The best defenses in history

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The best defenses in history
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TOP 62:
Hong Myung-Bo (South Korea).
Hong Myung-Bo (South Korea).
Hong Myung-Bo (Seoul, South Korea, February 12, 1969) is a retired South Korean footballer who played defense. Hong developed his career at Pohang Steelers, where he deployed all his teaching from the position of free defender. In the South Korean league he was a great figure, which led him to be chosen on several occasions the best in his league. His contribution to Pohang had a four-year hiatus, when Hong went to Japan, to play in the Japanese League, in 1997, to join the ranks of Bellmare Hiratsuka, a group that led to the obtaining of the Asian Club Championship , before moving on to Kashiwa Reysol, where he was the first South Korean footballer to captain a professional team. In 2001 he returned to his country to play again in the Pohang Steelers. In 2002 he signed for Los Angeles Galaxy, of the American football league, or Major League Soccer. With the Korean National Team he has been international on 135 occasions, being the player who has dressed the team's shirt more times. Precisely Hong scored the decisive goal in the penalty shootout against Spain, and incidentally obtained a historic fourth place with his selection in the World Cup in Korea and Japan. He scored a total of 9 goals with his selection.

TOP 61:
Francisco Arce (Paraguay).
Francisco Arce (Paraguay).
Francisco Javier Arce Rolón (Paraguarí, Paraguay, April 2, 1971) is a former Paraguayan footballer who served as a right back. Its greatest characteristics were the precision when executing free throws and its speed to play by the bands. He currently serves as coach of the Paraguay National Soccer Team. Chiqui Arce played during the first years of his career at Cerro Porteño in his home country where he won three local titles. Then he had a positive experience in Brazil playing for Grêmio and Palmeiras, two of the most important clubs in that country. The defender then had a step through the Osaka Shrimp of Japan and finished his career in Freedom. Between 2008 and 2011 he was coach of the Club Rubio Ñu, achieving promotion to the First Division and later good results to keep him in that category. In the Paraguay National Soccer Team, Arce played a total of 61 games with the Paraguay National Soccer Team and scored 5 goals. In addition, he played the World Cups of France 1998 and Korea-Japan 2002. He was appointed technical director of the national team on July 29, 2011, succeeding Gerardo Martino.


TOP 60:
Sundays Antônio da Guia (Brazil).
Sundays Antônio da Guia (Brazil).
Domingos Antônio da Guia (born in Rio de Janeiro on November 19, 1912 - died in Rio on May 18, 2000), nicknamed "the Divine Master" "was one of the most important soccer players in Brazil. Omingos was born in the bosom from a very humble family in the Bangu neighborhood. He worked for a few years in a textile factory before starting to play for the Bangu in the Rio de Janeiro contest. He quickly gained fame as one of the main players (central defender) of Bangu among the years 1929-1932. Despite the fact that Bangu had a history of colored players (Francisco Carregal was the first in 1905) Domingos witnessed racism in football as he grew up. Having seen the brutality that some of the players in The color they received is believed to be what inspired Domingo's extraordinary ability to dribble with the ball and avoid defenders, a feature that Brazilians would become famous around the world. After Bangu, Domingo s was changed to the National Football Club of Uruguay for only one season, after brief periods at Vasco da Gama (Brazil), at the Boca Juniors Athletic Club (Argentina) and then finding a house in the "giants" of Río Flamengo ( between the years 1935-1943). A brief period in the Corinthians made Domingos return to his beloved Bangu where he would stay until his retirement in 1948. Domingos da Guia's brother, Ladislau da Guia, is the greatest gunner in the history of the Bangu Atlético Club, with 215 goals. Sundays also had a successful international career, obtaining around 30 cups for Brazil. Domingo's son Ademir da Guia also played for Bangu between 1959-1961 before becoming an idol in Palmeiras de São Paulo.

TOP 59:
Luis Eyzaguirre (Chile).
Luis Eyzaguirre (Chile).
Luis Armando Eyzaguirre Silva (nicknamed Fifo, after being invited by FIFA to participate in a team in a commemorative match of the centenary of football) was a Chilean footballer who innovated in football of his time, because with Nilton Santos and Djalma Santos and before that Giacinto Facchetti was one of the first laterals who went up to the attack and quickly returned to defend, then becoming the first lane defenses in football history. Fifo Eyzaguirre occupied the right lane position in the formation of the University of Chile club known as the Blue Ballet, with which he won five national championships, also achieved third place with the Chilean National Team in the 1962 World Cup. considered the best side in the world with the Brazilian Djalma Santos and until today is constantly remembered in ranking surveys and reviews. It is among the few Chilean players that have integrated a Rest of the World selection as it was the first in 1963. For the Chilean team played 39 games between 1959 and 1966. He also played in Huachipato and Railways.

TOP 58:
Luís Edmundo Pereira (Brazil).
Luís Edmundo Pereira (Brazil).
Luís Edmundo Pereira was a Brazilian soccer player. He was born in Juazeiro (State of Bahia) on June 21, 1949. He played defense and his first team was Sao Bento. He started playing in the Brazilian soccer league with Sao Bento. In 1968, he signed for Palmeiras, a team in which he played seven seasons and won 3 Brazilian Leagues. In 1975 he arrives with his partner in Palmeiras Leivinha to the Spanish football league to play with Atlético de Madrid. With this team he made his debut in the Spanish First Division on September 28, 1975 in the Atlético 4: 1 Salamanca match. Pereira had a peculiar way of playing in defense. He always played the ball with quality touches and dribbles, even if it meant losing the ball. In addition, Pereira was an abrupt defense, gave very few kicks and almost did not commit mistakes. With Atlético he wins a Copa del Rey in his first season and a League in the following. Luís Pereira played a total of 143 games in the Spanish First Division with the rojiblanco team scoring 14 goals. In 1980 he returned to Brazil to play again with Palmeiras. Later he played in other Brazilian teams: Flamengo, Associação Portuguesa de Desportos, Central Sport Club, Santo André and Sao Caetano.


TOP 57:
Juan Manuel Vargas (Peru).
Juan Manuel Vargas (Peru).
Juan Manuel Vargas Risco (Lima, Lima Province, Peru, October 5, 1983), is a Peruvian footballer. He plays from inside left and his current team is the ACF Fiorentina of Serie A of Italy. He trained in the minor divisions of the University Sports Club, with which he debuted in the First Division of Peru during the 2002 season, in which they obtained the title of the Opening Tournament. In mid-2005 he was assigned to the Athletic Club Columbus of the First Division of Argentina. Thanks to his good performances he attracted the attention of Calcio Catania who hired him for 3 million 350 thousand dollars. After staying for two seasons with the Catalan team and being sought after by clubs such as Real Madrid, Rome, Juventus and Barcelona, he was signed by Fiorentina for an amount of 12 million euros. With the soccer team of Peru he debuted in a match against Paraguay on October 13, 2004. With this he played the Copa América 2011 held in Argentina. Since his first appearance he has participated in 38 international matches with the Blanquirroja and has scored 4 goals.

TOP 56:
Ciro Ferrara (Italy).
Ciro Ferrara (Italy).
Ciro Ferrara (Naples, Province of Naples, Italy, February 11, 1967), is a former Italian footballer. He worked in the defense position. He is the current technical director of the U21 soccer team in Italy. At age 14, and due to Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome, he is momentarily forced to be in a wheelchair from which he recovers very soon. SSC Naples Native of the city of Naples, Ciro began his career at SSC Naples in 1980, Ferrara began playing with the first team in 1984, at the following seasons, he already became a regular Neapolitan team holder and was even called by Italy for the 1990 World Cup, with Naples, Ferrara won the 1989 UEFA Cup, for the 1994-95 season, Juventus led by Marcello Lippi was set in Ferrara and incorporated it into his squad. [edit] Juventus FC In the summer of 1994, Juventus signed Ferrara, quickly entering the starting team. Considered one of the best central defenses of his generation, Ferrara would play 11 years in the youth club, becoming one of the main symbols of the entity, from 1995, Ferrara became the captain. Throughout his career at the club, Ferrara shared defense with players such as Lilian Thuram, Paolo Montero, Gianluca Zambrotta, Igor Tudor, Alessandro Birindelli, Moreno Torricelli or Fabio Cannavaro. As a bianconero player, Ferrara won 6 Scudettos (one of them was revoked due to the Moggi Case), a UEFA Champions League, an Intercontinental Cup, a European Super Cup, an Italian Cup, 4 Italian Super Cups and an Intertoto Cup. In May 2005, Ferrara confirmed his retirement from professional football and left the club as did his fellow defensemen Mark Iuliano and Paolo Montero. He has been international with the Italian national team. He made his debut with the Italian national team on June 10, 1987. He participated in 49 matches with the Italian national team. He was runner-up of Euro 2000 that was held in Belgium and the Netherlands. He was part of the staff of the Italian National Team that would play the 2006 World Cup where he would be champion.

TOP 55:
Nilton Santos (Brazil).
Nilton Santos (Brazil).
Nílton Reis dos Santos (born May 16, 1925) is a former Brazilian soccer player. He was known as The Encyclopedia because of his knowledge of football. He was a key player in the defense during the World Cup finals of 1954, 1958 and 1962 (he was also on the team that played the 1950 final, but did not play) and became famous for the magnificent goal he scored against Austria in the 1958 edition. Driving and dribbling with the ball across the field and driving his coach Vicente Feola crazy, he got somewhat epic. He played throughout his life in Botafogo, where he played from 1948 to 1964. For this reason, on May 16, his birth is considered Botafogo Day. In the alvinegro club of Rio de Janeiro, he won many tournaments such as the Rio-Sao Paulo Tournament (Roberto Gomes Pedroza), Carioca Championship and International Tournament of Paris. Nilton Santos is considered by the IFFHS - 2006 as one of the 5 best Latin American defenses of all time with Elías Figueroa, José Nasazzi, Héctor Chumpitaz and Daniel Passarella. He is a member of FIFA 100. Pelé named him as one of the best 125 players alive in March 2004.


TOP 54:
Aldair (Brazil).
Aldair (Brazil).
Aldair Nascimento dos Santos, better known as Aldair (November 30, 1965) is a Brazilian soccer player. He plays defense and his current team is the SS Murata. Juice in Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, where he won the most important title in the Brazilian Serie A Brazilian Championship. He moved to Europe in 1989, playing with Benfica and then was transferred to Rome, staying there until 2003, and playing more of 400 games in Serie A with the club, which withdrew from the club with its number 6 jersey. Then briefly joined Genoa. He was International from 1989 to 2000. Winning the 1994 Soccer World Cup and leaving runner-up in the 1998 Soccer World Cup, he won the 1989 Copa América and 1997 Copa América leaving second in the 1995 Copa América. Playing 93 games and scoring 4 goals in Brazil National Soccer Team.

TOP 53:
Marius Tresor (France).
Marius Tresor (France).
Marius Trésor is a retired football defender from France, who was named by Pelé as one of the FIFA 100 in March 2004. Trésor began his career at the French club AC Ajaccien. He also played for Olympique de Marseille and FC Girondins de Bordeaux. With Marseille, he won the French Cup in 1976. He also won the Ligue 1 title in 1984, with the Girondins de Bordeaux. For the French National Soccer Team, Trésor played in the 1978 and 1982 World Cups. He played in 65 matches for his National Team, scoring a total of 4 goals.

TOP 52:
Edgardo Bauza (Argentina).
Edgardo Bauza (Argentina).
Edgardo Bauza (Granadero Baigorria, Santa Fe, Argentina, January 26, 1958) is a former Argentine soccer player and technical director. He played his entire professional career as a central defender and managed to be the third most scoring defender of all time (he is currently the fourth since he was surpassed by Fernando Hierro). He was part of the squad of the Argentine national team that participated in the World Cup in Italy 90. He is currently a coach of the University Sports League of Quito, a club with which he won two local titles, the Copa Libertadores de América of 2008 and the Recopa Sudamericana of 2010.


TOP 51:
José Nasazzi (Uruguay).
José Nasazzi (Uruguay).
José Nasazzi Yarza (Montevideo, Uruguay, May 24, 1901 - ibid, June 17, 1968) was a Uruguayan footballer who captained his country to the conquests of the gold medals at the Olympic Games in Paris1924, Amsterdam 1928 and the Soccer World Cup (Jules Rimet) held in Uruguay 1930. It is considered one of the best Latin American defenses of all time and the best of Uruguayan football. Nasazzi was characterized by being a strong, fast defender, of great recovery, excellent location, perfect in the high and low game. He was not a technical defender. He stood out for his tremendous personality, for his innate condition of command, for his courage, for the great ascendancy over his companions. He was "patron", leader and driver.

TOP 50:
Berti Vogts (Germany).
Berti Vogts (Germany).
Hans Hubert "Berti" Vogts was born on December 30, 1946 in Büttgen (Germany) is a former international footballer and German coach. Vogts joined the boys of the local football club sports club VfR Büttgen in 1954 when he was 7 years old, playing there until 1965 when he was transferred to Borussia Mönchengladbach. He was a defender on the right wing, his tenacity made him earn the nickname "Der Terrier". He was one of the figures of the golden age of Borussia in the 70s, when he won five times the 1. Bundesliga, once the German Soccer Cup and the UEFA Cup twice. Vogts made 419 Bundesliga appearances for Mönchengladbach scoring 33 times and 64 other appearances for the club in European competitions scoring 8 goals. Vogts remained with Mönchengladbach until he retired as a player in 1979. He was also a member of the German national football team that won the 1974 Soccer World Cup and the 1972 UEFA Nations Cup. In total, he played 9 games As an international for the West German games, he had 3 appearances for the U-23 and 96 with the absolute making him one of the most successful German soccer players. He was the captain of the national team 20 times and scored a goal as an international player.

TOP 49:
Giuseppe Bergomi (Italy).
Giuseppe Bergomi (Italy).
Giuseppe Bergomi (Milan, Italy, December 22, 1963), is a former Italian footballer, who triumphed in the only club where he has developed his entire career, Inter Milan, and in the Italian National Team. Bergomi was a very effective defense, magnificent in the brand, very correct with the opponents and a good center when he went up the attack. A footballer who could act as both right-handed and central defender for his impressive efficiency in the brand. He did his entire sports career at Inter Milan, one of the colossi of Serie A, and Europe, where in the Nerazurri box he went through all categories, and in the 1980/81 season, with 17 years, he debuted in the honor series. From here begins a professional relationship of almost 20 years in which he was the "flag" of Inter and one of his most outstanding players. At club level, Bergomi had to live in the shadow of Juventus, and AC Milan, as far as the scudettos are concerned, and he savored it in the 1988/89 campaign, when they conquered the Scudetto with players such as : Walter Zenga; Bergomi himself; Andreas Brehme and Lothar Matthäus. During his stay at Inter he also won an Italian Cup, in the 1981/82 season and three times the UEFA Cup, precisely in the 90's. During the 20 years he played at Inter, he shared costumes with great players such as: Altobelli; Walter Zenga; Matthäus; Brehme; Berti; Jürgen Klinsmann; Dennis Bergkamp; Rubén Sosa; Ivan Zamorano; Ronaldo, among others. In 1999, and after waiting until then 10 years without getting the scudetto again, Bergomi put an end to his football career. In addition, "Beppe" played 756 games with the interist team, and scored 28 goals. He is currently a commentator on a television network in his country. Since 2004 it is part of FIFA 100, the list of the 125 best soccer players in history.

TOP 48:
Jamie Carragher (United Kingdom).
Jamie Carragher (United Kingdom).
James Lee Duncan Carragher (Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom, January 28, 1978) is a British footballer. He plays defense or defensive midfielder and his current team is Liverpool FC of the FA Premier League of England. He is currently vice-captain of the team after teammate Steven Gerrard and has played more than 500 games with Liverpool's first team.


TOP 47:
Carlos Gamarra (Paraguay).
Carlos Gamarra (Paraguay).
Carlos Alberto Gamarra (b. February 17, 1971; Ypacaraí, Paraguay) is a former Paraguayan footballer who served as a central defender. He has been captain of the Paraguay National Team and is to date the player with the most matches played in the history of the team, with 110 presences. He also scored 12 goals for that national representation. Gamarra began his sports career at Cerro Porteño in his country in 1991, and won the national championship of Paraguay with Cerro in 1992. He signed for the Independiente de Argentina in the 1992-1993 season, but it was a short time until he returned to Cerro Porteño . His first international match was against the National Team of Bolivia on March 27, 1993, a match that lost Paraguay 2: 1. He was in Cerro Porteño until 1995. In 1995, Gamarra became part of the Brazil International, where his popularity increased. As a result of his high level shown in the gaúcho team as well as in the national team he was distinguished as Paraguayan footballer of the year in 1997 (first edition of the award) and again in 1998, both awards granted by the Paraguayan newspaper ABC Color. Later he signed for SL Benfica Portuguese in the 1997-1998 season, before returning to Brazil, this time to SC Corinthians. Gamarra made his first major appearance in international football during Paraguay's participation in the 1998 World Cup in France, in the second round where Paraguay was eliminated by France (which would eventually be winners). Gamarra played in the four games of Paraguay, reaping great respect for his defensive skills, and did not make a single foul in any of his matches. FIFA chose him as part of the All-Star Soccer World Cup team. After finishing the 1999 season with the Brazilian Corinthians, he went to the Spanish league, signing for Atlético de Madrid. Atlético descended in 2000, and Gamarra returned briefly to Brazil, this time to play in the CR Flamengo. The 2001-2002 season was more successful for Gamarra, playing at AEK Athens in Greece, playing 24 league games and winning the Greek cup. In the World Cup in Korea and Japan 2002 Paraguay fell again in the second round. Gamarra played every minute played by his team, and again completed his participation without any fault. After the World Cup he signed for Inter Milan of the Italian Serie A to play the 2002-2003 season. This was, without a doubt, the most important team in which Gamarra played. In the preseason he scored the goal that would give his team the victory against AS Roma in the Pirelli Cup. Inter finished the season as runner-up in the league and Gamarra played 14 games. His next season in the club was less successful and Inter finished fourth in the league, playing Gamarra 10 games. He remained at Inter in the 2004-2005 season, but after spending most of the season on the bench he signed for Palmeiras de Brasil in July 2005. He played as captain of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, in which the Paraguayan National Team was eliminated in first round. In the game that the group opened against England, he suffered the misfortune of scoring a goal, which was both the fastest to occur in the history of the World Cups. Gamarra also captained the team of Paraguay during the football tournament of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, reaping the silver medal after losing 1: 0 to Argentina in the final. He played his last game with the national team on October 7, 2006 against Australia, in the framework of a friendly held in Brisbane, Australia.2 He then played in Brazil and later at the Olimpia Club, where he finished his career as a footballer. He will always be remembered as one of the best centrals in the history of South American football for his great category to go out playing with a raised head and for his sobriety, efficiency and above all, cleanliness to defend, almost without committing mistakes.

TOP 46:
Gaetano Scirea (Italy).
Gaetano Scirea (Italy).
Gaetano Scirea, (May 25, 1953 - September 3, 1989) was an Italian soccer player who is considered, along with Franz Beckenbauer (who implemented the position: last-line defender during the 1970s as part of the tactical scheme 3-5-2) and Franco Baresi, as one of the 3 best defenders in the history of world football (and next to the latter, the best libero and defender in the history of Italian football), both for its technical-tactical quality (the mere fact of not having let Baresi participate in the 1982 World Cup, also selected by Bearzot, is an indicator), as for his sporty and human chivalry, which was recognized and admired by the opposing players and even by supporters of the bitter rival clubs.

TOP 45:
Matthias Sammer (Germany).
Matthias Sammer (Germany).
Matthias Sammer is a former German footballer. He was born in Dresden, Democratic Germany, on September 5, 1967. He currently serves as a coach. He played as a midfielder and later in his career as a defender. He won the Golden Ball in 1996 and was considered twice the German Footballer of the Year (1995 and 1996). Sammer retired with 74 total international matches and 14 goals, 23 for East Germany with 6 goals and 51 for the unified side with 8 goals.

TOP 44:
Carlos Alberto Torres (Brazil).
Carlos Alberto Torres (Brazil).
Carlos Alberto Torres (born July 17, 1944 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). He is a former Brazilian soccer player. He was one of the players who led his national team to obtain the 1970 World Cup. Arlos Alberto started in Fluminense at the age of 19, then went to Santos where he became a teammate of Pele. His most salient feature was to be an offensive side of great power and skill, always pushing his team forward. In 1974 he returned to Fluminense and helped this team get the Carioca Championship Cup twice in a row. In 1977 he was transferred to Flamengo before being transferred to the New York Cosmos where he met with Pelé and conquered two cups in the NASL in 1977 and 1978. After spending a year with the California Surf, he returned to the Cosmos to win a third title with this team in 1982. Carlos Alberto played his farewell match on September 28, 1982 in an exhibition match between Cosmos and his former team Flamengo. For his performance in the NASL, he has been in the US National Soccer Hall of Fame since 2003. In the Brazilian National Soccer Team he scored 8 goals in the 53 games he played with his team national. The most remembered goal of Carlos Alberto is the one that scored against Italy in the 1970 World Cup final, likewise it is one of the best goals scored in the history of the world cups. He was also nominated by Pelé to be among the 125 most famous footballers in March 2004.

TOP 43:
Ruud Krol (Netherlands).
Ruud Krol (Netherlands).
Rudolf Jozef Krol, known as Ruud Krol, or Rudi Krol (Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 24, 1949), is a former Dutch footballer and coach. It was characterized by its exceptional discipline and efficiency to mark and close spaces to rival strikers. Krol began his career at Ajax Amsterdam under the tutelage of the legendary Rinus Michels. In his first season at the club he enjoyed a few minutes. After the march of the left side Theo van Duijvenbode in the summer of 1969 to Feyenoord, Krol became a regular in the lineups. When Ajax conquered the European Cup in 1971, Krol could not play because he had suffered a broken leg. But he did play in the 1972 and 1973 finals, helping the team get their first three European Cup titles, consecutively, a fact that allowed the club to get the cup on property. While other stars of that team, such as Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens, emigrated to other teams, Krol remained in Ajax until 1980 (later regretted it). He later went to the NASL to play in the Canadian Vancouver Whitecaps, where he only stayed one season. He then signed for the Italian Napoli where he played for four seasons. His last club before retiring was French Cannes. He retired from soccer practice in 1986.


TOP 42:
Héctor Chumpitaz (Peru).
Héctor Chumpitaz (Peru).
Héctor Eduardo Chumpitaz González (Cañete, Province of Cañete, Peru, April 12, 1944), former Peruvian footballer. Considered by FIFA one of the best South American defenders of the twentieth century, it is also one of the greatest exponents in the history of Peruvian football. It ranks 36th in the ranking of the best South American player of the century published by IFFHS in 2004. He is currently 68 years old. He personified the typical temper of the players who never lower their arms, it was for almost twenty years the captain and great defensive bulwark of the Peruvian national team that won the 1975 Copa América, reached the quarterfinals in the World Championships of Mexico '70 and Argentina '78 and qualified for the World Cup in Spain '82. Chumpitaz was a great marker, skillful with the ball, great header, with good vision of the game, precision in the passes and owner of a great power in the medium and long distance shots, which gave rise to the term "chumpigolazo" among the fans Peruvians With 65 goals in 456 appearances, he is one of the most scoring defenders in South America and integrates the TOP 50 of the top scorers in the history of First Division playing defender published by IFFHS in 2004.

TOP 41:
Sun Campbell (England).
Sun Campbell (England).
Sol Campbell (September 18, 1974, Newham, England, United Kingdom) is a former British footballer, of Jamaican origin. I played as a defense. He has been international with the England national team. Tottenham Hotspur He started his career at Tottenham Hotspur, where he spent about ten years and won the England League Cup. [edit] Arsenal For the 2002-2003 season, Campbell was signed by Arsenal FC, the biggest rival of the Spurs. There he won the Premier League, the England Cup and the English Super Cup. In addition, he scored a goal in the UEFA Champions League final on May 17, 2006, although his team lost to FC Barcelona by a final result of 2 goals to 1. [edit] Portsmouth In the summer of 2006 left Arsenal FC to sign for the Portsmouth Football Club, where he played until the summer of 2009, when he committed to the Sven-Göran Eriksson project with Notts County. [edit] Arsenal FC In the winter market of the 2009-2010 season, he responded to Wegner's call in the absence of Arsenal defense personnel, in the end he played 11 games. [edit] Newcastle United In the summer of 2010 he was transferred to Newcastle United Football Club, recently promoted to the Premier League. On May 2, the player confirms his retirement, with more than 500 games played in the Premier League. Campbell has been international with his team since 1998, for the 1998 Soccer World Cup, played in France. He was also in the 2002 Soccer World Cup, where his team fell in the quarterfinals, this time against Brazil. And for the 2006 Soccer World Cup, they were eliminated at the hands of Portugal, in the penalty shootout, also in the quarterfinals. In the European Championship, he also acted, despite the fact that in both competitions, in those of 2000 and 2004, his selection was eliminated in the quarterfinals. After the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where he was not nominated, so far he hasn't dressed the pross shirt again.

TOP 40:
Giacinto Facchetti (Italy).
Giacinto Facchetti (Italy).
Giacinto Facchetti (Treviglio, July 18, 1942 - Milan, September 4, 2006) was an Italian soccer player, and later president of Inter Milan, a position he held at the time of his death. Considered one of the best laterals in history. He began his athletic career in athletics. This defense-sprinter had a decathlonist physicist -1.88m and 85kg- he ran 100m in less than 11 seconds. Facchetti began his career at his home club, Trevigliese, where he served as an extreme and midfielder, soon drew the attention of FC Internazionale coach Helenio Herrera, who incorporated him in 1960 as a side. Facchetti would work from then on as one of the best laterals in the world. With Inter, Facchetti won four Scudettos, an Italian Cup and two consecutive European Cups, in addition to two also consecutive Intercontinental Cups. With the Italian national team, Facchetti made his debut in 1963, would play 94 games with the Squadra Azzurra, a record at that time of participation with the Italian team that would only beat time later Dino Zoff, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluigi Buffon and Gianluca Zambrotta, also wearing the captain's bracelet in 70 games. With Italy he played the World Cups of 1966, 1970 and 1974, also being part of the Italian team that won the 1968 Euro Cup. After his retirement in 1978, Facchetti held various positions at Inter, including, technical director or vice president of the club neroazzurro, In 2004, he was elected president of Inter. After a long illness, Facchetti died in September 2006 due to pancreatic cancer, left a wife, Giovanna and four children. In his honor, Inter withdrew team number 3 and in Milan, a place was renamed with his name, Giacinto Facchetti.

TOP 39:
Paul Breitner (Germany).
Paul Breitner (Germany).
Paul Breitner is a former German footballer, icon of the 70's. He was born on September 5, 1951 in Kolbermoor of the Bavarian region. In 1970, Paul Breitner started in professional football, specifically in Bayern Munich. There was a key piece in the achievement of three leagues, and the first European Cup of the club, in 1974. After this step by Bayern, in the same year 1974, after having won the World Cup played in Germany, Breitner is transferred to Spanish Real Madrid. And his time at the merengue club did not go unnoticed: 2 Spanish leagues were accumulating to his record. In 1977 he returned to Germany, to play a season in the modest Eintracht Braunschweig, and in 1978 he returned to Bayern Munich, where in 1983 he would leave professional football. Breitner has played 2 World Cups, of which in 1974 he was champion, along with other great players such as Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Gerd Müller and others; in 1978 he did not integrate the German team that went to the second round because he chose to retire from the Mannschaft. And in 1982 he returned, but he was runner-up. Breitner scored two goals in two different final World Cup matches, those of 1974 and 1982. He has also won the Euro Cup in 1972. He has been international 48 times, and scored 11 goals.

TOP 38:
Alessandro Costacurta (Italy).
Alessandro Costacurta (Italy).
Alessandro Costacurta (Jerago with Orago, province of Varese, Italy, April 24, 1966), former Italian footballer. He played in the defense position. Alessandro Costacurta, known among his fans as Billy, began his football career in the lower divisions of AC Milan, in the 1985-86 season, Costacurta joined the rossonero team squad but did not play a single game. Milan decided to transfer young Billy to AC Monza of the C Series, where he played as a starter all season, to the next campaign he returned to Milan finally debuting in October 1987 against Hellas Verona. In the 1987-88 season, coach Arrigo Sacchi decided that Costacurta was the substitute for Filippo Galli, that season he played 7 games, one in the Italian Cup. The 1988-89 season began with the achievement of Milan of the Italian Super Cup against Sampdoria. That year, Milan won the UEFA Champions League against Steaua Bucharest. But the stage of more prominence for Billy Costacurta, will come in the so-called Era Capello, from 1991 to 1996, when Costacurta formed with Paolo Maldini one of the most effective defenses in history. At that stage, Costacurta won 4 Scudettos, a Champions League, a European Super Cup and 3 Italian Super Cups. After the departure of Fabio Capello, other coaches would arrive such as Alberto Zaccheroni, Fatih Terim and Carlo Ancelotti. In 2003, Costacurta would be removed from the title in the club for the first time since the 80s by the always irregular Brazilian defense Roque Júnior. In the 2003-04 season, Costacurta won his last Scudetto with Milan, the seventh of his extensive sports career. In May 2007, Costacurta put an end to his career as a soccer player playing his last match in San Siro against Udinese, there he received the applause of the entire Tifosi tier, at that time he was 41 years old.


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Jaap Stam (Netherlands).
Jaap Stam (Netherlands).
He was one of the most efficient defenders of European football, for his impressive physique (1.93m and 90kg) and a physical condition that makes him a fierce defender both in the clubs he played and in the Dutch national team. He joined some clubs in his country, such as FC Zwolle and SC Cambuur, before emigrating to PSV Eindhoven, in 1995. With the Eindhoven club he won 1 Eredivisie, 2 Cups from the Netherlands and 2 Super Cups from the Netherlands. In 1998 he was transferred to Manchester United FC, for 16.7 million euros. In his first campaign he was part in the achievement of English football clover: conquer the English League; the English Cup and the UEFA Champions League in the same year. He also won the Intercontinental Cup. The Dutch became a figure of the third consecutive league title of Manchester. He was named best champion of the Champions League for two consecutive years, in 1999 and 2000. He was then sold to SS Lazio, from Italy, for 26.8 million euros. His career was truncated when on an anti-doping test he tested positive for consuming nandrolone. Stam was suspended for four months, and after this sanction, he helped the team stay fourth in the Italian League in the 2003-2004 season, and get an Italian Cup. In 2004 he was signed by AC Milan, and was runner-up in Europe, after falling with the Rossoneri in the UEFA Champions League final, against Liverpool FC. In July 2006 he became a new Ajax Amsterdam player, where the bond with the Ajacied was adjusted for two seasons. Since he arrived he became the team captain. As such, he won the Super Cup of the Netherlands and the Cup of that same country. On October 29, 2007 he announced his retirement at age 35, for the injuries he had been dragging for some time. Despite the problems of the past in Italy, it is considered one of the best defenses in his country and around the world.

TOP 36:
Maicon Douglas Sisenando (Brazil).
Maicon Douglas Sisenando (Brazil).
Maicon Douglas Sisenando (Novo Hamburg, Brazil, July 26, 1981), known as Maicon, is a Brazilian soccer player who plays in Inter Milan's Serie A (Italy). Maicon plays right back. He debuted in 2001 at Cruzeiro EC in Brazil, where he played two seasons in which he won a Brazilian championship and two state championships. He was called in 2003 to play with the national team. In June 2004 he signed a contract with AS Monaco and in 2006 he signed for Inter Milan for 5 years. In his credit as a footballer he has 14 official titles with (Inter Milan-Brazil Selection).

TOP 35:
Marcel Desailly (Ghana-France).
Marcel Desailly (Ghana-France).
Marcel Odenkey Addy-Desailly (* Accra, 1968 -) is a former French soccer player, currently a citizen of France and former star of his national team, with whom he won the 1998 Soccer World Cup and the 2000 Euro Cup. Born on 7 On September 1968 in Accra, Desailly went to France after he was adopted as a child by a French diplomat. He began his career at FC Nantes to, in 1992, move to Olympique de Marseille and win the Champions League the following year. In 1994, while he was AC Milan, he won the Champions League again against the Football Club Barcelona and his famous "Dream team" composed of players such as Romário, Hristo Stoichkov, Michael Laudrup, etc., being the first player to win it in consecutive seasons with different clubs Although he prefers to be a defense, he also played in the midfield sometime. Desailly then went to the English club Chelsea FC, where he played central until the end of the 2003-04 season. After the 2004 European Championship, he retired from international football as the all-time leader in games played with France (116). He played in 2005 for Al Gharafa of Qatar and Qatar SC. Desailly is considered one of the most burly and impassable players of the past two decades, having won virtually all major tournaments.

TOP 34:
José Antonio Camacho (Spain).
José Antonio Camacho (Spain).
José Antonio Camacho Alfaro is a former Spanish soccer player and coach. He was born on June 8, 1955 in the Murcian municipality of Cieza. His career as a soccer player began in the courtyards and in the streets of Cieza, little by little he was tanning and standing out among the others. When little José Antonio is six years old, he moves with his family to Albacete. During this stage the family thought about a return to their home province and even came to perform some tests to be able to enter the lower categories of Real Murcia, but the technicians of the paprika club opted for other kids alluding that José Antonio was too narrow chest. The family finally decided to stay in the city of La Mancha. His teenage soccer concerns crystallize at sixteen, playing at Atlético Jareño (a team of Villanueva de la Jara in the province of Cuenca, the town of his wife) and then in the youth team of Albacete Balompié, where he ranks as leftmost. The name of the young José Antonio Camacho begins to sound in the football circles of the moment and the national coach Héctor Rial claims it for the Spanish Youth Team. His brilliant performance helps him to enter the first team of Albacete, which at that time was in First Regional. The technical quality of José Antonio Camacho does not go unnoticed by Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are immediately interested in the young promise. However, Camacho is inclined to the white team and in March 1973 Real Madrid signs him for his subsidiary team, Castilla. In the 1973-74 season he debuted in the first team, led by Luis Molowny, and quickly takes a place in the Madrid defense. In January 1978 he suffered a serious injury during a training, but after two operations and 20 months off he managed to return to the playing fields, always remaining in Real Madrid until his retirement at the end of the 1988-89 campaign. As a player he stood out for his strong markings, anticipation and speed, but what made him mark an era in Real Madrid and in the Spanish National Team was, without a doubt, his spirit of sacrifice and dedication, his desire for victory and his charisma that contributed Especially to teamwork. He played 414 league games, all of them with Real Madrid, scored 9 goals and was only ejected once. He made his debut with the Spanish team on February 5, 1975 in a Spain-Scotland (1-1), came to wear the national shirt in 81 games, a figure that was for a long time absolute record of participations, playing the 1982 and 1986 World Cups and the Eurocups of 1984 and 1988.

TOP 33:
Juan Pablo Sorín (Argentina).
Juan Pablo Sorín (Argentina).
Juan Pablo Sorín (Buenos Aires, May 5, 1976) is a former Argentine soccer player. He usually played as a left back, but his category allowed him to perform in other positions (midfielder on the left or double 5). Undisputed idol in Argentinos Juniors (debut team), River Plate and Cruzeiro. He started playing in the lower categories of Argentinos Juniors. He debuted with the first team in 1994. Argentinos sold it and went on to integrate the Juventus squad of Italy during the 95-96 season, where he had almost no opportunities to play. In 1996 he signed for River Plate, where he won three Opening Tournaments (1996, 1997 and 1999), a Clausura (1997), a Copa Libertadores de América in 1996 and a South American Super Cup in 1997. In 2000 he signed for Cruzeiro de Brasil. With this team he played three seasons winning a Brazil Cup (2000), two Sul-Minas Cup (2001 and 2002) and the Mineiro Super Championship (2002). After a season and a half in Lazio it was acquired by FC Barcelona in the winter market. With this team he made his debut in the Spanish First Division on February 9, 2003 in the FC Barcelona 2: 2 Athletic match. In the summer of 2003 he left on loan to Paris Saint-Germain, a team with which he won a French Cup. In 2004 he returned to Cruzeiro and then signed for Villarreal. In 2006 he is hired by the Hamburger SV of Germany. In 2008 he returned to Brazil and Cruzeiro again, winning one Mineiro Championship (2009). In 2009, his daughter Elisabetta was born in Belo Horizonte. Sorin wrote a book, Great Boys, to raise funds with the goal of building a school and a children's hospital in his country.


TOP 32:
Patrice Evra (Senegal-France).
Patrice Evra (Senegal-France).
Patrice Latyr Évra (Dakar, Senegal, May 15, 1981) is a Franco-Senegalese international footballer. He plays left-back defender and his current team is the Manchester United Football Club of the English Premier League. The son of a diplomat, he soon arrived in Europe through Brussels where his father was sent when he was very young. He was raised in Les Ulis, department of Essonne, in France where he lived from 1984 to 1998 before taking his first chance taking him to Marsala, Italy. In these years he related notably with Thierry Henry. They are considered as childhood friends. Beginnings Évra began his career in the Paris Saint-Germain youth team before moving to SC Marsala 1912, a Serie C team in Italy, where he began to make his name and was nicknamed La Gacela Negra. He went on to the Monza Series B for the next season. He was transferred to OGC Nice and then to AS Monaco in 2002. In AS Monaco, Évra was part of the team that was crowned champion of the French League Cup and that reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2004. Manchester United Évra signed a contract for Manchester United on January 10, 2006 for about 5.5 million pounds and for 3 and a half years, coming from AS Monaco; just after the acquisition of Nemanja Vidić. He made his debut on January 14 with a 3-1 defeat against Manchester City in the English Premier League. He made his first performance at Old Trafford against Liverpool with a 1-0 victory. Évra had difficulty adapting to the English style, but showed his great performance in the 2006-07 season. On November 29, 2006, he scored his first goal on the team against Everton. Recovered from an injury, he returned to the playing field on April 10, 2007, in the famous Champions League match against AS Roma, where he collaborated in the final 7-1. It is said that Évra was essential in obtaining the title of that season. That is why Patrice Évra earned a position in the PFA Team of the Year. Since his arrival at the Old Trafford team he has established himself as the undisputed holder on the left side, displacing the Argentine Gabriel Heinze to the bench.

TOP 31:
Bobby Moore (England).
Bobby Moore (England).
Robert Frederick Chelsea "Bobby" Moore, OBE (April 12, 1941 - February 24, 1993) was an English football player of high technical quality, considered one of the best defenses in history, captained West Ham United for about 10 years, and was captain of the selection of soccer of England in the Glass of the World of 1966, realized in that country. He was born in Barking, a suburb of London in the United Kingdom. Moore, the best defense in the history of England, seemed to lack the rhythm and physique necessary to be a good central defense, was not powerful despite his size; Light and agile, it had a great location and vision for the game and was always one step ahead of the opposing attackers. His tickets were clean and he was rarely admonished. Moore captained England in 90 games (a record shared with Billy Wright), including in the 1966 World Cup victory. He spent most of his career at West Ham until he was 32 at Fulham at age 32 FC (along with George Best) and finally traveled to the United States to play with the Seattle Sounders and the San Antonio Thunder. His friendship with Pele was founded in 1970, when the two men played an epic match for England's supremacy in the World Cup against Brazil. Pele declared that Moore was the best defense he had played with. He died at age 51 after suffering from colon cancer. Moore was well known as "chirimoore" since his friends called him "chiri" because of the noise he made.

TOP 30:
Walter Samuel (Argentina).
Walter Samuel (Argentina).
Walter Adrián Samuel (March 23, 1978, Laborde, Córdoba) is an Argentine soccer player. He was born and lived many years with the surname of his mother Luján, until her husband gave him the surname Samuel. At a young age he went to live in Firmat. He works as a defender and started footballing in the Argentine Athletic Club of Firmat. His professional debut was carried out at the Newell's Old Boys Athletic Club.

TOP 29:
Ashley Cole (England).
Ashley Cole (England).
Ashley Donovan Cole (London, England, December 20, 1980) is an English footballer of Barbadian descent. He plays defense and his current team is Chelsea FC. Arsenal Cole joined Arsenal FC when he was young. On November 30, 1999, he debuted in the Worthingon Cup against Middlesbrough. On May 14, he debuted in the English Premier League against Newcastle United. When Sylvinho was injured, Cole became an integral part of the team. With Arsenal, he won the Premier League in 2002 and 2004, and the FA Cup in 2002, 2003 and 2005. However, in 2005, Cole contacted Chelsea FC without permission from Arsenal. Cole was fined £ 100,000 for the Premier League on June 2, 2005 but only paid £ 75,000. In July 2005, he extended his contract for one more year with Arsenal. In 2006, he went from Arsenal to Chelsea. [edit] Chelsea Cole wears shirt number three. He debuted against Charlton Athletic on September 9. He issued a statement about Arsenal. However, Arsenal fans did not like the circumstances in which Cole left the team and reacted by calling him 'Cashley'. On January 31, 2007, Cole suffered a serious leg injury in his team's 3-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers. Cole scored his first goal with this team in a game against West Ham on March 1, 2008. On September 2, 2009, he renewed his contract for four years.

TOP 28:
Nemanja Vidić (Serbia).
Nemanja Vidić (Serbia).
Nemanja Vidić (Serbian: Немања Видић; Užice, October 21, 1981) is a Serbian footballer. He plays defense and his current team is Manchester United of the Premier League of England. Nemanja Vidić began his professional career at the Red Star in Belgrade. Before he turned fifteen he signed his participation in the youth leagues with the club. In 2000 he managed to enter the professional leagues, being assigned to the Spartak Subotica club of the Serbian third division. At the end of his assignment in 2001, he returned to the Red Star of Belgrade where he finally played for the club in the professional league, thus participating in the first Meridijan Super League division. In the 2001-02 season he won with his team the Yugoslavia Cup, which would later be worth the right to wear the club captaincy bracelet. During his three years as Red Star captain he scored 12 goals in 67 games played, leading the club to double at the end of the 2003-04 season. The national championships won were the Super League and the Cup of Serbia & Montenegro. In July 2004 he joined FC Spartak Moscow of the Russian Premier League through a transfer that was rated as the most expensive signing in the history of the Russian Premier League.1 After playing two seasons at the Moscow club , on January 5, 2006, Vidić signed his contract with Manchester United of the FA Premier League, by transferring approximately seven million pounds sterling.2 In his first season he won his first medal when Manchester United was placed as the 2006-2007 FA Premier League champion. In the 2007-2008 season, he won his second medal in the Premier League while Manchester was proclaimed winner of the Champions League for the third time. From the 2010-2011 season he is the captain of Manchester United. On October 25, 2011 he announced his retirement from the Serbian National Team. On December 8, 2011, in a match against FC Basel in the Champions League, Vidic suffered a broken cruciate ligament of the knee, and as a result will be removed from the playing fields for the rest of the 2011/2012 season.


TOP 27:
Laurent Blanc (France).
Laurent Blanc (France).
Laurent Robert Blanc (born November 19, 1965 in Alès, France), former French footballer and currently France coach. Beginnings: Laurent Blanc began his career as a professional player in Montpellier, signing his first contract as a professional in 1983, a very technical player, could serve as a side, lane or even extreme. It helped a lot to his team to ascend to Ligue 1 in 1987. With Montpellier, Blanc won the French Cup in 1990, scoring a goal in the final. The passage through Italy: In 1991, Blanc tested his first experience abroad signing for SSC Napoli del Calcio, who played in the Italian Serie A, despite scoring 6 goals, Blanc was not acclimatized to his new team, and after only One season, he returned to France. Nîmes, Saint-Étienne and Auxerre: On his return to France, he signed for Nîmes Olympique where he played the 1992-93 season, later signed for AS Saint-Étienne, where he was confirmed as one of the best laterals in the world, with Saint-Étienne, the club was about to descend, until Guy Roux, coach of the Auxerre, convinced him to sign for the club since he needed a substitute for the Dutchman Frank Verlaat, in the Auxerre, Blanc suffered numerous injuries that ballasted. On the way to the elite, Barcelona: Blanc began to attract the attention of the great European clubs and finally ended up signing for FC Barcelona, trained by Bobby Robson, in a successful season Blanc managed to win a Supercopa of Spain against the Barcelona team against the Atlético de Madrid, a Cup Winners Cup against Paris Saint Germain, and a Copa del Rey against Real Betis Balompié. His frequent injuries prevented him from consolidating in the eleven holder of Barcelona. After a year at Barça, Blanc decided to leave the club thinking about ensuring his participation in the 1998 Soccer World Cup played in France. The President: Olympique Marseille manager Rolland Courbis convinced Blanc to join the Marseille club, Blanc quickly became the team leader scoring 11 goals and earning the nickname Le Président (the president), after two seasons in the OM, Blanc signed for another major in Europe, the Italian Internazionale. In his only season at the neroazzurri club, Blanc won the title of Inter Player of the Year in 2000. Manchester United: Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson had been following Blanc since 1996, and he finally signed for him. club in 2001, where his compatriot and great friend, Fabien Barthez, already played the arduous task of replacing Jaap Stam when he was almost 35 years old, he was very criticized in his first months at Old Trafford, due to the large number of defeats of the club, after winning the Premier League in the 2002-03 season, where he made a great performance, Blanc decided to retire after two seasons in Manchester.

TOP 26:
Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy).
Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy).
Gianluca Zambrotta (Como, Province of Como, Italy, February 19, 1977), is an Italian footballer, plays in the defense position, and is currently without a club after finishing a successful career with AC Milan. Zambrotta debuted with 18 years in the club of his hometown, Calcio Como, playing in Serie B in 1994. He began to play regularly on the team after the descent to the C1 Series, which helped him to get AS Bari Look at him. For Bari he signed in 1997, making his debut in Serie A. From the first moment he won the title in a team that played as a recently promoted, which earned him to be habitual of the calls of the Italian sub-21 team. At the end of the 1998-99 season he signed for Juventus, where he made himself known internationally. In the 2001-02 season he got his first Italian league, which he could revalidate in the following season, although that year he was stuck with the spine of the 2002-03 UEFA Champions League final lost in the penalty shootout against the AC Milan. After the controversy over the descent of his club, Zambrotta left Turin for FC Barcelona. After the agreement with the Catalan club he became his new right back. As a curious fact, it was assigned the number 11, an unusual number for a defender. After two quite poor seasons in terms of titles at FC Barcelona he finally made his return to Italy. On May 31, AC Milan confirmed his signing, this being the second signing of the 2008-09 season of the Rossoneros after signing Mathieu Flamini.

TOP 25:
Lúcio (Brazil).
Lúcio (Brazil).
Lucimar da Silva Ferreira, "Lúcio" (Brasilia, May 8, 1978), Brazilian international footballer and Inter Milan player. Although considered one of the best defenses in the world, Lúcio's offensive ability adds an additional dimension to the attack potential of any team. It is a very complete power station with a lot of power and a surprising effect. With his selection he has participated in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the 2002 Soccer World Cup, in 2006 and in 2010. In the 2002 World Cup he was, together with his countrymen Marcos and Cafu, one of the three players to play the 630 minutes of the tournament. In the 2006 World Cup Lucio broke the record of Paraguay's Carlos Gamarra without making a foul in a final phase of a World Cup, after 23 minutes of the quarterfinals match against France. Only three minutes later, on 26, Lucio committed a foul on Zinedine Zidane, so his record is 386 minutes. At club level, Lúcio was the author of Bayer Leverkusen's goal in the 2002 Champions League final that he lost to Real Madrid. In 2009, in the Confederations Cup in South Africa, he made the final 3 - 2 against the United States, giving Brazil this title, he was elected player of the match for it. Lúcio appears in the ideal Confederations Cup squad as a central right next to other defenses such as Maicon, Puyol and Joan Capdevila. On July 21, he officially signs for Inter Milan. Inter has paid eight million euros for the Brazilian player.

TOP 24:
Oscar Ruggeri (Argentina).
Oscar Ruggeri (Argentina).
Oscar Alfredo Ruggeri Runzal (Corral de Bustos, Córdoba Province, Argentina, January 26, 1962) is a former soccer player, technical director and Argentine coach nicknamed "El Cabezón". He was champion and sub world champion with his selection in (1986, 1990) respectively. He is considered by various sports organizations as one of the best defenders in the history of Argentine and World football.

TOP 23:
Lilian Thuram (France).
Lilian Thuram (France).
Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulian (Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, January 1, 1972), is a former French footballer. It played of central defense and, in its origins, of lateral defense. AS Monaco emigrated from the Caribbean to Paris at the age of nine, and soon developed his football activity in local clubs. In his beginnings he played as a striker. At 20 years of age, he went to the South of France to begin his professional career in the ranks of Monaco, which he arrived in 1991 and where he became a right-back player. His debut in the First Division came on May 22, 1991 in a Toulon 1-1 Monaco. In Monaco he was proclaimed Champion of the League in 1996, and twice Champion of the French Cup in 1994 and 1996. [edit] Parma FC In 1996 he stepped on Italian soil, and signed for Parma FC, a club that along with other renowned players , like Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluigi Buffon, Hernán Crespo and others, lifted the Italian Cup and the UEFA Cup, in 1999. With Parma he got to play 163 games in 5 seasons, he made a spectacular 2000-01 season, so He was transferred to the powerful Juventus in summer 2001 with his partner Gianluigi Buffon for 20 million euros. [edit] Juventus FC In 2001 he arrives at the bianconero club with Buffon, during his time at the Turin club, Thuram formed one of the most powerful and effective defenses in Europe with other players such as Ciro Ferrara, Gianluca Zambrotta, Paolo Montero, Gianluca Pessotto, Igor Tudor, Alessandro Birindelli or Fabio Cannavaro. With Juventus, Thuram won two Scudettos, he also reached the UEFA Champions League final in the 2002-03 season, where the Turin club was defeated by another Italian team, AC Milan. But the idyll with Juventus ended when the club went down to the Italian Serie B in the summer of 2006, so some "heavyweights" abandoned it, such as Zambrotta, Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Thuram himself. [edit] FC Barcelona In 2006, he signed for FC Barcelona, together with his friend and partner Gianluca Zambrotta. He was not officially presented, and received the number 21. With Barça he managed to win the Spanish Super Cup in 2006. Thuram had a performance in the two seasons he played in the irregular and marked FC Barcelona injury. He played his last match as Blaugrana on May 17, 2008, at the La Condomina stadium against Real Murcia, where his team won by 5 goals to 3, leaving the holder and playing 70 minutes, being replaced in the 25th minute of the second part by the Fali squad. [edit] Premature withdrawal Although certain rumors pointed to his withdrawal after the conclusion of his contract with FC Barcelona, Thuram was about to sign for French Paris Saint-Germain in summer 2008, after playing with his team the Austrian Eurocup and Switzerland, but the detection of a cardiac malformation during the medical examination paralyzed his signing. Finally, on August 1, 2008, he decided to retire from professional football as a result of said malformation. He wanted to play his last years at Paris Saint Germain but due to this disability he ended his spectacular professional career as a player of FC Barcelona. He made his debut in the French National Team on May 22, 1994 before the Czech Republic. He has been international in the 1998 Soccer World Cup, 2002 and 2006. He is the player who has played the most games with the gala team in history, scoring two goals. As a curiosity, it should be noted that their only two goals scored in the same match; it was in the semifinal of the 1998 World Cup, which served to defeat France 2-1 to Croatia and reach the final, which they would later win against Brazil.


TOP 22:
Roberto Ayala (Argentina).
Roberto Ayala (Argentina).
Roberto Fabián Ayala (Paraná, Entre Ríos Province, Argentina, April 14, 1973) is a former Argentine soccer player. He played central defense and retired from professional activity in December 2010. He currently works as the General Coordinator of Racing Club Soccer. He played from a young age in the lower categories of Ferro Carril Oeste until 1992, when he became part of the first team. He made his debut in the Argentine First Division on February 23, 1992 in the victory of Ferro 2: 1 over Belgrano. In 1994 he signed for River Plate with which he won the Opening Tournament that same year. In 1995 he was transferred to Napoli. With this team he debuted in the Italian Serie A on August 27, 1995 in a tie with Bari 1: 1. In 1998 he signed for the Milan team with which he was proclaimed champion of the Italian League in his first season. In 2000, Valencia CF made its services for € 3 million. With this team he debuted in the Spanish League on September 24, 2000 at 3: 0 against Numancia. In his career as a footballer of Valencia he reached the final of the 2001 Champions League, losing it in definition by penalties against the German Bayern Munich team. The following year, the team won the Spanish League (season 01-02). In the 03-04 season, they won the UEFA League and Cup again (after 41 years). In the 04-05 season the injuries kept Ayala out of most of the League, from the victory against Porto in the European Super Cup (2004), the Spanish Super Cup, the Champions League and the UEFA Cup. His absences did not help Valencia in his poor performance of the season. In February 2007, Ayala signed a contract with Villarreal. But on July 14, 2007, Real Zaragoza paid the player's termination clause (6 million euros) to wear that shirt from July 2007 to June 2010, without having played any games with Villarreal. In the same year the Argentine central defender decides to renounce the selection of his country after losing the final of the Copa América, leaving his captaincy and a great story on his back. In his first year at Real Zaragoza, he went down to the Second Division of Spanish football, to go up to the following season, being one of the fundamental pieces of the scheme of coach Marcelino García Toral, scoring 3 goals. On January 22, 2010, his decoupling of Real Zaragoza becomes official through the termination of the contract, which ended in June of that year. On January 30, 2010, his signing for Racing Club is confirmed. There, Ayala plays only a few games as a starter, until December 30, 2010 when he announces his retirement from professional activity.

TOP 21:
Éric Abidal (France).
Éric Abidal (France).
Éric Sylvain Bilal Abidal (Lyon, France, September 11, 1979) is a French footballer (with Martinique ancestry) who plays in the left-back position, although he can adapt to the central position. He currently plays for the Barcelona Football Club of the Spanish League.

TOP 20:
Daniel Passarella (Argentina).
Daniel Passarella (Argentina).
Daniel Alberto Passarella (Chacabuco, Argentina; May 25, 1953) is a former player, former coach and current president of the River Plate Athletic Club of Argentina. He is also the fifth person in the world to be a player, technical director and president of a club, the other cases are Carlos Babington, Eduardo Pimentel, Santiago Bernabeu and Franz Beckenbauer. He began his career at the Sarmiento de Junín Athletic Club, and continued his career in clubs such as River Plate, Fiorentina and Inter. He is considered by FIFA as one of the best South American defenses of all time. He was characterized by a great personality and temperament, as well as the large number of goals he converted, to the point of becoming the second most leading defender in the history of first division tournaments in the world, with 134 goals in 451 official matches , behind the Dutch Ronald Koeman, according to the IFFHS. Passarella has the peculiarity of being the only Argentine player to be in the two Argentine world championships (1978 and 1986); he remembers him saying: «In Argentina there are 44 world championships for 43 players». On June 26, 2011, being president of River Plate, the club descended from the First Division of Argentine professional football, being relegated to the second division for the first time in its 110-year history.

TOP 19:
Rio Ferdinand (England).
Rio Ferdinand (England).
Rio Gavin Harris Ferdinand (London, England, November 7, 1978) better known as Rio Ferdinand, is an English footballer, who plays central defense at Manchester United, his ascending career led him to debut with the England team at 19 years old, when he faced the selected Cameroon in 1997. He has attended three World Cups (France 98, Korea-Japan 2002 and Germany 2006). He has never played a European Championship, in 2004 due to a penalty for not taking an anti-doping test and in 2008 because in England he did not qualify. Throughout his career he has won 4 Premier League championships, 2 Carling Cup, 3 FA Community Shield, a UEFA Champions Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup. Rio is the brother of Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand and cousin of former Newcastle United FC footballer Tottenham Hotspur FC and the English team Les Ferdinand. Outside the sports field, he has hosted a television program, film producer, and editor of a magazine.

TOP 18:
Gerard Piqué (Spain).
Gerard Piqué (Spain).
Gerard Piqué Bernabéu (February 2, 1987 in Barcelona, Spain), known simply as Piqué, is a Spanish footballer who plays as a defender at FC Barcelona. In just 2 years in this club, he has become one of the best defenses in the world. He is one of four players along with Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa and Samuel Eto'o to win the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with two different teams. It is characterized by its corpulence, excellent placement on the pitch, being almost impassable one on one and for its great quality when it comes out with the ball played from behind. This quality with the ball makes him a pretty goal scorer.


TOP 17:
John Terry (England).
John Terry (England).
John George Terry, better known as John Terry (London, England, United Kingdom, December 7, 1980), is a British footballer. He serves as a central defender and currently plays for Chelsea FC in the Premier League of England. He is the current England national team captain. Terry has been chosen as the best defender of the UEFA Champions League in 2005, 2008 and 2009, as well as being a winner of the PFA Player of the Year Award in 2005. He has also been included in the FIFpro Team of the Year for 5 consecutive years, from 2005 to 2009. He was also included in the Star Team of the 2006 World Cup, being the only English player to be included. In 2007, Terry became the first captain to lift the FA Cup trophy at the new Wembley Stadium, when Chelsea defeated Manchester United 1-0 in the final. He is also the first English player to score a goal in that stadium, when England drew 1-1 with Brazil. However, Terry and Chelsea were runners-up in three of the four competitions in which they participated in the 2007-08 season, losing the final of the Football League Cup 2-1 against Tottenham Hotspur and losing the Premier League and the League of Champions against Manchester United. In the Champions League final of the 2007-08 season, Chelsea FC and Manchester United drew 1-1 at 90 minutes, so the game went on until the penalty shootout, where Terry missed the penalty that would have given Chelsea the title. After that final, his teammate Frank Lampard described him as "a whole man." Together with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Petr Čech and Michael Essien, Terry is considered a fundamental piece in the backbone of the team. He has won 11 trophies as a Chelsea captain, which makes him the player with the most winners in the club's history. Being a product of the Chelsea quarry, it is especially popular among fans.

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Marcelo Vieira (Brazil).
Marcelo Vieira (Brazil).
Marcelo Vieira Silva Júnior, sportingly known as Marcelo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 12, 1988) is a Brazilian footballer. It plays of left side, although it also develops as interior or end. His first team was Fluminense, signing for Real Madrid on November 15, 2006. He debuted at Real Madrid in early 2007. At the end of 2006, he signed for Real Madrid, from Brazilian Fluminense where he had played 30 games. Its incorporation took place in the winter market, after a disbursement of 6 million euros. He debuted with his new team in a league match against Deportivo de la Coruña, replacing Michel Salgado. However, an injury prevented him from finishing the game. On April 14, 2007, already fully recovered, he played his first full game as a starter. In the 2007/2008 season the march of Roberto Carlos to Fenerbahce, Heinze's return to the central left position and Drenthe's discrepancies with the Real Madrid coach allow him to play with greater continuity. Already in the 2008/2009 season, and with the arrival of Juande Ramos to the Madrid bench after Bernd Schuster was fired, Marcelo saw his usual position in the field varied. Thus, the player starts playing inside and far left. His closest proximity to the rival area allowed him to score, his first goal as a Real Madrid player on El Molinón, on February 15, 2009. That season he would achieve another three goals. In the 2009/2010 season, with the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini the player initially regained his usual position on the left side. However, the coach quickly preferred to advance his location in the field, freeing him from his defensive obligations. The player closes the season with 9 assists and 4 goals scored. In the 2010/2011 season, the arrival of José Mourinho on the white bench, replacing Manuel Pellegrini, makes Marcelo return to play on the left back, being able to act as a lane when covering the entire band with his game. With the departure of Mahamadou Diarra in January 2011, he becomes the third Real Madrid captain, after Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos. Today he is considered one of the best laterals in the world, being present in the ideal eleven of the Champions League 2010/2011. On July 26, 2011 he obtained Spanish nationality. Named in 2012 one of the best left-backs in the world.

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Daniel Alves (Brazil).

Daniel Alves (Brazil).
Daniel Alves da Silva, better known as Dani Alves (Juazeiro, Bahia, Brazil, May 6, 1983), is a Brazilian footballer. He plays right back and his current club is the Football Club Barcelona of the First Division of Spain. It is considered the best Lateral in the World. Dani Alves debuted as a professional in 2001 at the Esporte Clube Bahia and a year later he joined the Sevilla Fútbol Club that paid for him 500,000 euros. Despite playing as a side, he is a player of marked offensive character, and sometimes acts as a right inside, extreme and even forward as well as being a foul thrower, he has even played as a midfielder and even as a striker in a match which faced Sevilla and the Zenit of St. Petersburg in Russian lands. Daniel Alves officially debuted in the Spanish League on February 23, 2003 with Sevilla FC against RCD Espanyol. However, he would not score his first goal until the following season, on November 9, 2003 against Real Madrid. In the summer of 2005, he acquired Spanish citizenship in the Civil Registry of Seville. In August 2007, Daniel Alves asked Sevilla to let him go and grow as a player. However, the high economic pretensions of Seville frustrated his signing for Chelsea FC of the English Premier League, which created a great discontent in the player who even refused to travel with the team to Greece where he would play a crucial match with the AEK of Athens for classification in the next round of the Champions League. In spite of this, he stayed another year in the nervous discipline, being finally transferred to FC Barcelona. On July 2, 2008, Alves was officially introduced as a new player of FC Barcelona until 2012, in an act in which the president of the Barca club, Joan Laporta, defined him as "the best right-back in the world." The 35.5 million euros of his transfer (29.5 million fixed plus six in variables, by classification and titles) made him the second most expensive signing in the history of the club - behind Mark Overmars, and later being surpassed also by Zlatan Ibrahimovic-, being the third largest outlay ever made by hiring a defense. In FC Barcelona you saw the number 2, which he inherited from Martín Cáceres (he was 20 before). Dani scored his first goal with FC Barcelona on October 25, 2008 at the Camp Nou against UD Almeria. In March 2011, Alves extended its contract with FC Barcelona until 2015. Today Alves is a benchmark in the Barça defense and has established himself as the right-back holder of the Catalan team. He is especially known for his additions to the attack, his speed, his assists and his free throws. Alves at club level has won everything (being part of Barça del "sextete") and at the national team level he only needs one World Cup and one gold medal in the Olympic Games.

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Ronald Koeman (Netherlands).

Ronald Koeman (Netherlands).
Ronald Koeman (Zaandam, North Holland, The Netherlands, March 21, 1963) is a coach and former Dutch soccer player. He has been the most scoring defender in history, with 193 goals in 533 games. As a footballer, he stood out as a midfielder and, especially, as a libero. He played in the three major Dutch clubs, Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord Rotterdam, and in the Football Club Barcelona. In this last club he was part of the team that would go down in history under the name of "Dream Team" and with which he won the first European Cup in the history of FC Barcelona thanks to a goal from Koeman himself in the final of 20 May 1992, against the Sampdoria of Genoa. In Barcelona he also won four leagues. He was also one of those who contributed to PSV Eindhoven being crowned champion in 1988 against Benfica in the penalty shootout, being the first to shoot at the goal from the twelve steps in the final. He also stood out as head of the Netherlands National Soccer Team, with which he managed to proclaim himself the 1988 Euro Cup champion in Germany.

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Franco Baresi (Italy).

Franco Baresi (Italy).
Franco Baresi (born May 8, 1960 in Travagliato), is a former Italian footballer, known as one of the best defenses in history. He developed his entire career at AC Milan. Baresi is the 2nd. top player in the history of AC Milan after Paolo Maldini in playing more games with his club with a total of 719 games also stands out for being a player who won almost everything with his club; having been champion 6 times of Series A, 4 times of the Italian Super Cup, 3 times champion of the Champions League, 3 times of the European Super Cup and 2 times of the Intercontinental Cup for a total of 18 titles. With the Italian National Team he won the 1982 Soccer World Cup. He was selected in 19th place as one of the 100 best players of the 20th century by World soccer magazine, also ranked 17th as one of the 100 best soccer players of the Century XX by Placar magazine in 1999. He was also selected as one of the 50 best players of the 20th century by Guerin Sportivo magazine. On the other hand, Pelé selected him as one of the FIFA 100 players, he was included in the team of all time by Planet Foot magazine in 1996, he was also selected by the newspaper La Repubblica and the Dutch magazine Voetbal International as one of the most great soccer players and was selected player of the year in Italy in 1990. For all this, in his honor the club AC Milan withdrew shirt number 6 in recognition of his successful career3 and is considered today as one of the best liberos of the world. FIFA describes him as an 'extraordinary' player.


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Fernando Hierro (Spain).

Fernando Hierro (Spain).
Fernando Ruiz Hierro (Vélez-Málaga (Spain), March 23, 1968) is a retired Spanish footballer. He started playing midfielder and over the years he was delaying his position until the defense. At the zenith of his career he combined solid defensive work with passing skills and scoring ability which made him a great player. He played 598 games with Real Madrid during which he won five Leagues and three Leagues of Champions, and played almost 100 games with the Spanish National Team, during a fifteen-year soccer career.

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Alessandro Nesta (Italy).

Alessandro Nesta (Italy).
Alessandro Nesta (Rome, Province of Rome, Italy, March 19, 1976), Italian footballer. He plays in the defense position, and is currently without a club after finishing a successful career with AC Milan. SS Lazio Nesta was born in Rome. Since childhood he was a footballer and his talent was discovered by a scout of Rome, however, his father was a fan of Lazio and in 1985, Nesta joined the lower categories of Lazio, Nesta tested in several positions, from forward to midfielder, before finally settling as a central defender. In 1993, Nesta debuted with the Celestial Club, also became famous for breaking Paul Gascoigne's leg in training. In 1997, Nesta assumed the captaincy of the club, helped Lazio get the Italian Cup in 1998, in 1999, Lazio would win the UEFA Cup and the European Super Cup. In 2000, Lazio won the Scudetto with Nesta as captain and base of the club. [edit] AC Milan Before the 2002-03 season, Lazio's financial problems forced him to sell to his best players, Nesta was transferred to AC Milan in exchange for 30 million euros, only in his first season as a rossonero, Nesta He won the UEFA Champions League and the Italian Cup, the next he won the European Super Cup and his second Scudetto. Nesta also participated in the defeat of Milan in the Champions League final of the 2004-05 season. Nesta also has a contract with Milan until June 2012. Nesta's career has also been marked by serious injuries, with 33 years and at the beginning of the 2008-09 season, Nesta suffered a serious injury that even questioned his return to the pitch, returned in May 2009 in a match against Fiorentina. In May 2012, Nesta announced that he is retiring from Italian Calcio and Milan, arguing that at his age he cannot maintain the football level necessary to not be sitting on the bench. Nesta looks at American football and seeks to have approaches with an MLS representative. He has been international with the Italian national team on 78 occasions. Its premiere was with Cesare Maldini in the U21 Eurocup won by the Azzurri in 1996. He was then summoned with the national team after the withdrawal of Ciro Ferrara to play the Eurocup in 1996 but failed to play. Nesta made his debut later that year and subsequently helped Italy to reach the runner-up in the 2000 Eurocup. He played the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, the 2002 played in Japan and Korea, and the qualifying phase for the Eurocup of the year 2004. Nesta who was injured again in his third appearance in World Cups, was crowned as 2006 World Cup champion with his Italian team awarding 4 stars (championships) of the World Cup. After that he retired a few days after his countryman, Francesco Totti, did. Having commented that many injuries have followed them and that he feels he can only help one team, AC Milan. It is a defense of excellent technical qualities; great ball control, fast, great intelligence and class in the recovery of the ball. In addition, due to its height it has a certain power that allows it to win in 1 to 1 matches, as it is also an advantage at the time of heading. Already recovered from his injury, he has made masterly presentations with great regularity in the rossonera behind, so his return to the national team has been rumored, but apparently, and by more insistence from both Andrea Pirlo and coach Marcello Lippi, there seems to be abandoned for good He is considered among the best players in Italy and El Mundo, being part of FIFA's prestigious list of the best 100 players of all time.

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Rafael Márquez Álvarez (Mexico).

Rafael Márquez Álvarez (Mexico).
Rafael Márquez Álvarez, (Zamora, Michoacán, February 13, 1979), better known as Rafael Márquez or Rafa Márquez, is a Mexican soccer player. Play defense or midfielder. Before he left Barcelona he had several offers for teams from Europe, such as Juventus from Turin, Fiorentina and Genova, all of them from Italy, but in the end he signed a contract with the New York Red Bulls club in the United States for the figure of 3 million dollars per season. Atlas de Guadalajara: He debuted in the Mexican First Division in 1996. He had an outstanding season in the 1999 Summer Tournament with the Atlas. Composed of a mostly young group, they managed to reach the final against Toluca. It was an even match, taking them to the penalty shootout. In the end Toluca prevailed in the batch and took the title. Márquez is one of the jewels produced by the Atlas quarry and has been declared red-black in heart numerous times. AS Monaco: After that Copa América, with 20 years, and being an outstanding player in Mexico, Rafa decided to try his luck in French football, signing for AS Monaco for four million dollars. He debuted with his new club in Ligue 1 on August 14, 1999 in the AS Monaco 4-0 Bastia match. In his first season he conquered the French League. In addition, he was distinguished as the ideal central defense of the league in the 1999-2000 season. In 2003 he won the French League Cup. It was consolidated as one of the best central defenses in Europe and its name began to sound for several large teams of the old continent. FC Barcelona: "Rafa" Márquez playing with Barcelona. Márquez signed with FC Barcelona for 5 million euros in the summer of 2003. He debuted in the First Division of Spain on September 3, 2003, in the match FC Barcelona 1-1 Sevilla. His first goal was against Betis on September 17, 2003. After a tough first season, due to injuries, in which he played only 21 games, from 2004 he became head of the team and got his first title with the club , the Spanish League 2004-05. In some games he was changed to the position of midfielder. The following season, he won the Spanish Super Cup, revalidated the League title, and won the UEFA Champions League. After the World Cup dispute in Germany, he renewed his contract with FC Barcelona for 38.5 million dollars until 2010. In November 2006 he was granted Spanish nationality, thus ceasing to occupy an extra-community place. On December 13, 2008, he played his 200th match with FC Barcelona against Real Betis. The score ended 2-0 in favor of the Barca team. On May 27, 2009, he won for the second time the UEFA Champions League title, although he could not play the final against Manchester United for an injury. That season would also win the Spanish League and the Copa del Rey, getting the triplet. Before leaving Barça in 2010, after completing the "sextete" and getting a new Spanish League, Márquez ended up being the eighth foreigner with more games played with the Catalan club. He spent seven seasons at Barcelona and decided to look for new challenges even though he had a valid contract. Since his debut with the national team, on February 7, 1997, against the selection of Ecuador. With the selection he has participated in the FIFA Confederations Cup, in the Copa América (1999, 2001, 2004 and 2007), in the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2003, CONCACAF Gold Cup 2007 and CONCACAF Gold Cup 2011 , in the World Cup of Soccer of Korea and Japan of 2002, in the World Cup of Soccer Germany 2006, in which it managed to score a goal against Argentina in the round of 16 and in the World Cup of Soccer South Africa 2010, where he scored in the Opening match of the tournament against South Africa. He was proclaimed champion of the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2003 Gold Cup and the 2011 Gold Cup with the national team.

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Fabio Cannavaro (Italy).

Fabio Cannavaro (Italy).
Fabio Cannavaro (Naples, province of Naples, Italy, September 13, 1973), is a former Italian footballer. He served in the defense position and his last club was the Siliguri FC of the Mini Premier of the Football Federation of India. He participated in four World Cups and in two editions of the European Championship. He was the captain of the Italian soccer team that won the 2006 Soccer World Cup and was awarded the Golden Ball and FIFA World Player awards that same year. Fabio Cannavaro started as a footballer in his hometown club, SSC Napoli. He made his debut in Serie A on March 7, 1993 at the age of 19 in a match against Juventus, which ended up losing 4 to 3. After remaining in Napoli for three seasons he was signed by Parma in 1995, a team with which won two Italian Cups, an Italian Super Cup and a UEFA Cup. After these successes Parma lowered its performance, and Cannavaro signed for Inter Milan. In the absence of titles, and despite being an undisputed holder, he decided to sign for Juventus in Turin in 2004, where he won the Series A titles in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, which would eventually be revoked to Juventus. Due to the decline of Juventus to Serie B, Cannavaro was signed by Real Madrid on July 19, 2006 along with his teammate, Brazilian Emerson, for approximately seven million euros to play the next two seasons, with option to a third. Wearing the colors of the white club in 2006 he won the Golden Ball, awarded by the French magazine France Football (by specialized press vote), to the best player in the European leagues, thanks to his performances at the 2006 World Cup and in Juventus, imposing also the Italian Gianluigi Buffon and the Frenchman Thierry Henry, becoming the fifth Italian footballer to obtain this award. On May 19, 2009, Juventus confirmed Cannavaro's return to the bianconero club after his contract with Real Madrid ended in June 2009.8 In June 2010 he signed a contract with Al-Ahli of the United Arab Emirates. On June 19, 2011 he was fired from Al-Ahli for his lack of commitment. On July 9, 2011 he announced his retirement at age 37, the date on which he celebrated one more anniversary of the triumph of the Italian National Team in the 2006 World Cup, according to him due to problems with his knee left. Speaking to different media, he said he has played with the best of his time, including players like Buffon, Thuram, Pirlo, Totti, Del Piero, Baggio, Zola and Maldini. In addition, he mentioned the opportunity to work not as a player, but as a manager and / or advisor to Al-Ahli of the United Arab Emirates.

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Javier Zanetti (Argentina).

Javier Zanetti (Argentina).
Javier Adelmar Zanetti (b. Dock Sud, Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, August 10, 1973) is an Argentine footballer. He plays side or side by both bands, and also serves as the second central or recovery wheel, and his current team is Inter Milan of Serie A (Italy). Born footballing in the Climbing Remedies Workshops Club, he went through the Banfield Athletic Club until he went to Inter Milan in 1995. With the Italian club he won 16 titles (13 nationally and 3 internationally). He has several records in Italian football, such as the foreign player with the most matches in Italian Serie A and the player with the most matches in Serie A with Inter. He is currently the fourth player with the most matches played in that league, and sixth in world football with the most professional matches. He plays for the Argentine National Team since 1994. With his selection he won the Gold Medal at the 1995 Pan American Games and the Silver Medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Since October 2007, Zanetti is the player with the most presences in the national team. , when he beat Roberto Fabián Ayala.


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Cafu (Brazil).

Cafu (Brazil).
Marcos Evangelista de Moraes (June 7, 1970), better known as Cafu, is a former Brazilian player and is the all-time leader in appearances with the Brazilian national team, with 142 as of March 30, 2005. He played in two Brazilian world champion teams and in 2002 he became the first player to play a World Cup final three consecutive times. He officially debuted with São Paulo FC where he won his first cup in 1988, and won the Copa Libertadores de América in 1992 and 1993. In 1995 he was transferred to Real Zaragoza in Spain. After a brief return to Brazil, moving to Palmeiras in 1996, Cafu signed with the Italian team of AS Roma in 1997, and won the Serie A title in 2001. Cafu was a firm favorite of the local fans, earning the nickname of Il Pendolino ("the express train"). He moved to AC Milan in 2003, after rejecting a transfer to Yokohama Marinos. Cafu had played little with the national team in the early 90's, but only went to the 1994 World Cup as a substitute, then dedicated himself to Road Engineering. He is currently a professor of the Machinery and Construction Equipment branch, with strong hard !!! mototrailla knowledge. After an injury of Jorginho in the final against Italy, Cafu entered as a reserve in the 22nd minute, forming part of the Brazilian defense in which it was a burning final. Brazil won 3-2 through penalty kicks, after the match ended goalless. After that, Cafu appears regularly in the Brazil team, winning the Copa América in 1997 and 1999, and leading the team to the 1998 World Cup final, which he lost against France. After a difficult qualifying tournament, Cafu captained Brazil in the 2002 World Cup after an injury from regular team captain Emerson and helped his team win 2-0 over Germany. He was named by Pelé and FIFA as one of the 125 greatest players alive in March 2004. He and Argentina's Carlos Tévez have been the only players to win the Copa Libertadores, the Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup and the Cup Club World Cup; being also the only one to win along with all this the Soccer World Cup and the Copa América.

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Sergio Ramos (Spain).

Sergio Ramos (Spain).
Sergio Ramos García (March 30, 1986 in Camas, Seville, Spain) is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Real Madrid with the number 4. He can play both right back and central defense, since he occupies this season . He is international with the Spanish National Soccer Team since 2005, with it he has been proclaimed European Champion in 2008 and World Champion in 2010. On March 21, 2012 he managed to be the Real Madrid footballer with the most expulsions in the history of the league.

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Elías Figueroa (Chile).

Elías Figueroa (Chile).
Elías Ricardo Figueroa Brander (b. October 25, 1946, Valparaíso, Chile), is a former Chilean footballer. Recognized as the best Chilean footballer of all time, in his central defense position he has been considered one of the greatest in history, along with the German Franz Beckenbauer. Even Pelé, Cesar Luís Menotti, Daniel Passarella and Franz Beckenbauer himself have considered Don Elías the best in his position. The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) recognizes him as the 8th Best South American player of the 20th century (along with Arsenio Erico). The statistical data of the Brazilian Soccer Championship, stand out as the Best Foreign Player who has played in the league of that country in the twentieth century. In addition, among other awards, he was elected three times Best Player of America in (1974, 1975 and 1976), although he played in defense what has been something unprecedented even in Europe. This achievement was achieved by competing against other great world soccer players such as Falcao, his teammate, Rivelino, Tostão, Jairzinho, Gérson, Carlos Alberto, Zico, Teófilo Cubillas, Héctor Chumpitaz, Mario Kempes, Roberto Perfumo, Daniel Passarella and finished with the kingdom of Pelé who had won that prize the year before Figueroa in 1973. Another important recognition was to have been recognized as the best defender of the 1974 World Cup, forming the central team of the ideal team with Franz Beckenbauer. Elías was a historic player of the Santiago Wanderers clubs in Valparaíso (his hometown), Peñarol of Uruguay, International of Brazil and Club Deportivo Palestino de Chile. He has been one of the most important soccer players of the Chilean National Team, with whom he played three World Championships: England 66, Germany 74 and Spain 82 and a final of the 1979 Copa América. As a soccer player in his country he was considered the best Chilean player of all times, according to multiple surveys in Chile and the rest of South America - including the Chilean Football History and Statistics Institute.

TOP 4:

Franz Beckenbauer (Germany).

Franz Beckenbauer (Germany).
Franz Anton Beckenbauer (born in Munich, Germany on September 11, 1945) is a former German soccer player. Nicknamed The Kaiser, he is recognized as one of the best footballers of all time and the greatest in the history of his country. He was the captain of the German National Team that won the 1974 Soccer World Cup and the 1972 European Championship, as well as the coach of the same team that won the 1990 Italian World Cup. He also won three UEFA Champions League, an Intercontinental Cup, a Cup Win Europe, four Bundesliga and four German Cups with the Bayern Munich shirt. He has been awarded the Golden Ball of Europe in 1972 and 1976. He ranks 3rd in the ranking of the Best Footballer of the Century published by IFFHS in 2004. Beckenbauer was a versatile player. Although he stood out as a midfielder, he adapted to different positions on the playing field, creating the position of the libero.

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Paolo Maldini (Italy).

Paolo Maldini (Italy).
Paolo Cesare Maldini (* Milan, Province of Milan, Italy, June 26, 1968 -) is a former Italian footballer who played as a left back, and sometimes a central defender, for AC Milan of Serie A of Italy. Son of former Italian player and coach Cesare Maldini, he spent his entire career with AC Milan, becoming the player who most dressed the rossonera shirt and the one who played the most matches in the Italian Serie A. In his long career Maldini has an extensive record, he won with Milan seven Scudettos, an Italian Cup and five Italian Super Cups at the local level and five European Cups, five European Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and a Club World Cup. international level. With his national team he played a total of 126 games - in 74 of them he came out with the captain's tape - and was part of the teams that played in the World Cups of Italy 1990 - third -, United States 1994 - subchampion -, France 1998 - eliminated in the quarterfinals - and Korea - Japan 2002 - eighth finals -; In addition to playing several times the European Championship with the Italian squad. The defense of the Milanese team said goodbye to San Siro at the age of 40 at the end of the 08/09 season, exactly in the match against AC Milan against Rome on May 24, 2009, bitter defeat at the farewell of 2 -3 in favor of Rome. The last game of his career was on May 31 in Florence.


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Roberto Carlos (Brazil).

Roberto Carlos (Brazil).
Roberto Carlos da Silva, known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian soccer player and coach (He also has Spanish nationality). He was born in the municipality of Garça, São Paulo, on April 10, 1973. His father named him in honor of the popular Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos Braga. He plays left back and currently plays for FC Anzhi Majachkalá of Russia. Since September 2011, he has been the player and coach of his team. With the Brazilian National Team he won the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup and the 1997 and 1999 Copa América. He stood out notably in Real Madrid of Spain, winning 3 times the UEFA Champions League (1998, 2000, 2002) and 2 times the Intercontinental Cup (1998, 2002). Renowned for his great technique, speed and strong shot, as well as his powerful free throws, Roberto Carlos is considered one of the great laterals in the history of football, as well as one of the most scoring defenses of all time to occupy the No. 27 position in the historical ranking of the IFFHS.

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Carles Puyol (Spain).

Carles Puyol (Spain).
Carles Puyol i Saforcada (Puebla de Segur, Lleida, Spain, April 13, 1978), known footballily as Puyol, is a Spanish footballer. He plays in the defense position (center, right and left) and his current team is FC Barcelona, of the First Division of Spain, club of which he is currently the captain. Puyol began his professional career by integrating the ranks of FC Barcelona B where he managed to play more than 80 games. In the 1999-00 season he made his official debut in the first team, by the hand of then Dutch coach Louis van Gaal. In that same season he managed to play 37 games and the following year he received the Don Balloon Award for the best revelation player. He got his first official title in the 2004-05 season, when he won the La Liga champion and in 2006 he won his first club title internationally, by winning the UEFA Champions League. As an international, he made his official debut with the Spanish national football team in 2000, a match he played against the Netherlands national soccer team. He is the second player in the history of FC Barcelona with the most games played in all competitions, with more than 550 official matches and the fifth player in the history of the Spanish team with the most games played, with a total of 99. He has also participated in three World Cups (Korea and Japan 2002, Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010), a FIFA Confederations Cup (South Africa 2009), two Euro Cups (Portugal 2004 and Austria and Switzerland 2008) and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Among his most recognized distinctions, he has been chosen as the best defender of the UEFA Champions League in 2006 and holds the record together with Cristiano Ronaldo of having been selected on 6 occasions to the UEFA team of the year in 2002, 2005 , 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010. On January 18, 2012 the UEFA editors decided to make their own ideal eleven called "The Team of the Teams of the Year" and Puyol was one of the eleven integ rantes, a distinction that recognizes him as one of the best European footballers of recent years. He has also been included in the FIFA / FIFPro World XI Team of the Year on three occasions: 2007, 2008 and 2010. He was selected by the newspapers The Sun (United Kingdom) and Don Balloon (Spain) as one of the four best defenses of the decade in 2009 and 2010 respectively. FIFA has selected him 3 times to be part of his ideal team after the 2008 Euro Cup, the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In 2009, Puyol became the first captain in the history of Soccer Club Barcelona in raising six cups in the same year (Spanish League, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Champions League, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup). Currently, Puyol has won 18 titles with his club and 2 international titles with the Spanish Soccer Team: the Euro Cup in 2008 and the 2010 Soccer World Cup. For all these achievements with his club, with the Spanish National Team and for his Distinctions achieved Puyol is considered by the press and by various sports entities as one of the best central defenses of the continent and the world. Likewise, FIFA considers it one of the best defenses in the world.