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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  1. 1
    Up 266
    Down 49
    1968 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 162
    Down 47

    most listed
    Franco Baresi

    1960 More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 163
    Down 62

    the people's #1
    Franz Beckenbauer

    1945 More
    93
  4. 4
    Up 148
    Down 61
    1976 More
    81
  5. 5
    Up 110
    Down 63
    1973 More
    77
  6. 6
    Up 79
    Down 60

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bobby Moore

    1941 More
    76
  7. 7
    Up 122
    Down 53
    1973 More
    74
  8. 8
    Up 71
    Down 27
    1970 More
    69
  9. 9
    Up 91
    Down 54
    1984 More
    68
  10. 10
    Up 63
    Down 52
    1961 More
    67
  11. 11
    Up 66
    Down 41
    1953 More
    65
  12. 12
    Up 87
    Down 74

    controversial
    Carles Puyol

    1978 More
    64
  13. 13
    Up 48
    Down 23
    1972 More
    64
  14. 14
    Up 62
    Down 33
    1942 More
    63
  15. 15
    Up 62
    Down 57

    controversial
    Ronald Koeman

    1963 More
    62
  16. 16
    Up 55
    Down 38
    1968 More
    61
  17. 17
    Up 47
    Down 54
    1953 More
    59
  18. 18
    Up 71
    Down 64

    controversial
    Nemanja Vidić

    1981 More
    59
  19. 19
    Up 46
    Down 37
    1972 More
    58
  20. 20
    Up 34
    Down 27
    1984 More
    57
  21. 21
    Up 54
    Down 25

    ranked low on reranks
    Philipp Lahm

    1983 More
    56
  22. 22
    Up 41
    Down 41

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mats Hummels

    1988 More
    55
  23. 23
    Up 30
    Down 47

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Matthias Sammer

    1967 More
    55
  24. 24
    Up 49
    Down 24

    ranked low on reranks
    Javier Zanetti

    1973 More
    55
  25. 25
    Up 25
    Down 7
    1962 More
    54
  26. 26
    Up 36
    Down 25
    1953 More
    53
  27. 27
    Up 49
    Down 55

    controversial
    Gerard Piqué

    1987 More
    53
  28. 28
    Up 51
    Down 59

    controversial
    Sergio Ramos

    1986 More
    53
  29. 29
    Up 33
    Down 34
    1946 More
    53
  30. 30
    Up 25
    Down 16
    1966 More
    53
  31. 31
    Up 38
    Down 26
    1963 More
    52
  32. 32
    Up 59
    Down 59

    controversial
    John Terry

    1980 More
    52
  33. 33
    Up 21
    Down 20
    1965 More
    49
  34. 34
    Up 36
    Down 31
    1968 More
    49
  35. 35
    Up 23
    Down 30
    1965 More
    49
  36. 36
    Up 6
    Down 3
    No image
    1949 More
    47
  37. 37
    Up 6
    Down 4
    1981 More
    47
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  38. 38
    Up 6
    Down 7
    No image
    1965 More
    47
  39. 39
    Up 15
    Down 20

    controversial
    Frank de Boer

    1970 More
    47
  40. 40
    Up 8
    Down 6
    1944 More
    46
  41. 41
    Up 4
    Down 3
    1929 More
    46
  42. 42
    Up 19
    Down 24

    controversial
    Héctor Chumpitaz

    1943 More
    46
  43. 43
    Up 29
    Down 35

    controversial
    Rafael Márquez

    1979 More
    46
  44. 44
    Up 6
    Down 5
    1925 More
    46
  45. 45
    Up 15
    Down 24
    1950 More
    45
  46. 46
    Up 16
    Down 13
    1986 More
    45
  47. 47
    Up 30
    Down 37

    controversial
    Daniel Alves

    1983 More
    44
  48. 48
    Up 9
    Down 15
    1962 More
    43
  49. 49
    Up 9
    Down 19
    No image
    1901 More
    43
  50. 50
    Up 8
    Down 14
    1978 More
    42
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