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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  1. 1
    + 944
    - 166

    most listed Defender

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 606
    - 211

    the people's #1 Defender, Sweeper

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 477
    - 193

    Defender

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 487
    - 198
    ) open
  5. 5
    + 424
    - 176
    ) open
  6. 6
    + 383
    - 196

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 255
    - 190

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Defender

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 419
    - 224

    Defender

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 320
    - 121

    ranked low on reranks Defender

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 223
    - 157

    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 317
    - 108

    ranked low on reranks Defender

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 185
    - 151

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 342
    - 224

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 189
    - 103
    ) open
  15. 15
    + 211
    - 112

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 171
    - 125

    Defender

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 174
    - 105

    Defender

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 215
    - 198

    Defender

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 227
    - 212

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 155
    - 155

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 192
    - 157

    Defender

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 146
    - 136

    Defender

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 131
    - 118

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 108
    - 144

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Defender

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 79
    - 73

    Defender

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 129
    - 127
    ) open
  27. 27
    + 91
    - 103

    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 97
    - 78

    ranked low on reranks Defender

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 137
    - 204

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Defender

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 113
    - 119

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 74
    - 58

    Defender

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 71
    - 65

    Defender

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 101
    - 101

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 90
    - 73
    ) open
  35. 35
    + 103
    - 94

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 58
    - 28

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 43
    - 16

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 92
    - 82
    ) open
  39. 39
    + 61
    - 90

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Defender

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 85
    - 74

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 35
    - 27

    Defender

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  42. 42
    + 66
    - 83
    ) open
  43. 43
    + 27
    - 36
    ) open
  44. 44
    + 90
    - 106

    Defender

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 41
    - 43

    Defender

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 38
    - 42

    Defender

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 25
    - 32

    Defender

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 31
    - 51

    Defender

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 18
    - 16

    Defender

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 28
    - 26

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
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