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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.

Killie!!!!!!!! (Scotland)   June 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm
Thiago Silva should be on that list! Maybe even Vidic or Kompany!
shanky   June 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm
yeah i consider messi as the greatest but we have to see many performances torres of spain and c.ronaldo also have the magic to turn the game around and if its about legend then i think ronaldo(brazil) and ZIdane(france) were the best players the true attracions in the game and they can turn the game round
Tigawa Abdurazake    June 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm
Zidane is the best for mi ever
Cristian    June 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm
ELÍAS FIGUEROA BRANDER only some of the awards: * Considered the best footballer in the world the year 76 by IFFHS and FIFA 1976 * All-Star Team of 1974 FIFA World Cup[6] Best defense of the tournament 1974 * South American Footballer of the Year 1974–1975–1976 (Third place 1977) * Member of South American Team of the 20th Century 1999 "Is the best defender I've ever seen in my live". — César Luis Menotti "Figueroa is the best Chilean player of all time, and probably the finest central defender in the history of football in the Americas". — Pele "I’m the European Figueroa". — Franz Beckenbauer "I have no hesitation in saying that Elias Figueroa is the best defender in football world". — Carlos Alberto Parreira "Thither (in Brazil) he is an eminence". — Juan Rodrigo Araya "If you asked me to compare Don Elias to someone, I couldn’t give you an answer". — Rubens Minelli "We’re facing a boy of seventeen who plays like a mature crack. After today we’ll have to call him 'Don' (MR.) Elias Figueroa". — Hernán Solís "In the air he fought like a lion. If he jumped with two Russians, the ball would be his when he came down". — Juan Manuel Olivares (footballer) "Elegant as a earl of suit, dangerous as a Bengal tiger, Elias Figueroa was the perfect defender ". — Nelson Rodrigues "The area is my home, and I decide who enters it". — Elías Figueroa SOURCE:
jake   May 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm
Messi is the best Amelia
jake   May 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm
Wheres Daniel Agger hes amazing for Liverpool
amelia   May 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm
Javier hernandez is the best footballer ever lived!!
cj    May 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm
Where's some players from these tew dacades plz LOll
dj cedric   April 22, 2012 at 7:53 am
i dont think this list will miss players like lucas radebe because he had a scoring ability as a defender and mathius summer the likes of mercel deselay the likes of louther mathius
Sid   January 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm
Ronald koeman ?
Jonatán   January 2, 2012 at 8:10 am
Where is Daniel Passarella? he was world champion with Argentina in 1978, is the second defender scorer of football history with 178 goals, was a great header and was an excellent free kicks and penaltys shooter PD:sorry my english PD2:I enjoy your videos on youtube

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