GMS Academy member Matthias Kristensen picks his top five centre-backs in the world. Do you agree?
The world of football currently exhibits a large range of talent and variety in the centre-back position. Narrowing it down to a top five is a strenuous task on anyone’s mind and the amount of candidates at one’s disposal is not a very helpful aspect.
My top five is generally based on current ability and is influenced by the style of the players selected.
5. Thiago Silva
The Brazilian beast is currently stationed at French champions Paris Saint-Germain. Many believe he should have transferred away to a more prestigious club in a harder league in order to test himself more and to improve, however, he decided against a move to Spanish side Barcelona in favour of the Parisian club.
Thiago Silva’s best attributes are his outstanding pace, sensational aerial dominance and his consistent tackling. He aided PSG in capturing the French title, but could he have been further up my list if he had moved to the Catalans?
4. Gerard Pique
The Spanish giant currently plays for Barcelona and is a regular name on their team sheet (rightly so). He was a key figure in securing the Spanish league title by appearing consistently in their back-four and rarely failing to produce a comfortable performance.
His aerial ability is impeccable and his recovering is formidable. His standing-tackling is also exemplary.
3. Giorgio Chiellini
The Italian central man is highly-rated and, in my eyes, easily earns his spot on this list. His pace is very good, as is his heading, tackling and marking.
He has it all and has been a very senior player in the Turin club of Juventus in recent seasons, helping them to overcome relegation to the lower tiers, and ultimately win the Serie A title in consecutive seasons.
2. David Luiz
What makes the Brazilian so special? I think its his ability to defend and attack, which coincides extremely well with his capability to play in most positions with great comfort. However, as a centre-back he exploits attackers by comfortably whipping the ball off their toe and maintaining possession which spurs on counter-attacks.
His calm collected approach compliments his radical challenges. The 26-year-old has a very bright future.
1. Sergio Ramos
He has it all. Arguably the best header of a ball in the world, his pace is excellent, but his slide tackling is his best attribute.
He is confident, dominating and an absolute nightmare to face. He commands the Madrid defence along with the capable figure of Iker Casillas.
He truly is a master of the art that is defending. He's only 27 years old which means he probably has about five or six years of top quality remaining.
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