Best Soccer Defenders

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The Top Ten

1
Nemanja 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
VIDIC IS MAGNIFICENT HIS GREAT AT DEFENDING AND TO GIVE HIM A RATING IN HEADER ACCURACY IT WOULD BE 97% DID YOU SEE HE SHOT AGAINST ASTON VILLA IN A 3-1 VICTORY IT WAS AMAZING IT WAS A STRIKERS SHOT! HE IS A EYE CATCHING BRILLIANT DEFENDER TO WATCH. I THINK ALEX FERGUSON IS ONE OF THE LUCKIEST MANGERS ON EARTH TO HAVE A PLAYER AS FANTASTIC AS HIM NO WONDER HIS NUMBER ONE. IF HE CAME FROM ENGLAND I BET HE WOULD HAVE LEAST HAVE 85 CAPS!
[Newest]This guy is so bad my mom is better than him
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2Paolo Maldini
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!
[Newest]The best defender ever was and ever will be
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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
[Newest]The best defender of all time I'd have to say is Puyol. Although he doesn't possess the technical skills that other defenders possess, there is no doubt in my mind that if I were to choose a defender for my XI the first one would be Puyol. He has the leader traits and the aggressiveness. He's a scrappy player but he gets the job done. No one can argue that! He's the biggest influence on me and I strive to become such an amazing and accomplished defender.
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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
[Newest]He should be top
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5Sergio Ramos
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.
[Newest]He's proof a lot during this season to be the number one defender. He's a top class defender hard to find he has taken real madrid to many championship and he plays with heart and soul he never gives up... He deserves to be number one
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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
No one could push him off the ball when attacking because he was strong and no one could get pass him when he was defending because he was fast. He was also a foward at times for bayern munich scoring 60 goals in 427 appearances there has been no defender like the Der Kaiser ("The Emperor")
[Newest]Franz is definitely the best but really vidic first? Nah just nah

7Roberto Carlos
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.
Best player of all times I think.. his famous freekicks are simply the best

8Gerard 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
[Newest]This ass is overrated

9Thiago Silva
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
Actually the Strongest defender in the world!
Nobody like him! "O Mostro" The next Ac Milan captain.
Start Watching Ligue 1. Barca Trying Hard To Get This Man into Their Side.

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[Newest]He deserves to be in top 5

10Philipp Lahm
Best defender of the best team of the best league of the best country so scare blue ha I know th
He has ability to do anything with the ball, he such a complete player overall
Best defender of the best team of the best league of the best country
[Newest]Amazing defender, leader, captain, and person overall. And not a red card under his belt!

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

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.
[Newest]If Nesta is in the field, then the team is safe.

13Franco Baresi
Sure... He is surely in the top 10 defenders in the world, Forza Italia
Best of all time

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.
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.
One of the best in man you

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.

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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

16Cannavaro
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
[Newest]Don't judge players by their titles. Cannavaro is the best so far.

17David 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.
Great defender and great attacker in corner kicks! Has scored even more goals than torres.
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.

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!
[Newest]Great player is like wall, better then terry and puyol deserve the top

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
GOOD DEFENDER FROM CHELSEA ONE OF THE BEST LB IN GAMES

20Pepe
Pepe I vote for, he is the best defender in the world for me.
Pepe is the good defender in the world
PEPE he is the BEST defender I have ever seen
I think he should be number 1

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