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

The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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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 realize 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 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. To truly be the greatest, defenders must be quick runners and possess the ability to kick the ball FAR, all the way to the other side of the field. Defensive soccer players must also have a mastery of fancy footwork - lest they let an offensive player weave past them. All these factors and more 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
    + 1,803
    - 319

    most listed
    Defender

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  2. 2
    + 1,115
    - 371

    the people's #1
    Defender, Sweeper

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  3. 3
    + 865
    - 319


    Defender

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  4. 4
    + 928
    - 323


    Defender

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  5. 5
    + 781
    - 351


    Defender, Midfielder

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  6. 6
    + 790
    - 311


    Defender

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  7. 7
    + 844
    - 366


    Defender

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  8. 8
    + 619
    - 251


    Defender

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  9. 9
    + 604
    - 231


    Defender

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  10. 10
    + 453
    - 314


    Defender

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  11. 11
    + 377
    - 275


    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

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  12. 12
    + 325
    - 191


    Defender

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  13. 13
    + 599
    - 402


    Defender, Midfielder

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  14. 14
    + 417
    - 208

    ranked low on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

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  15. 15
    + 513
    - 395


    Defender, Midfielder

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  16. 16
    + 337
    - 207


    Defender

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  17. 17
    + 305
    - 271


    Defender, Midfielder

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  18. 18
    + 317
    - 214


    Defender

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  19. 19
    + 398
    - 330


    Defender

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  20. 20
    + 249
    - 210


    Defender

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  21. 21
    + 399
    - 331


    Defender

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  22. 22
    + 279
    - 213


    Defender

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  23. 23
    + 235
    - 186


    Defender, Midfielder

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  24. 24
    + 293
    - 279


    Defender, Midfielder

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  25. 25
    + 185
    - 139


    Defender

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  26. 26
    + 143
    - 136

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  27. 27
    + 176
    - 154


    Defender

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  28. 28
    + 164
    - 202

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  29. 29
    + 100
    - 47

    added by veterancw
    Defender

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  30. 30
    + 165
    - 112


    Defender, Midfielder

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  31. 31
    + 112
    - 74


    Defender, Midfielder

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  32. 32
    + 126
    - 116


    Defender

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  33. 33
    + 207
    - 188


    Defender, Midfielder

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  34. 34
    + 135
    - 165

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

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  35. 35
    + 156
    - 124


    Defender

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  36. 36
    + 137
    - 114


    Defender, Midfielder

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  37. 37
    + 158
    - 117


    Defender

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  38. 38
    + 170
    - 148


    Defender, Midfielder

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  39. 39
    + 126
    - 112


    Defender

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  40. 40
    + 87
    - 66


    Defender

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  41. 41
    + 87
    - 64


    Defender, Midfielder

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  42. 42
    + 89
    - 87


    Defender

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  43. 43
    + 250
    - 304


    Defender

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  44. 44
    + 177
    - 183


    Defender, Midfielder

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  45. 45
    + 91
    - 91


    Defender

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  46. 46
    + 63
    - 49

    added by amsmaia
    Defender

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  47. 47
    + 122
    - 143


    Defender, Midfielder

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  48. 48
    + 90
    - 79


    Defender

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  49. 49
    + 155
    - 168


    Defender

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  50. 50
    + 49
    - 58


    Defender

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