Defense is the backbone of any team and great leaders who have played this position such as Sergio Ramos, Maldini, Puyol, John Terry & many others makes it more special now. Selecting a list of top 5 defenders is a difficult task in itself with the recent talent that is coming in the line of defenders. However, there are some significant names that have made big contributions to their teams and showed some amazing defensive skills in their football careers. 

Who are the Top 5 defenders of 2022:

5: Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus

This Italian professional footballer captains the Italian national team and plays as a defender and is currently a free agent after most recently playing for Juventus in Serie A. His physical power and tactics for combat as a defender makes him one of the greatest center-backs in the world. He can also play as a left-back in a three- or four-man defense. Although the Juventus captain after a calf injury did not play the recent games, he defended the previous games quite efficiently. The duo of Bonucci and Chiellini together is unbreakable, they have dominated Italy together for a long time. 

 Serie A 21/22 Stats:

Games 10
Assists 0
Tackle Success 66.7%
Interceptions 13
Clearances 46

4: Raphael Varane: Manchester United

The French football star recently helped the French football team to win the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and also previously helped Real Madrid to win the FIFA Club World Cup four times till now before transferring to Manchester United for this season. Back in 2013, he was dubbed the greatest defender in the world by Fernando Hierro. With his lightning pace and outstanding physical attributes, he is the ideal modern-day center-back. However, his recent injuries and Covid 19 positive result has restricted him from performing consistently in 2022 both Premier league and Champion league and his club itself is facing a devastating season. 

Premier league 21/22 stats:

Tackle Success75%

3: Sergio Ramos – PSG

He is one of the highest-paid footballers in the world and currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain transferring from the previously captained La Liga side Real Madrid leaving Real Madrid fans in tears at his farewell from the team. Besides, he is the skipper of the Spanish national football team. Ramos is one of the most aggressive footballers in the world, earlier known for his playing from the right- back position. He is a quick defender who excels in one-on-one confrontations with opponents and can be a danger in offensive areas too. He has played a minimum number of matches till now but the most exciting match to be is the match between PSG and Real Madrid, his current and ex-club facing each other which is acting as a great motivation for Ramos to recover from his previous injuries and physical issues.


Tackle Success73.7%

2: Thiago Silva – Chelsea

The best central defender in London, without a doubt, is a Brazilian professional footballer who is the captain of the Brazil national team and plays as a central defender for Premier League club Chelsea. He recently assisted the squad in winning the Copa América in 2019. The defender  has signed a one-year renewal with the Premier League club, Chelsea until the end of the 2022/23 season. This season too he has played exceptionally well making 23 appearances for Chelsea’s side, scoring 3 goals  in the Premier league 2022 till now.He too is hoping to represent Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar after remaining a regular for the Selecao in qualifying rounds.

Tackle Success71%

1: Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool

Virgil Van Dijk is definitely one of the best football defenders right now. He now plays as a center-back for Premier League club, Liverpool along with him leading the Netherlands national football team. His pace and aerial prowess is worth noting as well as surprising given his big physical form. He’s a defender who understands how to assess his technique and strike at the proper time. He is now the player to play the most home Premier League games for a single club without ever losing, with the run now stretching to an incredible 60 out of which he won 52 games. His skills as the defender and a Liverpool player has sharpened in these coming matches showing us that he is one of the greatest defenders the world has right now.

There is no real competition to Van Dijk as he is a lot younger than all the above defenders and if keeps up his form then he can enjoy his dominion as the best defender in the world.

Tackle Success79%
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