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Cristiano Ronaldo and the 10 Best Two-Footed Players in World Football

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo and the 10 Best Two-Footed Players in World Football

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    Cristiano Ronaldo had found himself compared to Lionel Messi in almost every way possible in order to determine the best player in the world. 

    One area in which the Portuguese megastar has an advantage over his Argentinean counterpart is his ability to use both feet with equal ability. Messi, on the other hand, is perceived to be stronger with his left boot.

    Ronaldo leads our list of the greatest ambipedal players in world football ("ambipedal" being the foot equivalent of "ambidextrous")...    

     

Santi Cazorla

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    Arsenal's Spanish midfielder is just as comfortable on his right peg as he is his left.

    He is so gifted, in fact, that Arsene Wenger once admitted he had no idea which was his dominant foot, comparing him to Glenn Hoddle in this respect. 

Adriano

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    Neymar, Pedro and the aforementioned Messi are pretty decent with both feet, but Barcelona's most natural two-footer is probably Adriano. 

    Need convincing? Here he is scoring with his right boot against Valencia and here scoring with his left against Atletico Madrid. 

Franck Ribery

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    Franck Ribery is known for running down the left wing and putting in crosses with his left foot, but he has proven time and time again that he is equally lethal with both feet when it comes to shooting. 

Radamel Falcao

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    There is a reason why Jose Mourinho has expressed interest, per The Guardianin Colombian striker Radamel Falcao: as B/R's Jerrad Peters once remarked, "every part of his body is a weapon."

    Falcao can score from just about anywhere on the pitch, with both feet proving equally deadly.

    Here's to hoping he recovers from his knee injury in time for the World Cup. 

Wesley Sneijder

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    Galatsaray's flying Dutchman Wesley Sneijder tends to prefer taking free kicks with his right foot, but he is more than able to shoot and score from open play with both pegs.

    Watch him for 90 minutes and you will be hard pressed to conclude which is his dominant foot. 

Toni Kroos

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    Toni Kroos isn't the most prolific goalscorer in Bayern Munich's midfield, but when he does find the net, it is often from distance. The German seems to strike the ball with either of his feet, depending on which mood takes him. 

Eden Hazard

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    Eden Hazard is in the middle of an Annus mirabilis with Chelsea, leading many to compare him with the Messis and Ronaldos of this world. 

    We have seen him dance along the edge of the 18-yard box and launch an unstoppable right-footed shot a few times this season, but the Belgian is clearly comfortable shooting and distributing with his left too. 

Francesco Totti

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    Francesco Totti has been on the books at Roma since 1989, playing for the Gialorossi as both a lone striker and a trequartista-style attacking midfielder. 

    Il Re di Roma ("The King of Rome") is renowned for his powerful left-foot shot, but the 37-year-old can clearly use both feet with aplomb.  

Andrea Pirlo

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    Is there anyone in world football who looks more comfortable and confident with a ball at his feet in the middle of the park than Andrea Pirlo? 

    The Italian World Cup winner isn't known for dashing runs—in fact, it hardly ever seems that he gets out of breath. This is due to his ability to pick out his teammates on either side of the field with pinpoint passes—a skill that is made incredibly versatile by his ability to use either foot. 

Diego Forlan

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    Diego Forlan didn't exactly set the Premier League alight during his spell at Manchester United, but the Uruguayan showed his two-footed prowess with long-range golazos during his time in Spain with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid.  

    The 33-year-old is now displaying his ambipedal skills in Japan with Cerezo Osaka. 

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