Central defenders have always held down a position of vital importance throughout the history of football. Even back in the days of ridiculously high scoring lines, one tackle could change the game.
Paolo Maldini will stand out to many, including myself, as the greatest defender in any position across the back four. When he first started out he was used in the left back position, using his pace as well as honing his defensive skills.
Moving to center back when the fire went out of his legs, Maldini showed the world how well he could read the game. His timing in the tackle, his ability in the air and his distribution under pressure made him second to none.
Today, center backs are as important as ever, with a lot more teams playing a defensive brand of football. This article will strive to highlight who the best players are in the position today.