50 Greatest Defenders in World Football History

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50 Greatest Defenders in World Football History
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Welcome to Bleacher Report's official list of the world's greatest defenders in the history of football.

You will find the much-revered, the slightly unsung and the possibly unheard of in this list, but we assure you each and every entry has been worth their weight in gold to their respective teams and nations over the years.

From Helenio Herrera's catenaccio to Vanderlei Luxembourgo's magical quadrilateral, defending has changed significantly over the last century.

We've extracted the best from each era for you to enjoy.

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