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
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    most listed
    Defender

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  2. 2
    + 731
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    the people's #1
    Defender, Sweeper

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  3. 3
    + 558
    - 215
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  4. 4
    + 574
    - 226
    ) open
  5. 5
    + 468
    - 219

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 501
    - 205
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  7. 7
    + 305
    - 212

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  8. 8
    + 505
    - 256
    ) open
  9. 9
    + 381
    - 140

    Defender

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  10. 10
    + 258
    - 176

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

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 386
    - 133

    ranked low on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 211
    - 176

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 395
    - 267

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 257
    - 127

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 219
    - 119
    ) open
  16. 16
    + 200
    - 140
    ) open
  17. 17
    + 209
    - 121

    Defender

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 257
    - 223
    ) open
  19. 19
    + 289
    - 240

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 190
    - 177

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 233
    - 180

    Defender

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 168
    - 145
    ) open
  23. 23
    + 121
    - 152

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 147
    - 129

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 155
    - 140
    ) open
  26. 26
    + 91
    - 81
    ) open
  27. 27
    + 103
    - 113

    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 112
    - 85
    ) open
  29. 29
    + 133
    - 130

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 156
    - 227

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  31. 31
    + 85
    - 64
    ) open
  32. 32
    + 79
    - 72
    ) open
  33. 33
    + 105
    - 80
    ) open
  34. 34
    + 116
    - 116

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 117
    - 100

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 104
    - 88
    ) open
  37. 37
    + 83
    - 103

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 65
    - 33

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 48
    - 22

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 97
    - 79

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 46
    - 30

    Defender

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  42. 42
    + 75
    - 86
    ) open
  43. 43
    + 32
    - 40
    ) open
  44. 44
    + 33
    - 11

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    Defender

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  45. 45
    + 102
    - 116
    ) open
  46. 46
    + 53
    - 40
    ) open
  47. 47
    + 45
    - 47
    ) open
  48. 48
    + 49
    - 51

    Defender

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  49. 49
    + 20
    - 55

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  50. 50
    + 35
    - 31

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
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