little drama at all.

Pedro, Barcelona

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    Transfermarkt's Listed Foot: Both

    Lionel Messi might be the man who gets all the applause and praise from Barcelona (and rightly so), but his fellow attacker Pedro has shown to be just as lethal as the Argentinian when given the chance.

    Particularly when he first burst onto the scene with La Blaugrana, Pedro has a brilliant finishing ability on either foot and has full confidence taking the ball towards goal with either—netting some stunning goals as a result of his two-footed brilliance.

     

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