Those days are gone when the defenders were used to guard the fort and the forward players used to attack and score goals. The game has changed a lot from before and now it has become more adventurous, nowadays a defender not only protects their goal but they even help their midfield and forward players to score goals. Finding a perfect full back is surely a rarity and in this article, we have ranked the best right-backs in the world right now.
In today’s football game a fullback must have dribbling skills as well as pace to go through all the opponent players and produce a cross for his teammates or score by himself when you’re in a better position to do it. It is definitely not an easy job to do it for full 90 minutes, where tackling and attacking both are involved.
Here are the 15 best right-backs in the world right now –
15. Hector Bellerin
The Arsenal man and Spanish international is a good dribbler, very pacey, and a good passer of the ball. At 25, Bellerin has a long time to work on his game and certainly has the potential to become one of the best in the world.
14. Cesar Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta is a guaranteed starter for Chelsea given his quality and has been good at the back. He is a versatile player, who can play both as a right-back and as a center-back. His reading of the game is top-notch and vision is second to none among the defenders.
13. Matt Doherty
After spending ten years with Wolves, Doherty joined Tottenham in 2020. Doherty is also usually deployed in a right wing-back role and is extremely tidy in defense, but it is his attacking threat that makes him truly dangerous. The excellent timing of his overlapping runs, ability to compete aerially, and excellent crossing ability, ensure that he possesses the complete modern full-back skill-set.
12. Kieran Trippier
Ex-Tottenham right back, Trippier, joined Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019. He has been enjoying life under the charismatic Diego Simeone. He is a very good crosser of the ball, a good set-piece taker, and has a blistering pace. The England international could well return to the Premier League one day, but for now, he is content playing alongside some of the world’s best in the Spanish capital.
11. Thomas Meunier
Borussia Dortmund signed Meunier from PSG in 2020. He remains one of the continent’s most potent threats from out wide and has the defensive discipline to back it up. Hard-working, intelligent, an excellent crosser, and a leader on the field, Meunier’s a class act for club and country.
10. Jesus Navas
Jesus Navas has reinvented himself as a right-back and established himself as one of the best players in the world in his position. Primarily a winger, the diminutive Spaniard has well established himself in the right-hand side of the defense. Known for his electric pace and tireless work rate, Navas is also capable of taking defenders on and beating them due to his stature and low centre of gravity.
9. Joao Cancelo
The only reason Cancelo is not higher in this list is that Manchester City has been using him as a left-back primarily. He is generally a right-back but can also play on the left side of the defense. Cancelo is good at passing and crossing. He even switches flanks from right-back position to left-back to make the attack more strong.