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The best football defenders ever

The main task of a defenders is of course defending, but some defenders bring a little extra. They are not only defending very well, they also build up an attack and even score goals. So who are the best defenders ever?


Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer Beckenbauer dominated the defense with his leadership, he was a great man marker and important player of the West Germany that won the World Cup in 1974. In the final of that tournament he had to mark Johan Cruyff and did this so well Cruyff was never able to play like he had done before at that tournament. "Der Kaiser" introduced a new style of play as an attacking sweeper, scoring 60 goals in 427 appearances for Bayern Munich.


Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore Bobby Moore was captain of the English team that won the World Cup in 1966. He was also voted best player of the tournament. Pelé considers him as the greatest defender he ever played against. Moore was chosen as one of the two centre-backs in the World Team of the 20th Century, along with Beckenbauer.


Carlos Alberto Torres

Carlos Alberto Torres Carlos Alberto will always be remembered for scoring one of the greatest goals at a World Cup. He scored the fourth goal against Italy in the World Cup final of 1970 after the Brazilian team showed their amazing skill in football. He was chosen as fullback in the World Team of the 20th Century.


Nílton Santos

Nilton Santos Nílton Santos was on of the first attacking fullbacks in the history of football. The Brazilian won the World Cup in 1958 and 1962 where he played with player like Pelé and Garrincha. Nílton Santos was chosen as fullback in the World Team of the 20th Century.


Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini Maldini played 25 years for Milan in which he won the European Cup five times and played eight finals. It's an incredible achievement to play such a long time at the highest level and that is why Maldini surely belongs in this top 10.


Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos Roberto Carlos won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002. The attacking fullback had a great shot, but his real trademark was his free kick. He was able to kick a ball with such an effect and power that goalkeepers would always fail for it.


Djalma Santos

Djalma Santos Like he's namesake Nílton Santos, Djalma Santos was also a great also great Brazilian defender. He is in three World Cup All-star teams(1954, 1958, 1962), winning the World Cup in 1958 and 1962.


Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro Cannavaro played 136 games for Italy, where he won the World Cup with in 2006 and became runner-up for the golden ball. He also became FIFA World Player of the Year 2006


Franco Baresi

Franco Baresi Baresi played his whole career at AC Milan and won the European Cup thrice. He won the Serie A six times with Milan. He was elected Italian and AC Milan player of the 20th century.


Giacinto Facchetti

Giacinto Facchetti Facchetti also played for one club in his career, but unlike Baresi he played for Inter Milan. He was as important in the attack as in the defense. He had a great dribbling ability and excellent tackling skills.

ashley   March 27, 2015 at 11:17 pm
Terry, Vidic and Kompany have to be up there amongst the very best
ashley   March 27, 2015 at 11:10 pm
Terry, Vidic and Kompany have to be up there amongst the very best
Martin Young   February 26, 2015 at 10:21 pm
Tam Vickers (plays for Glasgow Ranjars) he plays on the left he plays on the right big tam vickers makes cafu look 5hite!
Anton   February 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm
Maldini, cannavaro, nesta, cafu.
Ketum   January 28, 2015 at 12:52 pm
Where is Lord Smalling?
Carlos   January 24, 2015 at 5:24 pm
Where is Ayala,Terry,Nesta???
Akshay verma   January 13, 2015 at 4:23 pm
Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva, Boateng are going strong currently.
\andrew   January 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm
Marcel Desailly?
messi   January 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm
messi is the best
Luca   December 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm
Wheres kompany thiago silva david luiz
Adavi   December 6, 2014 at 8:11 am
Good List
Adavi   December 6, 2014 at 7:26 am
Um... ...Ashley Cole?
ali   November 23, 2014 at 11:34 pm
just walter samuel
Soghomon   November 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm
Praz   November 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm
Horrendous list. An absolute crime that Maldini is 5th and Nilton santos is higher ranked... Appaling
wtf   November 15, 2014 at 11:50 pm
Where is Koeman, Jaap Stamp, Zanetti, de Boer, Puyol? Especially Koeman.
adejumobi timileyin   November 4, 2014 at 8:42 pm
the players non of them is current players like Puyol Ramos Pepe
Sloane   October 29, 2014 at 8:29 pm
Where's Pepe? Puyol? Sergio ramos? Boateng? Lahm? Smh
Antonio   October 17, 2014 at 6:16 am
I think Marquez should be in there
fabietto   October 2, 2014 at 12:58 am
1 maldini no doubt 2 baresi ( check about maradona-baresi) 3 thuram, 4 cannavaro, 5 puyol
Steve   September 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm
Nesta? Cafu? Vidic?
milanista   August 27, 2014 at 8:25 pm
1 Maldini no doubt 2 Baresi 3 Cannavaro 4 Nesta 5 zanetti
John   August 4, 2014 at 10:04 am
Aidil Zaquan
Rishabh   June 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm
1 cannavaro 2 sergio Ramos 3 roberto Carlos
fre.48    June 18, 2014 at 9:43 am
Messi☆★☆ 4 ever
gonzalo   June 7, 2014 at 3:02 am
1. Franz beckenbahuer 2, elias figueroa
PinPoint   May 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm
My favourite defenders list: 1. Frenz Beckenbauer. 2. Roberto Rivellino. 3. Daniel Pasarella. 4. Bobby Moore. 5. Franco Baresi. 6. Paolo Maldini. 7. Alessandro Nesta. 8. Dunga. 9. Fabio Cannavaro. 10. Din Kasa.
expert   May 18, 2014 at 2:36 am
1. Lilian Thuram 2. Thiago Silva 3. Rio Ferdinand 4. Carlos Alberto 5. John Terry
Terry   May 15, 2014 at 8:48 am
Where is Terry and Vidc
football   May 13, 2014 at 1:17 am
Nemanja VIDIĆ
Vidara   May 13, 2014 at 1:16 am
1. N E M A NJ A V I D I Ć!
safikul   May 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm
John Terry!
EDEN HAZARD   April 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm
jules kettelin   April 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm
R. Carlos ,Canavaro ,Maldini
Alex   March 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm
1. Franz Beckenbauer 2. Franco Baresi 3. Paolo Maldini 4. Bobby Moore 5. Elias Figueroa 6. Daniel Passarella 7. Djalma Santos 8. Gaetano Scirea 9. Nilton Santos 10. Ruud Krol
k   March 3, 2014 at 12:25 am
Vidic is the BEST   January 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm
tttttt   December 29, 2013 at 10:31 am
roberto carlos
Dani   December 12, 2013 at 6:32 am
Javier Zanetti
khan   November 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

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