If it's true that defense wins championships, these 50 players are certainly the most important players in the world right now.
Defenders are often overlooked from the spotlight because they usually don't score goals, and they are the bad guys in soccer because they're all there to prevent anybody from actually scoring.
This list does have a few scorers amongst it, but if it were for most, they'd prefer a nil nil match to a high scoring festival any day.
Who are the top 50 defenders in the world right now? We'll start by simply listing No. 50 through No. 11 before going into more detail for each player in the top 10.