The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time Football Players (Soccer)

The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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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 Criteria: Only defense players, no mid-fielders. Please rank the players based on their on-field accomplishments

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  1. 1
    Up 265
    Down 49
    1968 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 161
    Down 47

    most listed &ranked low on reranks
    Franco Baresi

    1960 More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 163
    Down 62

    the people's #1
    Franz Beckenbauer

    1945 More
    93
  4. 4
    Up 146
    Down 61
    1976 More
    81
  5. 5
    Up 110
    Down 63

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Roberto Carlos

    1973 More
    77
  6. 6
    Up 79
    Down 60

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bobby Moore

    1941 More
    76
  7. 7
    Up 120
    Down 53

    ranked low on reranks
    Fabio Cannavaro

    1973 More
    74
  8. 8
    Up 71
    Down 27
    1970 More
    69
  9. 9
    Up 90
    Down 54
    1984 More
    68
  10. 10
    Up 63
    Down 52

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lothar Matthäus

    1961 More
    67
  11. 11
    Up 66
    Down 41
    1953 More
    65
  12. 12
    Up 86
    Down 73

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Carles Puyol

    1978 More
    64
  13. 13
    Up 48
    Down 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Lilian Thuram

    1972 More
    64
  14. 14
    Up 62
    Down 33
    1942 More
    63
  15. 15
    Up 62
    Down 57

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ronald Koeman

    1963 More
    62
  16. 16
    Up 55
    Down 38

    ranked low on reranks
    Marcel Desailly

    1968 More
    61
  17. 17
    Up 47
    Down 54

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Daniel Passarella

    1953 More
    59
  18. 18
    Up 71
    Down 64

    controversial
    Nemanja Vidić

    1981 More
    59
  19. 19
    Up 46
    Down 37

    ranked low on reranks
    Jaap Stam

    1972 More
    58
  20. 20
    Up 34
    Down 27
    1984 More
    57
  21. 21
    Up 54
    Down 25

    ranked low on reranks
    Philipp Lahm

    1983 More
    56
  22. 22
    Up 41
    Down 41

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mats Hummels

    1988 More
    55
  23. 23
    Up 30
    Down 47

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Matthias Sammer

    1967 More
    55
  24. 24
    Up 49
    Down 24

    ranked low on reranks
    Javier Zanetti

    1973 More
    55
  25. 25
    Up 25
    Down 7
    1962 More
    54
  26. 26
    Up 36
    Down 25

    ranked low on reranks
    Claudio Gentile

    1953 More
    53
  27. 27
    Up 48
    Down 55

    often listed &controversial
    Gerard Piqué

    1987 More
    53
  28. 28
    Up 51
    Down 59

    often listed &controversial
    Sergio Ramos

    1986 More
    53
  29. 29
    Up 33
    Down 34

    ranked high on reranks
    Elías Figueroa

    1946 More
    53
  30. 30
    Up 25
    Down 16

    ranked low on reranks
    Alessandro Costacurta

    1966 More
    53
  31. 31
    Up 38
    Down 26
    1963 More
    52
  32. 32
    Up 59
    Down 59

    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    John Terry

    1980 More
    52
  33. 33
    Up 21
    Down 20
    1965 More
    49
  34. 34
    Up 36
    Down 31

    ranked low on reranks
    Fernando Hierro

    1968 More
    49
  35. 35
    Up 23
    Down 30

    often listed
    Laurent Blanc

    1965 More
    49
  36. 36
    Up 6
    Down 4
    1981 More
    47
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  37. 37
    Up 6
    Down 7
    No image

    often listed
    Aldair

    1965 More
    47
  38. 38
    Up 5
    Down 3
    No image
    1949 More
    47
  39. 39
    Up 8
    Down 6

    ranked low on reranks
    Carlos Alberto Torres

    1944 More
    46
  40. 40
    Up 4
    Down 3
    1929 More
    46
  41. 41
    Up 19
    Down 24

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Héctor Chumpitaz

    1943 More
    46
  42. 42
    Up 14
    Down 20

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Frank de Boer

    1970 More
    46
  43. 43
    Up 29
    Down 35

    controversial
    Rafael Márquez

    1979 More
    46
  44. 44
    Up 6
    Down 5
    1925 More
    46
  45. 45
    Up 15
    Down 24

    often listed &controversial
    Marius Trésor

    1950 More
    45
  46. 46
    Up 16
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    Vincent Kompany

    1986 More
    45
  47. 47
    Up 30
    Down 37

    controversial
    Daniel Alves

    1983 More
    44
  48. 48
    Up 9
    Down 15
    1962 More
    43
  49. 49
    Up 9
    Down 19
    No image

    ranked high on reranks
    José Nasazzi

    1901 More
    43
  50. 50
    Up 8
    Down 14
    1978 More
    42
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