Top 10 Best Centre Backs In The World 2018
Professional football centre-backs are impressive athletes and their defensive capabilities are key to the success of their respective teams. In point of fact, each of these players buttresses his team’s ability to come up against offensive sides and his absence usually means something unpleasant. ( Top 10 Best Centre Backs In The World 2018 )
Besides Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos who has always been in good form year after year, there are impressive centre-backs from several other football clubs including Tottenham, Barcelona, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid amongst others. In that case, we have compiled a list on the Best Centre Backs in the World.
Top 10 Best Centre Backs In The World 2018
1. Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos is the skipper of the Spain national team as well as Real Madrid. Besides being the captain both for his country and his club side, Sergio Ramos’ soaring reputation has made him one of the best defenders to reckon with. For years, Sergio Ramos’ consistency coupled with his diligence has made him the most important character in Real Madrid’s defensive line. During Real Madrid’s string of trophy successes including three Champions League titles within three-four seasons, Sergio Ramos was impressive and instrumental.
Despite being a defender, Sergio Ramos has clinched the total of 69 goals from 544 appearances for the Los Blancos side. Also in the Spain national team, Sergio Ramos maintains a great feat as the outfielder with the highest number of caps. In addition to his defensive role, Sergio Ramos’ goal-scoring flair makes him one of the most crucial characters in Zinedine Zidane’s squad. Last season 2016-17 while his side claimed the Spanish La Liga alongside the UEFA Champions League, Sergio Ramos bagged the total of 8 goals –a goal-scoring flair you hardly observe in centre-backs. Constantly, Sergio Ramos has featured FIFA’s lists of the world’s best defenders and this often adds to the point that the 31-year-old Spaniard is the world’s best centre-back.
2. Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique is another prolific Spanish centre-back and he is highly recognized for having had many caps for the Spain national team. In point of fact, his consistency remains the reason why Cezar Azpilicueta –the captain of Chelsea FC of England – is yet clinched a significant number of caps for the Spain national team.
At the moment, Pique’s club side Barcelona is at the top of the Spanish La Liga and has been at an impressive level since the beginning of the current La Liga campaign. Meanwhile, Gerard Pique has been instrumental to Barcelona’s defensive line as his team stays clear of its toughest Spanish rivals –Real Madrid –with a massive total of 18 points. Interestingly, Gerard Pique is one of the centre-backs revered and admired for their dogged determination while on the pitch. Quite frankly, the 30-year-old is always cautious of his team’s defensive capability despite the fact that Barcelona focuses more on an offensive style of play.
3. Cesar Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta had appeared consecutively in many EPL matches until the Spaniard was rested in November 2017. Quite frankly, this indicates that the Chelsea captain is one of the reliable characters that would strengthen the defense line of any team. In terms of consistency, Cesar Azpilicueta is always at a high standard even when his club side suffers a series of shaky performances. Under the Italian tactician and Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, Cesar Azpilicueta has proven his prowess as a reliable and fearless center-back. Without doubts, the center-back had a significant hand in Chelsea’s EPL triumph of last season.
Though Azpilicueta hasn’t had enough chance to prove his proficiency at the Spain national team probably due to the astonishing consistency of Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, no one would actually doubt the fact that the 28-year-old centre-back is Chelsea’s most important player in the defensive line.
4. Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly is arguably the finest defender in Napoli’s improved squad. And statistics clearly show that his consistency has had a great hand in Napoli’s impressive form for the current Serie A campaign. Besides being a sturdy centre-back who hardly gives in to the offensive threats from attackers, Kalidou Koulibaly is highly rated for his distinct passing ability –a quality many defenders lack.
Koulibaly’s fine form has indeed contributed to Napoli’s stance as the best defensive team in the Italian Serie A so far this season. And despite interest from other top European teams including Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Chelsea, the Senegalese centre-back hasn’t shown any strong insistence to leave the club anytime soon. With this, it is believed that Napoli has succeeded in retaining one of the key players who could help it in clinching the Serie A title for the first time since 1990. As stated by Kalidou Koulibaly’s transfer agent, the Senegalese centre-back and his teammates have chosen to remain together in the quest to clinch this season’s Serie A title for Napoli.
5. Mats Hummels
Amidst Bayern Munich’s apparently shaky year, Mats Hummels has kept his consistency intact. His regular presence in a Bayern Munich defense comprising Javi Martinez, Jerome Boateng and Niklas Sule has made him one of the best centre-backs in the world. Mats Hummels’s proficiency has made him one of the key players Bayern Munich would always want to have on the pitch. While the German was out of game as a result of an ankle injury, his absence cost Bayern Munich in the UCL tie against Real Madrid. In the first leg of the quarter-final draw between the two sides (Real Madrid and Bayern Munich), the German side suffered a defeat and many football observers quickly attributed this to the absence of Mats Hummels.
On the international scene, Hummels’ presence for the German international team speaks of professionalism as he captained his country in November 2017 during a match against England. Meanwhile, this resulted from the absence of captain and goalie Manuel Neuer and marked the first time Mats Hummels would appear as the skipper of the German national team.
6. Leonardo Bonucci
Since Bonucci joined Milan after helping rivals Juventus in clinching its sixth successive Serie A triumph, the centre-back has had an obvious decline in form. Some times last year, Bonucci appeared as a great competitor in the position of the world’s best centre-back but currently, the 30-year-old’s presence in an averagely consistent AC Milan has weighed him down.
In the previous Serie A season, AC Milan ended up in the sixth position and Bonucci’s transfer to the side hasn’t really proved impressive as the club still hovers outside of the Top 4 spot. Though Bonucci may have slightly or obviously declined in form, the Italian national proved remarkable brilliance in the previous season at Juventus and this has kept him among the world’s best centre-backs.
7. Diego Godin
Without Diego Godin, Diego Simeone’s dogged defense line may have dwindled drastically but thanks to the Uruguayan’s presence which has contributed to Atletico Madrid’s brilliant form in the Spanish La Liga this season 2017-18. Atletico Madrid’s defensive capability might not be as strong as it was a few years back while the Spanish team appeared constantly in the semi-finals and finals of the UEFA Champions League, Diego Godin is yet to lose his ground among the world’s best centre-backs.
Under Diego Simeone’s management, Godin has buttressed the defense mentality of Atletico Madrid, making the team one of the clubs which hardly concede goals even when facing an extremely offensive side. At the current age of 31, one would easily agree that Diego Godin’s slight form decline is due to his age but this hasn’t concealed the fact that the Uruguayan is one of the centre-backs many attackers detest coming up against.
8. Toby Alderweireld
With Toby Alderweireld’s presence, Pochettino is obviously calm that his team’s defense is tight and wouldn’t concede goals unreasonably. One clear occasion that justified this was Alderweireld’s absence resulting from a hamstring injury towards the end of 2017. With the Belgian’s absence, Pochettino’s Tottenham became apparently shaky and it occurred that Toby Alderweireld had been a reliable defence all through his presence.
Interestingly, Alderweireld possesses some athletic proficiency such as his passing ability which enables him deliver long-distance passes to his team’s forwards. Besides, the brilliant Belgian centre-back is always at ease especially when in possession of the ball in Tottenham’s defense line.
9. Jan Vertonghen
Together with teammate Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen is o bviously one of the world’s best centre-backs strengthening Tottenham’s defense line. Meanwhile, it could be easily recalled that the Belgian was the one who pioneered the foundations of his team’s current impressive defense line. Jan Vertonghen, who joined Tottenham from Ajax in 2012, is undoubtedly one of the finest EPL defenders and his presence has added great significance to Pochettino’s success at Tottenham.
10. Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva is unarguably the best defender in PSG’s defense line. Though a number of crucial factors including age and slight injuries have made him decline in form, the Brazilian star is yet one of the finest centre-backs in the world.
PSG is certainly the biggest-spending French club and this spending flair has brought in the presence of star footballers such as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. Taking a look at PSG’s current squad, one would easily agree that Thiago Silva constitutes the most acclaimed players alongside Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe. 33-year-old Silva, who is in his 6th season for PSG, has contributed massively particularly as the captain and in helping the French side to win the Ligue 1 title on several occasions.
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