Top 10 Best Soccer Defenders of All Time



10. Carles Puyol
Carles Puyol i Saforcada is a Spanish retired footballer. Mainly a central defender he could also play on either flank, especially as a right back.
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9. Thiago Silva
Thiago Emiliano da Silva, commonly known as Thiago Silva, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team. He is also the captain of his club.
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8. Cafu
Marcos Evangelista de Morais, better known as Cafu, is a former Brazilian footballer. He is the most internationally capped male Brazilian player and also made history playing for São Paulo, Roma and Milan.
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7. Bobby Moore
Robert Frederick Chelsea "Bobby" Moore, OBE was an English professional footballer. He captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup.
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6. Fabio Cannavaro
Fabio Cannavaro, Ufficiale OMRI is a former Italian footballer and now a coach. He is considered to be one of the greatest defenders of all time and was given the name "Muro di Berlino" by Italian supporters.
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5. Roberto Carlos
Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, more commonly known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a retired Brazilian footballer and current coach of Sivasspor in Süper Lig.
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4. Alessandro Nesta
Alessandro Nesta, Ufficiale OMRI is a retired Italian professional footballer. Widely considered to be one of the best centre backs of his time and also as one of the greatest defenders ever.
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3. Franco Baresi
Franco Baresi is an Italian football youth team coach and a former player and manager. He played as a sweeper and as a central defender, and spent his entire 20 year career with Serie A club A.C. Milan, captaining the club for 15 seasons.
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2. Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German football manager, and former player, nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style; his leadership; his first name "Franz", and his dominance on the football pitch.
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1. Paolo Maldini
Paolo Cesare Maldini is a former Italian footballer who played as a left or central defender, being adept with either foot although naturally right-footed.
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