Best Soccer Defenders

The Top Ten Best Soccer Defenders

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

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

Dominant in air and titan on grounds, unarguably one of the best defenders there ever were, Vidic is steadfast and strong, and he helps make one of the best defenses, he will play with a knee, a broken knee, and no knee.

2 Paolo Maldini Paolo 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!

Paolo Maldini is an Italian beast who made even the best strikers fear him

3 Puyol

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

This man is the reason Spain won the world cup. Single-handedly manned the defense with an amateur pique at that time. He made Germany cry on their way home, despite germany's brilliant world cup run. He was reason that Barca stands. No midfielder or striker can pass him. C Ronaldo fears this man like the devil with a pitchfork. This man is brilliant in terms of tactics strength, heading skills, tackles. He is what every defender wants to be, the complete package... He is at NO.3... Clearly these people don't watch football enough... He is the best defender since the last decade. He is already a legend and football will lose one of its greatest assets.

4 Sergio Ramos Sergio 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.

Of course Sergio Ramos should be #1. Dude has won every trophy in football both at the club and for the nation. He captains Spain and Real Madrid, the best club team in football's history. Has taken FIFA Defender of the year so many times. Recently was when he was awarded best defender back to back from 2016,17 and 18 season. What I love about Ramos is how he is so relaxed with the ball. Not only is he a terrific defender, but he is magnificent with handling possession from Madrid's back four.

His equal impact in his own and the opposition's six yard box is mind blowing.

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.

5 Terry

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

Mr. Chelsea. By far, he is the best defender in the world. Provides great support to Cech 7 also motivates the youngsters. With amazing positioning, Terry provides a great link be/w Midfield and defense. Apart from that he has a hunch for goals. Go Terry!

6 Franz Beckenbauer Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German former professional footballer and manager. Early in his playing career he was nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field, and also as his first name "Franz" is reminiscent of the Austrian emperors.

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.

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")

7 Bobby Moore Robert Frederick Chelsea "Bobby" Moore was an English professional footballer. He captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup.

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

Would only consider Beckenbauer as a contender to this man's superiority in defense. The only problem with rating the best defender ever is that full backs and wings back are included, who also contribute to the attacking phase and less to the defensive phase than a central back. As such, centre backs should rule this list, full backs are more rounded than centre backs but centre backs are better defenders,in general.

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.

8 Philipp 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 defender of the best team of the best league of the best country

9 Roberto Carlos Roberto 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

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

10 Thiago Silva Thiago 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!

Go to any other websites and he's number one defender in the world. Nobody here knows anything about soccer

The Contenders

11 Gerard Pique Gerard Piqué Bernabéu is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.

The world cup winner.
Heart of Barcelona's defense all these year's

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

12 Rio Ferdinand Rio Gavin Ferdinand is an English former professional footballer who played as a center back, and current television pundit for BT Sport.

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.

One of the best in man you

He is good play maker

13 Franco Baresi

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

14 Nesta



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.

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

Nesta is just class, he can tackle, anticipate, or save a ball in the line. He has done an amazing job over the years, few can even compare to him.

15 Marquez

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

16 Cannavaro

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

The creator of the famous defensive wall in both Italy as well as in Juventus!

17 Jaap 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

He is the best even better than vidic

he has played for arsenal as well - immabe

18 Jerome Boateng

Boateng should be at number 4 and pique should be a tnumber 3 you don't know what you are doing

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

19 Giorgio Chiellini

The wall for juventus and become the captain for juventus... good luck for the eye of tiger for Italy

The best defender in the world

People who vote on this site don't know football so well
Please be objective guys...

Cheillini has proven that he is an amazing defender. When he defends on a player, the player can never pass him. His wide shoulders are very handy when blocking an opponent shot. He has great leading skills and is a very accurate passer. He can also use his head effectivly in deffence and attack.

20 John Terry

The Chelsea captain, John Terry, should be in the top 10 for he is old and still playing pretty well for Chelsea. Even though he done some bad stuff.

21 Gareth Bale Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.

Gareth Bale is truly a wizard. Should play for bigger teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United or Paris Saint Germain. I am Welsh as well, and a massive fan of Brilliant Bale. He's not really a defender, he is a Magical Midfielder. So proud of having him in the Welsh team.

Fast, powerful, vicious. He's UNSTOPPABLE. He was put in defense until. His goals came in handy therefore his manager put him midfield. He is number 1

By far the best defender in Premier League and midfielder for that fact. Maybe he'll get more votes when Man UTD buys him...

He's not a defender he's a right wing or plays as a striker - Vinniebrodieisboss

22 Vincent 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!

Vincent Kompany can be able to play multiples: assisting his defense partners and also his squad striker;

23 Gary Neville Gary Alexander Neville is an English football coach and former player who currently serves as assistant manager for the England national football team, and as co-owner of Salford City.
24 Dani Alves

I joke at this page how can dani alves be 49th when people like terry carragher and luiz etc are in front of I'm laugh out loud by far the best attack minded defender in the world

He is the best right back in the world by far and part of one of the best teams ever. Named in the world XI but still placed in the 50s? Really? - onedaywecanrun

This is a joke he should be number 1

Is he the capyian of brazil? I like dani alves

25 Cafu

He's good at croosin, sliding

26 Pepe

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

Pepe is pure fouls

Pepe is the good defender in the world

Should be in top 10 - casuit20

27 Diego Godin

How is he not number 1? Vote people he is better than Ramos! 32 is not good enough!

28 Carles Puyol

He's a beast at the back and a true leader who wears his heart on his sleeve

29 Denis Irwin
30 Djalma Santos
31 Ashley Cole Ashley Cole is an English professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer.

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

He plays very well


32 Thuram

Thuram quickly became one of the best defenders in the world after his debeut he became a very essential part of the France national soccer team he was fast and reliable on corner kicks he deserves to be on the top ten of this list not 17.

7th is too low for a great defender like Thuram. He doesn't let anything through. Top 5 definitely.

Simply the best. An incredible defender with speed and a lot of intelligence in his moves.
He didn't score much in his career but it's all thanks to him that France beat Croatia in semi final of 1998 world cup.


33 Mats Hummels Mats Julian Hummels is a German professional footballer who plays as a central defender for FC Bayern Munich and the German national team.

He was best player playing for Germany This year! Manchester United need to buy Mats

Top defender

34 Marcelo

He is still young, I would say he is one of the top left back in la liga, simply he's fast, got some skills could also be a left wing back.

He is the best defender he is super fast and scores so much goals he should be number 1


He is the best attacking player.amazing defender.should be in top 10 - casuit20

35 Jamie Carragher James Lee Duncan "Jamie" Carragher is a retired English footballer who played as a defender for Premier League club Liverpool for 17 years.

27th?! This list is an absolute joke!

Heart of LFC, will be sad to see him go...

Totally underrated! The best defender LFC produced

36 David Alaba David Olatukunbo Alaba is an Austrian professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich and the Austria national team.

Best Full Back in the world

37 Carlos Alberto Torres
38 John O'Shea
39 David 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.

Best defender in the world as at now.

40 Fabio Cannavaro

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

Only defender to win a ballon d or

My best option of defense

41 Eric Bailly
42 Lucio

Yes, he's the best and he's playing in the best team - richie4life

43 Nilton Santos

Godfather of attacking fullback. - thebest

44 Fernando Hierro

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

45 Antonio Valencia
46 Lothar 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.

47 Alessandro Nesta

A very good all around defender that played for AC Milan and Lazio.

Best tackle in football history

One of the most talented defenders in the history of football. Sadly because of injuries he wasnt able to become the beast he should've become. Too slow at times and not physical enough. But a legend he is. Deserves to be top 20. Imagine if he hadnt had his injuries. From an Inter fan, the utmost respect for this man.

48 Glenn Hysén
49 Javier 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.

50 Ronald 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.

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