1. Jérôme Boateng
Jérôme Boateng is a German professional soccer currently playing as a defender for Lyon and the Germany national team.
Considered by me as one of the best defenders in the world, Boateng is renowned for his good passing and ability to read the game.
With the German national team, Boateng played for the nation at the 2012 UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 and 2018 World Cup respectively. He played an integral role in his country's victory over Argentina at the final tournament of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
2. Diego Godín
Diego Roberto Godín Leal is a 35-year-old Uruguayan professional soccer player currently playing as a defender for Cagliari and the Uruguay national team.
Godín is renowned for his leadership, positioning, and calm composure, and to my opinion, he is one of the best defenders in the world.
A Uruguay international since 2005, Godín is the country's most capped player of all time. He has played for his country at three World Cups and six Copa América tournaments.
3. Mats Hummels
Mats Julian Hummels is a 32-year-old German professional soccer player currently playing as a defender for Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team.
Hummels has been a full international since 2010, earning over 70 soccer appearances for the German national team. He represented Germany at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups and 2020 UEFA Euro.
Considered by me as one of the best defenders in the world, Hummels is known for his powerful tackling, strength in the air, and ability to read the game and intercept loose balls.
4. Gerard Piqué
Gerard Piqué Bernabeu is a 34-year-old Spanish professional soccer player currently playing as a defender for the Spanish club, Barcelona.
With the Spain national team, Piqué played a key role in the Spain squad that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. He retired from the Spain national team after the FIFA World Cup in Russia three years ago.
Owing to his leadership, positional sense, composure, anticipation, ball-playing ability, and capacity to read the game, Piqué is considered by me as one of the best defenders in the world.
5. David Luiz
David Luiz Moreira Marinho is a 24-year-old Brazilian professional soccer player currently playing for Flamengo and the Brazil national team as a defender.
David Luiz made his first professional international appearance for the Brazil national team eleven years ago and has since made over 50 appearances for his country. He was part of the Brazilian team that won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and reached the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He has also played for his country in two editions of the Copa América.
Known for his physical strength, work-rate, technique, and range of distribution, Luiz is considered by me as one of the best defenders in the world.
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