They claim Defending is the most crucial role in the football. Well, it’s quite controversial since every role whether defending or strike – anybody’s failure to create impact can lead a game to loss and vice-versa. Whatsoever with the role, here we will emphasize on defenders and see who will be leading the list of top 10 defenders in FIFA 18.
Before we dive into the list, let’s light some shade on the role of the defender. The prime role of the defender is to prevent the attacker from passing forward or toward the goal. In other words, defenders need to make certain they restrain the attacker penetration. All in all, the defender is got to stop the ball from the opponent and prohibit from leading the ball toward the post.
Top 10 Defenders in FIFA 18
Professional Brazilian footballer, Dani Alves plays as a right back for Brazil and Italian club, Juventus. Alves spent successful years with Sevilla. He won two UEFA Cups and Copa del Rey with the club. The defender was all over the headline when he became the third most expensive defender of all time when joined Barcelona. Since his tenure in Barcelona, Alves defending was highly praised. His impressive performance led the club to win the treble right in his first season. With the club, the defender also won Spanish Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and European Super Cup.
Alves further assistance to clinch two league titles, FIFA Super Cup and UEFA Champions League made him the renowned defender. However, following his move to Juventus, the player has been showing even amazing performance on the pitch. Not just defending but been striking as well, when he scored an only winning goal for his club. Such series of excellent performance has landed Dani Alves on our list of top 10 defenders in FIFA 18. Alves who enjoyed the 85 overall rating in FIFA 17 is expected to see the slight increase in FIFA 18. We surmise his ratings to go two points up 87 in FIFA 18. Alves is full of pace, technical skills, stamina which makes him fall in number 10 on our list of top 10 defenders in FIFA 18.
The Austrian professional footballer and Bayern Munich defender, David Alaba is our one of the top 10 defenders in FIFA 18. Once recorded as the youngest defender to play for the senior national team, Alaba still gives excellent record by scoring exceptional goals. Since joining the club, he has scored the 7th fastest goal in the history of Champions league, won numbers of the league including UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and much more.
While the defender has given a lot to the club doesn’t mean his performance were lackadaisical for his country. Alaba scored his first goal against Kazakhstan with 4 – 0 win. Since then, he hasn’t just scored goals but also gave the last minute winning goal against Ireland. The year 2014, the defender ended the campaign being the Austria’s top goal scorer. In 2018 world cup qualification, he will also be captaining Austria for the first time. His outstanding role not just as a defender but left wing, and left back has done amazing on the pitch. The performance even bagged the player Australian Footballer of the Year.
Alaba who is an acclaimed defender known for his versatility and excellent defending earned 87 rating in FIFA 17. This year the player has shown great effort on the pitch, ceasing incredible passes of the opponent and successful scores. In FIFA 18, we expect the player will have an increased rate of 88.
One of the best defenders in the history of Barcelona, Gerard Pique plays as a center back for the Spain national team and FC Barcelona. Pique started his professional football career with Manchester United. Later he left to Barcelona playing under the leadership of Pep Guardiola. He assisted the club in winning UEFA Champions League two years in a row. In addition, Pique also has helped the club to bag La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Pique, not only for the club but also was the prime protagonist as Spain took the World Cup in 2010. His outstanding defending has saved a number of goals from happening. His skills and efforts on the pitch have earned the 30-year-old prestigious honors. These include La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year and FIFA FIFPro World XI.
Known as a modern defender, Pique combines technique with strength and his height to play well in the air. A versatile player, he is capable of playing as a sweeper and defensive midfielder. While the defender received 86 rating in FIFA 17, this year we believe he will have a rise in his rating. His outstanding defending on the pitch has earned him the 7th position on our list and anticipate 88 rating in FIFA 18.
Professional German footballer, Mats Hummels falls on the seventh on our list of top 10 defenders in FIFA 18. Hummels plays as a central defender for both the national team and FC Bayern Munich. The defender started his career from the Bayern Munich’s youth academy. It was years later, he officially signed a contract to play professional football.
The 28-year-old defender started his career from Borussia Dortmund. He was frequently regarded as the Dortmund playmaker. His defending not only prevented the competitors from scoring but also helped the club from losing. His performance in Dortmund quickly got himself as the first choice. He along with his club mate Subotic led the club to win the Dortmund the best defensive record in the Bundesliga, league title.
Many top pundits describe him as one of the best defenders in the world. His amazing consistency and physical strength plus great defending on the pitch are certain to increase his rating in FIFA 18 from 87 to 89.
6. Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany, a Belgian-born professional footballer is our fifth top defenders for FIFA 18. The defender plays for Belgium national team and the England club, Manchester City. In his early years at Anderlecht, the player was regarded as the most exciting defensive prospects in the game. Over the years till today, he has excellently delivered the performance on the pitch, now been regarded as the best defender in the world.
After being awarded the position of the captaincy of the Manchester City, the central defender led the club to win the Premier League title. The title was the club’s first ever since 44 years. Since being part of the City, he has won the Manchester City Official Supporters Player of the Year award, Manchester City Players Player of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season. Moreover, his outstanding performances through the season earned him awards and accolades plus a good rating in FIFA. While his rating was comparatively lower than Ramos in FIFA 17 with 86, this year his performance has escalated. His defending has been highly praised, helping City win games.
Listed 23rd in the 100 Best Footballers in the world by the Guardian, Kompany is anticipated to see a rise in his ratings in FIFA 18 to 90.
5. Thiago Silva
The Brazilian professional footballer, Thiago Emiliano da Silva, popularly known as Thiago Silva plays as a central defender for the Brazilian national team and Paris Saint-Germain. Thiago Silva reportedly is the best defender in the world and his defending abilities can be seen in his performances on the pitch. His professionalism started following his move to Milan in 2009. He led the club to win the Serie A title. This earned him one of the highest rated defenders titles in the world.
His excellent performance got him over the headlines when Paris Saint-Germain signed him for a record-breaking fee. That made him the second most expensive defender in the history of football. Not just the performance but his style of play also makes him be the fourth on our list. He is known as a consistent defender someone who can lead the defense. Likewise, Silva is also known as the fastest defenders in the European football and further known to use tactical intelligence and positional sense in defense. Previously he has been voted as one of the top central defenders in Europe for three years in a row.
This year, the defender has led the club to win the league title and many other victories over the competitors. Thanks to his brilliance on the ground, we expect his rating to go beyond 90 in FIFA 18 from previously rated 89 in FIFA 17
4. Giorgio Chiellini
Italian professional footballer, Giorgio Chiellini is our third top defender in FIFA 18. The player plays as a defender for Juventus and the Italian national team. Chiellini who started his career from Livorno, however, earned professionalism in football after moving to Juventus.
Chiellini is not just considered to be one of the top defenders in the world of football but was also was named 50th Best Player in the world by The Guardian. In Europe, he was ranked the 7th best footballer by Bloomberg.
Despite missing out the Champions League a year back due to the injury, Chiellini following the recovery has assisted Juventus to reach the quarter-final in running Champions League. He is known for physically strong, versatile and aggressive defending, often deployed as a center back. While rated 88 in FIFA 17, his splendid comeback on the pitch has bagged Juventus successive wins, expected to rise up to 91
3. Diego Godin
Since, joining the Atletico Madrid, Godin’s remarkable performance is not the core reason the player is our second top defenders in FIFA 18. His unrelenting attitude towards the attacker on the pitch and striving hard to get the team win trophies and take to the Champion League from struggling club is the attributes that make him the best in FIFA 18.
Godin has a successful record at both club and international career. With the club, he has helped win La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Europa League, and twice UEFA Super Cup. Individually, he has achieved the La Liga’s best defender in the prior season.
The 26-year Uruguayan professional defender is the coach Diego Simone’s trusted player and an inspiration for the club. Unlike prior year we are certain the defender rating will go high above 91 from 89 in FIFA 17. His defending on the pitch hasn’t just gotten spectacular but also his guts to take the club to the top of the league, thus making him a likable one on our list of top defenders in FIFA 18.
2. Philipp Lahm
The German professional footballer, Philipp Lahm is the world’s best defender and it’s something top pundits and commentators keep reiterating. Lahm plays as a defensive midfielder and right back for the Bayern Munich. Lahm who is the captain of the club has helped the club to win numerous wins and honors on the course. Considered as one of the best full-backs of the generation, Lahm has helped club bag the UEFA Champions League for three times. His contribution to the national team was highly revered when German won the FIFA World cup under his captaincy. In the 2015 – 16 season with his captaining, the club ended winning the 4th consecutive Bundesliga title for fourth consecutive years.
Lahm is a versatile player able to play right and left foot and on the both sides of the pitch. Moreover, the lists, number #1 defender is renowned for his stamina, technique, pace and tackling abilities. Such techniques and ability to deliver excellent performances on the pitch, giving winning goals and leading the club to win back to back league, Philipp Lahm is indisputably the best and the 1st top defender in FIFA 18. We expect the player to see increased rating to 94 in FIFA 18.
Sergio Ramos is undoubtedly the best defender in the world. On our list, he falls on the number 6th as the top 10 defenders in FIFA 18. The Spanish national football team and the Real Madrid captain play as a central defender and a right back. Since his return to Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005, the player has assisted the club in winning numbers of trophies.
The defender was purchased for a record breaking fee and netted his first goal during the Champions League for the Real Madrid. Later in years, Ramos received a captaincy to lead Madrid with great victory scoring the highest goals against in the La Liga victory in 55 years. With the Real Madrid alone, the defender has bagged illustrious awards including Supercopa de Espana twice, La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup.
Under his captaincy, Real Madrid has achieved great feat from trophies to being a top team in the world. Besides from the club, the player also has made a huge contribution to the national team. Ramos international career has made him be part of great achievements like FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship and FIFA Confederations Cup.
Ramos is a player who is excellent in air and tackling. The defender is great with pace and has an ability in technical sides and crossing. These abilities earned him the rating 89 in FIFA 17. This year his performance has surpassed the prior one and his defending abilities has earned good accolades. We expect the fifth top defenders in FIFA 18 to see rise up to 90 in upcoming installment i.e. FIFA 18.