May 23, 2024
Best Defenders

Without a strong defense, the foundation of a football team is worthless. Defenders are the key players. People always thought goals won matches. On the other hand, not conceding goals is also important.

The positions of defenders are challenging. The world has already introduced us to many great defenders. They showed great skills and determination as their team secured victory.

Building the ranking of the top five defenders is not quite easy. It’s a tricky challenge. Let’s take a look at the five best defenders in 2023.

1. David Alaba (Real Madrid)

David Alaba is the complete package for Real Madrid. He is among the best center-backs, but he is also an excellent left-back, a midfielder, and a left-winger.

So this 30-year-old Austrian can play in multiple positions across the midfield and backline. His great contribution in LA Liga and last season’s Champions League won the trophy for Real Madrid.

He has all the qualities you want in a defender: technique, pace, power, agility, and ball control. He can read the game’s momentum as well.

2. Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

When this 25-year-old joined Manchester City for more than £60 million, few people raised their eyebrows. In his first two seasons, Manchester City won the Champions League twice.

So his contribution is incomparable. This most expensive defender in the world is always hungry to achieve more and more. He used his big frame to outsmart the opponent. He also has the ability to pinpoint passes and control the ball.

3. Marquinhos (PSG)

We know PSG because when the term PSG comes, then the name Kylian Mbappe comes. But defense is just as important as scoring goals. The true successor, Thiago Silva, for PSG, plays a crucial role in the game. In recent years, he has constantly played in eleven. A seat is always booked for him in the squad.

Since joining the French capital club in 2013, this Brazilian international has won 19 major trophies, including an Olympic Gold Medal and the 2019 Copa America with his country.

4. Achraf Hakimi (PSG)

This iconic Moroccan 24-year-old player already plays in four continents’ major clubs. Also won titles in the Champions League, Serie A, and Ligue 1. He is now one of the best defenders in the world.

Hakimi was named in the FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11 during the Best FIFA Awards 2022. His performance in the World Cup in 2022 was eye-catching.

PSG wants to win their first Champions League title by using him as a great asset.

5. Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid)

Rudiger is now one of the strongest and stealthiest center-backs in the world. After losing Rudiger, Chelsea is now in a vulnerable position at the back.

This 29-year-old German international representative has great control of his feet, and his speed is outstanding. Rarely gets beat in a one-on-one fight and can catch runners in behind with this speed. Not only the defense but also assists in scoring goals.

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