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World football: Top five right-backs

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The right-back position may not be one of the most glamorous places to play on the pitch, however it's still a key job. 

Here's a look at five of the best right-backs in world football. 

Players such as Kyle Walker, Rafael and Branislav Ivanovic narrowly missed out.

5. Pablo Zabaleta - Manchester City

Roberto Mancini signed Brazilian, Maicon to become City’ first choice right-back, but Zabaleta has been to good, and Maicon has now been sold. 

He is a part of one of the best defences in the Premier League and has shown how difficult it is for even the fastest wingers to get round him.

4. Darijo Srna - Shakhtar Donetsk

Croatia's captain has made an amazing 100 appearances for his national side and scored 20 goals in that time. He plays for Shakhtar in Ukraine, not a club with a reputation of being a top European club, where Srna belongs, but they are becoming regulars in the Champions League and are showing their might. 

He is very capable with free-kicks and corners, and the Croatian doesn't receive the praise he deserves, but he has become one of the best in the world.

3. Dani Alves - Barcelona

Probably the most well known right-back on the list. The Brazilian plays for the proclaimed 'best team in the world'. I am of course referring to La Liga champions, Barcelona. 

He's not getting any younger and at the ripe old age of 30, Alves has done a fantastic job to keep his place, especially with the rising  younger defenders, and the funds the Spanish giants have to potentially buy a younger replacement

2. Lukasz Plszczek - Borussia Dortmund

Plszczek is one of the star's of the gifted, up and coming Dortmund side. He helped Dortmund win the Bundesliga two years ago, but was unable to repeat that, when they finished runners-up to Bayern Munich last season.

 He averaged 2.1 tackles per-game, which isn't masses, but they were accurate and well timed tackles. The Poland international only picked up one yellow card and no reds in the whole of last season, pretty impressive. Plszczek finished with the second most assists in the Bundesliga, with six and Many believe Plszczek should have been placed in the FIFpro World XI in 2012, but Dani Alves was chosen ahead of the Dortmund man.

1. Philipp Lahm - Bayern Munich

There was only ever one choice for first place here. Lahm is the captain of Bayern Munich and the German National team. He began playing in the left and right back positions but now primarily plays on the right flank. Lahm provided an outstanding nine assists for Bayern last season. 

If you followed the Bundesliga last season, you would have seen Bayern demolish the rest of the field to win the Bundesliga and Champions League, despite almost being knocked out to Arsene Wenger' Arsenal. Lahm averages nearly six long passes per-game and a ball success rate of nearly 90%. When Lahm ends his career, he will go down as one of the best captains in history.

 

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