5. Daniel Passarella
Passarella was small in size but he made up for it with his dedication. He was a defender with an uncanny eye for a goal. In fact, with 182 goals in 556 matches, he was the highest-scoring defender then.
Diego Maradona claimed that Passarella was the best header of the ball of all time. Daniel Passarella captained Argentina to their first-ever World Cup triumph.
4. Gaetano Scirea
Gaetano Scirea was part of the world-class Juventus side of the 1980s. Due to his glorious performances for the Old Lady, Italian fans quickly began to take note of his abilities and gave him the status of a cult hero.
He is among the greatest Italian defenders ever. Due to his awareness, Scirea seldom committed fouls. He rose from the Juventus academy to achieve success for the national side as well. For Italy, he won 78 caps, which included helping them to succeed in the 1982 World Cup.
3. Franco Baresi
Franco Baresi is the best Italian central defender of all time. He served as the captain of the Italian side for 15 years. He played 81 times for Italy, including during the 1982 World Cup, in which Italy finished as winners.
Baresi spent his entire club career with AC Milan. As the leader of the club’s defence for the best part of 20 years, Baresi was a central figure for the club during their most golden of golden eras. He won six Serie A titles during his career, as well as three European Cups.