The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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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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    most listed
    Defender

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    - 427

    the people's #1
    Defender, Sweeper

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  3. 3
    + 1,061
    - 367


    Defender

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  4. 4
    + 1,018
    - 397


    Defender

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  5. 5
    + 862
    - 466


    Defender, Midfielder

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  6. 6
    + 768
    - 268


    Defender

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  7. 7
    + 864
    - 491


    Defender

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  8. 8
    + 958
    - 531


    Defender

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  9. 9
    + 507
    - 351


    Defender

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  10. 10
    + 696
    - 387


    Defender

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  11. 11
    + 394
    - 228


    Defender

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  12. 12
    + 663
    - 445


    Defender, Midfielder

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  13. 13
    + 305
    - 129


    Defender, Midfielder

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  14. 14
    + 211
    - 68

    added by veterancw
    Defender

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  15. 15
    + 223
    - 82


    Defender

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  16. 16
    + 405
    - 402


    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

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  17. 17
    + 469
    - 337


    Defender, Midfielder

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  18. 18
    + 585
    - 497


    Defender, Midfielder

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  19. 19
    + 356
    - 269


    Defender

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  20. 20
    + 280
    - 221


    Defender

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  21. 21
    + 204
    - 86


    Defender

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    + 103
    - 6

    ranked low on reranks & added by Andrea Pillerè
    Defender

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    + 258
    - 163


    Defender

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    + 370
    - 342


    Defender

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    + 346
    - 430

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

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  26. 26
    + 445
    - 476


    Defender

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  27. 27
    + 440
    - 487

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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    + 123
    - 24

    ranked low on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

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    + 123
    - 51

    ranked low on reranks
    Defender

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  30. 30
    + 329
    - 380

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

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    - 3
    Roberto Rosato is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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    Roberto Rosato Defender

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    + 71
    - 3

    ranked low on reranks & added by Zicopoust
    Defender

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  33. 33
    + 142
    - 79


    Defender

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  34. 34
    + 44
    - 1
    No image

    ranked low on reranks & added by Zicopoust
    Defender

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  35. 35
    + 149
    - 108


    Defender

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  36. 36
    + 318
    - 384

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  37. 37
    + 172
    - 84


    Defender

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    + 263
    - 277


    Defender, Midfielder

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    + 274
    - 384

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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    + 212
    - 155


    Defender

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    + 54
    - 2
    No image

    ranked low on reranks & added by Andrea Pillerè
    Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo Defender

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    + 137
    - 157

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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    + 39
    - 1

    ranked low on reranks & added by lendomacondenorz

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  44. 44
    + 206
    - 252

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  45. 45
    + 146
    - 149


    Defender

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  46. 46
    + 136
    - 98


    Defender

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  47. 47
    + 172
    - 172


    Defender

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    + 48
    - 2
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Piero Cusin
    Riccardo Ferri Defender

  49. 49
    + 21
    - 0
    José Leandro Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by Zeke Thomas
    José Leandro Ferreira Defender

  50. 50
    + 285
    - 353

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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