🤺 Who’s the best centre-back you've ever seen? We've picked out 36 of the finest
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🤺 Who’s the best centre-back you've ever seen? We've picked out 36 of the finest

It's a totally subjective debate that mostly boils down to personal preference.

Who is the best centre-back you've been fortunate enough to witness since the turn of the millennium?

Whether your most important selection criteria are individual achievements, team accolades, club honours, international honours, longevity, goal-scoring ability, style, players who have been successfully converted into defenders or something else entirely, we've got most of them covered.

Here's a decent list of some of the finest defenders we've ever seen. 

🪨 Best centre-backs since 2000

  • 🇦🇷 Ayala
  • 🇦🇷 Mascherano
  • 🇦🇷 Samuel

  • 🇦🇹 Alaba
  • 🇧🇪 Kompany

  • 🇧🇷 Lúcio
  • 🇧🇷 Marquinhos
  • 🇧🇷 Thiago Silva

  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Campbell
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ferdinand
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Terry

  • 🇫🇮 Hyypia
  • 🇫🇷 Desailly
  • 🇫🇷 Thuram
  • 🇫🇷 Varane

  • 🇩🇪 Boateng
  • 🇩🇪 Hummels
  • 🇮🇹 Bonucci
  • 🇮🇹 Cannavaro
  • 🇮🇹 Chiellini
  • 🇮🇹 Maldini
  • 🇮🇹 Materazzi 
  • 🇮🇹 Nesta

  • 🇲🇽 Márquez
  • 🇳🇱 Stam
  • 🇳🇱 Van Dijk

  • 🇵🇹 Carvalho
  • 🇵🇹 Pepe
  • 🇷🇸 Vidić
  • 🇸🇳 Koulibaly

  • 🇿🇦 Radebe
  • 🇪🇸 Hierro
  • 🇪🇸 Piqué
  • 🇪🇸 Puyol
  • 🇪🇸 Ramos

  • 🇺🇾 Giménez
  • 🇺🇾 Godín 

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