”Attack wins you games,but defence wins you tournaments” is a very famous saying among football fans,players and managers.All the greatest sides ever were built on the basis of rock solid defences.And to be a good defender you need power, tactical intelligence, technical capability,organisational skills and a brave-heart to take on anyone.In this article we will have a look at some of the best centre-backs in the world.
Here are the top 15 best centre-backs in the world –
15.Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)
Belgian International,Jan Vertonghen is a left-footed player who usually plays as a centre-back, he is equally adept at playing anywhere on the left side or in defensive midfield and frequently joins in the attack from his centre-back position. Although playing as a defender, Vertonghen is well-known for his offensive prowess and powerful shooting ability.
He along with Toby Alderweireld has formed a formidable centre-back partnership for Spurs,which is undeniably one of the best in the league if not the best.
Marquinhos is predominantly a central defender, but has also been used at right-back and in a defensive midfield role.He is a quick player with a good sense of position who knew how to impose himself on a game.He likes to break up attacks and build from the back using his dribbling skills.The 23 years old has established himself in the PSG line-up since the departure of David Luiz past in the past summer.
His performances have attracted the attention of many big clubs across Europe and PSG have put a price-tag of £60m on him.
13.Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
A large, quick and physically strong and elegant player,Koulibaly is recognised for his aerial prowess, anticipation, passing ability and versatility, as he can play both as a central defender, or as a full-back on either the right or left flank.He has even played as a defensive midfielder.
Koulibaly began his professional club career with French side Metz in 2010, before moving to Belgian club Genk in 2012. He joined Italian side Napoli in 2014, where he soon established himself as one of the best defenders in Italy.English Champions Chelsea were interested in him few months back and could bid for him in the summer window but are likely to face competition from few other clubs.
12.Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)
Another defender who has caught the attention of many clubs in Premier League is Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.His leadership and intelligence can be seen in the way he organises his defence and times his tackles.He likes to bring the ball from the back and push it forward.His precision of passing and dribbling are also one of the reasons why so many clubs are behind him.
However,the club’s chairman Ralph Krueger has expressed his desire to keep him at the club.He said ‘We do not need to sell anybody’ and insists the club don’t have to cash in on their best players anymore.