The 50 best defenders in Premier League history
The Premier League is such an exciting brand worldwide due to the thrilling nature and sheer competitiveness of the division. Truly anyone can beat anyone and the quality of the attacking players is often, quite rightly, lauded for getting us on the edge of our seats week in, week out.
Though there’s the odd goal fest, such as the recently thrilling 3-3 draw between Everton and Bournemouth, the stoic efforts of some of the world’s best defenders over the past two decades have helped propel the Premier League to one of the greatest competitions in the world.
The struggles facing English teams in European contests in recent seasons are well documented, but it’s important to remember that for periods of time, clubs from these shores have reigned supreme over the their continental counterparts – largely due to the efforts of imperial backlines.
Defenders are a funny breed, from out and out bruisers to gloriously gifted ball playing centre-halves, we have seen some of the best in the game ply their trade in these isles across the years.
Whether they play at full-back or more centrally, it’s time to look back and appreciate their talents once more.
Here are the top FIFTY defenders ever to play in the Premier League…