Who is the best centre-back in the world?
Is he Italian? Spanish? Portuguese? Brazilian?
There is always great interest and discussion about declaring the top players at their position. Whether ranking goalkeepers or strikers, the world wants to know who is the best.
Although there are many lists ranking the top players, the criteria often changes and creates major controversy.
Reputation, past performance, injuries and current form have all been determining factors in player rankings.
This list is the third of an entire series. From goalkeepers to managers, it will rank the top 10 men at their positions.
Players will be ranked by their abilities and contributions on the pitch, not by their team's performance.
For example, Barcelona's Victor Valdés rarely lets in goals for the European and Spanish champions. Despite his impressive record, he finds himself behind Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina in Spain's pecking order. His individual abilities and displays do not warrant a top five spot on the goalkeeper list.
Players will not be judged by their special games or memorable moments, but by their consistent level of top form.
For example, Manchester United's Wayne Rooney will be ranked according to his form over the latter stages of 2011's campaign. He will not be judged by his terrible form post-injury, which carried into the beginning of this season.
Injuries will have no impact on the list.
For example, Arsenal's Robin van Persie will be ranked according to his performances for the Gunners this season. He has been plagued by injuries in recent years, but he will be judged by his level of play when fit.
*Note: Players who have just retired, such as Edwin Van der Sar and Paul Scholes, will not be included in this series.
This is the third installment of a series of football power rankings.
Here are the top 10 centre-backs in the world.
Rio Ferdinand—Manchester United
Neven Subotić—Borussia Dortmund
Mamadou Sakho—Paris Saint-Germain
Per Mertesacker—Werder Bremen
Kolo Touré—Manchester City
Bruno Alves—Zenit Saint Petersburg
Name: Mats Hummels
Club: Borussia Dortmund
International Caps: 7
Borussia Dortmund's defensive leader has emerged as the Bundesliga's best defender. Alongside Serbian international Neven Subotić, Hummels was instrumental to the club's title-winning season.
Although he does not get the media attention of some of the EPL and Serie A defenders, the German has solidified his place amongst the top central defenders in world football.
Hummels is a special talent at the centre-back position. With experience playing in the midfield for Bayern Munich's youth ranks, the Dortmund star has exceptional technical ability and composure on the ball. Hummels can spread the play and distribute from the back with his solid range of passing.
The German initiates attacks from the defense and frequently bursts forward into the midfield and final third. The Dortmund star has an impressive ability to link up with teammates and play the ball on the ground.
Although Hummels' technique sets him apart from most defenders, his size and aerial strength make him an elite centre-back. Standing at 6'3'', the German international is strong in the tackle and a physically imposing presence at the back. Hummels has become one of the biggest set-piece threats in Germany, delivering five goals for the Bundesliga champions this season.
Only 22 years old, the German international is still developing and refining his game. Although Hummels is a young defender, he has already become a world-class centre-back.
With the German's potential and talent, he will be challenging for the top spot on this list in the next few years. Hummels claims the No. 10 spot in the rankings due to his rare combination of technical ability, size and aerial prowess.
The Dortmund star has the skill of a midfield player, but the stature of an imposing centre-back. Hummels' balance of physical attributes and technique make him a dynamic central defender.
Although he has bags of potential and talent, the German lacks the polished defensive qualities and experience of the centre-backs higher on the list.
The German international climbs above the likes of Luiz, Vermaelen and Ferdinand with his consistent level of top form and individual abilities. Hummels has been a standout performer in the Bundesliga and deserves to be recognized as one of the top 10 central defenders in the world.
He boasts better skill on the ball and more aerial dominance than the aforementioned top-quality defenders.
Hummels could emerge as the world's best centre-back in the future. As of right now, he is a world-class talent and deserving of the No. 10 ranking.
Name: John Terry
International Caps: 68
The Chelsea and England captain has been an exceptional central defender and leader in recent history. Terry's form dipped when struggling with personal issues, but he has returned to top form.
The Englishman is an inspiration at the back, playing with unmatched passion and commitment. The defensive rock for club and country, he is clearly one of the world's top centre-backs.
Terry boasts outstanding physical attributes and aerial ability. The Chelsea captain is a commanding defensive presence, showing good strength and toughness. The Englishman is a dominant force in the air, providing a serious threat from set-pieces.
The defender makes up for his lack of pace with great positioning and anticipation. Terry is rarely caught out of position and reads the game well.
The Englishman's no-nonsense defending has become a trademark of his game. The inspirational Chelsea captain shows an uncompromising commitment and willingness to win.
Terry sacrifices his body, throwing himself at the ball to make last-ditch challenges or vital blocks in and around the box. His spirited defending and style of play have been key to his rise as a top central defender.
Terry has solid defensive qualities, but the Chelsea captain also has incredible leadership skills. After all the controversy surrounding him, the defender has been re-appointed as England captain and continues to lead the Blues. He is a true leader on the pitch and provides stability to the back line.
The Chelsea captain has been amongst the world's best for years; he continues to be an elite centre-back.
The England captain has clearly been one of the world's top central defenders since 2005, as evidenced by his record five elections to the FIFPro Team of the Year. Terry has shown impressive consistency for club and country, excelling as a team captain.
Terry lands at the No. 9 spot due to his defensive qualities and intangibles. The Englishman's determination and aerial strength have been key to his success in the heart of defense. He plays with great winning mentality, characterized by passion, toughness and desire.
Although the Englishman is an elite no-nonsense defender, he lacks the pace to climb higher in the rankings. Terry does not have the sliding tackle to compensate for his lack of quickness, which makes him vulnerable against pacy attackers.
The Chelsea captain has the resume to push for a top-five position in the rankings, but individually the central defenders ahead of him are more talented.
Terry climbs above Luiz and Hummels with his spirit, defending and leadership qualities. The Englishman has more experience playing at the highest level, polished tackling and better positioning.
The Chelsea and England captain may not be the most complete defender in football, but he is one of the top 10 centre-backs in the world.
International Caps: 99
Lúcio has been exceptional for both club and country over the last decade, making the Brazilian one of the best defenders of his generation. Inter's defensive leader was instrumental to the club's treble-winning 2009-10 season.
At 33 years of age, the spirited defender may be entering the twilight of his career, but the Brazilian national team captain is still amongst the world's top centre-backs.
The Inter star has a good balance of defending and attacking qualities, making him a dynamic force at the back. Lúcio is committed in the tackle and strong in the air, showing good strength and timing to win the ball. Although he can look off-balance at times, the Brazilian captain finds a way to break up opposition play and clear his lines.
In addition to his strengths behind the ball, Lúcio is always a threat to join the attack. The centre-back's bursting runs through the middle have become a trademark of his game.
Although Lúcio's physical qualities and defensive prowess make him a top-quality centre-back, the Brazilian's intangibles distinguish him as a world-class defender.
For Bayern Munich, Inter and Brazil, he has shown great leadership skills. Lúcio boasts outstanding passion, hunger and drive. With his combination of skills and intangibles, the Brazilian has been, and continues to be, an elite centre-back in world football.
Although Lúcio has the experience to challenge for a top-five place on this list, the defender's current skills and consistent level of form land him at No. 8.
Last year, the Brazilian would have been one of the top three-to-five central defenders in the world. However, the 33-year-old has shown signs of aging and has clearly entered the final stage of his footballing career.
The Inter centre-back has noticeably lost a step, which makes him vulnerable in one-on-one situations against players with pace. Lúcio does not have the recovery pace he once had, and has been forced into taking down opposing players more often.
The Brazilian's drop in form this past year keeps him from climbing higher in the rankings.
Lúcio's success, defensive prowess and determination push him above the likes of Hummels and Terry. The 2010 Champions League and 2002 World Cup winner has been an exceptional centre-back for years. Though in the twilight of his career, the Brazilian still boasts exceptional defensive instincts, aerial ability and tenacity.
While the Brazilian's overall level of top form has dipped this season, he is still a world-class central defender.
Name: Ricardo Carvalho
Club: Real Madrid
International Caps: 74
The Portuguese centre-back was sensational in the heart of the defense for Real Madrid this season. Upon reuniting with manager Jose Mourinho, Carvalho has returned to his consistent level of top form.
A mainstay in Madrid's defense, the ex-Chelsea defender brought solidity and world-class defensive ability to the back line.
Carvalho has emerged as one of the most technically gifted tacklers in the world. The Portuguese defender's sliding tackle is arguably the best in football. He has a special ability to perfectly time the tackle and win the ball with a last-ditch sliding challenge.
In addition to his tackling ability, the Portuguese central defender has great positional awareness and anticipation.
The combative Madrid defender challenges well in the air, often putting off opposing players or winning the header. Although not the biggest or most imposing centre-back, Carvalho plays a physical style of defending, often pulling shirts and bumping players off the ball.
While the Madrid defender may not be the attacking threat of other elite centre-backs, he is a composed figure on the ball. Carvalho can play with his feet and make simple passes out of the back.
Coming off an impressive season in the Spanish capital, the crafty centre-back has re-affirmed himself as one of the elite, world-class centre-backs in football.
Although entering the last years of his career, the 33-year-old defender is still one of the top ten players at his position. The Portuguese centre-back was one of the bargain buys of last summer's transfer window, becoming a key player for Madrid.
Carvalho lands at No. 7 due to his exceptional defensive qualities. With his world-class tackling ability and positional awareness, the Madrid defender has become a reliable and consistent presence at the back.
While his defensive technique is worthy of a place amongst the top three on this list, his loss of pace has developed into a vulnerability and weakness. Carvalho's sliding tackle often covers for his lack of speed, but pacy strikers or wingers can expose the Madrid defender.
Carvalho's polished defensive skills move him above Terry and Lúcio in the rankings. The aging Portuguese centre-back still plays at a consistently high level. His overall form and pure class edge out the physicality of his former Chelsea centre-back partner and Inter's Brazilian enforcer.
The Madrid centre-back could easily challenge for a higher spot on this list. Although Carvalho does not bring the athleticism and pace of some of the other defenders on this list, he is undoubtedly one of the top centre-backs in the world and deserving of the No. 7 ranking.
Name: Vincent Kompany
Club: Manchester City
International Caps: 39
Manchester City's vice-captain and defensive leader had a stellar season for the FA Cup champions. Kompany earned rave reviews for his outstanding displays at centre-back, earning him a place in the PFA Team of the Year.
The Belgian's contributions to City's third-place finish and automatic Champions League qualification cannot be understated; the centre-back distinguished himself as one of the top defenders in Europe.
Kompany is arguably the most complete and dynamic central defender in football. The archetypal modern centre-back, the Belgian boasts exceptional physical attributes and technical abilities.
City's athletic centre-back is dominant in the air, standing at 6'3'', with a great leap. The imposing Belgian defender combines good strength with surprising pace for a centre-back of his size and stature. Kompany is difficult to beat in one-on-one situations because he has the recovery speed to cope with pacy attackers.
In addition to his outstanding physical qualities, the Belgian has world-class defensive abilities. Kompany reads the game well, anticipating danger and frequently breaking up opposition play. The City centre-back is committed in the challenge, showing good tackling technique and timing.
The Belgian has solid positional sense as well, always putting himself in the right position to win the ball.
Although Kompany is excellent working behind the ball, the Belgian is composed in possession. With experience playing as a central midfielder, the City star has good touch and passing skills. Kompany can distribute from the back and keep possession for the team.
Kompany's dynamic combination of athleticism, defensive skill and composure make him one of the most talented and dominating centre-backs in the world.
The Belgian has started to receive some of the credit he deserves, but the City star is still an underrated centre-back. Kompany was a reliable and consistent performer in arguably Europe's toughest league.
The City centre-back earns the No. 6 ranking on this list due to his level of top form and dynamic, all-around play at the position.
Kompany's combination of pace and power, defensive ability and comfort on the ball make him an elite talent at centre-back. The Belgian reads the game well and has the skill-set to defend different types of players. The City star was dominant in England's top-flight, and will continue to show his skill in the Champions League next year.
The Belgian has all the tools to challenge for the No. 1 spot on this list in a few years. However, he is still refining his game as a central defender. Kompany still makes the occasional mistake or demonstrates poor judgment, which keeps him out of the top five players on this list.
City's vice-captain barely edges out Lúcio and Carvalho, but the Belgian's rare mix of talents are deserving of a higher spot than the two 33-year-olds. Kompany has been spectacular this season, showing an unbelievable consistent level of top form. With his athleticism and aerial prowess, the Belgian climbs above the Inter and Madrid stars.
Kompany was the ever-present rock of City's defense this year. The Belgian has emerged as an elite centre-back, and has the potential and talent to challenge for a top spot in the future.
Name: Thiago Silva
Club: AC Milan
International Caps: 14
AC Milan's Brazilian star has developed into one of the best centre-backs in football. Arguably the best defender in Italy, Silva has impressed for club and country since joining the Rossoneri.
Forming a deadly partnership with Alessandro Nesta, the Brazilian was instrumental towards Milan winning their first Scudetto in seven years. With his outstanding form, Silva has become a first-choice centre-back for Brazil national team manager Mano Menezes.
Under the tutelage of Nesta, Silva has developed into a well-balanced defensive force. The Milan star's natural athleticism makes him a tough opponent for any striker. Silva has exceptional pace for a central defender and good aerial ability as well. He shows good strength in the challenge and tenacity to win the ball.
Silva's Italian centre-back partner has helped refine the Brazilian's defensive technique. His anticipation and positioning have greatly improved over the past year. The defender is able to use his quickness to intercept the ball and launch counter-attacks.
In addition to his defensive qualities, Silva has great skill on the ball for a centre-back. The Brazilian can dribble and pick out a pass from the back line. With Silva's composure in possession and ability to play with the ball at his feet, he is equally adept playing as a defensive midfielder.
Silva has endured a meteoric rise at Milan, becoming one of the world's most consistent and reliable centre-backs.
Following Silva's impressive displays for Milan this season, he has earned a spot in the top five central defenders. The Brazilian's balance of pace and technique make him a dynamic force at the back. Individually, Silva's abilities are off the charts, and he has the potential to get even better.
The Milan defender's physical qualities and defensive skills put him amongst the elite players at the position. His rare recovery pace and passing ability separate him from the majority of central defenders.
Silva climbs above the likes of Carvalho and Kompany due to his well-rounded game and consistency. The Madrid defender has unmatched tackling technique and timing, but the Brazilian boasts exceptional pace and passing ability.
Similar to Kompany, the Brazilian brings natural athleticism to the centre-back position. Although the Brazilian is not as strong in the air, he has more pace and skill on the ball than the City defender.
The two young centre-backs have many similarities, but Silva has a more refined game. The Brazilian has performed at an incredible level all season, rarely putting a foot wrong.
Silva has clearly been one of the top defenders in the world this season. Taking into consideration the individual abilities and overall form, Silva is undoubtedly an elite, top five centre-back in world football.
Name: Giorgio Chiellini
International Caps: 42
Chiellini has become one of the most underrated centre-backs in the world. Featuring in Juventus' first-team squad at only 21 years of age, the Italian has already gained a wealth of experience playing at the highest levels.
Originally a left-back, the Juventus star has developed into an imposing, world-class central defender.
Upon his transition to the center of defense, the Italian was hailed as the successor to former national team captain Fabio Cannavaro. Although he has lived up to the billing, Chiellini is a much different player than his crafty predecessor.
Tall, strong and dominant in the air, the Juvenus star has the makeup of a traditional centre-back. Chiellini is a hard-working defender, tough and committed in the challenge. The Italian shows great tenacity in the heart of defense and has impeccable technique with the sliding tackle.
In addition to his outstanding defensive work-rate, Chiellini boasts exceptional pace. Equally adept playing at left-back, the Italian has the speed to keep up with the quickest wingers and strikers in Europe. Chiellini's pace brings that extra dimension as a centre-back, giving him the freedom to be more aggressive and challenge for the ball, knowing he has the pace to recover.
The Juventus star has been a first-team regular at the Turin club for years. He has recently polished and refined his game, being named Serie A Defender of the Year for three consecutive seasons (2008-2010). Chiellini does not play for the best defensive unit in the world, but he is undoubtedly one of the top world-class centre-backs in football.
Probably one of the more surprising rankings on the list, Chiellini earns the No. 4 ranking due to his unique combination of hard-nose defending and pace. The Italian has been hampered in recent years with poor centre-back partners. Nonetheless, the Juventus star has developed into a special talent in the center of defense.
The Italian's aerial prowess and quickness make him one of the most feared central defenders in Europe. Chiellini has the strength to handle the likes of Didier Drogba, the pace to cope with Alexis Sanchez and the sliding tackle to prevent quick attackers from getting past him.
Silva was sensational for title-winning Milan this season and looks like the favorite to be named Serie A Defender of the Year. However, the three-time reigning winner is still the best centre-back in Italy.
The Brazilian is much more skilled on the ball and comfortable passing out of the back. However, Chiellini edges out Silva with his tough style of defending, strength and tenacity.
The Juventus star could easily challenge for a top three spot in the rankings. He has the individual abilities and level top form to be in the discussion of the world's top central defender. Although Chiellini has world-class physical attributes and defensive qualities, the three centre-backs ahead of him have consistently been playing at an unbelievably high level.
Due to Juventus' poor defensive record, Chiellini does not get the credit he deserves. Individually speaking, he has earned the No. 4 spot and is clearly one of the elite centre-backs in the world.
Club: Real Madrid
International Caps: 33
Real Madrid's defensive enforcer has entered the prime of his footballing career, emerging as an elite centre-back. Pepe was heavily criticized over the past few seasons for his temperament and lack of discipline, which resulted in frequent red-cards and subsequent bans.
However, under Jose Mourinho the Portuguese international has made significant improvements channeling his aggression. Pepe has developed into the most feared, all-action central defender in the world.
The Madrid defender boasts unmatched physicality and toughness. Pepe has the strength to brush opponents off the ball and the tenacity to hound players when in possession.
The defender's man-marking skills are off the charts, as evidenced by his play against Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Pepe is a commanding presence in the air as well. Often first to the aerial ball, the Portuguese defender has an explosive leap and good timing.
Pepe's athleticism has been a large part of his rise as a top quality centre-back. In addition to his power, the combative Madrid defender has great pace for a central defender. Pepe closes down the space with lightning quickness, making crucial interceptions and breaking up opposition play.
Although outstanding athletic ability and toughness have been the trademarks of his game, the Madrid enforcer's improved reading of the game and standing tackle now distinguish him as a world-class defender. Pepe anticipates the pass, and uses his quickness and agility to win the ball on his feet.
The Portuguese defender was rightly criticized for his poor judgment and discipline in the past, but he has now become one of the world's best centre-backs.
While he may be a surprise inclusion this high in the rankings, Pepe is more than deserving of a top three spot on the list. The Madrid defender is coming off the best season of his career, playing at a remarkably high level for the whole year.
Pepe earns the No. 3 spot due to his athleticism and combative defending. His Copa del Rey Final performance against Barcelona highlighted the defender's dominant presence on the pitch. Pepe's toughness, strength and pace make him a dynamic enforcer at the centre-back position.
The Portuguese international could make a case for the second spot on this list. He has all the individual qualities and level of form to be considered one of the top two central defenders in the world. However, the players ahead of him are absolutely world-class centre-backs, and deserving of their place at the top of the rankings.
Pepe is clearly one of the top centre-backs in the world. He has calmed the uncontrollable aggression that plagued his start with Madrid and developed into an elite central defender.
Name: Gerard Piqué
International Caps: 33
At only 24 years of age, Piqué has already become one of the most talented central defenders in the world. The Spanish centre-back has played alongside some of the best players in football, winning trophies with former club Manchester United and Barcelona.
Piqué learned from some of the best central defenders of the generation, such as Rio Ferdinand and Carles Puyol. With great tutelage and natural ability, the Spaniard has quickly become an elite centre-back.
The Barcelona star's skill on the ball and distribution have become trademarks of his game. Piqué is arguably the most technically gifted ball-playing centre-back in the world. The Spaniard boasts exceptional passing range and solid vision from the back. He has a soft touch as well, showing good composure under pressure.
The Barcelona star also contributes a couple of goals per season, showing good finishing ability in the box. Piqué can spread the play and bring the ball out of the defense. His ability with the ball at his feet has drawn comparisons to German legend Franz Beckenbauer.
Although known for his technical skill, Piqué has the physical presence and defensive qualities of a world-class centre-back. The Spaniard has good upper-body strength and aerial ability. He does not play with the tenacity and grit of other defenders, but he is a commanding presence at the back.
Piqué reads the game well, anticipating play and extinguishing danger. The Barcelona star has improved his positional play over the past two years, emerging as a more complete centre-back.
Piqué's technical ability and distribution separate him from the vast majority of central defenders. The Spaniard has the passing range and skill of a defensive midfielder, but has the size, strength and defensive qualities of a top-quality centre-back.
The Spaniard's combination of attacking skill and defensive ability makes him one of the top overall players in world football and a dynamic, elite central defender.
Although all the centre-backs on this list are world-class defenders, the top two players have emerged as clear front-runners. With his passing range and technical ability, Piqué makes a strong case to be No. 1.
The centre-back has been a key part of Barcelona and Spain's recent dominance. Piqué provides a unique balance of ball-playing skill and physical strength at the back. With his consistent level of top form and individual ability, the Spaniard is arguably the best defender in world football.
While he may not be the most defensive-minded centre-back on this list, he is more than deserving of his No. 2 ranking.
Piqué climbs above Chiellini and Pepe with his composed defending and invaluable contribution to the team's buildup and possession play. The Spaniard brings a different dimension to the defense, helping keep possession and distribute from the back.
Piqué's reading of the game and anticipation usually compensate for the defender's lack of genuine pace. However, the Spaniard can be beaten for pace and exposed in one-on-one situations. The Spaniard's lack of agility and quickness is the only real weakness in his game.
The Barcelona star has bags of potential and class. Only 24 years of age, he is already considered amongst the top centre-backs in football. With his success at the club and international level, the Spaniard could easily claim the top spot on this list.
While the Spaniard may play for the best team in the world, individually speaking, he is not the best centre-back in football.
Piqué has the talent to be the top player on this list. In the next few years he will most likely assume the title as football's best central defender.
Although the Spaniard is on track to become the best player at his position in the next few years, at this point in time there is one man who is clearly the No. 1 centre-back in the world.
Name: Nemanja Vidić
Club: Manchester United
International Caps: 54
The Manchester United and Serbian captain has been, and continues to be, the world's No. 1 centre-back. His defensive contribution at the heart of defense cannot be understated.
For the past few seasons at United, Vidić has emerged as a natural defensive and inspirational leader. In his prime footballing years, the Serbian has elevated his game to another level, solidifying himself as an elite central defender.
Vidić's defensive qualities and intangibles distinguish him as the top centre-back in football. The United captain boasts exceptional strength and power.
The Serbian is a commanding presence at the back, using his physical style of play to neutralize and dominate opposing strikers. Vidić has outstanding tackling technique and timing. The Serbian's impressive slide tackle has become a key aspect of his game.
The talismanic United captain combines defensive skill with a no-nonsense mentality. Vidić exudes commitment, showing outstanding aggression and tenacity in the challenge. The tough-tackling, hard-working centre-back closes down the space and breaks up opposition play.
The Serbian plays with an unbelievable determination to win back possession. A born centre-back, he has outstanding natural defensive instincts.
In addition to his defensive qualities, Vidić is a dominant force in the air. With his determination and great leap, the Serbain wins the vast majority of headers. The imposing United captain has become one of the biggest aerial and set-piece threats in football. He is a serious danger from dead-ball situations, contributing a few goals per season from the corners.
Although the array of physical attributes and defensive ability mark Vidić as a top-quality centre-back, his leadership skills and inspirational play set him apart from the majority of defenders.
While he might not be the Zinedine Zidane or Cesc Fabregas type of inspiration, the United captain's committed and determined performances motivate and encourage the entire squad.
Vidić was impressive for the English champions this season, being named to his fourth PFA Premier League Team of the Year. The Serbian once again has shown that he is the best centre-back in the world.
While Piqué has emerged as a serious challenger for the top spot, United's talismanic captain is still the best player at his position. Vidić has been sensational for the English champions, consistently playing at an exceptionally high level. The Serbian's defensive qualities and mentality make him the top central defender in football.
Vidić may not be the most athletic, dynamic or talented centre-back, but he is the best. His defensive contribution and inspirational play are unmatched by the other players on this list.
The Serbian's determination, tenacity, tackling, aerial ability and leadership distinguish him as the No. 1 player at his position. His outstanding level of world-class defensive play pushes him above the other central defenders on this list.
The United and Serbian captain is reliable, consistent and solid at the back. Vidić rarely makes mistakes and has the tools to cope with any situation and opponent. The Serbian's no-nonsense defending and tough-tackling style of play separate him from the other elite centre-backs.
The other top five central defenders have the potential and talent to assume the top spot in the next few years. Piqué will undoubtedly challenge the United captain for the No. 1 ranking next year, as the Barcelona star continues to develop and improve.
Although there are plenty of talented, world-class central defenders, Vidic is clearly the No. 1 centre-back in the world.
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