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

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  3. 3
    + 804
    - 299


    Defender

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  4. 4
    + 857
    - 303


    Defender

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  5. 5
    + 714
    - 327


    Defender, Midfielder

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  6. 6
    + 734
    - 287


    Defender

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  7. 7
    + 776
    - 344


    Defender

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  8. 8
    + 561
    - 211


    Defender

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  9. 9
    + 558
    - 233


    Defender

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  10. 10
    + 420
    - 293


    Defender

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  11. 11
    + 349
    - 256


    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

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  12. 12
    + 301
    - 178


    Defender

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  13. 13
    + 560
    - 376


    Defender, Midfielder

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  14. 14
    + 382
    - 192


    Defender, Midfielder

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  15. 15
    + 310
    - 184


    Defender

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  16. 16
    + 464
    - 367


    Defender, Midfielder

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  17. 17
    + 287
    - 250


    Defender, Midfielder

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  18. 18
    + 298
    - 198


    Defender

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  19. 19
    + 364
    - 303


    Defender

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  20. 20
    + 227
    - 193


    Defender

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  21. 21
    + 374
    - 309


    Defender

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  22. 22
    + 245
    - 195


    Defender

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  23. 23
    + 214
    - 170


    Defender, Midfielder

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  24. 24
    + 173
    - 121


    Defender

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    + 267
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    Defender, Midfielder

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  26. 26
    + 131
    - 125


    Defender

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  27. 27
    + 155
    - 195


    Defender

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  28. 28
    + 155
    - 147


    Defender

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  29. 29
    + 104
    - 68


    Defender, Midfielder

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  30. 30
    + 118
    - 108


    Defender

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  31. 31
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
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  32. 32
    + 149
    - 106


    Defender, Midfielder

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    + 83
    - 42

    added by veterancw
    Defender

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  34. 34
    + 151
    - 111


    Defender

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  35. 35
    + 190
    - 178


    Defender, Midfielder

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  36. 36
    + 144
    - 118


    Defender

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  37. 37
    + 121
    - 102


    Defender, Midfielder

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  38. 38
    + 81
    - 56


    Defender, Midfielder

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  39. 39
    + 156
    - 140


    Defender, Midfielder

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  40. 40
    + 114
    - 105


    Defender

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  41. 41
    + 79
    - 79


    Defender

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  42. 42
    + 76
    - 60


    Defender

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  43. 43
    + 231
    - 288


    Defender

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  44. 44
    + 163
    - 173


    Defender, Midfielder

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  45. 45
    + 83
    - 83


    Defender

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  46. 46
    + 107
    - 128


    Defender, Midfielder

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  47. 47
    + 53
    - 42

    added by amsmaia
    Defender

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  48. 48
    + 43
    - 51


    Defender

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    + 81
    - 74


    Defender

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    + 52
    - 68


    Defender

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