Ranking the 5 best center-backs in World Football
While it doesn't get much of the attention, the center-back is an increasingly important position in world football, especially as top teams now look to attack more and more, leaving them in need of reliable players they can count on at the back.
Unsurprisingly, the top defences in world football usually always have some of the best center-backs. A good center-back should be elite in the air and a strong physical presence, able to contain physical opposing strikers.
Similarly, he also needs the recovery speed and athleticism to contain increasingly nimble opposition front men. In addition, the ability to play out from the back is also very important, with more top sides looking to control the position battle. With these criteria in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 center backs in world football:
#5 Diego Godin
Diego Godin has been one of the most fearsome defenders in world football in recent years, boasting an incredible defensive record for club and country. He spearheads a fantastic Athletico Madrid defense, renowned for their ability to nullify prolific attacks and keeping clean sheets.
The Uruguayan has been the main man at the back for Atletico for 9 seasons now, giving the club some of its most successful ever campaigns. He has also been stellar for his country, registering an impressive 126 appearances for Uruguay.
Given his elite size and physicality, Godin is able to comfortably match up with almost any opposing forward. Whilst he is definitely strong physically and in the air, he is somewhat weak playing the ball out from the back. At 33, he isn’t getting any quicker either. He’s had a very stellar career but this is the last year I expect him on the list.