Legendary Left Backs

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Left backs are not typically the most decorated or influential of players, but every once in a while you get someone in this position who steals the show! Today we look at our top five legendary left backs. 

Bixente Lizarazu
Lizarazu was one of his country’s golden generation and became the most decorated player in French football. Although, diminutive in stature, he more than made up for this with his intelligent runs and accurate passing.

Nilton Santos
A real pioneer of the modern-day full-back, Santos is perhaps best known for his dribbling and shooting prowess. Not only was he an exceptionally talented player, but a loyal and injury-free one, racking up over 1,000 career appearances for Brazilian legends Botafogo

Staurt Pearce
‘Psycho’ could makeit into the top 5 on spirit, heart and determination alone. Pearce worked his way up through the non-league game and fans adored his ‘never-say-die’ attitude. His hard man approach to the game perhaps overshadowed what a great defender he actually was.

Roberto Carlos
Who can forget that free-kick against France? Carlos is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest players. It’s not often a left back is considered the star of his team or an attacking threat, but Carlos had it all and it would be a crime not include him.

Paolo Maldini
Probably the game’s classiest left back. Ever. Maldini was not blessed with pace, but could read the game to perfection and was never caught out of position in his 25 years of topflight football with AC Milan.

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