Sports Interactive has an incredible knack for gauging talent and this year is certainly no different.So we took a close look at the stats in the database and compiled a list of the best central defenders to strengthen your backline.
5. Raphael Varane (Manchester United)
The 27-year-old is a perfect centre-back and is now integral to Manchester United`s chances of winning anything this season. He reads the game expertly and has the speed of recovery to cover up teammates' mistakes, while he's adept at getting into midfield with the ball and putting his team on the attack.
4 . Aymeric Laporte – Manchester City
Laporte dribbles elegantly and brilliantly wins it back, that's all you can do with a modern centre-back.
3. Ruben Dias – Manchester City
City have the best pair of central defenders in the game, and they wouldn't like to let them go their separate ways.
2. Sergio Ramos – PSG
Second on the list, Ramos is not used to the silver medal but he remains one of the best defenders of the match.
1. Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool
It might come as a surprise to see so many older defenders on this list, but it just goes to show that understanding the game will outweigh everything else. Van Dijk is arguably the best defender in the world, and Sports Interactive agrees.
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