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
    + 878
    - 157

    most listed Defender

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 545
    - 197

    the people's #1 Defender, Sweeper

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 452
    - 162

    Defender

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  4. 4
    + 450
    - 167
    ) open
  5. 5
    + 358
    - 172

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 398
    - 143
    ) open
  7. 7
    + 222
    - 179

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Defender

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 298
    - 101

    Defender

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 383
    - 194

    Defender

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 263
    - 104

    Defender

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 187
    - 150

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

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 311
    - 200

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 196
    - 91

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 160
    - 104

    Defender

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 153
    - 142

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 210
    - 183

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 162
    - 96
    ) open
  18. 18
    + 142
    - 99

    Defender

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 140
    - 117

    Defender

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 105
    - 122

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Defender

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 124
    - 98

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 198
    - 182

    Defender

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 125
    - 102
    ) open
  24. 24
    + 142
    - 141

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 92
    - 59
    ) open
  26. 26
    + 178
    - 150

    Defender

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 110
    - 100

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 98
    - 78

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 99
    - 70

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 62
    - 53

    Defender

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 64
    - 102

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

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 63
    - 66

    Defender

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 125
    - 178

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Defender

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 88
    - 64

    ranked low on reranks Defender

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 80
    - 47

    ranked low on reranks Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 54
    - 71

    Defender

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 85
    - 62

    ranked low on reranks Defender

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 64
    - 72
    ) open
  39. 39
    + 46
    - 63

    Defender

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 36
    - 29

    Defender

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 25
    - 28

    Defender

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 29
    - 43

    Defender

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 27
    - 23

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 15
    - 49

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Defender

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 84
    - 101

    Defender

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 23
    - 29

    Defender

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 37
    - 40

    Defender

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 43
    - 35

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 39
    - 32
    ) open
  50. 50
    + 32
    - 61

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Defender

    ) open
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