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World Football's 20 Best 2-Footed Players Right Now

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2014

World Football's 20 Best 2-Footed Players Right Now

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    Paul White

    There have been plenty of legendary players over the years, but only a small selection of them could claim to be truly brilliant with both feet.

    Johan Cruyff, Zinedine Zidane, Glenn Hoddle, Zico, Socrates and George Best were among those who could interchange between their feet with ease.

    Here follows the 20 best two-footed (or "ambipedal") players in the world right now...

Luka Modric

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    Frank Augstein

    Some might argue that Luka Modric is stronger with his right foot, but his statistics show he can use both pegs with aplomb.

    According to the Daily Mail in 2010, Modric pinged in 55.5 percent of his crosses from the left wing, with the smaller percentage coming from the right. 

Francesco Totti

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    Gregorio Borgia

    Having spent his entire career with the Giallorossi, Francesco Totti is a Roman legend on par with Caesar. 

    The 37-year-old forward is well known for his powerful right-footed shot, but he is also very strong on his left side. 

Manuel Neuer

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    Jon Super

    It may seem a little strange to put a goalkeeper among the world's best ambipedal players, but Manuel Neuer definitely earns his place.

    Watch closely during a game and you will see the German shot-stopper uses both feet, making him particularly useful when clearing a back pass under pressure. 

    Former Bayern keeper Jean-Marie Pfaff once said Neuer's footwork was so good he could play as a central defender. 

David Luiz

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    Christophe Ena

    David Luiz may have been responsible for a few howlers in his time, but he is undoubtedly a world-class defender.

    The fun-loving Brazilian centre-back is able to cover both the left- and right-back positions and can fire off a powerful shot with either foot. 

Santi Cazorla

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    Sang Tan

    Santi Cazorla is one of a small band of players who are truly ambipedal: It is virtually impossible to detect which side the Spanish midfielder is more comfortable on.

    In 2012, shortly after signing him from Malaga, Arsene Wenger admitted that he had absolutely no idea which foot was Cazorla's strongest, comparing him to Glenn Hoddle in this respect. 

Pedro

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    Alex Caparros/Getty Images

    Lionel Messi may be Barcelona's brightest star, but his weaker right foot excludes him from consideration on this list. Several of his teammates are present, however, including Pedro, who appears to be equally strong with both feet. 

    Watch this clip of his goal highlights and you will see that he is very comfortable scoring great goals with either peg. 

Diego Forlan

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    Masashi Hara/Getty Images

    Diego Forlan didn't really win over Premier League fans with his disappointing spell at Manchester United, but the Uruguayan striker subsequently showed his class at Villarreal and Atletico Madrid. 

    Forlan, now playing with Japanese side Cerezo Osaka, showed his equal ability with both feet at the 2010 World Cup, scoring a long-range beauty against South Africa with his right boot and bagging an equally impressive equaliser against the Netherlands in the semi-final with his left. 

Neymar

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    Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

    Before his big-money transfer to Barcelona last summer, Neymar was known as a human highlights reel, as YouTube was chock full of his amazing Santos golazos. 

    The precocious Brazilian is clearly capable of scoring incredible goals with both feet, a facet of his game he attributes to the advice of his father:

    My father always said to me, ever since I was a little boy: “You shouldn’t choose which foot to shoot with. If the ball falls on your left side, shoot with your left, and if it falls on your right, then shoot with your right.” 

     

Hernanes

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    Claudio Villa/Getty Images

    Hernanes was adored at Lazio, in part because of his superb ability at taking free-kicks. While at Sao Paolo, the Brazilian midfielder even managed to score a free-kick with each foot in the same game.

    The 28-year-old Internazionale star is exceptionally gifted with both feet—and can even play on all fours!

Radamel Falcao

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    Didier Baverel/Getty Images

    Radamel Falcao may have been nursing a knee injury since January, but the Colombian hitman is a defence's worst nightmare when fit.

    Despite being only 5'10" tall, the Monaco man is very good in the air and he can score superb goals with both feet. Essentially, every part of his body poses a threat! 

    Hopefully, the 28-year-old Chelsea target will recover in time to show his ambidextrous skills at the World Cup. 

Toni Kroos

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    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Toni Kroos may not be the biggest weapon in Bayern Munich's enviable arsenal, but the German midfielder could be earning a staggering £260,000 per week at Old Trafford next season if The Guardian's report is to be believed. 

    For that money, the Red Devils would be getting a player capable of scoring with either foot from just about anywhere on the field. 

David Villa

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    Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

    David Villa is actually naturally right footed, but ESPN say that a childhood injury left his leading leg in a cast, prompting his father to encourage him to work on his weaker foot.

    Now, the Atletico Madrid star can thank his old man for being a versatile two-footed striker. 

Wesley Sneijder

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    Scott Heavey/Getty Images

    Wesley Sneijder is able to release thunderbolt free-kicks from his right boot, but the Galatasaray star is more than comfortable shooting with his left foot too. 

    Watch the Dutchman for a full game and you will appreciate how easily he can switch feet as the situation requires. 

Adriano

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    Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

    Neymar and Pedro have earned spots on this list, but Barcelona's most naturally two-footed player is surely Adriano. 

    The Brazilian left-back is a natural ambipedal who is capable of scoring fantastic goals with either foot. 

    Here he is scoring from outside the box with his right foot against Valencia and here he puts away a stunning long-ranger against Atletico Madrid with his left. 

Andrea Pirlo

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    Claudio Villa/Getty Images

    Andrea Pirlo is living proof that you do not have to run very much to be a legendary player.

    The Juventus playmaker will happily jog around the middle of the park spraying inch-perfect passes to his teammates, using whichever foot takes his fancy. 

    If Matt Le Tissier had an Italian accent, an incredibly manly beard and a decent left foot, it would be pretty difficult to tell them apart. 

Marco Reus

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    Martin Meissner

    Marco Reus is in the form of his life right now. In recent matches, the Borussia Dortmund winger has scored a hat-trick against Stuttgart, a brace against Real Madrid and a goal and an assist against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

    The Dortmund-born BvB star might prefer to shoot and take free-kicks with his right foot, but his left foot is used for so much more than just standing. Watch him closely and you will see that he distributes passes pretty evenly between his feet. 

    With such versatility, it's little wonder that Manchester United are among his suitors (as per The Metro). 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    Michel Euler

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in Paris Saint-Germain's demolition of Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League in February, the second of which was an unstoppable left-footed drive from outside the box. 

    After the match, journalists remarked that they were impressed that the talismanic Swede had scored such a good goal with his "wrong" foot. Ibra simply responded: "There is no wrong foot."

    And he is right. Bravado aside, Zlatan is more than capable of passing and scoring with both feet, making him the most dangerous attacker in Ligue 1. 

     

Eden Hazard

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    Christophe Ena

    Chelsea's success this season can be partly attributed to the creativity, speed and raw talent of Eden Hazard. The young Belgian can turn on a sixpence and is confident enough to compare his own style with the Messis and Ronaldos of this world.  

    We've seen Hazard score from outside the box with his right foot a few times this season, but the 23-year-old is perfectly adept at shooting and distributing with his left foot too. 

Franck Ribery

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    Kerstin Joensson

    Franck Ribery is a commanding presence on Bayern Munich's left wing, where he can either swing in a pin-point cross with his left foot or cut onto his right to produce a blistering shot. 

    The Frenchman may be right-foot dominant when it comes to shooting, but his stunning volley on the final day of last season against Borussia Monchengladbach showed he is extremely confident with his left side. 

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Paul White

    Not only is Cristiano Ronaldo probably the best player in the world right now but he is also the best ambipedal player. 

    The Portuguese superstar has incredible technique with both feet and is capable of scoring with virtually any part of his body. Last season, he scored 29 times with his right foot, 16 times with his left and eight times with his head.

     

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