The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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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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    most listed
    Defender

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  2. 2
    + 1,174
    - 400

    the people's #1
    Defender, Sweeper

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  3. 3
    + 909
    - 344


    Defender

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  4. 4
    + 970
    - 345


    Defender

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  5. 5
    + 819
    - 377


    Defender, Midfielder

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  6. 6
    + 831
    - 329


    Defender

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  7. 7
    + 898
    - 382


    Defender

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  8. 8
    + 667
    - 265


    Defender

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  9. 9
    + 630
    - 250


    Defender

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  10. 10
    + 470
    - 333


    Defender

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  11. 11
    + 395
    - 292


    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

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  12. 12
    + 441
    - 224


    Defender, Midfielder

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  13. 13
    + 634
    - 418


    Defender, Midfielder

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  14. 14
    + 342
    - 208


    Defender

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  15. 15
    + 546
    - 413


    Defender, Midfielder

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  16. 16
    + 356
    - 223


    Defender

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  17. 17
    + 336
    - 229


    Defender

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  18. 18
    + 324
    - 286


    Defender, Midfielder

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  19. 19
    + 420
    - 353


    Defender

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  20. 20
    + 263
    - 224


    Defender

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  21. 21
    + 425
    - 345


    Defender

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  22. 22
    + 299
    - 223


    Defender

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  23. 23
    + 250
    - 198


    Defender, Midfielder

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  24. 24
    + 314
    - 291


    Defender, Midfielder

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  25. 25
    + 197
    - 150


    Defender

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  26. 26
    + 191
    - 163


    Defender

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  27. 27
    + 150
    - 146


    Defender

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  28. 28
    + 174
    - 209

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  29. 29
    + 115
    - 55

    added by veterancw
    Defender

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  30. 30
    + 176
    - 120


    Defender, Midfielder

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  31. 31
    + 120
    - 81


    Defender, Midfielder

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  32. 32
    + 132
    - 123


    Defender

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  33. 33
    + 151
    - 123


    Defender, Midfielder

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  34. 34
    + 168
    - 121


    Defender

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  35. 35
    + 141
    - 171

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

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  36. 36
    + 217
    - 201


    Defender, Midfielder

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  37. 37
    + 164
    - 132


    Defender

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  38. 38
    + 178
    - 155


    Defender, Midfielder

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  39. 39
    + 133
    - 118


    Defender

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  40. 40
    + 96
    - 72


    Defender

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  41. 41
    + 92
    - 68


    Defender, Midfielder

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  42. 42
    + 266
    - 309


    Defender

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  43. 43
    + 97
    - 93


    Defender

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  44. 44
    + 190
    - 189


    Defender, Midfielder

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  45. 45
    + 174
    - 173


    Defender

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  46. 46
    + 97
    - 97


    Defender

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  47. 47
    + 68
    - 54

    added by amsmaia
    Defender

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  48. 48
    + 130
    - 153


    Defender, Midfielder

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  49. 49
    + 98
    - 87


    Defender

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  50. 50
    + 53
    - 65


    Defender

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