One of the greatest players ever to play football, Ronaldo had an astounding 2016. The Portuguese won the Champions League, Club World Cup, Euro Cup and also the Balon D’Or. His golden touch continued this season as well, despite the criticism from sections of fans, he scored crucial goals for Real Madrid. Now 31, Ronaldo may not be the fastest player anymore; however, he has blossomed in a more central role. His ability to position himself makes him one of the best and looks set to continue at the top for another 3 or 4 years. Ronaldo’s quality is not defined by his right foot alone. His left foot and headers are equally potent like he showed in the quarter-finals against Bayern, when he scored with both his right and left foot.
The Frenchman lit up the Bundesliga last season with his trickery and brilliant skill. Unplayable at times, Dembele frightened the defenders with his style of play with many defenders resorting to fouling him. Dembele has all the attributes to become the best player in the world for years to come. His flexibility in attack is another strong attribute. The 19-year old scored 6 goals in the Bundesliga last season with three of them coming from his so called weaker left foot.
Despite struggling with injuries time and time again under Pep Guardiola, Thiago showed great quality under the Spaniard mentor. However, it is last season, when under Ancelloti, Thiago truly proved his mettle. 2016-17 was by far Thiago’s best season as he racked up myriad assists, bossing the midfield for the Bavarians. Neutralising Thiago was the key to stopping Bayern last season. Playing in a no 10 role, Thiago ousted Muller from the team for the bigger games. His left-foot is equally dangerous as his right foot. Still 26, Thiago has a bright future ahead of him. Barcelona surely would be regretting Thiago leave now that their midfield is struggling.
The South Korean enjoyed his best season in a Spurs jersey last season as scored 14 goals and had 6 assists. It was Son’s impact that offset the loss of Harry Kane with an injury during the season. Alongside Alli, Kane, and Eriksen, Son flourished and became an indispensable part of Pochettino’s side. Out of 14 goals, Son scored, 5 of those came with his weaker left foot. He will look to build on his excellent run this season as Spurs prepare for a title charge next season.
While Santi Cazorla may have struggled with injuries for the last couple of years, there is no doubt about his brilliant talent. The Spaniard’s ability to take corners, free kicks with both his left foot and right foot are a delight to watch. He had just 11 appearances last season but still managed to take part in 5 goals. A true leader in the heart of the midfield, Arsenal missed his presence during their poor run last season. The Gunners will be hoping that their magician returns to full fitness as they try to rebuild after a poor last season.