Every top team needs a top quality defence as well as attackers.
Probably the most important part of any defence are a pair of solid centre-backs. GMS contributor Harvey Leonard offers his take on the top five central defenders in the world.
5.Gerard Pique- Barcelona
Pique returned to his boyhood club in 2008 after a disappointing four year stint at Manchester United. He is solid, hard to beat in the air, and has been an important part of Barcelona's all-conquering years of recent times. In his career, he has won the Premier League, La Liga(4), Copa del Rey(2), UEFA Champions League(2), FIFA Club World Cup(2), Supercopa de Espana(3), World Cup and the European Championship. He has also been part of the UEFA Team of the Year three times.
4.Mats Hummels- Borussia Dortmund
The Dortmund defender has helped Dortmund emerge in European football. At the age of just 24, he has already accomplished a lot in his career and I predict much more success for the young German. I have no doubt that Bayern Munich are kicking themselves for letting Hummels go in 2009, especially to their rivals.
Like most top class centre-backs, he is comfortable with the ball at his feet and is gifted in the air. In his short career, he has scored 19 goals, won the Bundesliga twice and the DFB-Pokal. Aswell. Whilst looking for success with Dortmund, he will be aiming to win trophies with the German national side. A strong candidate for the position of future Germany captain.
3.Thiago Silva- Paris Saint Germain
Thiago Silva is an all rounder. He's big, strong and fast, the latter being something rare in a centre-back these days.
Silva signed for PSG in 2012 for €42million from AC Milan and has shown that he was worth every penny. The Brazilian had stated on numerous occasions that he never intended to leave Milan, but the club were forced to sell due to financial difficulties.
Silva has been plagued with injuries, and will be hoping for an injury-free season to show why he is one of the best.
2.Sergio Ramos- Real Madrid
Ramos partners number five in the list, Gerard Pique, in the Spanish national side. He's already amassed 109 caps at the age of only 27. He became the youngest ever footballer to reach 100 caps for their national side when Spain faced Finland. Ramos has adapted to become one of the best centre-backs in the world, after moving from his original position of right-back.
Since moving to a more central position he has attracted more interest from other clubs like PSG, raising the prospect of a defensive partnership of Silva and Ramos. The Galactico has already won the La Liga three times, but he is yet to win the Champions League. Along with his club success, he has won the World Cup once and also owns two winner medals for the European Championships. With the 2014 World Cup coming up, he is looking for his second World Cup winners' medal.
1.Vincent Kompany- Manchester City
It's hard to believe that City signed the Belgian for just £6million from Hamburg in 2008.
Since then, he has become the captain of both Man City, and the Belgium national side. Kompany is strong, unbeatable in the air, and comfortable with the ball at his feet, as we saw last season.
He has scored seven goals in his 151 appearances for City and has recently signed a six-year contract with the Manchester club, the longest of it's kind in the club's history. Kompany has won numerous individual awards with Belgium and City, and has also won the Premier League and the FA Cup in his career in England.
This list was tough to call and the top three could really be any other way around. With the rising young defenders and the improvements of players like Koscielny and Sakho, who knows what this list could look like in a season or two.
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