It is easy to name the best center-backs around but which top defenders can make a partnership that puts fears in attackers’ eyes.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can break any defenses out there. So can the likes of Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, Robert Lewandowski, Mo Salah and Kylian Mbappe.
While these attackers have been in lethal form, defensive units across Europe have risen to the challenge. Along with the trusted custodians in goal, the center-back pairings are prized possessions at their clubs.
However, before listing our preferred defensive partnership, it would be remiss not to give honorable mentions to Aymeric Laporte, Kalidou Koulibaly, Matthijs de Ligt and Harry Maguire.
Koulibaly and De Ligt have had poor seasons by their standards. The duo have not gotten the minutes under the belts they would have liked. Nevertheless, there is no doubt about their abilities.
On the other hand, Laporte has been unfortunate to have an injury marred season. Alongside Maguire, the Spaniard would have made the top billing but only two people could be named.
We discussed the top goalkeepers and now we take a look at those responsible at shielding them.