Every great team starts with a great centre-back pair, and you won’t find any better than these rocks at the back.
A good manager arriving at a new team will always prioritise the heart of their defence. Any of these players will improve your side, and although most of them won’t come cheap, there are some bargains amongst them.
There are a variety of different types of centre-backs in the world, but we’ve focused on the traditional solid stoppers who excel in the basics of centre-back play: heading, marking, tackling and positioning.
30) Nicholas Otamendi – 15 heading – 16 marking – 17 tackling – 15 positioning