Centre-back – Thiago Silva

Another centre-back with a big year coming up, Thiago Silva is all set to captain Brazil at the World Cup on home soil in 2014.

And like Kompany at Manchester City, Silva anchors the defence of a expensively assembled squad littered with attacking talent.

But while the goals offered by Sergio Aguero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani are all important, the defensive contributions of Silva and Kompany are often what keeps their sides in the game.

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