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41Gaetano Scirea

This Guy was never sent off in his whole career or suspened which must be some sort of a record for an International defender.

Make the Italian catenaccio look's perfect, and he is a holy guy...

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42Jaap Stam

Jaap Stam has had a wonderfull footballing career playing as the heart of many world class team defence such as manchester united , ac milan and now ajax .stam should be atleast in the top 10

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43Javier Zanetti

Zanetti may not be the best, but he deserves to be top 10. Best one on one defender in his generation at least. Don't know about the rest because I haven't seen them play. But he was after all the only person who was able to legitimately shackle Lionel Messi one on one. It wasn't 3 men marking him, it was just Javier. And they only needed Javier. Not as spectacular as a Maldini but he doesn't need to be.

Come on people! Javier is the captain of both Internazionale and world-class team Argentina. He is quite old, I get it, but sometimes overall means better. Javier Zanetti:Overall is 90/100.

Zanetti only had 2 red cards in his career. 1 of those red cards was not even fair; everyone around the referee was sent off.

Says it all really. People talk about Scirea's record but they forget it was much more difficult to get a red back then. The rules were more lax. Look at how Gentile marked Maradona in '82 for example. Nearly every one of the "challenges" he made would be considered a yellow, even a red in some cases nowadays.

44Fernando Hierro

He spent 14 years at Real Madrid, and has a better scoring record than Torres.

45Ronald Koeman

Koeman is awesome. He is not the best defender though, because he would play very offensively even though he was a defender.

The best defender ever. Play maker, strongest hits, goals, saves, long distance passes. Even Roberto Carlos was his fan.

One of the best defenders that Holland ever had.
Played very well for Barca, good Free kicks and very strong.

46Jerome Boateng

Woah what the hell? Boateng is one of the best Centre Halfs in the world right now. should be top 20 at least

47Lothar Matthäus

Legendry Matt, is ANOTHER great German defender who played for Bayern Munich.In 1990, he won the fifa world cup with Germany and was declared as the captian.

48Glenn Hysén
49Mattias Sammer

One of the few defenders to win a Ballon D'or.

Beckenbauer's true heir.

Nothing else to be said.

50Branislav Ivanovic

He has scored 16 goals as defender!

Branislav ivanovic is a tank he is the best right back defender in the moment
He is a true warrior

51Elias Figueroa

I saw him play for Penarol of Montevideo when he was 20, I saw him play at 16 in Valparaiso, Chile (Santiago Wanderers) he was playing professional AT 16, class, skill, strong, dribbling like striker, his header goals remarkable. An then Brazil best player of Brazil for 3 yrs.

He is the best Chilean player ever and was commented on by both Pele and Beckenbauer.

Don El�as! It's the greatest defender in soccer history. He was three times awarded the best player of america. "The area is my home, and only enters whoever I want"

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52Diego Godin
53Fabio Cannavaro

He is the only defender to win the Ballon d'Or and palyed for Parma, Juventus, and Real Madrid.

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54Jürgen Köhler
55Javier Mascherano
56Hong Myung-Bo
57Giacinto Facchetti

Javier Zanetti and Franz Beckenbauer's idol. Says it all really. The first modern defender who scored goals. A true legend.

58Olof Mellberg
59Frank Rijkaard
60Roberto Ayala

One of the best headers of the ball in professional soccer. for a man of his height, he climbs very high - has a great leap. Very clean defender.

Regarded as one of the best central defenders in the world, has been captain of the Argentine national team for almost 10 years and has played in three World Cups.

He made far too many mistakes to be on this list. Talented, yes, but his "parralelism" style made him too error prone and unbalanced.

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