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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 397
    Down 83
    1968 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 235
    Down 81

    most listed
    Franco Baresi

    1960 More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 242
    Down 101

    the people's #1
    Franz Beckenbauer

    1945 More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 221
    Down 90
    1976 More
    78
  5. 5
    Up 113
    Down 92

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bobby Moore

    1941 More
    73
  6. 6
    Up 158
    Down 98
    1973 More
    73
  7. 7
    Up 200
    Down 73
    1973 More
    71
  8. 8
    Up 126
    Down 47

    ranked low on reranks
    Cafu

    1970 More
    64
  9. 9
    Up 156
    Down 97
    1978 More
    64
  10. 10
    Up 153
    Down 92
    1984 More
    63
  11. 11
    Up 91
    Down 77
    1961 More
    63
  12. 12
    Up 77
    Down 44
    1972 More
    57
  13. 13
    Up 89
    Down 62
    1953 More
    57
  14. 14
    Up 83
    Down 79
    1963 More
    56
  15. 15
    Up 67
    Down 71

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Daniel Passarella

    1953 More
    55
  16. 16
    Up 89
    Down 48
    1942 More
    55
  17. 17
    Up 79
    Down 56
    1968 More
    55
  18. 18
    Up 108
    Down 90
    1981 More
    54
  19. 19
    Up 62
    Down 46
    1984 More
    53
  20. 20
    Up 72
    Down 60
    1972 More
    52
  21. 21
    Up 92
    Down 39

    ranked low on reranks
    Philipp Lahm

    1983 More
    51
  22. 22
    Up 41
    Down 64

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Matthias Sammer

    1967 More
    50
  23. 23
    Up 84
    Down 41

    ranked low on reranks
    Javier Zanetti

    1973 More
    49
  24. 24
    Up 63
    Down 66
    1988 More
    49
  25. 25
    Up 82
    Down 86
    1986 More
    49
  26. 26
    Up 55
    Down 37
    1953 More
    48
  27. 27
    Up 45
    Down 32
    1966 More
    47
  28. 28
    Up 88
    Down 80
    1980 More
    47
  29. 29
    Up 69
    Down 84

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Gerard Piqué

    1987 More
    47
  30. 30
    Up 54
    Down 49
    1979 More
    45
  31. 31
    Up 56
    Down 40
    1963 More
    45
  32. 32
    Up 40
    Down 25
    1962 More
    44
  33. 33
    Up 30
    Down 29
    1970 More
    44
  34. 34
    Up 55
    Down 42
    1968 More
    44
  35. 35
    Up 36
    Down 44
    1965 More
    43
  36. 36
    Up 48
    Down 48
    1946 More
    42
  37. 37
    Up 30
    Down 35
    1965 More
    42
  38. 38
    Up 13
    Down 19
    1965 More
    40
  39. 39
    Up 35
    Down 32
    1986 More
    40
  40. 40
    Up 22
    Down 34

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Marius Trésor

    1950 More
    40
  41. 41
    Up 49
    Down 56
    1983 More
    39
  42. 42
    Up 24
    Down 19
    1981 More
    38
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  43. 43
    Up 19
    Down 10
    1967 More
    38
  44. 44
    Up 19
    Down 16
    1944 More
    37
  45. 45
    Up 23
    Down 34
    1978 More
    36
  46. 46
    Up 12
    Down 7
    1978 More
    36
  47. 47
    Up 21
    Down 36
    1943 More
    36
  48. 48
    Up 16
    Down 28
    1962 More
    35
  49. 49
    Up 22
    Down 32
    1987 More
    35
  50. 50
    Up 12
    Down 13
    1925 More
    35
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