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Ranking the 5 best two-footed players in football history

There are many fine two-footed players in history.
There are many fine two-footed players in history.
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Jidonu Mauyon O.

Being a two-footed player is beyond just kicking the ball or scoring goals occasionally with your weaker foot. A player needs to be proficient at it and use both feet quite often. He also needs to be comfortable controlling the ball, passing, dribbling and shooting with either foot to be considered a true two-footed player.

It goes without mentioning that many great players have graced the game of football over the years. However, only a very small percentage of these superstars have been two-footed. That makes them unique, and grants them a major advantage over their one-footed counterparts.

When we talk about the top ambidextrous players in the sport right now, names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Ousmane Dembele spring to mind. But how do these superstars compare with other two-footed players from the past?

On that note, here's a look at the five most two-footed players in the history of the sport:


#5 Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane was a real midfield genius.
Zinedine Zidane was a real midfield genius.

Zinedine Zidane was quite unstoppable during his playing days. His ability to use both feet efficiently made it difficult for opposition players to stand a chance against him in one-on-one situations.

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Zidane was a great controller of the ball, and had impeccable dribbling skills, amazing vision and incredible passing. He also thrived when it came to shooting with both feet, scoring some of the most iconic goals in the history of the sport.

The legendary left-footed volley he scored for Real Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League final is arguably the greatest goal in the competition's history. The Frenchman is indeed one of those players whose legacy continues to live on.


#4 Johan Cruyff

Johan Cryuff was a dominant force in the game during the 70s.
Johan Cryuff was a dominant force in the game during the 70s.

Known for inventing one of the finest moves in football history known as the 'Cruyff turn', Johan Cruyff was indeed a joy to watch during his playing days. The Dutchman's ability to combine both feet and do that efficiently made him quite unpredictable for opposition players.

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He dominated the game during the 70s, winning the hearts of many as he ran riot with Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands. He enjoyed a fabulous career, winning the coveted Ballon d'Or award three times to go with seven top-scorer awards and many other individual prizes.

The late Dutchman also won three Champions League crowns, ten league titles and seven domestic Cups, among others.

#3 Michael Laudrup

Laudrup was one of the finest two-footed players of his generation/
Laudrup was one of the finest two-footed players of his generation/

Michael Laudrup is one of the finest two-footed players in the history of the sport. The attacking midfielder was a huge force to be reckoned with during his playing days. He represented many big clubs, including Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona and Ajax.

One of the biggest attributes possessed by the Danish star was his ability to thrive using both feet. Opposition defenders were left in awe as Laudrup left them chasing dust with his unpredictable turns, teeing up teammates and testing goalkeepers.

Michael Laudrup played 564 games in his club career, recording 132 goals and 38 assists. He won seven league titles in three different countries and also won the Champions League. Laudrup had a decent spell with Denmark as well, scoring 37 goals in 104 games.


#2 Ronaldo Nazario

Ronaldo Nazario is arguably the most complete striker in history.
Ronaldo Nazario is arguably the most complete striker in history.

Another two-footed wonder, Ronaldo Nazario was unstoppable in his prime, tearing down opposition defences and scoring incredible goals almost at will. What made him stand out from many great players of his time was his unpredictability that stemmed from his ability to use both feet efficiently.

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Ronaldo Nazario is arguably the most complete striker ever in football history. His pace, dribbling, skill, movement and eye for goal rendered him a huge threat to opposition defenses.

The Brazilian scored 295 goals and 99 assists in 453 games at club level. He also recorded 62 goals in 98 appearances for Brazil. Ronaldo was named the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, to go with two Ballon d'Or triumphs and six top scorer awards, among others.


#1 Pele

The legendary Brazilian was a two-footed wonder.
The legendary Brazilian was a two-footed wonder.

Another Brazilian on the list, Pele is widely regarded as the greatest football player the world has ever seen. He is truly regarded one of the finest two-footed players the sport has witnessed in its long and illustrious history.

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Pele was picturesque when it came to combining both feet to create magic. Whatever he could do with his right foot, he could do that with his left as well. That helped put opposition defenses to the sword as he scored an incredible number of goals at club and international level.

The legendary attacker retired as the all-time top scorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 91 games. He remains the most successful player at international level, with three World Cup triumphs to his name. He also bagged a massive 643 official goals for Santos at club level.

Edited by Bhargav
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