Picking the best six defenders in world football is a difficult challenge, with views wildly differing based on personal choice.
The standards of defensive players vary slightly across leagues and playing styles, which is why I've chosen to concentrate on central defenders.
In some footballing cultures, the fallback is an attacking player in several respects, making it impossible to determine where to draw the line as to who to include.
1. Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
The former Fluminense and AC Milan defender is one of the most well-rounded players in the game, mixing physicality, intellect, and high levels of ability to create an incredibly effective defensive player.
2. David Alaba ( Bayern Munich)
Last season, his outstanding defensive performance helped Bayern secure another treble. David's season has continued to be fruitful, as he assisted his team in winning the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA World Club Cup.
3. John Stones (Manchester City)
His improved game reading and blocks have helped his team become one of the most stingy defenses in the English Premier League this season. Toppers for tables As they strive for a quadruple this season, Man City will be hoping Stones will maintain his excellent form.
4. Rúben Dias (Manchester City)
Dias has not only established himself as Pep's first-choice defender, but he has also demonstrated excellent leadership skills, which have been lacking since Vincent Kompany's departure.
5. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Sergio Ramos, a defender for Real Madrid and Spain, has long been regarded as one of the best in the world at his place. Although his talent shone through, he was also impatient and received an unusual number of cards for going outside of his bounds. Although that aspect of his game still remains, his disciplinary record has unquestionably improved.
6. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Bonucci is a true master of the central-back position. However, in addition to his defensive prowess, he is also at ease participating in his team's possession action.
Bonucci would have plenty of suitors if he had left the Juventus Stadium. For the time being, though, he is a member of a team that is proving to be one of the strongest in the world at both the club and international levels.
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