FC Barcelona: 10 Reasons Why Carles Puyol Is the Best Defender in the World

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FC Barcelona: 10 Reasons Why Carles Puyol Is the Best Defender in the World
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The Captain, The Legend, The Heart & Soul of FC Barcelona

No, you are not hallucinating. I am championing Carles Puyol as the best defender in the world. Once again I urge you to read what I have written before questioning my assessment. I’ve said “Carles Puyol is the best DEFENDER, not center back nor full back but DEFENDER, in the world. There are a host of quality defenders in world football but not one comes close to Carles Puyol in terms of versatility.

I am a Culé, an ardent supporter of FC Barcelona, and yes, I am a Featured Columnist for FC Barcelona. Therefore, please spare me the accusations of bias or favoritism. I assume one would rather accept if this article was written by a Martian rather than yours truly. But guess what? I wrote this incredible glorification of King Carles Puyol. Get over it.

To be frank, if this article was about the best center back in the world I don’t think Carles Puyol would be the main contender. Top five, perhaps, but I believe Gerard Pique eclipsed him a while ago. Not to mention, there are a few illustrious names that have a legitimate claim on being the world’s finest center back, Thiago Silva or Nemanja Vidic.

Nevertheless, Carles Puyol is in a class all by himself. He’s arguably the most complete defender (DEFENDER, for those of you who still read center back) of his generation. Though he started out as a right back, he made a name for himself as world-class center back. In any case, Carles Puyol is more than capable to play any position in defense, hence my argument that Captain Catalunya is the best defender in the world.

Let’s break down why Carles Puyol is the best defender in the world

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