The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time Football Players (Soccer)

The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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The greatest soccer defenders ever played the game are among the players considered to be the best soccer players of all time. These best football defenders (as they're called everywhere besides the US) are in the ranks of the best athletes in the world, and have earned their spots by being the best footballers in the world.

What are the qualities of the best defenders in the sport of soccer? These men are equal parts the best defense men in soccer, the top players in soccer, and the best conditioned athletes in the sport of soccer. All these factors combine to determine who should be called the best defenders in soccer.

Who are the best soccer defenders of all time? Who are the top defenders in soccer? Who are the best football defenders of all time? Who are the greatest defenders in football? These are the questions that should be answered in this compilation of the top soccer defenders ever. If your favorite soccer player in the position of defender isn't on the list, make sure to add them so others can vote for them as the best football defender ever. If you don't add them, they won't get any play.

List Criteria: Only defense players, no mid-fielders. Please rank the players based on their on-field accomplishments

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      Up 364
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      1968 More
      100
    2. 2
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      most listed
      Franco Baresi

      1960 More
      96
    3. 3
      Up 216
      Down 93

      the people's #1
      Franz Beckenbauer

      1945 More
      93
    4. 4
      Up 207
      Down 83
      1976 More
      83
    5. 5
      Up 144
      Down 91

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Roberto Carlos

      1973 More
      78
    6. 6
      Up 105
      Down 84

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Bobby Moore

      1941 More
      78
    7. 7
      Up 181
      Down 70
      1973 More
      77
    8. 8
      Up 115
      Down 43

      ranked low on reranks
      Cafu

      1970 More
      72
    9. 9
      Up 144
      Down 86
      1978 More
      71
    10. 10
      Up 139
      Down 81
      1984 More
      70
    11. 11
      Up 81
      Down 73

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Lothar Matthäus

      1961 More
      68
    12. 12
      Up 82
      Down 57
      1953 More
      65
    13. 13
      Up 84
      Down 45
      1942 More
      64
    14. 14
      Up 68
      Down 39
      1972 More
      64
    15. 15
      Up 78
      Down 74
      1963 More
      63
    16. 16
      Up 74
      Down 52
      1968 More
      62
    17. 17
      Up 59
      Down 70

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Daniel Passarella

      1953 More
      61
    18. 18
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      Down 83
      1981 More
      60
    19. 19
      Up 53
      Down 43
      1984 More
      58
    20. 20
      Up 64
      Down 57
      1972 More
      58
    21. 21
      Up 39
      Down 59

      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Matthias Sammer

      1967 More
      57
    22. 22
      Up 74
      Down 36

      ranked low on reranks
      Philipp Lahm

      1983 More
      56
    23. 23
      Up 72
      Down 35

      ranked low on reranks
      Javier Zanetti

      1973 More
      56
    24. 24
      Up 55
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      1988 More
      56
    25. 25
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      1986 More
      55
    26. 26
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      ranked low on reranks
      Claudio Gentile

      1953 More
      55
    27. 27
      Up 45
      Down 45
      1946 More
      54
    28. 28
      Up 60
      Down 71

      often listed
      Gerard Piqué

      1987 More
      54
    29. 29
      Up 39
      Down 27
      1966 More
      53
    30. 30
      Up 77
      Down 73
      1980 More
      53
    31. 31
      Up 38
      Down 20
      1962 More
      53
    32. 32
      Up 52
      Down 38
      1963 More
      52
    33. 33
      Up 50
      Down 39
      1968 More
      51
    34. 34
      Up 32
      Down 40
      1965 More
      50
    35. 35
      Up 29
      Down 31
      1965 More
      49
    36. 36
      Up 25
      Down 27
      1970 More
      49
    37. 37
      Up 43
      Down 45
      1979 More
      48
    38. 38
      Up 19
      Down 17
      1981 More
      48
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    39. 39
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      1965 More
      46
    40. 40
      Up 15
      Down 15
      1944 More
      46
    41. 41
      Up 42
      Down 51
      1983 More
      45
    42. 42
      Up 19
      Down 32
      1950 More
      45
    43. 43
      Up 21
      Down 33
      1943 More
      45
    44. 44
      Up 11
      Down 13
      1925 More
      45
    45. 45
      Up 27
      Down 25

      ranked low on reranks
      Vincent Kompany

      1986 More
      44
    46. 46
      Up 10
      Down 14
      No image
      1949 More
      44
    47. 47
      Up 16
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      Ciro Ferrara

      1967 More
      43
    48. 48
      Up 15
      Down 26
      1962 More
      43
    49. 49
      Up 7
      Down 14
      1929 More
      43
    50. 50
      Up 18
      Down 29
      1978 More
      43
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