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Ranking of the World’s top 50 defenders.

Ranking of the World’s top 50 defenders.

Ranking of the World's top 50 defenders.

Manchester City defender John Stones is the world’s best center-back right now. The 26-year-old England international has had an exceptional turn of fates at City since his initial £47.5m move from Everton in 2016.

Stones has become an effective personality in Pep Guardiola’s programs and formed an impressive partnership with Dias, who has been widely hailed for his influence at City this season.

The City center back has made 33 appearances in all competitions this season as City have won both the Premier League title and League Cup crown.

Stones can add extra silverware to his cabinet should City beat Chelsea in the Champions League final on 29th May in Portugal.

FootballCritic assembled the rankings based on its algorithm and placed the former Everton center-back top of the pile.

Joining Stones in the top 10 was Dias at the No 9 spot, while Laporte finished 16th behind Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire and Brighton captain Lewis Dunk.


Here are the 50 best center-backs in world football right now, according to FootballCritic.

  1. Merih Demiral (Juventus)
  2. Yunis Abdelhamid (Reims)
  3. Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)
  4. Clement Lenglet (Barcelona)
  5. Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)
  6. Stefan Savic (Atletico Madrid)
  1. Liam Cooper (Leeds United)
  2. Wesley Fofana (Leicester City)
  3. Junior Alonso (Atletico Mineiro)
  4. Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP)
  5. John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
John Brooks
  1. Victor Lindelof (Manchester United)
  2. Eric Garcia (Manchester City)
  3. Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur)
  4. Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain)
  5. Aleksandar Dragovic (Bayer Leverkusen)
  1. Simon Kjaer (AC Milan)
  2. Guillermo Maripan (Monaco)
  3. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
  4. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
  5. Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich)
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  1. Oscar Mingueza (Barcelona)
  2. Jose Fonte (Lille)
  3. Jules Kounde (Sevilla)
  4. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
  5. Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)
  1. Jonny Evans (Leicester City)
  2. Joachim Andersen (Fulham)
  3. Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid)
  4. Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
  5. Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan)
Stefan de Vrij
  1. David Alaba (Bayern Munich)
  2. Aissa Mandi (Real Betis)
  3. Maxence Lacroix (Wolfsburg)
  4. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)
  5. Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City)
  1. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion)
  2. Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
  3. Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
  4. Eder Militao (Real Madrid)
  5. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
Raphael Varane
  1. Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
  2. Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)
  3. Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach)
  4. Willi Orban (RB Leipzig)
  5. Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
  1. Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
  2. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  3. Edmond Tapsoba (Bayer Leverkusen)
  4. John Stones (Manchester City)
John Stones
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Ranking of the World’s top 50 defenders.

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