FourFourTwo magazine has updated its list of the top 10 best center-backs in world football at present, including several notable names.
10. Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur). “Disciplined. Intelligent. Determined.” These are the phrases used by FourFourTwo to praise Romero. In an inconsistent season for Tottenham, the Argentine center-back was a rare bright spot for the North London club.
9. Eder Militao (Real Madrid). Militao played a key role in Real Madrid’s La Liga and Champions League double last season. The Brazilian star is a powerful center-back with good speed and impressive reading of the game.
8. Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich). Upamecano has gradually become the leader of Bayern Munich’s defense. The French center-back has improved his ability to read the game and make decisions. At the age of 23, Upamecano promises a bright future.
7. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool). Van Dijk is no longer at the peak of his form, but the Dutch star still appears in FourFourTwo’s top 10 list of the best center-backs in the world.
6. William Saliba (Arsenal). The French center-back quickly established himself as a solid member of Arsenal’s defense. Saliba played a key role under Mikel Arteta’s reign. His strengths include reading the game, good ball control, and excellent dribbling ability at the age of 22.
5. Kim Min-Jae (Napoli). Min-Jae played a crucial role in Napoli’s journey to the top of the Serie A standings this season. He is dubbed by many experts as the Asian version of Van Dijk. The 25-year-old center-back has excellent abilities to read the game and intercept passes. Min-Jae makes fans forget the image of Kalidou Koulibaly.
4. Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid). FourFourTwo ranks Rudiger in fourth place on the list of the top 10 best center-backs in the world at present. The German center-back competes for a starting spot with Eder Militao in Real Madrid’s defense.
2. Marquinhos (PSG). FourFourTwo ranks Marquinhos in second place on the list of the top 10 outstanding center-backs in the world at present.
1. David Alaba (Real Madrid). The former Bayern Munich player is strong in ball control and launching attacks from home. In his prime physical condition, Alaba regularly holds a starting spot in Real Madrid’s defense.