The 10 best right-backs in history, ranked

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A good right-back has a number of qualities – strength, speed, toughness, courage and the ability to run and cross the line. Here we pick our top 10 right-backs of all time, they all have different levels and their own unique styles.

So who are the best rightists in history? We have used a number of achievements to standardize our rankings, as well as the player’s overall contribution to the game in history. So who will make it into our top 10?

All statistics come from www.transfermarkt.co.uk and are correct as of publication date.

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10) Giuseppe Bergomi

  • 1 Domestic title
  • 0 Champions League titles (European Cup)
  • 0 European Championships
  • 1 World Cup

While playing with Italy at the age of 18, with World Cup winner, Claudio Gentile and Gaetano Sierra, Giuseppe Bergomi was not confused. Hard and fiery, the player who spent his entire 19-year career at Inter Milan was a difficult proposition for opponents wherever he played on the backline.

9) Phil Neal

Clubs: Northampton, Liverpool, Bolton

  • 8 Domestic Titles
  • 4 Champions League titles (European Cup)
  • 0 European Championships
  • 0 World Cup

The unassuming reliability and boundless energy made Phil Neal the most decorated player in Liverpool’s rich history and the Anfield legend won the European Cup four times. Ice Cold from the penalty spot, he scored 59 goals in his career, spanning more than 700 appearances, including a Liverpool-record 366 consecutive matches between 1974 and 1983.

8) Lillian Thuram

Clubs: Monaco, Parma, Juventus, Barcelona

  • 2 Domestic Titles
  • 0 Champions League titles (European Cup)
  • 1 European Championships
  • 1 World Cup

Physical and athletic, France’s Lillian Thuram was also a keen reader of the game, making it a nightmare for attackers. “He is very aware of the game around him and is always calm under pressure,” said former Sweden striker Henrik Larson. “He’s a well-linked player and doesn’t give the attacker any place to act.”

7) Gianluca Jambrotta

Clubs: Como, Barry, Juventus, Barcelona, ​​AC Milan, FC Chioso

  • 3 Domestic Titles
  • 0 Champions League titles (European Cup)
  • 0 European Championships
  • 1 World Cup

Two-legged Gianluca Zambrotta started from left-back before switching to the right to become one of Italy’s greatest defenders. A member of three World Cup teams and three European Championship teams, Jambrotta was part of his country’s victorious 2006 team in Germany and the 2000 Euros runner-up.

6) Zalma Santos

Clubs: Portuguese, Palmyra, Atletico-PR

  • 3 Domestic Titles
  • 0 America’s Cup
  • 2 World Cup

DiSalma Santos is one of three players selected for the three FIFA World Cup All-Star teams they have won in three straight tournaments since 1954 – the other being Franz Beckenbauer and Philip Lam. Jules won the Rimet Trophy in two of four appearances on the biggest stage of the offensive Brazilian game.

5) Carlos Alberto

Clubs: Flumenence, Santos FC, Flamenco, NY Cosmos, California Surf

  • 8 Domestic Titles
  • 2 Champions League titles (European Cup)
  • 1 World Cup

Carlos Alberto was the inspirational captain for the national team in the 1970 World Cup final against Italy, the greatest scorer in football history. In addition to his ability to hit the ball, Alberto has exquisite control and playmaking ability to go with his expertise and timing.

4) Danny Alves

Clubs: EC Bahia, Sevilla, Barcelona, ​​Juventus, Paris Saint Germain, Sೊo Paulo

  • 9 Domestic awards
  • 3 Champions League titles (European Cup)
  • 2 America’s Cup
  • 0 World Cup

Another Brazilian on the list, Alves is the most decorated of all his countrymen here and the most decorated player in football history with 43 trophies at the senior level. The 38-year-old, who returned to Barcelona, ​​did not lift the Jules Rimet Trophy as Santos, Alberto and Cafe. Winners of triples in Spain and France (with PSG), their speed and stamina make them the oldest player to win Olympic football gold this year, a remarkable 15 years after first wearing gold and green.

3) Javier Janetti

Clubs: Talleres RE, CA Banfield, Inter Milan

  • 5 Domestic Titles
  • 1 Champions League title (European Cup)
  • 0 World Cup

“I’m the toughest player I’ve ever played against Zanetti for Inter Milan,” Ryan Giggs told MUTV Group Chat. “He was running the whole day. He was playing in the midfield so he was comfortable on the ball. He could defend, he was tough. In the quarter-finals, he actually broke my nose. Zanetti was everything as a defender.” Zanetti is one of 35 footballers to have scored more than 1,000 appearances for club and country, and has more appearances as a captain with 82 in the Champions League.

2) Philip Lam

  • 8 Domestic Titles
  • 1 Champions League title (European Cup)
  • 0 European Championships
  • 1 World Cup

Philip Lam’s mark of greatness is that he can easily be found in the left-back version of this list. “He’s one of the most amazing players I’ve ever coached in my life and one of the most intelligent,” said Pep Guardiola, who played German for three seasons at Bayern Munich. “He can play in 10 places, no problems because he understands the game perfectly. It’s great to be his manager.”

1) Cafe

Clubs: Sao Paulo, Real Zaragoza, Youth, Palmeras, AS Roma, AC Milan, Garforth Town

  • 5 Domestic Titles
  • 1 Champions League titles (European Cup)
  • 2 America’s Cup
  • 2 World Cup

Like his predecessor, Carlos Alberto, Cafe is a masterful and versatile, brilliant footballer. Japstam played with the double World Cup winners at AC Milan: “People forget that they were too strong on defense, but they stand out because of their aggressive urges and energy. The cafು just kept going – up and down, up and down – and never gave up.

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