Any defender’s major goal in any football team is to make the first break against the opponent’s attack. They mostly prevent the opponent’s striker from entering their goal box and scoring.
A defender can play in a variety of positions, including center-back, wing-back, and side-back.
On the other hand, the center-back position is the most important position in any defensive system. They not only stop the opponent’s attack but also supply the midfielders with balls.
On that note, here is our unique ranking of the world’s finest football defenders right now.
- Ben White (Arsenal/England)
This season, Ben White has worked his way up to become a key player for both club and country, proving his naysayers wrong. Given Manchester United’s £80 million price tag for Harry Maguire, the Englishman appears to be a bargain at £50 million.
- Matthijs De Ligt (Juventus/Netherlands)
De ligt has struggled at Juventus, with injuries and poor form sparking repeated doubts about the Dutch defender. On the other hand, De ligt has had the best season of his career since joining the Italian club this season.
- Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich, Germany)
Bayern Munich’s new-look defense has been led by Niklas Sule, who has enjoyed another excellent season. The towering defender will be free to join archrivals Borussia Dortmund next season, which is a shame.
- Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan/Slovakia)
Milan Inter Milan’s Skriniar has had another excellent season. The Slovakian center defender has been a key member of Milan’s blue side as they aim to win Serie A for the second year in a row.
Marquinhos was also one of the players who contributed to PSG’s UCL round of 16 loss to Real Madrid last season. Apart from that, the Brazilian defender has had an excellent season.
- Eder Militao (Real Madrid/Brazil)
Eder Militao has progressed steadily to become Spain’s best defender. The Brazilian has had to step up to the plate since the exits of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos, and it’s safe to say he’s done so effectively.
- Antonio Rudiger (Germany/Chelsea)
The fourth player on our list is Antonio Rudiger, who has been a key player for Chelsea this season. The German defender will be difficult to replace when he leaves Stamford Bridge at the end of the current season.
- Ruben Dias (Manchester City/Portugal)
After a terrific debut season, Ruben Dias has enjoyed a solid year at Manchester City.
Manchester City squandered a nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League table while the Portuguese defender was absent, which speaks volumes about his importance to Pep Guardiola’s side.
- Thiago Silva (Brazil/Chelsea)
The No. 2 player on our list is Thiago Silva, a veteran Brazilian defender who will turn 38 later this year. When it comes to this man, his age is only a number.
- Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool/Netherlands)
So far this season, Virgil Van Dijk has returned to form for Liverpool after an injury-plagued season last year.
The Dutchman has risen to the top of our list of the best defenders in the world, and it would be very hard to take him down.