Ranking the 20 Best Central Defenders in World Football

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Ranking the 20 Best Central Defenders in World Football
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Most of Europe's top clubs are in need of investment in the defensive area. There is a real shortage of genuinely world-class central defenders in world football at present and with the World Cup highlighting a number of those talents, they are a sought-after breed.

Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United—to name but a few—are in the market.

So who are the best central defenders in world football currently?

Here we analyse the 20 strongest defensive anchors in the game, based on a criteria of current form and potential ability. There will also be reference to their availability and which clubs are looking at them in the transfer window.

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