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Top 15 Center Backs in World Football
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Although aging and losing pace, Nesta's technique is still flawless

The two center backs of any team (assuming a flat back 4) is the foundation of defense. Not only do the best center backs in world football show ferocious and strong defending, but also a good touch and technique going forward. The best center backs are called upon to build play from the back and thus become arguably the most important position on the pitch. I have rated the players based on current for. The 2010/2011 season until now, is the time frame, enjoy.

Nesta represents the gold standard of the 2000's first decade. Here are the current top 15.

Notable mentions: Nesta, Samuel, Chiellini, Ferdinand, Carragher, Lucio, Gallas, Mertesacker, Friedrich

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