Crossing the ball is one of the most efficient ways to get the ball into the danger area and for the strikers to either head it goalwards or tap it home. One can say that sometimes the indirect effects of crosses also prove to be very fatal in a match. A great cross that turns into an assist is one of the best sights in football.
The crossing should be considered effective football play as we can see how only one good cross can tear the opposition’s defense and provide a breakthrough. But nowadays crossing might be considered a little bit outdated and the number of crosses by players around the world are declining but there are still players who can cross the ball with great proficiency and help their team. In this article, we will look at some of the best crossers in world football.
Here are the ten best crossers in world football.
10) James Ward-Prowse
Ward-Prowse has long been heralded as something of a set-piece master, one of the best at freekicks and corner kicks in the Premier League, maybe even Europe. Indeed, the 25-year-old deserves this reputation. He has provided the fourth-most crosses in the Premier League this season, and most importantly the majority of those crosses are pinpoint.
9) Filip Kostic
An athletic left-footed wide player who can score, create, and mucks in defensively: Kostic is unique in his ability to marry attacking and defensive duties without an ounce of protestation. The 28-year-old Serbian international has so far enjoyed a stunning period for Eintracht Frankfurt since joining the club in 2018.
He has the ability to bombard pinpoint crosses. Kostic was the unsung hero of Frankfurt’s brush with UEFA Europa League glory in 2018/19. The Serbia international contributed 10 goals and 13 assists in all competitions as the Eagles reached the last four of the tournament, and finished seventh in the Bundesliga, only missing out of the top four by four points.
8) Angel Di Maria
The Argentine winger is a very skillful player. Along with the array of his other fabulous skills Di Maria has a very good crossing technique. He has played with strikers like Ronaldo, Aguero, Cavani, and current teammate Icardi, so crossing doesn’t seem like a very bad idea. The PSG star does not provide an awful lot of crosses but whenever he does, he makes sure that it causes a threat in the box.
7) Hakim Ziyech
The left-footed Moroccan Wizard is a remarkably talented player. Apart from having an incredible shooting prowess he has great crossing ability. He has had a crossing accuracy of 19% this season, making him one of the best crossers in world football. He has not shown his full potential with Chelsea in the ongoing season so far but with a left foot like this, Thomas Tuchel would get the best out of him and he would surely provide a lot of good assists through pinpoint crosses.