3. David Alaba
Alaba was the highest-placed left-back in FFT’s top 100 in 2016, but he slipped to third – and 69th overall – in our latest list. Injuries haven’t helped, and the Austria international was never as important to Carlo Ancelotti’s system as Pep Guardiola’s, but there’s no doubt that he’s still one of the world’s best in his position.
The 25-year-old is a wonderful footballer who is never flustered in possession. He’s capable of carrying the ball down the touchline but also combines well with team-mates in tight spaces. That composure and passing range were among the reasons why Guardiola often instructed him to take up midfield positions. And is also a free kick specialist.
The Austrain has seemed to retain his place after the departure of Carlo Ancelotti and will be looking to retain his place as being the best left back in hte business.