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10. Lucas Digne (Everton)
Arguably one of the most underrated players in the Premier League, the Frenchman has slotted into the Everton defence with ease, taking on the difficult task of replacing Leighton Baines while adjusting to life in England and looking comfortable the entire time.
Digne has built an instant rapport with Richarlison down the left and his pinpoint crossing has undoubtedly played a major role in the recent scoring explosion from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
9. Ben Chilwell (Chelsea)
Signed by Chelsea in the summer for a fee believed to be around £45 million, Ben Chilwell has been an important part of what looks to be a vastly improved defence at Stamford Bridge this season.
His first eight appearances for the club have seen them keep six clean sheets, continuing the excellent performances he delivered over the last few years at Leicester City. He might not rack up the eye-catching numbers of goals and assists that some players on this list deliver, but first and foremost he is a defender, and a very good one.
8. Marcelo (Real Madrid)
At his peak, Marcelo was simply an unstoppable force of nature who was essential to Real Madrid’s continued success in the Champions League. The speed at which he bombed down the left flank was a crucial aspect of the side’s attacking prowess, allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to drift in-field and score the goals that led to them being crowned European champions for three consecutive seasons.
Now 32 years old, he has naturally begun to slow down, but with five La Liga triumphs and four Champions League crowns to his name, the Brazil international is in the conversation as the greatest left-back of all time.
7. Juan Bernat (PSG)
Having first broke into prominence at Valencia, Juan Bernat joined Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola before moving to PSG in 2018. Since then, he has become a regular under Thomas Tuchel, pushing Layvan Kurzawa out of the starting XI and making the spot his own with some superb displays.
Bernat has great tactical versatility meaning he is regularly deployed further forward too, but watching him you begin to sense there is much more still to come from the 27-year-old and he may soon jump higher up this list.
6. Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid)
Joining Real Madrid in a deal that might cost the Spanish giants €53 million is undoubtedly a daunting prospect. Doing so at 24 years old after just two seasons in Ligue 1 makes it even tougher, but when you have been signed to replace a club legend who is still in the squad, the size of the challenge becomes almost incomprehensible.
Yet it is the exact situation Ferland Mendy has found himself, and the youngster has still shone. He is a solid defender, but with the pace and skill to help the attack when he presses forward, and netting a goal against Barcelona last term to help seal the La Liga title undoubtedly helped his cause.
5. Jordi Alba (Barcelona)
Jordi Alba has been a huge part of Barcelona’s success since he joined in 2012, winning 11 major trophies during that period. Yet he arguably deserves even more credit for his consistency in the past couple of seasons, continually delivering excellent performances even as the team – and indeed club – appear to crumble around him.
Besieged by upheaval in the boardroom and with uncertainty raging about Lionel Messi’s future, Barcelona are a side in turmoil both on and off the pitch. Yet on the field Alba simply continues to be one of the best left-backs in the world, quietly and efficiently doing his job the way he always has.
4. David Alaba (Bayern Munich)
Since he joined Bayern back in 2008, David Alaba has proven his quality beyond all doubt. The only argument against him being so high on this list is the lack of time he has spent playing as a left-back in recent months, the Austria international finding himself starting games on both wings, in central midfield and, most commonly, in central defence for the European champions.
Yet that versatility should not be seen as a negative, instead simply as more evidence of the sheer brilliance he has as a footballer, able to apply his talent wherever his team needs him. There is no doubt that if he returned to his natural position he would be better than most players on this list, so we’re not going to penalise him for showcasing those talents in other roles.
3. Alex Sandro (Juventus)
Back in 2017, before the Champions League Final, there was an argument to be made that Alex Sandro was indeed the best left-back in the world. Since then he has slipped back somewhat, but only against his own impossibly high standards and he undoubtedly remains among the elite stars in that position.
He was excellent throughout last season, and arguably the greatest evidence of his quality might be in just how much Juventus have missed him in the early part of the current campaign. There is little doubt that Sandro’s return will improve Andrea Pirlo’s team immeasurably.
2. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)
Remember when Jurgen Klopp was regularly forced to deploy James Milner at left-back? Well those days are long gone as Andrew Robertson has made the role his own, blossoming into a truly excellent player after joining Liverpool for what now seems like an almost laughable fee of £8 million.
It is easy to say that the Scotsman is not as effective or influential as Trent Alexander-Arnold on the opposite flank, but in truth no full-back in the world really is. Robertson’s solid defending allows TAA to play in the way he does, bringing an important balance to the Liverpool backline.
1. Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)
A clear leader among this group, Alphonso Davies has not only allowed David Alaba to play in other positions, he’s made it necessary because he’s a better left-back than the Austrian. The younger man has simply been a force of nature down the flank for Bayern, tearing apart opponents in both domestic and European competition, adding an extra dimension to their attacking play while never neglecting his defensive duties.
His crossing is excellent, much to the delight of Robert Lewandowski, while he continues to improve his positional awareness and tactical acumen. Davies has only just turned 20, which means there is frighteningly more to come before he reaches the very peak of his powers. A scary thought.