As the saying goes ”Attack wins you games, Defense win you titles” , defenders are the pillars of a football team. Centrebacks act as a shield to stop the opposition from scoring , while the fullbacks not only stop the wingers from crossing but also themselves go forward to contribute in attack.
Here are the top 15 defenders in World football comprised of full backs and centre backs of the top football clubs.
15. Benjamin Mendy
Mendy never stops working. In all phases of play, and in all situations, he’s always running. That, combined with his top-notch athleticism, means he’s almost always affecting play in some way. Last season he was instrumental in Monaco’s success. Mendy’s surging runs down the left flank bore rich fruit for Monaco’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. After joining Manchester City in the summer ,he made a fine start to his career but was unfortunately injured and is still recovering from it.
14. Samuel Umtiti
The French International partners Gerard Pique in the backline of Barcelona. According to the Barcelona fans, he plays with a lion’s heart in the defense. His tackling quality is the strength of his game. Signed from Lyon in 2016, he is now a regular starter.
13. Toby Alderweireld
The Belgian International was a right back at the beginning of his career but he was turned to a centre back by Mauricio Pochettino. He is now the main man in the defense for Tottenham Hotspur and with his presence at the back Spurs have one of the most formidable defense in the Premier League.
12. Jerome Boateng
The German International got all of the physical attributes one could look for in a defender. Strong in the tackle, consistently well-timed. Plus, his reading of the game is fantastic. He is an experienced campaigner and have won the World Cup for Germany in 2014.
11. Diego Godin
The Uruguayan has been consistently excellent for a number of years. His presence in the backline of Atletico Madrid helped them to the La-Liga title in 2013 as well as two UCL finals. An Uruguay international since 2005, Godín appeared for the country at two World Cups and four Copa América tournaments, winning the 2011 edition of the latter competition.