There’s something about left-footed footballers, isn’t there?
They just seems to have a certain elegance about them.
However, the cultured southpaws are vastly outnumbered by their right-footed nemeses so the question begs, would an ultimate left-footed XI beat a team of the world’s best right-footed players?
Let’s take a look at the line-ups…
The problem is that while a fair few left-backs are naturally right-footed, hardly any left-footers play at right-back.
The only man we could think of was 36-year-old uncapped FC Krasnodar defender Vitali Kaleshin.
No offence to Vitali but we thought it was probably best to select the ever-versatile David Alaba in the starting XI.
Elsewhere, this team looks very strong, particularly the front three.
And with the likes of Jordi Alba, James Rodriguez, Arjen Robben, David Silva and Paulo Dybala on the bench, it’s going to take a strong right-footed XI to beat them.
How about that then?
We’ve selected Cesar Azpilicueta as the strongest right-footer with experience at left-back.
I don’t think anyone would argue that this lot have the edge in midfield quality, especially with Toni Kroos, Kevin De Bruyne and Marco Verratti to come off the bench if needed.
The front threes are fairly evenly matched although in terms of sheer volume of goals over the last couple of seasons, the right-footers can’t be touched.
It goes without saying that this side also have better strength in depth with Sergio Aguero, Neymar, Leonardo Bonucci, Alexis Sanchez, N’Golo Kante and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all twiddling their thumbs on the bench.
So, what do you reckon?