Today we look at the back line once more and go to Chelsea's John Terry. John Terry is pretty much the concensus best defender in England. He plays for the best team in Chelsea, and he is captain of the England team. However, John Terry gets my vote, not just for great skill or defensive scoring knack. John Terry gets my vote because in this day and age of flopping players, and dive taking defensive backs, alotted with crying, whimpering little men, there is the undeniable presense of the warrior that is John Terry. I've seen him take boots to the face, score without a shoe, play with a broken arm, and play with a twisted and battered body.
Now, Americans will say "So what. Football and hockey players do it all the time." I wish I could say something to make you believe me on how tough some soccer players are, but I doubt that I could. Just trust me in that professional European soccer is no joke when it comes to pain, endurance, and determination through both.
If there was man I wanted back there to protect my goal 1 v 1 against the best strikers in the world, it would be John Terry.
Now onto the legend. In many arenas, other than Maldini (because he started playing for both national and club at 15 yrs old), Franz Beckenbauer is the pinnacle of a defensive soccer God. He was nicknamed the Kaiser and he played like a man in charge of every victory. He guided German through their golden years of pure dominance.
He was another center back that could score and he may have been the greatest player Europe ever produced. Link posted by JVMM : 11:06 AM