By 90Min
October 18, 2017

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has opened up a lively debate on Twitter. The 38-year old, who was part of BT Sport's coverage of Real Madrid v Tottenham on Tuesday  night, tweeted his top five left footed players of all time. 

Maybe not a shock is that Lionel Messi made this list. 521 goals in all competitions for Barcelona in 595 games says it all. The Argentina international has won pretty much everything there is to win in professional football with one notable exception, the World Cup.

A hat trick against Ecuador confirmed that Messi will get the chance to win football's biggest prize in Russia in the summer. 

Fellow Argentine Diego Maradona also made Ferdinand's list. Perhaps most famous for his "Hand of God" goal against England in 1986, but it was his second goal in the same match that summed up Maradona, he beat almost the whole England team on his own to score. 

Ferdinand also included his former Manchester United team mate Ryan Giggs. A one-man club, Giggs was central to so many of United's triumphs in the glory years under Sir Alex Ferguson. 

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Most famously, he scored one of the all time great goals in the 1999 FA Cup semi final against Arsenal. The goal took United to Wembley and the FA Cup provided one third of the treble that season along with the Premier League and the Champions League.

Rivaldo was also picked by Ferdinand. A wonderful player on his day, Rivaldo was a key part of Brazil's World Cup win in 2002, avenging the loss four years before in the final to France. Sadly though, he is best remembered for his play-acting in that tournament. 

Maybe the shock choice by Ferdinand was the decision to include Hristo Stoichkov. The Bulgarian was a key player for Barcelona in two spells at the Nou Camp. He was involved in the European Cup triumph in 1992, which was the club's first ever win in Europe's top competition. 

He is most well known for helping Bulgaria to the semi-finals of the 1994 World Cup, knocking out holders Germany in the process. 

Ferdinand's selections caused plenty of debate on Twitter with the former England man admitting he had left out one player, that being John Barnes. 

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