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, now days 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 team mates 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 –
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15. Matt Doherty
Doherty is a 27 years old Irish right back who joined wolves from an Irish club Bohemian FC and after that he played on loan for many different clubs like Hibernian FC and Bury FC. His consistent hard work and well performance has now made him a first team player in the Wolves starting eleven.
He had a terrific last season, starting in most of the games with also scoring 4 and assisting 5 goals. His forward runs has been a topic of concern for the opposition. Wolves would love to keep him at the club with multiple clubs showing interest.
14. Hector Bellerin
The Arsenal man and Spanish international is a good dribbler, very pacey and a good passer of the ball. At 24, Bellerin has a long time to work on his game and certainly has the potential to become one of the best in the world.
However, he is currently injured with a ruptured cruciate ligament and it could take months for him to make a comeback.
13. Mario Fernandes
This Russian right back plays for one of the famous Russian football club CSKA Moscow. He joined CSKA Moscow in 2012 from a Serie A club Gremio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense. He is a regular starter for his club and played 35 games last season. He also scored a goal and had assist of 10.
He can play at different positions in the right side of the pitch let it be a right back of a right defensive midfielder. He makes through balls to his opponents from the back, as well as he is also known for making key passes probably that’s the reason why he is having so many assists. He is good in the air too and likes to play short passes.
12. Sime Vrsaljko
On loan to Atletico Madrid from Inter Milan, Vrsaljko, was part of the Croatian team in the world cup 2019. He is a good crosser of the ball and have a powerful shot. He is good in the air and loves to take shots from long distances.
11. Aaron Wan-Bissaka
He is young, talented and have lots of potential in him. He is one of those player who is in the wish-list of many top clubs. He joined Crystal Palace senior team in the winter of 2018 from the U23 team. He has appeared in 39 games for his club in all competition.
He is very good in dribbling, tackling, blocking and interception. He just dribbles through his opponents and makes small pass to his team mates in the forward line.
He joined Manchester United in the summer transfer window of 2019.
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10. 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 centre-back. His reading of the game is top-notch and vision is second to none among the defenders.
He might be 34 years old but his stats his well enough to keep his name in the list of the best right backs at this moment. He joined Atletico Madrid back in 2011 and after that he didn’t leave and kept of performing well season after season. He is well known for holding the ball making short and key passes.
8. Kieran Trippier
Trippier had a miss and a hit last season, but that does not lay any doubt on his talent. The Englishman is one of the main right back in England national team.
He was even in the starting eleven in this year’s Champions League final for Spurs. He is a very good crosser of the ball, a good set piece taker and has a blistering pace.
He joined Atlético Madrid in the summer of 2019.
7. Dani Alves
After playing for 8 years in Barcelona, a year in Juventus, and two seasons with PSG, Dani Alves has now returned to his homeland.
He is very much versatile and we can see him playing as full back in both the sides, as a midfielder and also as a defensive midfielder. He is well known for playing layoffs, creating chances by playing long balls and placing cross from the right wing position, putting through balls to his team mates.
6. Kyle Walker
Sixth among the best right backs in the world right now is Kyle walker. He was a part of Manchester City’s domestic treble winning squad. Having joined City from Spurs in 2017, he has won back to back league titles. His dribbling and pace is among the best in the league. The only thing that stops him from being higher in the list is his crossing, which needs to improve.
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5. Thomas Meunier
Meunier joined PSG from Club Brugge KV in 2016. He was also a part of the world cup team for Belgium and played 10 games for the national team last season. He can play as a defensive midfielder too in the right side if needed. He is well known for his ability of holding the ball, making key passes and going for aerial duals.
4. João Cancelo
Cancelo is a well known name in the transfer market at this moment. This 25 years old right back joined Juventus in summer 2018 and played some exceptional good game in last season for his nation as well as club. With Juventus he has won two trophies, one is Serie A and the other one is Italian Super Cup. For his nation he has won UEFA Nations League.
Cancelo is good in passing and crossing. He even switches flanks from right back position to left back to make the attack more strong.
3. Daniel Carvajal
This 27 years old Spanish right back joined Real Madrid in 2013 and now he is one of the best right backs in the world. He has been playing for Real Madrid for the past 6 years and has won lots of trophies in his career. Passing, dribbling, holding and blocking are the main thing he loves to do with the ball.
2. Trent Alexander-Arnold
The 20 years old English footballer has already made a big name of himself with his extra ordinary performance in the Premier League and Champions League. He won the UCL with Liverpool this season, in which he played a crucial role. Arnold is well known for making accurate passes, playing long balls and making perfect tackles to win the balls from the opponents.
1. Joshua Kimmich
When we speak about a right back the first name that comes to our mind is Kimmich. This 24 years old Bayern Munich right back has appeared in 34 games for his club in Bundesliga last season and performed pretty well. He scored 2 goals and made 13 assists. He is very good in making long crosses from one half to the other and creates deadly scoring situations from corners.
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