In a time where goal scoring studs are at a premium throughout the world of soccer, defenders don’t get the recognition they often deserve.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the sport for over a decade-and-a-half each, but some truly talented defenders have graced the pitch as well including Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique and John Terry.
What’s that saying about defense winning championships? In a lot of ways it’s certainly an accurate statement considering the best clubs around the globe have stellar back lines to protect their net.
Manchester City just claimed another Premier League title, and while the tabloids will highlight Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez, there’s a need to discuss Ruben Dias, John Stones Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker; a group that’s allowed just 26 goals in 35 matches this season.
Meanwhile, Lille have a similar, but slightly better, record in France on the defensive end with 22 goals allowed to this point in the season and Les Dogues are on pace to win their first Ligue 1 title in over a decade.
Let’s get into the discussion further now with the best defenders in soccer from the 2020/21 season.