European Football Awards: Picking the Top 20 Defenders from 2010-11 Season

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European Football Awards: Picking the Top 20 Defenders from 2010-11 Season
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With the European season finished, people will recall how Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scored 53 goals for the season, but what about the defenders? 

Will Tidey has asked me to pick the top 20 defenders this season, and whilst it's subjective, I've decided to use three simple guidelines. 

1) I've only picked defenders from the English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A. Why? I've watched the large majority all four aforementioned leagues, so I can make a balanced judgement on a defenders' competency. 

2) To ensure fairness and balance amongst the four leagues, I've included a quota of five players per league.  

3) I've decided not to include players who spent the majority of the season injured. 

Without further ado, here is my list of the top 20 defenders in Europe this season.  

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