Now once again this is YL Week and for the majority of my career I spent my time on the back line. So, obviously I have a bit of a bias when it comes to defenders. Defenders win championships and now a days we get all the ladies as well. We got the skill, the hair, and we strike fear into opponents. Understanding that bias yet? Anyways what I have here is MY (emphasis on My as in me Young Leg) top 5 defenders all time in no specific order.
So first man on my list is Paolo Maldini the Italian, Milan LEGEND. This man helped establish Milan and Italy as two of the worlds biggest football power houses. He won 25 trophies with Milan and Italy respectively. 5 Champions Leagues, 7 Scudettos, 5 Super Cups, 1 Italian Cup, 5 European Super Cups, 2 Inter-Continental Cups, and a Club World cup.
Not to mention that this man is an absolute heart throb, on top of one of the most deadly tacklers of all time. 3 was always a family number for the Shopas, and for me it was even more special that I got to wear the number of Maldini.
Next on my list just to get this out of the way cause we all know who I am going to say eventually… Sergio Ramos. To me Sergio Ramos is arguably the greatest defender of all time up there with Maldini. Currently with 23 trophies to his name Ramos is also the most capped Spanish player of all time, and has the record for the most carded player. WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT FROM YOUR CAPTAIN AND ANCHOR TO THE BACK LINE.
Sergio Ramos has won 4 European Cups, 4 Club World Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 4 La Ligas, 3 Spanish super Cups, 2 Copa Del Rey’s, 2 Euro Championships, and a World Cup. I mean just look at the resume and line it up with any defender ever, not to mention his goal tally. How you score over 100 goals as a defender I will never be able to explain to my children.
Next on my list I have Nemanja Vidic, the Serbian terminator. This was the perfect partner to Rio because he was just such a ridiculous force for attackers to deal with. You never know when he’s coming til he’s there and you are on the ground. I have seen this man play with his face split open, I have seen him with his head wrapped like a mummy, and either way he is one scary SOB.
Now you guys know why we are called TwoFootTalk. It is because of players like Vidic he is the essence of what I made this brand for and I am here to grace you all with the beauty that is a Vidic tackle. He was on one of the most dominant teams in Europe a Manchester United side that won 3 consecutive Premier Leagues, A Champions League, A Fifa Club World Cup, as well as 3 League cups. He didn’t grace us for a ridiculously long period like the previous 2 names, but he made just as big of any impact on the field. An absolute monster.
Next on my list is the super German I call him “Ol’ Reliable” Philip Lahm. Quite possibly the greatest player to ever put on a Bayern jersey was go God damn good at his job they even started moving him into the midfield. He is the perfect example of a captain, I don’t think anyone has represented Bayern in a better light than Lahm. A German and Bayern legend.
One of the most calm, cool, and collected defenders I have ever seen. He was a player that just always showed up and loved the game. 22 titles to his name for Germany and Bayern. This man had 8 Bundesligas (Streak is still active for Bayern), 1 Champions League, 6 German Cups, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 League Cup, 3 German Super Cups, A UEFA Super Cup, and 1 World Cup. Again only a handful of defenders with these kind of resumes.
Finally we have one of my favorite players to watch just with a ball at his food just so entertaining. In the locker room, on the pitch, in the air port, this man could make a show if you just give the ball to his feet. Roberto Carlos the man with the most ridiculous calves you will ever see. The Brazil and Real Madrid legend.
Yeah the guy who did this… This man was an absolute beast and played for two of the most iconic teams you could imagine. The way he manipulated a ball was not human, not to mention he had THE CLAMPS. Lock down defender! 3 Champions Leagues, 4 La Ligas, 3 Spanish Super Cups, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 2 Inter Continental Cups, 1 Confederations Cup, 2 Brazilian Leagues Titles, 2 Turkish League Titles, 2 Copa Americas, and 1 World Cup! 21 Trophies I mean… Proof is in the pudding and whatever the f*ck he feeds his calves.
Guys a monster^^.
Written by: Anthony “Young Leg” Shopa (@shopaaj)