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Current Best 12 Defenders in the World

Every top European club surely has one or two world class Centre-backs. Below are the current Best 12 defenders.

1. Sergio Ramos: Captain of both Real Madrid FC and Spanish national team. Ramos is known for his leadership qualities, aerial power and also his love for *Red and Yellow* cards. Despite his bookings record,Sergio Ramos for the past few years has been ranked as the best defender in the world.
2. Diego Godin: Uruguay national team and Atletico Madrid. Godin is one of the best solid defenders in LaLiga and the football world.
3. Gerard Pique: FC Barcelona and Spanish national team. Married to Music star Shakira,Pique has been part of the regular starters for the Catalan giants over the past few years and continues to play a very crucial role in their defense.
4. Thiago Silva: Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil national team. Thiago Silva has always been praised as one of the best defenders in the world. Is very hard to find one flaw in the Brazilian. On the day of his signing to PSG,the headline was *PSG signs the best defender in the world*.

5. Virgil Van Dijk: The Netherlands’s football profile has increased astonishingly since his £75m move to Liverpool making him the most expensive defender at the moment. Liverpool’s back line is more solid and confident when Van Dijk is around.
6. Giorgio Chiellini: Juventus and Ex-Italy defender. Italy has been known to produce the best aggressive defenders and Chiellini is the living proof of that. His partnership with Bonucci and Barzagli at Juventus earned them the *BBC* initials.
7. Jan Vertonghen: Tottenham Hotspur and Belgium International. Vertonghen is one of the ever-improving defenders in the Premier league.

8. Leonardo Bonucci: Juventus and Italy national team. Bonucci is one of the best defenders in FIFA rankings. He partners with Chiellini in defense for Juventus.
9. Raphael Varane: France World Cup winner and Real Madrid regular starter Varane is one of the youngest best defenders in the world.
10. Samuel Umtiti: Signed by Barcelona from Lyon. Umtiti has established himself as a very top defender for strikers to handle. He partnered with Varane at the world cup and Pique for FC Barcelona.
11. Jerome Boateng: Bayern Munich and Germany national team. Boateng is known for his defensive qualities and also his long passes. Was a Manchester City player before Bayern signed him. Can also play as Right-Back and younger brother to Barca’s backup striker Kevin Prince Boateng.
12. Mats Hummels: Bayern Munich and Germany national team. Hummels has been a key figure in the Bundesliga,both when playing at former club Borussia Dortmund and since his move to rivals Bayern Munich.
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