Ah, the left-back.
No longer there merely to stop the opposite team's right-winger wreaking havoc, the modern game dictates that now he must be both a defensive giant and an attacking force.
As the notion of inverted wingers continues to grow and central areas see a greater number of bodies and become ever tighter, full-backs are being increasingly looked toward to offer an outlet and for width.
With that in mind, a left-back who can mix both defensive and attacking contributions are becoming a vital commodity for the top clubs.
As such, here's a look at ranking the top 10 left-backs in world football.
Before the list however, a few caveats:
- Fabio Coentrao isn't included for the list due to playing second fiddle to Marcelo at club level. Were he playing week in, week out, he'd have a high probability of being on the list.
- Philipp Lahm, having played much of his football for both Bayern Munich and Germany in the last two/three years on the opposite side, was not included either.
With all that being said, remember to offer your opinions in the comments section below.
And with that, onto the list: