Europe has some top quality defenders playing in its leagues, in fact arguably the best in the world. While it's always been difficult to try to rank the top defenders (or any players) in the world, here is one version of the top 25 defenders currently plying their trade in Europe.
Apart from the South American leagues, the majority of other continents struggle to attract stars to the standard that many of the European leagues can.
While a number of other leagues are growing quickly, it could safely be argued that these top 25 defenders are not only the best in Europe but also, in the world.
Finally, it should be made clear that these rankings are always a matter of opinion. In this case, half of the list was put together by polling a significant number of football fans.