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 265
    Down 49

    often listed
    Paolo Maldini

    1968 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 162
    Down 46

    most listed
    Franco Baresi

    1960 More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 164
    Down 61

    the people's #1
    Franz Beckenbauer

    1945 More
    90
  4. 4
    Up 146
    Down 61

    often listed
    Alessandro Nesta

    1976 More
    80
  5. 5
    Up 110
    Down 62

    often listed
    Roberto Carlos

    1973 More
    72
  6. 6
    Up 120
    Down 53

    often listed
    Fabio Cannavaro

    1973 More
    70
  7. 7
    Up 79
    Down 60
    1941 More
    69
  8. 8
    Up 71
    Down 27
    1970 More
    63
  9. 9
    Up 89
    Down 54

    often listed
    Thiago Silva

    1984 More
    62
  10. 10
    Up 63
    Down 52

    often listed
    Lothar Matthäus

    1961 More
    59
  11. 11
    Up 48
    Down 23
    1972 More
    57
  12. 12
    Up 66
    Down 41
    1953 More
    56
  13. 13
    Up 86
    Down 73

    often listed &controversial
    Carles Puyol

    1978 More
    56
  14. 14
    Up 62
    Down 33
    1942 More
    54
  15. 15
    Up 55
    Down 38
    1968 More
    54
  16. 16
    Up 62
    Down 57

    often listed &controversial
    Ronald Koeman

    1963 More
    53
  17. 17
    Up 54
    Down 25
    1983 More
    51
  18. 18
    Up 46
    Down 37
    1972 More
    51
  19. 19
    Up 71
    Down 64

    controversial
    Nemanja Vidić

    1981 More
    50
  20. 20
    Up 49
    Down 24
    1973 More
    50
  21. 21
    Up 34
    Down 27
    1984 More
    50
  22. 22
    Up 47
    Down 54

    often listed &controversial
    Daniel Passarella

    1953 More
    49
  23. 23
    Up 36
    Down 25
    1953 More
    48
  24. 24
    Up 25
    Down 7
    1962 More
    48
  25. 25
    Up 41
    Down 41

    controversial
    Mats Hummels

    1988 More
    47
  26. 26
    Up 25
    Down 16
    1966 More
    47
  27. 27
    Up 48
    Down 55

    controversial
    Gerard Piqué

    1987 More
    45
  28. 28
    Up 51
    Down 59

    controversial
    Sergio Ramos

    1986 More
    45
  29. 29
    Up 38
    Down 26
    1963 More
    44
  30. 30
    Up 59
    Down 59

    controversial
    John Terry

    1980 More
    44
  31. 31
    Up 30
    Down 47

    often listed
    Matthias Sammer

    1967 More
    44
  32. 32
    Up 21
    Down 20
    1965 More
    43
  33. 33
    Up 36
    Down 31
    1968 More
    41
  34. 34
    Up 29
    Down 35
    1979 More
    40
  35. 35
    Up 6
    Down 7
    No image
    1965 More
    40
  36. 36
    Up 16
    Down 13
    1986 More
    40
  37. 37
    Up 23
    Down 30

    controversial
    Laurent Blanc

    1965 More
    39
  38. 38
    Up 33
    Down 34

    controversial
    Elías Figueroa

    1946 More
    39
  39. 39
    Up 14
    Down 20
    1970 More
    39
  40. 40
    Up 15
    Down 24
    1950 More
    37
  41. 41
    Up 30
    Down 37

    controversial
    Daniel Alves

    1983 More
    36
  42. 42
    Up 14
    Down 17
    1987 More
    36
  43. 43
    Up 19
    Down 24
    1943 More
    36
  44. 44
    Up 6
    Down 9
    1967 More
    35
  45. 45
    Up 8
    Down 5
    1960 More
    35
  46. 46
    Up 6
    Down 3
    No image
    1967 More
    35
  47. 47
    Up 7
    Down 19

    controversial
    Billy Wright

    1924 More
    35
  48. 48
    Up 8
    Down 6
    1944 More
    35
  49. 49
    Up 6
    Down 4
    1981 More
    34
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  50. 50
    Up 5
    Down 3
    1978 More
    34
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