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The best football defenders ever

The main task of a defenders is of course defending, but some defenders bring a little extra. They are not only defending very well, they also build up an attack and even score goals. So who are the best defenders ever?


Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer Beckenbauer dominated the defense with his leadership, he was a great man marker and important player of the West Germany that won the World Cup in 1974. In the final of that tournament he had to mark Johan Cruyff and did this so well Cruyff was never able to play like he had done before at that tournament. "Der Kaiser" introduced a new style of play as an attacking sweeper, scoring 60 goals in 427 appearances for Bayern Munich.


Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore Bobby Moore was captain of the English team that won the World Cup in 1966. He was also voted best player of the tournament. Pelé considers him as the greatest defender he ever played against. Moore was chosen as one of the two centre-backs in the World Team of the 20th Century, along with Beckenbauer.


Carlos Alberto Torres

Carlos Alberto Torres Carlos Alberto will always be remembered for scoring one of the greatest goals at a World Cup. He scored the fourth goal against Italy in the World Cup final of 1970 after the Brazilian team showed their amazing skill in football. He was chosen as fullback in the World Team of the 20th Century.


Nílton Santos

Nilton Santos Nílton Santos was on of the first attacking fullbacks in the history of football. The Brazilian won the World Cup in 1958 and 1962 where he played with player like Pelé and Garrincha. Nílton Santos was chosen as fullback in the World Team of the 20th Century.


Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini Maldini played 25 years for Milan in which he won the European Cup five times and played eight finals. It's an incredible achievement to play such a long time at the highest level and that is why Maldini surely belongs in this top 10.


Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos Roberto Carlos won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002. The attacking fullback had a great shot, but his real trademark was his free kick. He was able to kick a ball with such an effect and power that goalkeepers would always fail for it.


Djalma Santos

Djalma Santos Like he's namesake Nílton Santos, Djalma Santos was also a great also great Brazilian defender. He is in three World Cup All-star teams(1954, 1958, 1962), winning the World Cup in 1958 and 1962.


Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro Cannavaro played 136 games for Italy, where he won the World Cup with in 2006 and became runner-up for the golden ball. He also became FIFA World Player of the Year 2006


Franco Baresi

Franco Baresi Baresi played his whole career at AC Milan and won the European Cup thrice. He won the Serie A six times with Milan. He was elected Italian and AC Milan player of the 20th century.


Giacinto Facchetti

Giacinto Facchetti Facchetti also played for one club in his career, but unlike Baresi he played for Inter Milan. He was as important in the attack as in the defense. He had a great dribbling ability and excellent tackling skills.

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Rizwan Ali   November 7, 2013 at 11:49 am
Roberto Carlos
Gheorghe Stefan   October 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Where is Vlad Chiriches?
chinmay    September 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm
where is pual
biren   September 19, 2013 at 10:28 am
What abouy stam? Holland
Wierdo   August 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm
Put in Hercules de Brito Ruas somewhere hes a legend
wonder wizzy   August 22, 2013 at 10:06 am
Dey are all profesionals but i tink carles puyol shuld fit in somewere
peleking   May 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm
heck yeah beckanbaur all the way dudes plus what position did cafu play anyone?
Mugshot   May 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm
Wheres Terry Butcher!
Riccardo   May 5, 2013 at 1:41 am
Surely Facchetti Better then Cannavaro!!!! And the same Nesta!!! And after I read Agger, Kompany, Vidic... LOL!!!! Walter Samuel is better of all of them!!!
Tony Hollington   March 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm
I think that vidic should and thigo silver for my pessional opinon....
ZZ   March 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm
For those people who are claiming J.Terry, N.Vidic, Ferdinand, Puyol. You are just too young to know these players, they are absolute rock in defence, and legendary. For all those name current defenders you mentioned, I am sorry none of them better than Alessandro Nesta, he could not made into the list of top 10 was right.
kallon    March 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm
daniel agger really???   February 28, 2013 at 11:47 pm
i understand the argument for terry but agger, what has he done. liverpool are shipping goals. scirea is the only glaring omission from this list, maybe tassoti, but thats about it. the order needs to be reworked though. madini should be higher and so should fachetti.
Ali    February 24, 2013 at 2:53 am
Vidic is one of the best defenders of all time he should be on that list.
Rotan   February 23, 2013 at 7:27 pm
B.Rajnikan is one of the best cb
alvaro   February 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm
Abhishek brahme   February 10, 2013 at 9:10 am
U forgot no. 4 ...... the great SR4 SERGIO RAMOS
Carlos   February 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm
OMG!!!! From this comments in here.... Im more than sure that most of you are teenagers that thinks football were created after 90's...... So, I think it should be Figeroa and Nilton Santos is better than CA Torres for sure ;)
prankster   January 23, 2013 at 10:08 am
where is messi!!!!!
franz   January 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm
your are all stupid you just look on todays players the best players ware between 1940-1980 but the pele is the king
daniele   January 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm
I'm sorry to say that this chart doesn't make any sense. Baresi in italy is considered the best defender ever born, followed by nesta and maldini. Roberto Carlos isn't a defender. If you consider Beckembauer and Moore should also consider Frankie Rijkaard, one of the best tactical defensive median ever lived.
Ramin   January 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm
1)Canavaro 2)roberto carlos 3)Maldini
Gangnam   January 2, 2013 at 6:22 pm
Hong Myung-Bo is the best defender. Always No. 20.
Arif   January 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm
Vidic hummels
bolaji   December 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm
Where is vidics, puyol, Terry, kompany, david luiz,fedinand
angkon   December 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm
terry deserves a place simple as that
bam bam   November 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm
no terry, stam, irwin, helveg, matthaus,
dan   October 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm
coloccini is the best
SAM 10   October 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm
Amaan Zahoor   October 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm
Fronte nazionale   September 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm
It was Franco who win world cup, beppe no play
antony   September 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm
where is nesta?
Ibrahim   September 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm
Where is Vidic?
jix   August 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Baresi did not win the world cup in 82 it was his brother Beppe Baresi the inter midfielder
J B   August 21, 2012 at 8:40 am
Football lists are impossible to get an agreement.. but no Jurgen Kohler hahahahahhaha!! worst list ever.
Vilapaseuth Vongdara   July 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm
Where's Gaetano Scirea?
Sepad   July 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Your list till Number 7 is Good , But Baresi after bobby moore and beckenbauer is greatest Central defender , he's known the best A.C Milan player of All-time , Delet Cannavaro Now !!! after Baresi should select, G.Sciera , Elias Figueroa and L.Thuram ! research about these players then you will understand that cannavaro is a small defender !
Basorge   July 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Diego Amando Maradona is my greatest player in the business of football
Jesse   July 8, 2012 at 12:30 am
no john terry or nesta

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