- Antonio Valencia (Manchester United):
The Ecuadorian started as a winger but has revamped himself as a right back especially under Jose Mourinho. His defensive side was always strong but this season we have seen him get way more effective in the attack. The Manchester United captain surely is one of the best right backs in the Premier League and deserves to be in his list.
- Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich):
The German is not much in the news now as he used to be when he played for Dortmund. That being said, he still as much effective with his strength and reading of the game with the German giants. He has been aerially strong and remains a very important player for the Bavarian club for the coming years.
- Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus):
The Italian defender has been a strong pillar for years for the Old Lady and also the Italian national team. He is 33 year old yet his performances have been as consistently brilliant as ever. His sturdy defending and consistency makes him one of the best centre backs in the world.
- Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid):
The Uruguayan has been one of the unsung heroes of Atletico Madrid’s success over the past few years. His defensive abilities have proven of huge help to Deigo Simeone and although with his ageing factor being a concern, Godin continues to offer rock solidity at the back and rightly deserves a place in this list.
- Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich):
Kimmich is an unexpected addition to this list but he has earned his place. Ever since Lahm has retired, Bayern have looked up to Kimmich to replace the great German. Kimmich can play in different positions and he has been pretty impressive on the right for Bayern this season, becoming a player to watch for the future.
- Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea):
The Spaniard has been quite phenomenal for the Blues from the past few seasons. Originally a right back, Cesar has solid at the back, leading the backline for Antonio Conte. His crosses have been very crucial, especially to Morata’s goals this season. His consistency at the back has been eye catching as his efforts have been paying off well.
- Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan):
The Slovakian has been recently signed by Inter from Sampdoria and it is safe to say that Skriniar has had an instant impact. His composure and confidence at the back has been the backbone for Inter conceding just 15 this season, joint best with Juventus. He’s young and has a bright future ahead of himself and can do wonders for the Italian club.
- Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli):
Koulibaly has been strongly linked with a move away from the Italian club with some fabulous performances at the back. His defensive game has been too good but his goal scoring attributes have been no less impressive. It will come as no surprise if the Senegalese is seen playing with one of the top clubs come summer.
- Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona):
The Frenchman is back from injury and it is safe to say that Barcelona have missed his presence at the back. Umtiti has been quite active and reliable at the back with the former Lyon defender being only just 24 year old. He’s quick, sharp and reads the game quite well and with the right development at Barcleona, he will surely be able to become one of the best in the world.
- Gerard Pique (Barcelona):
The former Manchester United defender has had his ups and downs with the Catalans but there’s no denying that he’s a fantastic defender. With his strength and aerial abilities, it is difficult to surpass the Spaniard. He has been the goals too and his consistency is probably brings him to the top of the list.