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Who are the Top 10 defensive players of all time?

Discussion in 'World Football' started by ILoveTheCeltic, May 29, 2013.

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  1. Barry Robson

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    Maldini

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avHdZjNHuO4"]Football's Greatest Paolo Maldini - YouTube[/ame]
     
  2. SpellCheck92

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    From a purely defensive point of view Maldini probably is the best. Fabio Cannavaro was good. Maldini was better. Italy really have produced some incredible players.
     
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  4. Dallas Cowbhoys

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    Again, only going on ones I've seen -

    Maldini, Nesta, Cafu, Desailly, Cannavaro, Thuram, Stam, Ayala, Lizarazu, Lucio.
     
  5. Seosamh Máirtín

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    Baresi and Maldini in central defence, Beckenbauer playing the libero role, with Cafu and Roberto Carlos as their wing backs. :smiley-laughing002:
     
  6. Nasser

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    This. There has not been a player like him since he was not just a defensive player had so more to his game could read the game better than anyone and his touch was magnificent.
     
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    Matthaus played in a similar way, although more in midfield for most of his career.

    Matthaus played in 2 Champions League finals, 3 UEFA Cup finals, 2 World Cup finals and was also a squad member in another World Cup final and EURO Championships final.
     
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  9. Nasser

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    I always had Matthaus down as a midfielder he did play in defence mainly sweeper in his later years though. Amazing player.
     
  10. faw cough Gold Member Gold Member

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    In my book Matthaus is one of the best players of my time,loved him,would have classed him more as a midfielder,but i suppose i would need to go back and watch some videos.
     
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  12. Miles Platting Irish Mancunian Gold Member

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    Where is the John Terry option
     
  13. CurlyWurly1888

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    Your right brilliant Midfielder, he played against Scotland at the Mexico World Cup as a Defender. Forgot about that.
     
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    Tony Adams was also an exceptional defender Rio Ferdinand also in his prime was one of the best defenders in Europe.
     
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    cannavaro
     
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    Maldini, Baresi and Beckenbauer are all certainly in the top 10. Maldini and Baresi are the two best defenders I've seen play.

    Claudio Gentile was a pretty ruthless defender in his day as well................

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk1iRg4Xt-M"]Gentile VS Maradona - YouTube[/ame]