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5 best right-backs in the world right now

Sujith Mohan
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Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna - La Liga
A natural right-back

The role of full-backs has gained a lot of importance in modern day football. Gone are the days where the full-backs were only meant for defending and now, they have a larger role to play in the build-up play.

They are expected to contribute to the attack and provide overlapping runs. Nowadays, teams invest a lot in full-backs. The recent deals of Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw, Dani Alves, and Danilo is an evidence to that.

The game has seen some legendary right-backs over the years. Gianluca Zambrotta, Javier Zanetti, Gary Neville, Lillian Thuram, Carlos Alberto Torres, and Cafu are some of the best right-backs of all time. 

On that note, let’s take a look at the top five right-backs in the world right now:

#5 Dani Carvajal, Real Madrid

Carvajal is a technically gifted right-back who enjoyed a lot of success with Real Madrid. Three UEFA Champions League titles, 3 FIFA Club World Cup titles, 1 La Liga title, and 1 Copa del Rey title in 4 full seasons with Real Madrid talks a lot about his achievements.

He is a complete defender, can dribble well, is brilliant in linkup plays, can put in some accurate crosses, and most importantly, he defends well. Injuries played a part in his start-stop career, but on his day, there is no stopping him.

In his last four seasons with Real Madrid, Carvajal has scored 3 goals and assisted 20 more in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. With 2.5 tackles and 2.2 interceptions per game, the defensive aspects of his game are better than most on this list.

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