Best Soccer Defenders

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1Nemanja Vidic

Got to be the best at least better than terry and now also the manchester united captain he deserves full credit for their above expected performance.

The best he gets the job done with no fuss. You want the ultimate defense then here he is.

Nothing gets past him on the ground and definitely not in the air and he is strong

The best ever, Terry is good, but nothing compared to the great Vida, Vida is unstoppable, so much heart and love for the game, able to stop any attack... Strikers fear him. THE BEST! Love from Lebanon

Maldini is the absolute number 1

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2Paolo MaldiniPaolo Cesare Maldini is a former Italian professional footballer who played as a left back and central defender. Maldini captained Italy for 8 years and AC Milan for 12, and was renowned for his leadership skills, earning him the nickname “Il Capitano”, or ‘The Captain’.

Paolo maldini went against the best ronaldo maradona rivaldo henry no other defender has done what he accomplished. Ronaldo admitted he never was able to get past him zidane also commented he preferred to be on the opposite side of maldini

Any one who actually says vidic or puyol or baresi were the best defenders of all time you are wrong paolo maldini will always be the best vidic is not close the only one I consider close is beckenbaur and if you look at ac milan 1994 paolo maldini, Franco Baresi, Costacurta and paolo maldini they were the best defenders of all time and ac milan had the best defense of all time so screw manu screw real madrid ac milan will always be number 1 along with paolo maldini

25 years in top flight football?! How can you vote the others ahead of him, I mean Terry can be pretty inconsistent, this guy played solid for 25 seasons!

Haha Vidic ahead of Maldini, he was not even half as good as Maldini was.

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3Puyol

He is the Worlds most AGGRESSIVE defender.
Shrewd Leader with aggressive looks.
Every match he changes his position where the opponent best striker or midfielder is prone.
He is the fastest defender.
Even if the goalkeeper is lost he safeguards the goal, the whole net just by his foots and head.

you need a beast to guard a cave just like puyol defends the goal

Puyol... He's the defending legend. The best European Club's best captain.. He is my favourite defender

Should be best in history

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4Terry

Terry's displays are usually all-action affairs, characterised by aggression, last-ditch clearances and tackles and ruthless determination. He is also a decent passer of the ball. A natural leader, there's a reason why Fabio Capello was willing to lose his job over Terry's position within the England team. His partnership with Ricardo Carvalho under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho was the foundation of one of the meanest defences in English football history, and saw Chelsea win the league in both 2005 and 2006, and again in 2010 under Carlo Ancelotti. His aerial ability is one to be scared of; Terry is a major threat from corners and has scored plenty in his time at Chelsea thus far. John Terry has made it to the UEFA Team of the Year on four occasions during the last decade. He isn't just a brilliant defender but also a leader who is a constant support to his players on the pitch. His playing style reflects the passion he has for the game.

An inspirational player.. Never afraid to throw himself on the ball and clear it.. Can score with headers as well which is a bonus.. He is MR. CHELSEA!

Terry is a typical English defender, bravely aggression, strong and amazing in the air. His tackles are also world-class, especially the last ditch tackle. He reads the game also amazing and is the best captain in the world. What do you want more

He should be top

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5Sergio RamosSergio Ramos García is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Spain national football team.

He has everything. Terry, Vidic, etc all have the touch of a Rapist. Ramos has skill, pace, strength, he does not make costly errors, he is versatile and he score goals. I don't even like Real Madrid, but Ramos is exceptional.

Sergio ramos is amazing. He will KILL HIMSELF for the ball. He has dived for the ball(in terms of when someone is shooting he throws his body to protect the goal), done defensive bicycle kicks, heads like a boss, and runs pretty fast for a defender.

Best defender in the world. Good as central left or right. Has speed and hard kick. Plays aggressive and rough. Some day he's a dirty player but he does anything to defend his teams net. Great at headers and at keeping his possession. Exceptional player. He is the best because no one has all the qualities he has.

The ultimate

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6Franz Beckenbauer

You kidding me with this list?! Gattuso isn't even a defender! And John Terry the best of all time, the number 1 defender? What the hell?! Have a memory that's longer than the last 5 seasons! Proper Chelsea fans with more than a decade of football knowledge would surely have Ron Harris in ahead of JT. Use your heads here kids, if you don't know the guys on this list you need to get out there and watch them on YouTube or ask your elders, there are great players you've never seen and are ignoring. Baresi, Maldini, Ayala, Cannavaro, these guys were genuine greats. And "Der Kaiser", Beckenbauer, he was the best of all time

Beckenbaur is the best that's why everyone knows him he is just simply the best no one shows the talent this man had when he played

This list is a bunch of crap! People forget about the legends and only thinks about right now, and not about the past. The top 5 on this list should be beckenbaur, hiero, baresi, nilton santos and carlos alberto.

He is great legend

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7Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, more commonly known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian retired footballer.

Unbelievable. Probably the greatest defenseman ever, and maybe even one of the best players. Amazing free kicks, possibly the best ever, good pace, wonderful attacking prowess, and still amazing in the back! Great both defensively and offensively. If you don't believe me, look up Roberto Carlos amazing goals on YouTube. And prepare to be amazed. You will think he is a striker.

As a defender, he was average. And that's why he cannot be in the top 10. We're talking about the best defenders, as in defending the ball.

He also had a few nice free kicks but he was not a free kick specialist because they were intermittent.

The best free kicker in defense history ever and maybe even in all time. Just powerful kicks - nbaallstar

One of my hero of Brazil. I didn't see many of his match but I think he is so dangerous.

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8Philipp Lahm

Best defender of the best team of the best league of the best country so scare blue ha I know th

Not the best team nor the best league in terms of quality it's probably third in those respects and he is probably on the national team however that's not an argument some crap player no ones ever heard of could be German and that doesn't make hike amazing

He has ability to do anything with the ball, he such a complete player overall

Best defense with a good team no one can beat this amazing team

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9Gerard Pique

He's gone and become the best in the world at present times and more is to come from him as the old Puyol reaches the later stages of his magnificent career. Pique rules the world of defense

Gerard Pique is a great defender and done very well in euro 2012

David luis is the best he is just naturally good

I love pique I wish I could meet him!

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10Thiago SilvaThiago Emiliano da Silva, commonly known as Thiago Silva, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team.

What! Thiago Silva is the best defender in the world. And all you have to do is visit any other website ranking the defenders to be sure. He is the captain of Brazil national football team so of coarse he's the first in the world even if nobody knows or likes him

Start Watching Ligue 1. Barca Trying Hard To Get This Man into Their Side. - ankittayal1

He's the fastest defender I have known, how he's not the top 10! I can't believe it!

What thiago silva is the best defender of all time in football history

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The Contenders

11Bobby Moore

what in hell is going on in this list how do you work out that maquez or w. e is better thn bobby moore you lot know nothing about football

Well, when the great Pele says Moore is the best defender in the world, he's probably a top 4 defender ever.

I find it offensive he is not top, he was quite simply the perfect defender.

How is terry better than a World Cup winning captain

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12Nesta

HE IS THE BEST DEFENDER FULL OF EXPERIENCED AND CAPABLE OF EVERYTHING IN defense. I STARTED WATCHING NESTA FROM SS LAZIO IN 1997/98 AND SINCE, HAVE NEVER SEE ANY STRIKER THAT DRIBBLE HIM ONE ON ONE AND THE ONLY PLAY THAT TRY IT WAS RONALDINHO. HE IS THE number 1 DEFENDER I HAVE EVER SEE IN FOOTBALL.

YOU SHOULD REMOVE THOSE SO CALL TERRY AND THE OTHER FROM THE TOP SPORT. NESTA, CANAVARRO, STAPP, MALDINI, COASTACUTA, HIERRO, CARLOS, BECKENBAUR, BARESI, IVAN CAMPO

OF Course Nesta, No one is better than him not even the idiots "Marquez(why is he #1 give me some reasons), Rio (this guy shows he's muscles and then scores in his goal) and Puyol(at least he's smarter than the previous idiots however he looses his temper a lot)" I would say Terry and Nesta are the best, but I'll pick Nesta over Terry because Nesta didn't allow anyone to pass him and he's the best DEF in the world

This guy, Alesandro nesta was born to defend. And actually one goal was about to scored a goal but he actually saved it and kick it away.

He should be 4th best only after maldini franz and cannavaro

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13Franco Baresi

Sure... He is surely in the top 10 defenders in the world, Forza Italia

14Rio Ferdinand

RIO is one of the best central defenders that have ever existed in this World. Thanks to his game reading abilities and both influence and boost he gives to his team. Long live Gervin.

Easily the greatest defender ever to play in the Premier League. His ability to read the game and his physical prowess make him one of the greats.

He's the kind of defender that's not too beastly from the agresiveness department. But he adds to his team an unbelievable amont of great understanding of how to defend in every situation.
He's the best game reader when defending and nobody like terry ever does well when they just dive in to every moving objects on the field including the opposition's legs.

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15Marquez

rafael marquez is my favorite defender, he was the first player I knew of as a kid and till this day he is my favorite no matter what team he is in not even barcelona ( I'm a real madridist) and I'm happy that he is now in the new york red bulls. - PePsMeX

Rafael Marquez is a good defender, he has to be in the TOP 10 of the World

yea, I'm pretty sure Marquez is the best defender in the world, he has stopped many of the opposite's opportunities of making a shot.

Marquez is the guy who made Mexico who it is, how he's the captain and the captains lead there team. that shows that Marquez is a great leader and a Mexican legend

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16David Luiz

He is giid in long shots, free kicks, heading and long passing.
He is the best Right Wing Back for me.
A 17 year old Brazilian player that is now a member of Brazil.
He was not part of U-21 because he was so skilled that he is part of the professionals.
From Chelsea to Barcelona I believe that he will become more better until time passes and will become part of the WORLD XI All-Stars.

Terrible defender. Average attacker. Inconsistent player.

Pulls it out in the big games (usually) but best of all time? He's not even the best in the world.

Great defender and great attacker in corner kicks! Has scored even more goals than torres.

He is awful when silvas not telling him what to do

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17Cannavaro

Internationally he is THE BEST defense, despite his lackluster club career, there is a reason that in 2006 they nicknamed him the Berlin wall, he simply couldn't be beat, 2 goals were scored on Italy, one was an own goal that he had no influence on and the other was a penalty shot by Zidane, a stellar performance by one of the best defenseman of all time

Franz Beckembauer was a great midfielder, Fabio Cannavaro is the best real hard-core pure central defender of all times !

World champion cannavaro is an essential part of the Italian team and is one of if not the greatest defenders of all time

Don't judge players by their titles. Cannavaro is the best so far.

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18Vincent Kompany

A leader. Ability to perform consistently. Exceptional defender with a high degree of offensive and attacking skill set. Power with size, grace, speed and agility. Deceivingly fast and positional sound. Intuitive and relentless. Great vision on the pitch. Arguably, one of the best in his craft.

Without him, Manchester City would definitely not be at the top of the Premier League!

This is simply the best defender in the world!

I think he should be top five the best defenders ever are just the best one from today

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19Ashley Cole

The best left back in the world!
There is no other player who is better than him in the position that he plays!
Nobody can deliver the crosses that he does from the position he plays.
His counter attacking skills are superb!

He is the best defender in the world for me

Azpilicueta, Philip Lahm, Marcelo, Jordi Alba, Ricardo Rodrigues; I could go on all of these guys are a million miles better than ashley

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20Pepe

Pepe I vote for, he is the best defender in the world for me.

Pepe is the good defender in the world

Pepe is definitely better then number 20.
He's got awesome passes and is never afraid of anything.

He is awesome

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