The concept of having the best centre back defenders in football should never be underrated. It is the basis of an overall good defensive record.
Known to be well built with an intimidating presence, they are simply the heart of the team.
The set-up of a world class club must begin with having good defenders, most importantly centre backs(5 & 6).
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Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand [Manchester United]
If you want trouble, call them maybe.
Vidic & Ferdinard were an incredible defensive partnership that blossomed in the Premier League for many years, infact they were the platform to which Sir Alex Ferguson’s success continued at Man United.
The Serbian Vidic who is highly regarded as one of the greatest captains at Manchester was paired alongside a menacing English man who didn’t like too many visitors around his territory.
Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta [AC Milan]
You would need a billion rocks to break this duo!
With Nesta & Maldini in defence for AC Milan, they were real deal at the back with opposition strikers having nightmares breaking them down. It was hell in San Siro. These tireless workers wont just stop.
They are praised by many to be one of best centre defenders of all time.
With the duo working in tandem, they helped guide AC Milan to a Champions League triumph in Nesta’s first season at the club.
The rest was history.
Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique [Barcelona & Spain]
When you are partners for both club and country (Barcelona & Spain), you are bound to have a strong bond.
Puyol & Pique were nightmares for opposition sides and won too many trophies together, most notably the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the Champions League the following year amid many domestic titles.
Pique who is known to be good with the ball at his feet was paired alongside a warrior who would put his life down for every tackle he made.
Tony Adams & Steve Bould [Arsenal]
Unfortunately these guys are not well known to football fans of these times but back in their days they were a difficult bunch to face.
Under manager George Graham, an Arsenal side was built to lay more emphasis on defence, a contrast to an otherwise attack Gunners outfit in recent years.
Arsenal kept too many clean sheets with Adams & Bould at the helm, an almost impossible feat to achieve these days.
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