Top 10 of Everything in Football: Defenders

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While the strikers score goals and take away all the credit its the defenders who try to stop the strikers from scoring. Defenders are the most important part of the team. They some times make saves which are worthy of a goal. Defenders need to be strong both physically and mentally. They need to be quick to fall back as well. Lets check out our top 10 defenders of Firstain.

10. Philip Lahm
One of the mainstays of the Germany team for several years, Lahm’s marauding runs from full-back are a good avenue of attack for Germany. The versatile Lahm is capable of shooting and passing with either foot, and enjoyed a fine 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

9. Nesta
Nesta has been the backbone of the Italy and AC Milan defenses over the years. He is strong, reliable and has the ability to instill fear in minds of opponents. He is one of the best defender in the world out there.

8. Maicon
Not for a long time has there been a right-back capable of having so much influence on a game. The Inter Milan defender’s forceful runs down the right provide a great avenue of attack, not only for him to cross the ball, but for his teammates who can occupy the space vacated by opposition players trying to arrest Maicon’s attacking stories. He has pace to burn and is a also a solid defender. Keeps the outstanding Barcelona right-back Dani Alves out of the Brazil team.

7. Sergio Ramos
Ramos has everything. He has skill, pace, strength, does not make costly errors, is versatile and scores a lot of goals for a defender. He is a sort of player who can KILL HIMSELF to win the ball.

6. Gerard Pique
Many at Barcelona believe this product of the club’s youth system will go on to captain the club someday. He was a key protagonist as Spain won the World Cup in South Africa last summer. A composed defender who is strong in the air and the tackle, Pique is also adept at launching his team’s attacks. And he even claims to know all of Cristiano Ronaldo’s tricks from their time together at Manchester United.

5. Ashley Cole
Cole is one of the few players over the years to have got to grips with Cristiano Ronaldo. At Euro 2004 he had one of his best games in an England shirt, matching the Portuguese star in a captivating battle. Since then, Cole has developed into arguably the best left-back in the world. He can get forward, score goals, cross the ball, and is Mr Reliable when on the back foot.

4. Carles Puyol
You need a beast to guard a cave. You need Puyol to defend the goal. He is the World’s most AGGRESSIVE defender and a shrewd leader with aggressive looks. Along with Pique, he was instrumental in Spain and Barcelona’s recent run of success.

3. Thiago Silva
The Brazilian has almost everything a good defender should have but is often ignored by everyone. A strong tackler and commanding in the air, the AC Milan center back was outstanding in the 2010-11 season as the Rossoneri won their first Italian title since 2004. Silva is so comfortable on the ball that he was even deployed in midfield by coach Massimiliano Allegri when injuries hit the squad. His performances prompted Milan to extend his contract until June 2016.

2. John Terry
An inspirational player who is never afraid to throw himself on the ball and save his goal. Can score goals as well which is a bonus. Meet John Terry — Mr. Chelsea!

One of the best defender in the world, Terry provides great support to Cech and also motivates everyone around him. With amazing positioning, he provides a great  link between Midfield and Defense and has a hunch for goals. A true leader on the pitch.

1. Nemanja Vidic
The Manchester United defender may not be playing in one of the most prominent national teams, but he helps form a defense that has been particularly stingy over the years. In qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, Vidic and his comrades conceded just one goal in 10 matches, a record that helped them top the group ahead of Spain. He has a commanding presence and can also pop up with goals from time to time.

Agree with my top 10? Disagree? Would you like to replace someone in my list with another player? Drop in a comment to share your views. I’ll be glad to hear 🙂

P.S This is part two of the series titled ‘Top 10 of everything in football‘. The next part, featuring the top 10 midfielders, will be published tomorrow. In case you missed it, Part one was about the top 10 goalkeepers. To make sure you don’t miss out on future releases, it’d would be smart to subscribe to our RSS Feed and Email Newsletter. You can also Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

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