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

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    the people's #1 & most listed 1945

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    1960

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    1976

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    1973

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1941

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1961

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1963

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    1972

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    ranked low on reranks 1983

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1981

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    ranked low on reranks 1973

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    1942

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    1986

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1953

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1988

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    1972

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    1984

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    1968

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    1968

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1967

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    1979

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1987

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    ranked low on reranks 1966

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1965

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    1980

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    1963

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    1978

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    1946

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1924

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    1929

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    1975

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    1925

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    1967

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1950

    open
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    1983

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    1967

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    1984

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    1978

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