3. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
Koulibaly is a large, quick and physically strong and elegant player. He 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.
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.
2. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Sergio Ramos has proved himself to be one of modern football’s elite defenders. Ramos is a strong player exudes confidence, he’s strong, he’s a battler, his timing and positioning are impeccable.
Ramos has the knack of scoring vital goals for Los Blancos and is among the highest goal-scoring defenders ever, having scored more than 125 goals in his career. The Spaniard is unbeatable on his day and is undoubtedly among the best centre backs in the world.
1. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
Virgil Van Dijk’s 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 is also one of the reasons why Liverpool have been so dominant in the past couple of seasons.
He has been very solid in the defence since signing for Liverpool. Van Dijk has proven himself to be the missing piece of Liverpool’s defence. No wonder, we have ranked him as the best defender in the world.