The very finest central defensive stars from across the globe.
As much as forwards steal the limelight in football there aren’t any successful sides that don’t also have a world-class defence to rely on as well.
So fanatix has uncovered the very best of the centre-backs currently playing the game and have organised them in a handy list.
10. Andrea Ranocchia, Inter Milan and Italy
Was an expensive purchase when Inter snapped up the Italy international from Genoa back in 2011 and the defender helped them to the Coppa Italia in that first year.
Unfortunately for Ranocchia his arrival at the San Siro has coincided in a drop in form from the Nerazzurri, although with the 26-year-old at the back they have a good basis for success.