- Feb 20, 2012
Who is the best defender in football history in your opinion? For me it's between Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini, hard to pick one but I'll go for Baresi, the master sweeper.
Roberto Carlos was an AWESOME free kick taker! Anyone remember this:I don't think I can pick one because their styles are so different but my Top 5:
He wouldnt be in my top 5 defenders but if I had to pick an all time XI I would likely have Carlos in the sideCarlos was a great attacker from deep. And could really whack a ball too. But he was a pretty ordinary defender, he relied on his pace to get him out of trouble. He would be nowhere near my top 5!
The Italians have produced so many legendary defenders, they are the masters of defending.I would say Fabio Cannavaro and Paolo Maldini
I consider them as the best in my opinion.
We all know they abilities of the Italian guys when it comes to defending their half.
I really can't wait for the Euros and I hope Italy are better now.
Carvalho, Vidic, Laursen, Puyol, Cafu, Nesta would all be in there.Carlos was great going forward, fast and exciting to watch but as a defender I wouldn't put him in the great category.
Who has been the best defender in the past 10 years? I think Carvalho is up there, a brilliant defender in his prime.
I agree with this. It would have been awesome having Roberto in your team as you were always going to be a threat from free kicks.Roberto Carlos was a great defender because he was the total package. This wasn't a poll about the best tackler or best at man marking. It was best defender; a guy that can play solid defense but move the ball up field and take those devastating free kicks is a great defender in my book.