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Best football defenders in 2021

Sun 02 January 2022 | 20:29

With the beginning of 2022, now we wan to go over the best defenders in the world in 2021. Do you want to know about their stats and football career? then join us in the following article.

As you already know, the defenders play in the back of the pitch and their mission is to break the opponent’s attack and stop the forwards from scoring. Protecting the goal along with the goalkeeper, they have an enormous effect on the victory of their team.

Depending on the system that the coach picks up, a team can play with 3, 4, or 5 defenders. It is obvious that the one who plays on the right is called right-back, the one on the left is left-back and those who defend in the middle are center-backs.

Here we want to know about the

best defenders in the world in 2021

by having a look at their careers and stats. If you are interested, then join us in the following article.

Greatest defenders in the world in 2021

Now it is time to go over the best football defenders in 2021. Stay with us.

Mats Hummels

The first name on our list for the best football defenders in 2021 is Dortmund’s player,

Mats Hummels

. This outstanding footballer played in 33 Bundesliga games, 9 Champions League, 5 DFB Pokal, and 1 DFL Super Cup match in the 2020/21 season, scoring 6 goals.

Hummels has also kicked the ball in 14 league games, 5 UCL, and 1 Pokal match with 1 goal in the 2021/22 season. He has also won 53 aerial duels and has had 133 successful tackles in the current season of the Bundesliga up to now.

This brilliant center-back started playing football at

Bayern Munich

in 1995 at the age of 7. In 2006, his senior career started and he played for the Bavarians until 2008. Hummels was then loaned to

Dortmund

for the 2008/09 season and the next year, he signed a deal with the Blackyellows. After 7, this German footballer moved back to Bayern Munich. He kicked the ball for the Bavarians until 2019 and since then, he has been playing for Dortmund.

Mats Hummels, who is one of the

top defenders in 2021

, has won 3 Bundesliga titles, 1 DFB Pokal, and 3 DFL Super Cup titles with Bayern Munich, and 2 Bundesliga, 2 Pokal, and 3 DFL Super Cup titles with Borussia Dortmund.

Cesar Azpilicueta

The next footballer among the best football defenders in 2021 is the Spanish player, Cesar Azpilicueta. This brilliant footballer played in 26 Premier League matches, 11 UCL, 4 FA Cup, and 2 EFL Cup games in the previous season. He had 28 interceptions, 128 successful duels, and won 55 aerial battles in the league matches.

Azpilicueta has also kicked the ball in 12 league matches, 6 Champions League, and 1 UEFA Super Cup game in the current season. He has had 8 Interceptions, 59 successful duels, and has won 26 aerial battles in the league games.

This Spanish player started playing football at

Osasuna

in 2001. In 2006, his senior career started and he kicked the ball for Osasuna until 2010. Azpilicueta then joined Marseille, where he played for 2 seasons. Since 2012, this brilliant defender has been playing for the Blues of London.

Cesar Azpilicueta, who is among the best defenders in the world in 2021, has won 1 Coupe de la Ligue and 1 Trophee des Champions with

Marseille

and 2 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 1 EFL Cup, 1 UCL, 2 Europa League, and 1 UEFA Super Cup title with

Chelsea

.

Leonardo Bonucci

The next name among the best football defenders in 2021 is

Bonucci

, who currently plays for Juventus. This outstanding footballer kicked the ball in 26 Serie A games, 2 Coppa Italia, 6 Champions League, and 1 Supercoppa Italia match in the 2020/21 season. He has also played in 14 Serie A matches and 6 Champions League games since the start of the current season.

Bonucci started playing football at Viterbese in 2004. His senior career started in 2005 and he was loaned to

Inter Milan

for the 2005/06 season. This brilliant center-back then signed with the Black and Blues and played there until 2007. After that, he was loaned to Treviso from 2007 until 2009 and to Pisa in 2009 for a short time.

In 2009, Bonucci joined

Genoa

and then Bari. A year later, he moved to

Juventus

, where he kicked the ball until 2017. After spending the 2017/18 season at

AC Milan

, this outstanding footballer moved back to Juventus and since then, he has been playing for the Old Lady.

Leonardo Bonucci, who is considered one of the

best football defenders at 2021

, has won 1 Serie A with Inter Milan, and 4 Coppa Italia titles, 5 Supercoppa Italiana, and 8 Serie A titles with Juventus.

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk

is also one of the best football defenders in 2021. Playing for

Liverpool

, this Dutch footballer kicked the ball in 5 league matches, 2 EFL Cup, and 1 Community Shield game, with 5 interceptions, 17 duels won, and 12 aerial battles won in the league games in the 2020/21 season.

This outstanding center-back has played in 16 Premier League games and 3 UCL matches, having 13 interceptions, 68 successful duels, and winning 55 aerial battles. Van Dijk began playing football at Willem II in 2009. The next year, he joined Groningen and in 2011, his senior career began.

After playing for Groningen until 2013, van Dijk moved to

Celtic

, where he kicked the ball for 2 years. In 2015, this outstanding footballer joined Southampton and played for them for 3 seasons. Since 2018, this Dutch footballer has been playing for the Reds.

Virgil van Dijk, who is one of the best football defenders at 2021, has won 2 Scottish Premiership and 1 Scottish League Cup with Celtic, and 1 Premier League title, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 Club World Cup with Liverpool.

Alphonso Davies    

The next footballer among the best football defenders in 2021 is the Road Runner,

Alphonso Davies

. This Canadian left-back played in 23 Bundesliga matches, 6 Champions League, 2 DFB Pokal, 2 Club World Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 DFL Super Cup game in the previous season.

This brilliant footballer has also kicked the ball in 16 league games, 5 UCL, 1 DFB Pokal, and 1 DFL Super Cup match, having provided 3 assists, 176 tackles won, and 15 aerial duels won in the Bundesliga matches. Davies took his first steps in the world of football at Edmonton Internationals. He also kicked the ball at Edmonton Strikers and Whitecaps FC Residency during his junior career.

The senior career of this outstanding left-back started in 2016 at Whitecaps FC 2, which is a reserve team for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, where he joined later in 2016 and played until 2018. After that, Davies moved to Bayern Munich and since then, he has been playing for the Bavarians.

The Road Runner, who is surely one of the top defenders in 2021, has won 3 Bundesliga titles, 2 DFB Pokal, 2 DFL Super Cup, 1 Champions League, 1 Super Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup title, all of them with the Bavarians.

Marquinhos 

The next name among the

best football defenders in 2021

is

Marquinhos

, who currently plays for PSG. This brilliant footballer kicked the ball in 25 Ligue 1 matches, 10 Champions League, 4 Coupe de France, and 1 Trophee des Champions game with scoring 6 goals in the 2020/21 season. In the current season, he has played in 13 Ligue 1 games and 6 UCL matches with 3 goals.

Marquinhos started playing football at Corinthians in 2002. 9 years later, his senior career started and he played for this club until 2012. This outstanding Center-back spent the 2012/13 season at

Roma

on loan and then signed a deal with them. However, after a short time, he moved to

Paris Saint-Germain

in 2013 and he has been playing for this club ever since.

Marquinhos, who could be considered one of the best football defenders at 2021, has won 1 Copa Libertadores with Corinthians, and 6 Ligue 1 titles, 6 Coupe des France, 6 Coupe de la Ligue, 6 Trophee des Champions titles.

Jules Kounde  

The next footballer on our list for the best football defenders in 2021 is

Sevilla

’s center-back, Jules Kounde. This French footballer played in 34 La Liga matches, 7 UCL, 7 Copa del Rey, and 1 UEFA Super Cup game in the previous season and in the current season, he has played in 15 La Liga games, 5 Champions League, and 1 Copa del Rey match since the start of the season.

Kounde took his first steps in football at Brotherhood of Landiras. This brilliant player also kicked the ball for Cerons, La Brede FC, and Bordeaux during his youth career. In 2016, his senior career began and he played for Bordeaux until 2019. This French defender then signed with Sevilla and has been playing for this club since then.

Jules Kounde, who is one of the best defenders in the world in 2021, has won 1 UEFA Europa League title with Sevilla.

Joao Cancelo

Joao Cancelo is also one of the

best football defenders in 2021

. This brilliant player played in 28 Premier League games, 9 Champions League, 3 FA Cup, and 3 EFL Cup matches in the 2020/21 season, scoring 3 goals. He had 41 interceptions, 163 winning duels, and 30 winning aerial battles in the league games.

This Portuguese footballer has kicked the ball in 17 league matches, 5 UCL, 1 Community Shield, and 1 EFL Cup game since the start of the 2021/22 season, scoring 3 goals. He has had 34 interceptions, 92 successful duels, and 29 winning aerial battles in the league games.

Cancelo started playing football at Barreirense in 2002 and after 5 years, he joined

Benfica

. In 2012, the senior career of this Portuguese defender started and he played for Benfica until 2014. After spending the 2014/15 season at

Valencia

under a loan, Cancelo signed a deal with this club and kicked the ball for them until 2017.

In 2018, this brilliant footballer was loaned to Inter Milan for 1 season. Then he moved to Juventus, where he played until 2019. After that, Cancelo signed with Manchester City and since then, he has been playing for the Citizens.

Joao Cancelo, who is one of the greatest defenders in the world in 2021, has won 1 Primeira Liga with Benfica, 1 Serie A, and 1 Supercoppa Italiana with the Old Lady, and 1 Premier League and 1 EFL Cup with the Citizens.

Milan Skriniar

The next name on our list is Inter Milan’s player, Milan Skriniar. This Slovak footballer appeared in 32 Serie A matches, 4 Coppa Italia, and 3 Champions League games in the previous season, scoring 3 goals. He has also kicked the ball in 16 Serie A games and 6 UCL matches since the start of the current season.

Milan Skriniar started playing football at Ziar nad Hronom in 2006 and in 2008, he moved to Zilina. In 2012, the senior career of this Slovak defender started and he played for Zilina until 2016, except playing for ViOn Zlate Moravce for a short time under a loan in 2013.

In 2016, Skriniar moved to Sampdoria, where he spent the 2016/17 season. After that, he joined Inter Milan, which is his current club.

 Milan Skriniar, who is one of the top defenders in 2021, has won 1 Slovak Super Liga and 1 Slovak Cup with Zilina, and 1 Serie A title with Inter Milan.

Ruben Dias 

The last name among the

best football defenders in 2021

is Ruben Dias, the footballer who currently plays for Man City. This Portuguese Center-back kicked the ball in 32 Premier League games, 11 Champions League matches, 4 FA Cup, and 3 EFL Cup matches in the 2020/21 season. He had 35 interceptions, 111 successful duels, and 62 winning aerial battles in the league games.

This brilliant footballer has played in 17 Premier League matches, 5 UCL, 1 FA Community Shield game in the 2021/22 season, having had 13 interceptions, 50 successful duels, 24 winning aerial battles in the league matches.

Dias took his first steps in football at Estrela da Amadora in 2006. 2 years later, this brilliant footballer joined Benfica. In 2015, his senior career started and he kicked the ball for Benfica until 2020. After that, this Portuguese defender joined Manchester City, which is his current club.

Ruben Dias, who is one of the

greatest defenders in the world in 2021

, has won 1 Primeira Liga and 1 Supertaca Candido de Oliveira title with Benfica, and 1 Premier League and 1 EFL Cup title with the Citizens.

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