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The 11 Best Centre-Backs In The World In 2021. Check It Out

A centre-back (also known as a central defender or centre-half, as the modern role of the centre-back arose from the centre-half position) defends in the area directly in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players, particularly centre-forwards, from scoring.

What makes good center back? A central defenders are very tall, fast and strong at the pro level. The best central defenders are smart with the ball, great passers and read the game well. 

They position themselves to be in the right spot at the right time to win the ball.

I bring to you the top 11 Best Center -Back in the world.

11. Giorgio Chiellini

His quality and durability have ensured he's been a mainstay if the Juve back line for well over a decade. 

Strong, aggressive and able to play in a back three or four, as well as at left-back, he is, in many ways, the archetypal Italian defender

Chiellini will go down as an all-time great at the club where he's fifth on the record appearances list.

10. Thiago Silva

Silva’s European career properly kicked into gear only after he joined AC Milan in 2009 aged 24.

Since then, he has gone on to establish himself as a proper leader at the back during his time with PSG and the Brazil.

One of the best centre back in the world.

9. Gerard Pique

Barcelona may have dropped off this season, even Lionel Messi hasn't been his usual, sensational self.

But, Pique remains as important to the cause as he has been for the last decade plus. 

A commanding and technically adept defender, Pique's most memorable years came alongside the legendary Carles Puyol

8. Harry Maguire

Being the world's most expensive centre-back doesn't make you the best, but Maguire deserves his place on this list after rising fast to show his consistent class.

He is commanding in the air, Also one of football's finest stoppers in possession, as his regular forays into midfield for club and country have demonstrated.

7. Ruben Dias

Ruben importance for Man City cannot be understated. The Portuguese international joined City from Benfica, He has helped transform the City backline into a brick wall of a defence. 

With just 13 goals conceded in the Premier League so far, Man City has the meanest defence by quite a mile.

Dias has not only become Pep’s first-choice defender, he has also shown great leadership qualities, something that has been missing since Vincent Kompany left.

6. Milan Skriniar

The Slovakian international is one of the most sought and highly reliable defenders out there. 

He has always been a fantastic athlete capable of keeping up with even the paciest strikers, but over the last couple of seasons he's become even better at reading the game. 

He's one of the best defender in Italy.

5. David Alaba

Alaba qualifies for this list after Hansi Flick decided to move him into the left-sided centre-back role and allow Alphonso Davies to take the left-back position.

He has not only been formidable as a centre-back, his partnership with Davies has also helped the Canadian explode onto the scene, shoring up Bayern’s left side altogether. 

4. Raphael Varane

Varane has reaffirmed his status as one of the world's best in his position. The 27-year-old is the complete central defender

He reads the game expertly and possesses the recovery speed to cover for team-mates’ mistakes, while he’s adept at stepping into midfield with the ball and setting his side on the attack. 

3. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

It’s hard to talk about the best centre-backs and not include Sergio Ramos in the discussion.

The Real Madrid captain is still his team’s heartbeat and always rises to the big occasion, as he demonstrated during Los Blancos’ recent monopolisation of the Champions League trophy.

The 34-year-old has officially held the captain’s armband since 2015, when Iker Casillas left, but has been a leading figure in the side for a lot longer. 

2. Virgil Van Dijk

It’s been roughly three years since Van Dijk’s £75 million move from Southampton to Liverpool.

Van Dijk has everything you’d want in a modern-day centre-back: strength, speed, aerial prowess, leadership qualities and ability on the ball. 

He's taken giant strides since his move to Anfield and has become equally immense for his country.

1. Kalidou Koulibaly

The Senegal sentinel is a commanding figure who’s difficult to get the better of either in the air or in a foot race, and is rarely outmanoeuvred by opposition strikers. 

Most impressive, though, is his ability with ball at feet; the 29-year-old a magnificent passer who always manages to keep his cool in possession. 

He's consider the top center back in the world.

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