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

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

The best soccer players of all time aren't always the ones right in the action, sometimes all it takes is a step back and a bit of appreciation to realise that the grunts who are defending the goal are the best. 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? SO MANY QUESTIONS, all which need to 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.

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  1. 1
    + 1068
    - 193

    most listed
    Defender

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 685
    - 220

    the people's #1
    Defender, Sweeper

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 526
    - 207


    Defender

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  4. 4
    + 543
    - 214
    ) open
  5. 5
    + 433
    - 208


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 476
    - 191
    ) open
  7. 7
    + 289
    - 199

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 471
    - 245


    Defender

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 359
    - 133


    Defender

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 248
    - 166


    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 362
    - 118

    ranked low on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 205
    - 163

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 376
    - 249


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 209
    - 112
    ) open
  15. 15
    + 242
    - 124


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 193
    - 134


    Defender

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 199
    - 115


    Defender

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 244
    - 216


    Defender

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 268
    - 231


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 178
    - 170


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 220
    - 174


    Defender

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 163
    - 143


    Defender

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 119
    - 149

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 143
    - 125


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 148
    - 135
    ) open
  26. 26
    + 86
    - 80


    Defender

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 98
    - 111


    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 128
    - 127


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 107
    - 84
    ) open
  30. 30
    + 151
    - 222

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 83
    - 64


    Defender

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 77
    - 71


    Defender

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 114
    - 111


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 99
    - 79
    ) open
  35. 35
    + 113
    - 99


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 100
    - 86
    ) open
  37. 37
    + 63
    - 32


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 47
    - 21


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 73
    - 101

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 95
    - 77


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 44
    - 29


    Defender

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 74
    - 85
    ) open
  43. 43
    + 31
    - 39
    ) open
  44. 44
    + 29
    - 9

    added by veterancw
    Defender

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 99
    - 112


    Defender

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 47
    - 47


    Defender

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 50
    - 39
    ) open
  48. 48
    + 36
    - 55


    Defender

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 35
    - 30


    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 20
    - 53

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
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