Ruben Dias, Harry Maguire Ahead of Van Dijk in Top 10 Best Centre-Backs in the World Right Now

Ruben Dias, Harry Maguire Ahead of Van Dijk in Top 10 Best Centre-Backs in the World Right Now

  • Ruben Dias who joined English Premier League club Manchester City last season has been named best defender in the world
  • Top outlet WhoScored has ranked the best defenders in the world following their respective performances last season
  • Marquinhos and Virgil Van Dijk make up the top three respectively, in a list Sergio Ramos was ignored

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Ruben Dias has been named the number one centre-back in the world right now according to new rankings powered by WhoScored and cited in SPORTbible.

Manchester City had lavished cash on the club’s defence since 2016 when Pep Guardiola arrived at the Etihad Stadium, but the back problem was solved when Dias arrived last season and he has been regarded as the best via Squawka.

The 26-year-old has been rock-solid for the Citizens, bringing in the kind of effect Virgil van Dijk had on Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool in 2018 as his composure helped power his team to the title.

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Ruben Dias, Harry Maguire Ahead of Van Dijk in Top 10 Best Centre-Backs in the World Right Now
Ruben Dias in action for City. Photo: Alex Gottschalk
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He won the Writers' Association and Premier League Player of the Season award in his first season in English football.

The second on the list is Brazilian star and PSG defender Marquinhos who has been brilliant in the last couple of seasons.

His technical ability and agility ensure he stands out even on a team of galacticos like Mbappe, Verrati and Neymar.

An elegant defender with a Brazilian's comfort on the ball, the PSG captain scored three times in both Ligue 1 and the Champions League and netted for Brazil in the first game of their Copa America campaign, where they conceded just two goals on the way to the final.

Top 10 centre-backs in the world

10) Jose Fonte

9) Aymeric Laporte

8) Mats Hummels

7) John Stones

6) Raphael Varane

5) Milan Skriniar

4) Harry Maguire

3) Virgil van Dijk

2) Marquinhos

1) Ruben Dias

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Ramos joins PSG

Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos is officially a Paris Saint Germain player, with the club confirming signing the former Real Madrid player for free on Thursday, July 8.

Ramos, 35, was heavily linked with the French giants for weeks and it was only a matter of time before an official announcement was made.

PSG announced their new signing on their website as they stated Ramos had signed a deal to stay with the club until 2023.

Donnarumma seals PSG move earlier reported that Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has completed a long-term move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The 22-year-old recently inspired the Azzurri to European Championship glory following their 3-2 triumph on penalties at Wembley Stadium.

He finalised his deal with the Parisians today having already undergone medicals during this summer's European competition.


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