Gareth Bale And the Top 25 Left-Footed Players In Football Right Now

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Gareth Bale And the Top 25 Left-Footed Players In Football Right Now
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Deployed by Wales on the right of midfield against England, Gareth Bale battles with Ashley Cole, one of the Premier League's most talented left-backs.

In 2010, no player emerged from virtually nowhere quite like Gareth Bale. Injuries and the form of others had kept the Welshman out of the first-team at Tottenham Hotspur until he capitalised on the absence of Benoit Assou-Ekotto at left-back early in the year.

His move forward into the left-wing position and the subsequent performances ignited the club's charge into the Champions League.

It was in that competition that Bale alerted the wider football world to his talent with, in particular, a duo of sensational performances in the group stage against Inter Milan.

At the San Siro he launched forward three times down the left side, his pace and exemplary touch putting the reigning champions on the back foot as he scored a hat-trick that restored Tottenham pride in a 4-3 loss.

The return match at White Hart Lane saw Bale confirm his status as one of the bright young left-footed players in football. The way in which he terrorised Maicon was quite something, but it wasn't just a display of flash, but one of substance too, Bale setting up two of Tottenham's goals in a memorable 3-1 win.

Has Bale since done enough to deserve the mantle as one of football's best left-footed players? Talented as he is, quite how good remains open to debate.

What is not up for argument is that continuing in the footsteps of greats from Ferenc Puskás to Paolo Maldini, football is currently blessed with some supremely talented left-footed players.

There is Lionel Messi, the bamboozling forward so integral to Barcelona's European dominance. Patrice Evra and Ashley Cole remain after so many years two of the Premier League's best left-backs. Then there are also Arjen Robben, Ryan Giggs, David Silva etc etc.

All them and more are included on this list of the top 25 best left-footed players in football right now. Please feel free to bring up any notable oversights or suggest some players who might find their place on similar lists in the future.

(Note: Of course many of these are comfortable with both feet, but the purpose of the list is celebrating those who primarily use their left).

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