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Germany Defender Mats Hummels
The obvious other choice for best central defender is Portugal's Pepe. His Castrol ranking not only places him as technically the best defender in the tournament, but as the second best player overall behind his captain Cristiano Ronaldo.
Even more impressive, the usually hot-headed Real Madrid man has so far played with a remarkable calm. Though, that is virtually guaranteed to change when he faces his hated rivals from Barcelona in the Portugal vs. Spain semifinal.
With that in mind, and to acknowledge that a player's influence cannot always be measured in stats, we're picking Germany's Mats Hummels as the second stand-out central defender at Euro 2012.
The 23-year-old from Borussia Dortmund has played an unexpectedly instrumental role in Germany's back line, and made some crucial interventions to spare German blushes in their less than convincing group stage performances.