Almost always overlooked when the big awards are given out, defenders are nevertheless just as crucial to a team as their colleagues further up the field.
In this list, emphasis is being placed on the "right now" as stipulated in the headline. While that will not take into account preseason form, it means that the likes of Nemanja Vidic are not included. The Manchester United captain is clearly one of the world's best center backs, but he has out of action since December.
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