The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time Football Players (Soccer)

The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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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 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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    Defender

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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Defender, Sweeper

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  3. 3
    + 809
    - 302


    Defender

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  4. 4
    + 861
    - 306


    Defender

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  5. 5
    + 718
    - 330


    Defender, Midfielder

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  6. 6
    + 737
    - 290


    Defender

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  7. 7
    + 777
    - 347


    Defender

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  8. 8
    + 563
    - 213


    Defender

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  9. 9
    + 559
    - 236


    Defender

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  10. 10
    + 421
    - 296


    Defender

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  11. 11
    + 350
    - 259


    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

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  12. 12
    + 303
    - 180


    Defender

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  13. 13
    + 560
    - 379


    Defender, Midfielder

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  14. 14
    + 382
    - 196


    Defender, Midfielder

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  15. 15
    + 310
    - 188


    Defender

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  16. 16
    + 466
    - 368


    Defender, Midfielder

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  17. 17
    + 287
    - 254


    Defender, Midfielder

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  18. 18
    + 298
    - 201


    Defender

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  19. 19
    + 364
    - 306


    Defender

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  20. 20
    + 229
    - 195


    Defender

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  21. 21
    + 374
    - 311


    Defender

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  22. 22
    + 246
    - 197


    Defender

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  23. 23
    + 214
    - 172


    Defender, Midfielder

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  24. 24
    + 267
    - 263


    Defender, Midfielder

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  25. 25
    + 173
    - 123


    Defender

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  26. 26
    + 131
    - 127


    Defender

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  27. 27
    + 156
    - 196

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  28. 28
    + 156
    - 148


    Defender

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  29. 29
    + 104
    - 69


    Defender, Midfielder

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  30. 30
    + 118
    - 109


    Defender

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    + 150
    - 106

    ranked low on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

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  32. 32
    + 129
    - 155

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

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  33. 33
    + 83
    - 44

    added by veterancw
    Defender

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  34. 34
    + 151
    - 113


    Defender

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  35. 35
    + 191
    - 179


    Defender, Midfielder

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  36. 36
    + 82
    - 57


    Defender, Midfielder

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  37. 37
    + 144
    - 120


    Defender

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  38. 38
    + 121
    - 104


    Defender, Midfielder

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  39. 39
    + 157
    - 141


    Defender, Midfielder

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  40. 40
    + 114
    - 107


    Defender

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  41. 41
    + 77
    - 61


    Defender

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  42. 42
    + 79
    - 81


    Defender

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  43. 43
    + 231
    - 290


    Defender

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  44. 44
    + 164
    - 174


    Defender, Midfielder

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  45. 45
    + 83
    - 85


    Defender

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  46. 46
    + 108
    - 129


    Defender, Midfielder

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  47. 47
    + 53
    - 44

    added by amsmaia
    Defender

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  48. 48
    + 44
    - 52


    Defender

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  49. 49
    + 81
    - 76


    Defender

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  50. 50
    + 53
    - 69


    Defender

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