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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    1968

    open
  2. 2
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    the people's #1 1945

    open
  3. 3
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    most listed 1960

    open
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    1976

    open
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    1973

    open
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1941

    open
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    ranked low on reranks 1973

    open
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    1978

    open
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    ranked low on reranks 1970

    open
  10. 10
    Up 116
    Down 89

    1961

    open
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    1984

    open
  12. 12
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1963

    open
  13. 13
    Up 103
    Down 75

    1953

    open
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    Up 90
    Down 58

    1972

    open
  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks 1942

    open
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1953

    open
  17. 17
    Up 133
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    ranked low on reranks 1983

    open
  18. 18
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    Down 107

    1981

    open
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    Down 58

    1984

    open
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    Down 70

    1968

    open
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    1972

    open
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    ranked low on reranks 1973

    open
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    1988

    open
  24. 24
    Up 47
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1967

    open
  25. 25
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    1986

    open
  26. 26
    Up 64
    Down 45

    1953

    open
  27. 27
    Up 107
    Down 92

    1980

    open
  28. 28
    Up 58
    Down 41

    1966

    open
  29. 29
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1987

    open
  30. 30
    Up 38
    Down 35

    1970

    open
  31. 31
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    1963

    open
  32. 32
    Up 49
    Down 33

    1962

    open
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    Down 51

    1968

    open
  34. 34
    Up 61
    Down 61

    1979

    open
  35. 35
    Up 42
    Down 50

    1965

    open
  36. 36
    Up 36
    Down 42

    1965

    open
  37. 37
    Up 51
    Down 40

    1986

    open
  38. 38
    Up 49
    Down 55

    1946

    open
  39. 39
    Up 17
    Down 27

    1965

    open
  40. 40
    Up 24
    Down 43

    1950

    open
  41. 41
    Up 56
    Down 68

    1983

    open
  42. 42
    Up 25
    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks 1944

    open
  43. 43
    Up 10
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1924

    open
  44. 44
    Up 21
    Down 33

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1962

    open
  45. 45
    Up 23
    Down 16

    ranked low on reranks 1967

    open
  46. 46
    Up 29
    Down 43

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1978

    open
  47. 47
    Up 22
    Down 15

    ranked low on reranks 1978

    open
  48. 48
    Up 19
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    ranked low on reranks 1960

    open
  49. 49
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    1967

    open
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    added by wiabux 1981

    open
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