”Attack wins you games, but defence wins you tournaments” is a very famous saying among football fans, players and managers. All the greatest sides ever were built on the basis of rock solid defences. And to be a good defender you need power, tactical intelligence, technical capability, organisational skills and a brave-heart to take on anyone. In this article, we will have a look at some of the best centre backs in the world.
Considering the performances over the past couple of seasons, here are the top 15 best centre backs in the world –
3. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)
Laporte is a world-class defender, who is not appreciated as mcuh as the likes of Van Dijk or De Ligt. The French centre-back was one of the major reasons why Manchester City won the domestic treble last season. He also started most matches in the Premier League for the champions compared to any other out-field player.
After all this, he is yet to receive a call-up for the national side. But considering his performances, its only a matter of time.
2. Matthijs de Ligt
Few players on the planet are causing as much of a stir in the transfer market as Ajax’s teenage defender Matthijs de Ligt.
The Netherlands international is breaking the mould of young players stepping into senior football, following in the footsteps of the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé by being considered world class before they’ve even turned 20.
His outstanding display against Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League knockout stage match – where Ajax knocked Los Blancos out of the competition – threw de Ligt into the limelight, prompting questions over where he will be next season.
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 are also one of the reasons why Liverpool won the UCL last season.
He was so rock solid in the defence last season that hardly anyone dribbled past him. 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.
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