Top Ten Best Defenders in the World
1- Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
The words “German defence” send shivers down the spines of most forwards. Lahm has been one of the best defenders ever. His runs from the defensive area are the stuff of legends.
One of the mainstays of the Germany team for several years until his international retirement in 2014. He can shoot and pass with either foot, and enjoyed excellent 2010 and 2014 World Cups. At club level he has won just about everything there is to win, including the 2013 Champions League.
2- Diego Godin (Uruguay and Real Madrid)
He is an inspiration for Atletico and one of Diego Simone’s trusted lieutenants. He’s confident in a tackle and brilliant in the air. Godin is an old style defender who will keep things together under pressure. That’s what good defending is all about. He worked well alongside Miranda in Atletico’s sensational 2013/14 title winning season. Godin isn’t goal-shy either and has scored his fair share.
3- Thiago Silva (Brazil and Paris St German)
The Brazilian has won almost everything. Confident in the tackle and dominant in the air, the former AC Milan center back was outstanding in the 2010-11 season. This saw the Rossoneri won their first Italian title since 2004. He is versatile too as he was even moved to midfield by coach Massimiliano Allegri when injuries hit the squad. His performances prompted PSG to pay 46 million euros for the player in July 2012 and he didn’t waste any time in helping the club to their first Ligue 1 title since 1994. One of the best defenders we’ve ever seen.
4- Vincent Kompany (Belgium and Man City)
Kompany was always considered to be one of the most exciting defensive prospects in the game in his early years at Anderlecht. He has duly delivered on that promise, and is now regarded as one of the best in the world. He is quick, strong and dominant in the air and helped City to two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup.
5- Sergio Ramos (Spain and Real Madrid)
Ramos has been a stalwart defender for Real Madrid since his move from Sevilla in 2005 for 27 million euros – a record fee for a Spanish teenager. He has fantastic pace and is reliable in the tackle. He can be a bit too strong in a tackle now and then and it’s rare that he completes a season without getting at least one red card.
6- Mats Hummels (German and Borussia Dortmund)
He was key to Germany’s 2014 World Cup success. Hummels netted a key goal against France in the quarter finals as Germany went on to conquer all before them. But it is at the other end of the field where Hummels really shows his worth, producing the sort of key tackles and interceptions that make him the target of many of Europe’s top clubs.
7- Gerard Pique (Spain and Barcelona)
Great at launching attacks as well as being one of the best defenders. He was a key player as Spain won the World Cup in South Africa. A composed defender who is strong in the air and the tackle, He apparently claims to know all of Cristiano Ronaldo’s tricks after their time together at Manchester United.
8- Giorgio Chiellini (Italy and Juventus)
Fabio Cannavaro was a rugged Italian defender Chiellini is a player to carry the baton forwards now that the great man has retired. The Juventus defender is very strong in the air and firm in the tackle. Chiellini was famously the victim of Luis Suarez’s famous bite at the 2014 World Cup.
9- John Terry (Chelsea)
Terry’s long career looked to be winding down three or four years ago as he was regularly getting caught out for pace. This didn’t stop him helping the Blues’ 2014-15 title winning campaign. Jose Mourinho even suggested his performance in the 0-0 draw at Arsenal that season was his best ever.
10- Daniel Alves (Brazil and Barcelona)
Alves dominates the right side on a regular basis. He has pace, crossing ability and is great at free kicks. Something that helps him put away a few goals each season.