We’ve compiled a list of the best ten defenders in the world right now. Since the beginning of the season, we’ve employed a variety of measures to quantify our rankings, as well as a player’s overall contribution to the game in recent years. So, who made the cut for our top ten?
Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
Although the 32-year-old German is close to retiring from international football, the 2021/22 season demonstrated that he still has plenty left in the tank in domestic football.
Hummels has a lot more clearances and interceptions this season, and he is the German league’s second most prolific tackler and third most accurate passer.
Harry Maguire (Man Utd)
There were concerns about Harry Maguire’s fitness heading into Euro 2021, but after missing the first two group games, he slotted in alongside John Stones and calmly led England to three more clean sheets and a semi-final victory.
Nuno Mendes (PSG)
This is one of PSG’s more impressive transfers from the previous summer transfer window. Nuno Mendes, who made an impression with Sporting CP, has eventually joined PSG, the capital of France.
He is regarded as one of the greatest talents in his field, and he has already proven that he is one of the best today. He was able to show it in the Champions League round of 16 first leg against Real Madrid.
Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
Thiago has spent the best years of his career to PSG as a captain, after gaining a reputation with AC Milan. Currently, he is a member of the Premier League, the world’s most difficult event.
Someone once told me that he was too old to play for Chelsea, but after a few rounds, he has proven that age is just a number.
The experienced defender joined Chelsea on a free transfer, bolstering the west London side’s defensive options.
Ruben Dias (Man City)
Since his arrival in 2016, Pep Guardiola has spent lavishly in an attempt to shore up Manchester City’s defense, but it wasn’t until the acquisition of Ruben Dias last year that he was able to resolve the problem.
His first season at City was marked with Player of the Season honors from the Football Writers’ Association and the Premier League.
Presnel Kimpembe (PSG)
Presnel Kimpembe frequently switches between the excellent and the bad. However, when he is completely at ease, he is very striking. The 26-year-old, who is a pure product of PSG training, has established himself as an indisputable holder in the central hinge over time.
Achraf Hakimi (PSG)
What a snub from PSG! For many years, the club of the multicolored capital has lacked a right side position. To address this issue, the Ile-de-France squad paid roughly 66.5 million euros for Achraf Hakimi during the previous summer transfer window.
At age 23, he is already regarded as one of Europe’s greatest players in his position. Although he is very good offensively, he still has a lot of space for improvement on defense.
Virgil van Dijk ( Liverpool)
Virgil van Dijk is without a doubt one of the top football defenders in the world right now. He now plays for Liverpool in the Premier League. He also serves as the captain of the Dutch national football team.
Marquinhos is still a vital part of PSG’s defensive line. The Brazilian defender, who is captain of the tricolor capital’s club, could not be ranked higher than first in this classification.
Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
Thomas Tuchel may have been sacked from his last two jobs as coach of Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, but he’s proving to be a wonderful fit at Chelsea and has worked wonders with many of the current squad members. Antonio Rudiger has been the pick of a Blues defense.