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Top Five Best Defenders To Look Out For In The World Cup 2018

Sports by Published on Updated on 08 May, 2018

From speedy fullbacks to stalwart center-backs, here’s list of top 5 most feared defenders in FIFA 18.

3. Thiago Emiliano da Silva

Brazilian professional, Thiago Silva established himself as one of the highest rated defenders in the world after joining Milan in 2009. He became the second-most expensive defender in the history behind Rio Ferdinand after he signed a reported fee of €42 million with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2012.

Silva captains and plays as a central defender for both PSG club and Brazilian national team. He has won four consecutive Ligue 1 championships, five consecutive Coupes de la Ligue and three consecutive Coupe de France with PSG.

Honors

Club

Fluminense

  • Copa do Brasil:2007

Milan

  • Serie A: 2010–11
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2011

Paris Saint-Germain

  • Ligue 1 (5): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18
  • Coupe de France (3): 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Coupe de la Ligue (5): 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
  • Trophée des Champions (3): 2013, 2015, 2017

International

Brazil

  • Olympics Bronze Medal: 2008
  • Olympics Silver Medal: 2012
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 2013

Individual

  • Bola de Prata: 2007
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Best Fan's Player: 2008
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2008
  • South American Team of the Year: 2008
  • Samba d'Or: 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Serie A Team of the Year: 2010–11, 2011–12
  • Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Ligue 1 Player of the Month: March 2013
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2011, 2012, 2013
  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage: 2015
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2013, 2014, 2015
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2016, 2017
  • FIFA Confederations Cup All-Star Team: 2013
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Castrol Index Top XI: 2013
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2014
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2015–16

2. Mats Hummels

Professional central defender, Mats Hummels plays for Bayern Munich and the German national team. He has represented Germany at UEFA Euro 2012, 2014 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2016.

Honors

Club

Borussia Dortmund

  • Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2011–12
  • DFB-Pokal: 2011–12
  • DFL-Supercup: 2013, 2014
  • UEFA Champions League: Runners-up: 2012–13

Bayern Munich

  • Bundesliga: 2016–17, 2017–18
  • DFL-Supercup: 2016, 2017

International

Germany

  • FIFA World Cup: 2014
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2009

Individual

ESM Team of the Year: 2010–11, 2011–12

FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2014

FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2013, 2017

FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2015, 2016

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2014

FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014

Castrol Performance Index: 2014 FIFA World Cup (Top 11)

UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2015–16

Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2015–16, 2016–17

1. Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos, a Spanish professional, captains, and plays as a central defender and right back for Real Madrid and Spain national team.

Ramos won the 2010 World Cup with Spanish squad and has represented Spain in two other World Cups. He is regarded as the best defender in the world by many.

Honors

Club

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2016–17
  • Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14
  • Supercopa de España: 2008, 2012, 2017
  • UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017

International

Spain

  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2008, 2012
  • Spain U–19
  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2004

Individual

  • La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2005
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2010
  • La Liga Best Defender: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2012
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Dream Team: 2013
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2014
  • FIFA Club World Cup top scorer: 2014
  • UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year: 2015
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2015–16
  • UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2016–17
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2007–08, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2016–17
  • UEFA Champions League Awards Best Defender: 2017
  • IFFHS Men's World Team: 2017
  • Castrol Performance Index: 2010 FIFA World Cup Castrol Index Winner
  • Castrol Performance Index: UEFA Euro 2012 Castrol EDGE Index Winner
  • EA Sports FIFA Team of the Year: 2016, 2017