The greatest defender in the football history has been written on this list. I personally wrote this chart based on my experience watching football. Is your favorite same as mine?
In my very personal opinion, a player could be called as the best defender in the world because of several factors: his defending technique, his sense to guard against the opponent, his defending tricks, and also his achievement in the tournaments.
From the list, you can tell that most of those players are coming from Italy national football team. It has been no wonder since Italy was very well-known on the Catenaccio. What is Catenaccio? It is one of defender football strategy with the strong emphasis on defense. The defensive players are highly organized and focusing on how to stop the attacks. But that doesn’t mean it’s only Italy has a great defender. Another country does. And so, let’s check the list below for the 7 greatest defender in the world.
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1. Paolo Maldini
Paolo Maldini of AC Milan
Actively played as a football player in 25 years with only 1 team, has put him into a legendary player of AC Milan. Maldini is the best defender in his time. He was strong and quick, a good leader of his team, and able to tackle down his opponent that challenges his defense. He could be run here and there on this 90 minutes game. Maldini has won 5 times European Cup with AC Milan, an incredible achievement to play such a long time at his highest level.
2. Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer of Germany
Also known as “Der Kaiser”, he was an important player for West Germany to win 1974 World Cup against Holland. He also has his own style as an attacking sweeper while playing for Bayern Muenchen, and scored 60 goals in 427 appearances. In the domestic league, he has won 5 times of Bundesliga and 4 times of DFB Cup.
3. Javier Zanetti
Javier Zanetti of Inter Milan
Javier has a complete skill to be a great defender: strength, resilience, stamina, acceleration, and work rate. His leadership has put him as a captain in Inter Milan for years. He has played more than 600 matches with Inter Milan, and he holds the all-time record most appearances for the national team of Argentina with 136 caps
4. Laurent Blanc
Laurent Blanc of France
Laurent has been voted as 4th greatest France footballer of the Century, according to France Football’s poll. His highest achievement was winning the 1998 World Cup that held in his own country. He has been famous with his routine ritual before Franc’s match: kissing Fabian Barthez’s head.
5. Marcos Cafu
Marcos Cafu of Brazil
Cafu is known as one of the best right wing-backs in the football history. With his outstanding pace, technique and balancing of defensive-offensive skills has made his opponent put a tight mark on him. He holds 142 caps with Brazil national team, and he led them to won 2002 World Cup.
6. Alessandro Nesta
Alessandro Nesta of AC Milan
Nesta has been played for Lazio before Moving to AC Milan. He is considered as the greatest defender of the world in 2000’s era. He has a complete skill that a defender need: great agility, intelligent, and excellent anticipation. Unfortunately, he was unlucky to get an injury before 2006 World Cup final, that won by his national team, Italy.
7. Roberto Carlos
Roberto Carlos of Brazil
Once again from Brazil, Roberto Carlos. His infamous banana kick goal against France is known as one of the greatest goals in a football history. He combines his running speed with a great balance of defense-offense skill, and also a hard shot, to be one of the greatest left back wing in a football history.
That’s all for the list. Is your player here?