World Football: Ranking the Top 10 Young Defenders in the World

Maxx GCorrespondent IIJanuary 14, 2011

World Football: Ranking the Top 10 Young Defenders in the World

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    When it comes to ranking players in the world football ground, it is really difficult to enter the choices, as they are never exhaustive.

    Football is not short of talents, and the bubbles are growing fast and faster.

    But we still have the best of all.

    Presenting to you the top 10 young football talents in the defense of modern football, who possess the ability to become legends of the new day.

    Feel free to comment as per your opinions and take a ride through the show of the stunning and most exciting footballing prospects of the world.

Mats Hummels: Bundesliga Rising

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    Mats Julian Hummels is a German central defender of 22 years of age.

    Hummels currently plays for Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga and is surely one of the hottest prospects in the coming ages of soccer.

    He is a gem, as per the Dortmund fans, and is surely one of the reasons why Dortmund is sitting tight in the No. 1 spot in Bundesliga.

    A product of FC Bayern Munich's youth ranks, Hummels has been an interesting matter for many big clubs, including his former club, Bayern Munich.

Aly Cissokho: French Roadblock

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    Aly Cissokho is a French defender who currently plays for Lyon in Ligue 1. He generally  plays as a left back and has been described as a "sprightly left back with good speed and stamina."

    At age 23, he is one of the hottest defensive prospects in Europe, though Lyon is not thinking of putting him on the transfer market.

    In the past, Cissokho had a transfer saga with joining and not joining over to Milan. Due to a failure in medical tests and subsequent negotiations, the deal of Cissokho to Milan from Porto was cancelled, while afterwards Cissokho moved to Lyon. 

    Does Milan cry now for not signing the man? Surely Cissokho is a tough man along the left flank and also can run fast along flanks to provide adequate dimension to the game.

Davide Santon: Young and Vibrant

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    The 20-year-old Inter Milan full back started his youth career in 1999 playing for Ravenna.

    Santon can play as a full back on both sides and is an asset to the national side of Italy as well as his club.

    He offers volumes of versatility, as he is strong with either foot and can play on both the right and left in defence and midfield equally well, although he is often preferred as a right back.

    A towering presence at nearly 6'2", Santon is as pacy and powerful as he is skillful.

    A move to Liverpool was in the cards, though the change in manager for the Reds may now have stalled the move for the moment.

Rafael Da Silva: Red Devil No.21

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    Rafael Pereira da Silva , commonly known as Rafael or Rafael da Silva, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Manchester United.

    He usually plays as a defender in a right back position but can also play on the right side of the midfield. He is the twin brother of Fabio, who also plays for United on the left side.

    Rafael is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects of modern-day football who has the ability to chase players and also bomb along the right flank with good crosses supported by speedy moves.

    At 19, he is regarded as one of the greatest discoveries of Sir Alex and is thought to be the one of the future legends for the club.

Simon Kjaer: Wall-O-Wolfburg

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    Simon Kjaer, 21 years old, is a Danish footballer who attracted interest from many clubs when he was on a transfer list of his former club Palermo.

    However, German side Wolfsburg signed him finally, and from then in his short tenure, Kjaer has put his impression on every game.

    In 2007 he was named the Danish Under 19 Talent of the Year as his remarkably quick rise to the top continued. 

    Kjaer is tall and strong, and he is a type of defender who can sit tight and guard the fort. With more time, Kjaer will be surely one of the best defenders of the world ever.

Neven Subotic: Borussia Dortmund Strikes Again

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    Another player of the Borussia Dortmund team of Bundesliga, Neven Subotic is a highly rated young centre back aged at 22 years.

    A perfect back with 6'4" height and good vision, Subotic is again one of the prime reasons for success of Dortmund this year in Bundesliga, and this is the reason why his club has refused to hear any transfer requests from the big clubs of Europe.

    Subotic is also a scorer of the game who often moves up to strike.

Mamadou Sakho: The French Bull

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    Mamadou Sakho is a French football player who currently plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.

    He plays as both a centre back and a left back for his club.

    Sakho is known for his leadership abilities, his tireless runs and energy, his hard-working attitude and his tackling ability. He has also been praised for his vision and tactical qualities. Extremely physical at a height of 6'2", he is like a nightmare for the forwards.

    The 20-year-old veteran central defender is a target for many big clubs of Europe and is a big thing to watch in the next generation of superstars.

David Luiz: The Brazil-Benfica Connection

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    Does the super talented Brazilian and Benfica star need an introduction?

    Luiz has been at the top of all transfer news in recent times, and he has proved his worth and value in his string of brilliant performances for Benfica.

    At age 23, mainly playing as a central defender, Luiz possesses super technical skills with utmost ball control. He is a perfect ball snatcher and can also provide cover at left back.

    Recent news say that Chelsea has revived the bid for David Luiz to come back again in the EPL race this time.

    The 6'2" defender with his bushy hair is surely a treat to watch in the game.

Gerard Pique: Bombastic from Barcelona

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    A wall of the Catalan giants Barcelona, Gerard Pique is one of the strongest and most dominant defenders on the field.

    Initially, apart from Manchester United in his young years, Pique made his mark on the game after he rejoined the Barcelona club.

    Pique is one of four players to have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams, the others being Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa and Samuel Eto'o.

    Pique is strong aerially with a height of 6'4" and is a threat in dead ball situations and corners also.

    Pique is a name that will be written in football legends in future. At 23, he is just a mind-blowing asset to the game, and there are still years to go.

Sergio Ramos: The Best One?

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    Sergio Ramos is no new name in the game of soccer.

    He is the instrumental right back who is handsome in his looks and bullish on the game.

    Ramos currently plays for Real Madrid as a right back and is an integral part of the national squad of Spain.

    At 24, he is at the top of this list undoubtedly with plenty of honors and praises he has received from pundits all over the world.

    And yes, we can say...he is "Awesome."


    So what do you think of the choices? Please feel free to give your opinion.