The two center backs of any team (assuming a flat back 4) is the foundation of defense. Not only do the best center backs in world football show ferocious and strong defending, but also a good touch and technique going forward. The best center backs are called upon to build play from the back and thus become arguably the most important position on the pitch. Bleacher report have rated the players based on current for. The 2010/2011 season until now, is the time frame, enjoy.
Nesta represents the gold standard of the 2000's first decade. Here are the current top 15.