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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    - 377

    most listed
    Defender

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  2. 2
    + 1,253
    - 430

    the people's #1
    Defender, Sweeper

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  3. 3
    + 1,081
    - 370


    Defender

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  4. 4
    + 1,027
    - 401


    Defender

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  5. 5
    + 870
    - 483


    Defender, Midfielder

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  6. 6
    + 785
    - 274


    Defender

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  7. 7
    + 873
    - 508


    Defender

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  8. 8
    + 517
    - 354


    Defender

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  9. 9
    + 963
    - 549


    Defender

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  10. 10
    + 702
    - 404


    Defender

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  11. 11
    + 411
    - 231


    Defender

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  12. 12
    + 670
    - 447


    Defender, Midfielder

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  13. 13
    + 244
    - 86


    Defender

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  14. 14
    + 320
    - 132


    Defender, Midfielder

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  15. 15
    + 407
    - 421

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

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  16. 16
    + 213
    - 72

    added by veterancw
    Defender

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  17. 17
    + 473
    - 353


    Defender, Midfielder

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  18. 18
    + 589
    - 514


    Defender, Midfielder

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  19. 19
    + 361
    - 283


    Defender

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  20. 20
    + 289
    - 223


    Defender

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  21. 21
    + 121
    - 7

    ranked low on reranks & added by Andrea Pillerè
    Defender

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  22. 22
    + 221
    - 89

    ranked low on reranks
    Defender

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  23. 23
    + 260
    - 166


    Defender

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  24. 24
    + 372
    - 361


    Defender

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  25. 25
    + 348
    - 450

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

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  26. 26
    + 142
    - 26

    ranked low on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

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  27. 27
    + 447
    - 493

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  28. 28
    + 140
    - 52

    ranked low on reranks
    Defender

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  29. 29
    + 441
    - 504

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  30. 30
    + 157
    - 79


    Defender

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  31. 31
    + 163
    - 108


    Defender

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  32. 32
    + 87
    - 4

    ranked low on reranks & added by Zicopoust
    Defender

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  33. 33
    + 189
    - 84

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  34. 34
    + 86
    - 4

    ranked low on reranks & added by Zicopoust
    Defender

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  35. 35
    + 329
    - 399

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

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  36. 36
    + 60
    - 2
    No image

    ranked low on reranks & added by Piero Cusin
    Riccardo Ferri Defender

  37. 37
    + 320
    - 402

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  38. 38
    + 225
    - 155


    Defender

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  39. 39
    + 59
    - 2
    No image

    ranked low on reranks & added by Zicopoust
    Defender

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  40. 40
    + 69
    - 3
    No image

    ranked low on reranks & added by Andrea Pillerè
    Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo Defender

  41. 41
    + 263
    - 290

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

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  42. 42
    + 276
    - 400

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  43. 43
    + 24
    - 0

    new! & added by berteds
    Defender

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  44. 44
    + 55
    - 2

    ranked low on reranks & added by lendomacondenorz

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  45. 45
    + 141
    - 160


    Defender

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  46. 46
    + 148
    - 98

    ranked low on reranks
    Defender

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  47. 47
    + 206
    - 264


    Defender

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  48. 48
    + 146
    - 155


    Defender

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  49. 49
    + 175
    - 173


    Defender

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  50. 50
    + 22
    - 0

    new! & added by lendomacondenorz
    Midfielder

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