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
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    the people's #1
    Defender, Sweeper

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  3. 3
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    - 224
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  4. 4
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    - 235
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  5. 5
    + 493
    - 233

    Defender, Midfielder

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  6. 6
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    - 211
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  7. 7
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  8. 8
    + 532
    - 266
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  9. 9
    + 402
    - 147

    Defender

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  10. 10
    + 277
    - 184

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

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  11. 11
    + 410
    - 138

    ranked low on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 222
    - 184

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 414
    - 276

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 275
    - 134

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 232
    - 126
    ) open
  16. 16
    + 212
    - 148
    ) open
  17. 17
    + 220
    - 126

    Defender

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 311
    - 253

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 268
    - 233
    ) open
  20. 20
    + 200
    - 185

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 250
    - 191

    Defender

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  22. 22
    + 175
    - 151
    ) open
  23. 23
    + 127
    - 159

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  24. 24
    + 153
    - 135

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 165
    - 146
    ) open
  26. 26
    + 97
    - 86
    ) open
  27. 27
    + 108
    - 118

    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

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  28. 28
    + 121
    - 88
    ) open
  29. 29
    + 170
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 140
    - 136

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 91
    - 69
    ) open
  32. 32
    + 113
    - 83
    ) open
  33. 33
    + 84
    - 76
    ) open
  34. 34
    + 123
    - 125

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 123
    - 106

    Defender, Midfielder

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  36. 36
    + 111
    - 92
    ) open
  37. 37
    + 91
    - 107

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 70
    - 36

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 52
    - 26

    Defender, Midfielder

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 51
    - 34

    Defender

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  41. 41
    + 102
    - 83

    Defender, Midfielder

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  42. 42
    + 80
    - 89
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  43. 43
    + 37
    - 43

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defender

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  44. 44
    + 38
    - 13

    ranked low on reranks & added by veterancw
    Defender

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  45. 45
    + 109
    - 121
    ) open
  46. 46
    + 57
    - 44
    ) open
  47. 47
    + 69
    - 57

    Defender, Midfielder

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  48. 48
    + 41
    - 60

    Defender

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  49. 49
    + 37
    - 46
    ) open
  50. 50
    + 28
    - 23

    Defender

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