The traditional role of the centre-back has developed over the years, with more of an emphasis being on pace and passing ability rather than just tackling and heading attributes being key.
Here we take a look at the five most valuable centre-backs according to www.transfermarkt.co.uk
5 | Pepe – Real Madrid - £26.5m
The Portuguese international has a reputation for his tricky and sinister playing style. A near ever-present for Real Madrid this year, he has been near the top of the game for some years now.
4 | Vincent Kompany – Manchester City - £31m
A rock at the centre of City’s defence, Kompany is captain of both his club and country. City stole from Hamburg in 2008, and since then his prestige has increased dramatically.
3 | Gerard Piqué – FC Barcelona - £31.5m
The Spaniard failed to “cut the mustard” in England with Manchester United, and it’s hard to tell why; since his return to Catalonia he has been the lynchpin in Barcelona’s sometimes shaky defence.
2 | Thiago Silva – Paris Saint Germain - £35m
Worthy of the second highest transfer fee of a defender of all time, the Brazilian took time to mature, and only earned a move to Europe in 2008, but now is one of the best in the world with his pace and skill which is somewhat out of place in the centre of defence.
1 | Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid - £35m
Although it was a tie between Ramos and Silva in terms of value, Ramos is one year younger, and so has slightly more potential to see his value rise. When he was brought to the Bernabeu at the age of 19 for €27m, a few eyebrows were raised, but despite dividing opinion the Spanish cap centurion, is undeniably one of the classiest centre-halves in the world.
Are these values justified?
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