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 greatest soccer defenders ever played the game are among the players considered to be the best soccer players of all time. 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? Who are the greatest defenders in football? These are the questions that should 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 374
    Down 76
    1968 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 224
    Down 74

    most listed
    Franco Baresi

    1960 More
    97
  3. 3
    Up 223
    Down 93

    the people's #1
    Franz Beckenbauer

    1945 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 212
    Down 86
    1976 More
    82
  5. 5
    Up 109
    Down 85

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bobby Moore

    1941 More
    78
  6. 6
    Up 149
    Down 93
    1973 More
    76
  7. 7
    Up 188
    Down 71
    1973 More
    74
  8. 8
    Up 121
    Down 44

    ranked low on reranks
    Cafu

    1970 More
    67
  9. 9
    Up 144
    Down 83
    1984 More
    67
  10. 10
    Up 147
    Down 91
    1978 More
    67
  11. 11
    Up 85
    Down 73
    1961 More
    66
  12. 12
    Up 72
    Down 41
    1972 More
    59
  13. 13
    Up 85
    Down 58
    1953 More
    59
  14. 14
    Up 80
    Down 74
    1963 More
    59
  15. 15
    Up 76
    Down 52
    1968 More
    57
  16. 16
    Up 85
    Down 45
    1942 More
    57
  17. 17
    Up 59
    Down 70

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Daniel Passarella

    1953 More
    56
  18. 18
    Up 96
    Down 84
    1981 More
    55
  19. 19
    Up 66
    Down 57
    1972 More
    54
  20. 20
    Up 54
    Down 44
    1984 More
    54
  21. 21
    Up 39
    Down 59

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Matthias Sammer

    1967 More
    52
  22. 22
    Up 79
    Down 36

    ranked low on reranks
    Philipp Lahm

    1983 More
    52
  23. 23
    Up 56
    Down 58

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mats Hummels

    1988 More
    51
  24. 24
    Up 73
    Down 77
    1986 More
    51
  25. 25
    Up 74
    Down 37

    ranked low on reranks
    Javier Zanetti

    1973 More
    51
  26. 26
    Up 51
    Down 34

    ranked low on reranks
    Claudio Gentile

    1953 More
    50
  27. 27
    Up 63
    Down 73

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Gerard Piqué

    1987 More
    50
  28. 28
    Up 40
    Down 29
    1966 More
    49
  29. 29
    Up 78
    Down 74
    1980 More
    48
  30. 30
    Up 38
    Down 21
    1962 More
    47
  31. 31
    Up 53
    Down 38
    1963 More
    46
  32. 32
    Up 28
    Down 27
    1970 More
    46
  33. 33
    Up 45
    Down 45
    1979 More
    45
  34. 34
    Up 51
    Down 39
    1968 More
    45
  35. 35
    Up 29
    Down 32
    1965 More
    44
  36. 36
    Up 33
    Down 41
    1965 More
    44
  37. 37
    Up 45
    Down 45
    1946 More
    44
  38. 38
    Up 12
    Down 16
    No image
    1965 More
    42
  39. 39
    Up 30
    Down 26
    1986 More
    42
  40. 40
    Up 20
    Down 32

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Marius Trésor

    1950 More
    41
  41. 41
    Up 45
    Down 53
    1983 More
    40
  42. 42
    Up 17
    Down 8
    No image
    1967 More
    39
  43. 43
    Up 20
    Down 17
    1981 More
    38
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  44. 44
    Up 21
    Down 33
    1943 More
    38
  45. 45
    Up 19
    Down 30
    1978 More
    37
  46. 46
    Up 8
    Down 23

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Billy Wright

    1924 More
    37
  47. 47
    Up 17
    Down 24
    1987 More
    37
  48. 48
    Up 15
    Down 26
    1962 More
    37
  49. 49
    Up 15
    Down 15
    1944 More
    37
  50. 50
    Up 10
    Down 6

    ranked low on reranks
    Lúcio

    1978 More
    36
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