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Top 30 Center Backs In Soccer Today

Darren - September 7, 2019
Lists

Top 30 Center Backs In Soccer Today

Darren - September 7, 2019
Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

1. Virgil Van Dijk

Could anybody else be on top of this list? Virgil Van Dijk is without a shadow of a doubt the best central defender on the planet right now. Blessed with supreme physical gifts, the Dutchman is a commanding and charismatic presence at the heart of Liverpool’s defence. He leads from the back, getting his head to every ball and rarely letting anybody past him.

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In 2019, Van Dijk won UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award, after an extraordinary season with the Reds saw them win the Champion’s League. The signing of Van Dijk in January 2018 coincided with an extraordinary upturn in results. Liverpool’s previously shambolic defence was the best in Europe last term, thanks to the former Southampton and Celtic man. According to Troy Deeney he even smells good.

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