Ranking The Ten Best Left Backs In World Football

Callum D'SouzaSenior Writer IOctober 15, 2010

Ranking The Ten Best Left Backs In World Football

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal in action during the Carling Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on September 21, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    The left backs is a position under constant threat, consistently pitted against football's fastest players, winger. The likes of Cristiano Ronald, Lionel Messi and Theo Walcott constantly torment left backs with their searing pace and admirable balance yet somehow the defenders remain strong, as well as contributing in attack.

    Left backs efforts to have a large tendency to go unnoticed due to the rarity of goals and assists. Despite having to control and shut down some of the fastest footballers going around it can sometime be an unrewarding position.

    So in dedication of left backs, this article will establish and rank the world football’s top ten left backs.

10.Kieran Gibbs, Arsenal

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal in action during the Carling Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on September 21, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    The 21 year old may have only been playing in Arsenal colours for just over three seasons, one which was largely dominated by injury, but Kieran Gibbs has proven he is a world class left back and is undoubtedly set to enjoy a glistening career.

    The former Wimbledon youth prides himself on his physical yet elegant approach that has earned the starlet an England cap. Gibbs is capable of fulfilling numerous roles in the backline and midfield along with wing roles.

    Gibbs is set to excel in the future and if the Englishman can stay fit than the future looks bright, red and white.

9.Leighton Baines, Everton

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Nani (L) of Manchester United takes on Leighton Baines of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on September 11, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Mi
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    The Everton defender has been a consistent performer in the Premier League for just over five years now, recently earning a debut English cap. Blessed with promising speed and a controlled cross which greatly benefits his teams attack. Baines is also a deceptively strong defender whose intelligence is more than useful off set pieces and corners.

8.Marcelo Vieira, Real Madrid

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    MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15:  Marcelo Vieira of Real Madrid watches on prior to the start of the UEFA Champions League group G match between Real Madrid and AFC Ajax at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Angel Ma
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    Although the Brazilian has been utilized as a left winger by a string of coaches, the 22 year old operates best at his primary role of let back. A quick, intelligent defender, Marcelo has strong control and an aggressive defensive mindset.

    Marcelo’s versatility is a great benefit to Spanish giants Madrid and his damaging runs provide an extra attacking dimension.

7.Maxwell, Barcelona

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 22:  Maxwell of Barcelona controls the ball during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Sporting de Gijon at Nou Camp on September 22, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 1-0.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty
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    Arguably one of the quiet achievers of European football. Maxwell often contributes solid performances without setting the world alight but merely doing his job with ease. The 29 year old is a consistent performer boasting strong speed alongside adequate versatility and impressive club.

    The former Inter Milan defender has been at a trio of giant clubs, accumulating a admirable tally of awards and trophies. The Brazilian is a worthy addition as one of the ten best left backs.

6.Benoit Assou-Ekotto,Tottenham

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Benoit Assou-Ekotto of Spurs passes the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewit
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    A quietly spoken defender, the Cameroon international often contributes strong efforts without much recognition. None the less Assou-Ekotto is a quality left back who boast a physical game style containing some crunching tackles.

    The former Rennes defender has also been a gallant performer having overcome a string of injuries and adversity. Now regarded as one of the world’s most consistent left backs, Assou-Ekotto thoroughly deserves his place.

5.Cristian Chivu-Inter, Milan

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    MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 29:  Cristian Chivu of FC Internazionale Milano in action during the UEFA Champions League group A match between FC Internazionale Milano and SV Werder Bremen at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 29, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Phot
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    Chivu has been an excellent performer for a number of big name clubs as well as being one of the focal points in the Romanian teams. Blessed with an imposing figure, great strength and credible speed, the 29 year old is renowned for his sharp clearances and powerful head.

    The Romanian has enjoyed a successful career having succeeded in the Champions League, Serie A, Coppa Italia, Dutch Cup and Eredivise, as well as being crowned Romanian Player of the Year on three occasions.

4.Gael Clichy, Arsenal

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Gael Clichy of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 3, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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    The Frenchman is one of the fastest and agile defenders in Europe and has performed strongly up against some worthy opponents. The 25 year old is also a natural leader with great experience and a cool head when under pressure.

    Clichy is one of the main leaders in the Arsenal line up and continues to perform strongly for the North London giants.

3. Joan Capdevila, Villarreal

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12:  Joan Capdevila of Spain runs with the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 Group I Qualifier match between Scotland and Spain at Hampden Park on October 12, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    The veteran Spaniard is still performing strongly at the ripe age of 32. Capdivella has been a superb performer for a number of clubs around Spain and has found home at Villarreal for over half a decade now.

    The Spanish international has also achieved a World Cup trophy, featuring heavily for the Champions during the 2010 World Cup. Capdivella is a natural leader, with a calm head who has contained some of the World’s best wingers and is easily worthy on his place.

2.Patrice Evra, Manchester United

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    VALENCIA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 29:  Patrice Evra of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Valencia and Manchester United on September 29, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. Manchester United won 1-0.  (Photo by Manuel Queim
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    The United defender has made the left back role his own perform greatly and consistently in nearly every match he plays. A tenacious back with immense strength and power, the 29 year old is also a strong threat with the ball providing scintillating crosses and damaging runs.

    Evra can admit he is has endured a world of critics and comments but continues to deal with any form of hatred in a mature and calm manner which just furthers the reliable defenders image.

1.Ashley Cole, Chelsea

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Ashley Cole of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 3, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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    The Englishman has a number of off field issues but continues to be an ever present force for Chelsea and England. Blessed with speed, strength and tenacity, Cole is a handful to come up against. Consistently keeping Chelsea left flank neat and tidy as well as contributing as a more than decent attacker.

    Before arriving to Stamford Bridge in 2006 the 29 year old was a reliable presence for Arsenal, where he won the Premiership on a number of occasions and was part of the famous Invincibles squad. Cole may not be the most favoured or admired defender in Europe but there is no denying the former Gunners is one fine left back.