2018-19 best centre-backs
Being a centre-back is one of the most underrated positions in football. While it doesn’t get much attention like a forward/striker, the centre-back is a very significant position especially since teams are looking to become more and more efficient in their attacks, leaving them in need of players who they can rely on defending at the back.
Being a centre-back is not an easy task. They should have recovery speed to make efficient tackles and a strong physical stature that will intimidate and contain opposing attackers. With this, here’s a roundup of the top 6 centre-backs in the world of football this season.
Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
One of the most fearsome defenders in European football, Diego Godin boasts an impressive defensive record for Atletico and the Uruguay national team. He is terrific at getting ahead of his opponent’s moves and is always present in the right place at the right time. With his physique, Godin has the ability to comfortably match up with almost any opposing striker. He has been one of the key players for Atletico Madrid for 9 seasons now and has been remarkable for his country as well.
Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
With his commanding stature, Kalidou Koulibaly is rarely outmanoeuvred by opposing forwards. Apart from this, he is a great passer who always manages to keep the ball in his possession. Even though Senegal didn’t perform well in the 2018 World Cup, this centre-back didn’t fail to amaze the audience in Russia. He continued his stellar form this season, boasting an extraordinary skill set that helped Napoli secure victories.
Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)
A refined yet underrated player in the Premier League’s best team, Aymeric Laporte is the usual centre-back—poised and has the ability to keep the ball in his possession comfortably. In addition to his ball-handling skills, he has a great physical frame that is able to stand up to almost all opposing strikers. He has been absolutely impressive with Manchester City, helping the team secure victories and claim the Premier League title last season.
Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
With his ability to read the game expertly, speed, versatility, and tall, strong frame, Raphael Varane is the complete package for a central defender. In addition to these, he is also a very proficient passer. Varane wowed the audience at the 2018 World Cup. Apart from this, he was one of the key players for Real Madrid who helped secure the Champions League title last season.
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
With his remarkable list of achievements in the 14 years he’s been playing, he has been the key player at the back for both Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He is regarded as one of the best in his position and has every skill a centre-back needs. In addition to his athleticism, he has phenomenal aerial skills and other skills that prove to be a threat to their opponents.
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Despite encountering a ton of injuries at the back this season, Virgil van Dijk has helped Liverpool secure victories and remain in the race for the Premier League title. Like the others on this list, he has the strength required for a centre-back. In addition, he also possesses recovery speed that ensures quality blocks. He has been the main man for the Reds’ line of defence and has turned the unit into one of the best defences in European football.
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