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5 best active two-footed players

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#3 Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

One of the modern greats of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored on multiple occasions with his 'weaker' left foot. He can also put the ball at the back of the net with virtually any body part.

His first 700 goals of his professional career comprised of 442 strikes with his stronger right foot and 129 off his left. Even though Ronaldo can power a shot at goal or pass with either foot, he prefers his dominant right foot and has one of the highest leaps in football, comparable to that of a basketball player.

The 36-year old has scored 127 headed goals as well. Ronaldo has continued his goal-scoring form, despite Juventus on the cusp of losing their nine-season Serie A stranglehold.

The Portuguese leads the 2020/21 Serie A goal-scoring chart with 25 goals. He recently became the first player to score over 50 goals in three of Europe’s top-five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Serie A).

Moreover, he has scored the most goals by a Juventus player in a single season (2019-20) - beating an 87-year old record.


#2 Ivan Perisic | Inter Milan

Ivan Perisic
Ivan Perisic

Ivan Perisic has been one of the most consistent wingers in Europe’s top flight for the last few years. His playing style is reminiscent of a traditional winger.

Perisic is known for his surges down the flank, unleashing pinpoint crosses off either foot. The Croatian also has raw pace at his disposal and is one of the most creative forwards in the game.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup finalist also played a crucial role in Croatia’s magical run to the final, registering an impressive long pass accuracy of 45.5%, while sending in crosses off either foot. Perisic is one of the best two-footed players while passing on the ground as well, requiring very few touches before making a pass off either foot.

Jose Mourinho was a big fan of the 32-year old and was keen to bring him to Old Trafford, as he looked for width on the wings and feeding crosses into the box for the then-Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


#1 Son Heung-Min | Tottenham Hotspur

Son Heung-Min
Son Heung-Min

One of the deadliest wingers in European football and one of the best forwards in the Premier League, Son Heung-Min is arguably the best two-footed player in the game at the moment.

The South Korean has proved to be the perfect foil for Harry Kane and has been involved in 42% of Tottenham Hotspur’s goals this season. Son is dangerous on either wing and even through the middle at times.

While the likes of Greenwood and Dembele are naturally two-footed players, Son, along with Ronaldo, have worked extremely hard to train their weaker foot. The South Korean was trained by his dad till the age of 14 and placed a lot of emphasis on his son’s weaker left foot.

Out of the 67 Premier League goals he has scored for Spurs, the 28-year old has netted 37 with the right foot and 26 with his left. Similarly, during his stint at Bayer Leverkusen, Son scored 13 goals with his right foot and 12 off his 'weaker' left foot.


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