01. Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
One of the mainstays of the Germany team for several years, Lahm’s marauding runs from full-back were a good avenue of attack for Germany before his international retirement in 2014. The versatile Lahm is capable of shooting and passing with either foot, and enjoyed excellent 2010 and 2014 World Cups. At club level he has won almost everything there is to win, including the 2013 Champions League.
02. Diego Godin (Uruguay & Atletico Madrid)
The Uruguayan is an inspiration for Atletico and one of Diego Simone’s trusted lieutenants. Strong in the tackle and excellent in the air, Godin is a rugged defender who will keep things together under even the most intense pressure. Superb alongside Miranda in Atletico’s sensational 2013/14 title winning season, Godin also weighs in with his fair share of goals.
03 Thiago Silva (Brazil & Paris Saint-Germain)
The Brazilian has almost everything. Strong in the tackle and commanding in the air, the former AC Milan center back was outstanding in the 2010-11 season as the Rossoneri won their first Italian title since 2004. Silva is so comfortable on the ball, that he was even deployed in midfield by coach Massimiliano Allegri when injuries hit the squad. His performances prompted PSG to pay 46 million euros for the player in July 2012 and he quickly helped the club to their first Ligue 1 title since 1994.
04 Vincent Kompany (Belgium & Manchester City)
The Belgium defender was heralded as one of the most exciting defensive prospects in the game in his early years at Anderlecht. He has duly delivered on that promise, and is now regarded as one of the best in the world. The unflappable Manchester City defender is quick, strong and dominant in the air. He has helped City to two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup.
05 Sergio Ramos (Spain & Real Madrid)
The uncompromising Ramos has been a mainstay in the Real Madrid defense since his move from Sevilla in 2005 for 27 million euros – a record fee for a Spanish teenager. Ramos has excellent pace and is reliable in the tackle. His commitment often sees him getting in trouble with referees, and it is rare that he completes a season without getting at least one red card. A pillar of strength for club and country.
P.S: You can add more to the list. *winks*