Full backs are very important in modern football though most of the credit goes to offensive players for their attacking display to score goals but full backs are equally as important as offensive players as the oppose the opposition to score goal against them and also keeping their lead if their team scored an earlier goal.
Their are two different positions of full backs Right back (RB) and Left Back (LB) there availability in the match is dependent on the team formation they played but now a days full backs are being played in every match.So we look on the top five Left backs in the world whose performances are extra ordinary and give their team a solid defensive and offensive display as well.
5.Marcelo (Real Madrid & Brazil )
Marcelo is a Brazilian International and a regular first choice left back at Real Madrid. He was initially struggled to make an impact at Real Madrid when he was arrived at Santiago Bernabeau in 2007. His break through season came in 2010 under the guidance of Jose Mourinho who shifted him from Left Midfield to Left Back and allowed Marcelo to blossom his game at this position.He performed consistently well and make Fabio Coentrao sit on the bench to become the first choice of Jose Mourinho and as a matter Fabio Coentrao is also a quality left back player which shows how Marcelo Excelled as a left back.
Like all typical Brazilian full backs he also have a knack of scoring important goals so far he scored 17 goals for Real Madrid. He also established himself as first choice left back in Brazil national team set up and will play a crucial role in the upcoming Fifa 14 world cup .Still only 25 years old he still have his best years ahead of him.
4.David Alaba (Austria & Bayern Munich )
David Alaba started his carrier as a midfielder but he plays for Bayern Munich as a left back and his solid performances played an important role in Bayern Munich treble winning squad who just conceded 18 league goals last which is the Bundesliga record.It is hard to believe that he is still only 21 year old .He is a very good player in both defensive and offensive, also have a talent of scoring important goals for his team. Now under the guidance of Pep Guardiola Alaba can develop into one of the top left backs in the world.
3. Jordi Alba (Spain & Barcelona)
One of the finest talents in left back position ,young and energetic Jordi Alba might not be a as physical as full backs should be but he is a complete package of what a tireless left back he is.Spain won the 2008 euro and 2010 world cup but their almost perfect team had one weakness and that they have no specialist left back in their defense but Jordi Alba solved that problem for them and for a proof we should all remember the final of 2012 Euro Cup in which Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the final in which Jordi Alba scored not only one but two goals.
His link up play with the midfield is superb and he will run through the all the time both offensively and defensively which causes many problems for the opposition. He is a product of famous La masia academy of Barcelona though he moved to Valencia after that but Barcelona brought him back in a big money move in 2012 with a fee of € 14 million ($18.7 million ). Jordi Alba is the perfect example what a modern day full should be..
2.Ashley Cole (England & Chelsea)
Ashley cole is a player who is consistently playing well at left back. He is one finest full backs England have ever produced.He is probably the best left back of his generation as he amassed over 100 international appearances for England. He was also a part of great “Invincible” squad of Arsenal who went the whole season unbeaten in 2002-03 season before controversially moved to Chelsea.
At Chelsea he flourished splendidly and won almost every title.The main attribute of his defensive skill is he is very fast and it is a very rare moment when an attacker get passed him solid and reliable at the back and he keeps performing well on consistent basis and therefore rewarded with a new one year contract at Chelsea .His form will be crucial as Chelsea will surely challenge for the title this season.
1.Leighton Baines (Everton & England)
Many of us will be wondering that who is the best left back who pipped Ashley Cole as the best left back of 2013 and the answer is his own compatriot Leighton Baines whose magnificent performances for Everton haven’t gone unnoticed in the world of football. There are not many full back who are blessed with the ability if creating countless chances for their team mates through out the season.
In 2012-13 season Leighton Baines was the most creative player with 113 chances for his team mates.He beats the likes of David Silva ,Santi Cazorla ,Gerrard and Juan Mata.He created 21 clear cut chances most in the Premier league .He has a magical free kick as well and his performances are really threatening the position of Ashley cole in England International team though he is still the first choice of England Manager Roy Hodgson.
David Moyes who left Everton to manage Manchester United did his best to sign him for Manchester united but Everton refused to sell him. Everton can surprise many teams and the existence of Leighton Baines in their team is really important because he always plays an important role in every match…