European football season continues this coming weekend with mouth-watering fixtures lined-up across the continent. Serie A and Bundesliga will return starting from Friday after almost three weeks of winter break. The other three major Leagues are ongoing. Today, we want to shift our focus to defenders. We want to look at five best central defenders in the World right now.

5. Aymeric Laporte- Man City

Aymeric Laporte has played 21 Premier League matches so far this season out of possible 22. This clearly shows the trust Pep Guardiola has placed on the defender this season. The last term, he played only nine times. However, the 24-year-old has become the rock of the team.

He is one of the best ball passers in the League by a mile. The likes of Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Captain Vincent Kompany are now competing for the partner role. France Coach Didier Deschamp can’t ignore him anymore.

4. Antonio Rudiger- Chelsea

Chelsea central defender Antonio Rudiger is perhaps the most underrated player at the club at the moment. David Luiz is getting all the headlines because of his crazy range of passing but he is a weak link when it comes to defending. The German is the best at the moment for club and country. He is the kind of defender who loves defending. He is also very good on the ball. The Blues have conceded the second lowest number (17) of goals in the League.

3. Sergio Ramos- Real Madrid

There is no list of best central defenders that can be complete without the name of Sergio Ramos. The 32-year-old Real Madrid Captain has been leading from both ends of the pitch for more than a decade. He is a true leader on the pitch. He has won everything in the game with the Los Blancos and Spain. He remains one of the best but at the moment he can only be third best in the World.

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