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Top Five Best Defenders In The World In 2021

The primary role of any defender in any football team is to strike the initial break at the opponent’s attack. The mainly prevent the opponent’s striker to enter their goal box and also prevent them to score. There are several kinds of positions where a defender can play, such as center-back, wing-back, and side-back. But, the center-back position is the lead position of any team’s defensive formation. They not only break the opponent’s attack but also supply balls to the midfielders. And, here goes our exclusive list of the best football defenders in the world right now.

Harry Maguire (Manchester United)

You might expect the world’s most expensive defender to rank higher than ninth on our list but Maguire – despite his obvious talents – still has a lot to prove. The Sheffield born centre-back is a force to be reckoned with in either box and is comfortable playing out from the back. The trouble is with an £80m price tag comes a lot of pressure and to make it to the top of this list he really needs to lead Man United back to the glory days, which is something that looks a long way off at the moment.

Jules Kounde

The 22-year-old Frenchman has been ever-present in the Sevilla FC defense since his move to Spain in 2019. Jules, despite his young age, has brought stability and consistency to the Palanganas backline. Kounde has also contributed his fair of goals upfront scoring 2 goals in 40 appearances last season. The France youth international has continued his good form into the new season, and it’s just a matter of time before bigger clubs come looking for his signature.


Before you get into the list do remember that there is a myriad of reasons – many unquantifiable – that go into determining lists like these. Most of these entries might even reflect upon my subjectivity, meaning you might agree with some of my mentions, or none at all. Either way, we’d love to hear from you!

Achraf Hakimi

Playing on the right-hand side of a back five – especially one put together by Antonio Conte – is an extremely demanding role.

Achraf Hakimi has made the job look effortless in his first season at Inter Milan.

The flying Moroccan, who boasts some of the most impressive speed you're ever likely to see on a soccer pitch, has chipped in with a mightily impressive seven goals and 10 assists, and has developed a wonderful understanding with striker Romelu Lukaku.

The 22-year-old has also helped Conte's side concede just 30 goals in Italy's top flight – the least of any team in the division – en route to its first Serie A title in a decade.

Thiago Silva (Chelsea)

Age – 37 (22 September 1984)

Country – Brazil

Current club – Chelsea (Premier League)

Getting a reputation in AC Milan, Thiago has dedicated the best time of his career to PSG as a captain. Currently, he has joined the toughest tournament on the planet, the premier league. Someone has told me that he is too old to be a member of Chelsea but some rounds have been played and he has demonstrated that age is just numbers. He came to Chelsea as a free transfer, the experienced defender has bolstered the west London side’s defensive options. Chelsea got a good deal.

1. Ruben Dias

Age – 24 (14 May 1997)

Country – Portugal

Current club – Manchester City (Premier League)

Who else could it possibly be after this season? Ruben Dias has slotted into Manchester City's backline like he was born to play there. He's calm on the ball, positionally supreme and he's the leader that the Citizens have missed in defence ever since Vincent Kompany kissed the club goodbye. It's rare that a centre-back is so unanimously popular, so formidably unbeatable and so obviously one of the standout stars of the season. Dias is all three. He's the foundation that City will build upon for years and years to come.

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Harry Maguire Manchester United Sheffield


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