Soccer The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time  

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List Rules 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 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.
list ordered by

1
5,382 954
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

2
2,536 1,204
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

3
3,095 1,003
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

4
647 862
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
Brazil

5
1,878 805
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
Brazil

6
2,577 911
Alessandro Nesta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

7
444 723
Mauro Ramos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
Andrea Pillerè added Brazil

8
1,166 766
Bobby Moore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
United Kingdom

9
885 648
Giacinto Facchetti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

10
793 560
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
Netherlands

11
2,195 981
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

12
373 479
Elías Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

13
585 524
Ruud Krol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
Netherlands

14
317 304
Roberto Rosato is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
Zicopoust added Italy

15
454 467
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

16
535 436
Daniel Passarella is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
Argentina

17
2,530 1,042
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
Spain

18
323 424
Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

19
2,007 915
Fabio Cannavaro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

20
284 304
Tarcisio Burgnich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

21
353 350
Marius Trésor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

22
193 232
Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
Andrea Pillerè added Spain

23
630 289
Cesare Maldini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
veterancw added Italy

24
260 268
Miodrag Belodedici is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
MariusCeasuri added Romania

25
767 440
Lilian Thuram is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time
France