We have talked about football in our previous article. Today we will talk about one of the essential positions that in the football pitch. Defenders (singular defender) some people call them the defending walls of a team. The most strong and famous teams on earth not only contain the best strikers but also have the best walls or defenders on earth. Once a legend said with best strikers you can win a match but not a title. This means titles cannot be achieved with the poor defending wall.
The number of defenders in a pitch depends upon the formation of a team. Most teams play with 4 defenders on the back while some play 3 or 5 defenders in the back depending upon the situation of the match and opponent. Mostly there are two center backs (CB) one left back (LB) and one right back (RB). The best or ideal teams have the best players on these 4 positions.
Here are some of the best center backs in the world of football in 2019.
Giorgio Chiellini-Italian Defender
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Giorgio Chiellini was born in 14, August 1984. The Italian international defender not only leads one of the leading team (Juventus) in Serie A but also, he plays in the Italian national team. He mainly plays as a center back but also he is capable of playing as a left back in both 3 and 4 defensemen. The Italian is known for his heading ability and tackling.
He has a market value of about 10M euros. He has played for Livorno, Fiorentina, and Roma. The Italian defender has won the following title,
- 8 Serie A, 4 Coppa Itali
- 4 Supercoppa Italiana and many more.
Varane-French Defensive Wall
Varane or Raphael Varane was born in 25, April 1993. The right-footed French defender plays the former champions league champions (Real Madrid) but also, he plays as a main defensive line for the French national team. He bears 5 number shirt in the Real Madrid squad. Real Madrid signed him from Lens on the amount of 10M euros in summer 2011. Currently, his worth is 80M euros.
He has won
- one world cup in 2018.
- 4 champions league titles.
- 5 club world cup titles.
- 3 UEFA super cup.
- 2 La Liga titles.
He is known for his tackling and defensive abilities.
Gerard Pique-Spanish Defender
The Spanish international defender was born in 02, February 1987. He is currently 32 years old. the pro not only plays for the La Liga champions Barcelona but also for the Spanish national team. He is known for his tackling, defensive skills, and heading abilities. The Spanish defender was signed from Manchester United on the amount of 5M euros and currently he worth about 40M euros. He has also played for Real Zaragoza.
There are rumors that have announced his retirement from the Spanish national team. He has won the following titles,
- one world cup 2010 title
- 1 European championship title
- 4 champions league title
- 3 club world cup titles
- 3 UEFA super cup
- 8 La Liga titles
- 1 premier league title and many more.
Sergio Ramos-Spanish Defender
He was born in 30, March 1986. The Spanish defender leads the Real Madrid team also he plays as a main defensive position in the Spanish national team. The right-footed pro is known for his tackling, defensive skills, heading abilities, and physic. He also has taken more red cards than any player in history. The Spanish star defender has scored 10 goals, 1 assist, 12 yellow cards and 1 red card in 40 appearances of this season. However, he can play both as a CB and RB.
He was signed from Sevilla on the amount of 27M euros. currently, his net worth is 30M euros. The pro has won the following titles,
- one world cup 2010 title
- 2 European championship titles
- 4 champions league titles
- 4 club world cup titles
- 3 UEFA super cup titles
- 4 La Liga titles
- 2 Copa del Rey and many more.
Van Dijk-Dutch Center Back
Virgil Van Dijk was born in 08, July 1991. The Dutch international has outshined and showed himself by defending the Liverpool not only to reach champions league final but also helped his team to end the 2nd in the premier league this season. He is the main defensive wall for Liverpool and as well as for Netherlands national team.
He was signed from Southampton on the amount of about 84M euros and his net worth is about 75M euros. The Dutch defender has also played for Celtic. Van Dijk has won the PFA Players player of the season’s title and also many of the people think he will be able to win the Golden ball of this season. In addition to this, he has won the following titles,
- 2 Scottish premierships.
- 1 Scottish league cup.