Have a look at the ranking of the top 5 most expensive central defenders of all time in World football.
Defending is an art, and a good defender is an artist. There was a time when defenders were not considered an integral part of the team. But, over the years, it has changed as the game has evolved now and everybody needs a good defensive pairing in order to win Silverware.
Top 5: Most Expensive Defenders Of All Time
1. Harry Maguire
English defender Harry Maguire became the most expensive defender when Manchester United broke their bank to acquire his services from Leicester City for a transfer fee of around €87.1 million making him the most expensive defender of all time. Since joining the club in 2019, he has featured in 107 games finding the net 5 times.
2. Virgil van Dijk
Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk is the second most expensive defender of all time making the move from Southampton to Liverpool in 2017 for €84.5 million, a then-world-record transfer fee for a defender. Since joining the club he has become an integral part of the team.
He helped Liverpool to their fifth UEFA Champions League title and a much-awaited Premier Title which was craved by every Liverpool fan. Van Dijk has played 130 games for the club in all competitions scoring 13 goals.
3. Lucas Hernandez
25-years-old French center-back Lucas Hernandez left Atletico Madrid to play for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich with whom he has enjoyed Champions League success. He joined the club in 2019 for a club record (and Bundesliga record) fee of €80 million, signing a five-year contract lasting until 2024.
Since arriving at the Allianz Arena, Hernandez has featured in 62 matches for the club finding the net 1 time becoming a crucial player for the team.
4. Matthijs de Ligt
Young Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt made the move to Turin in 2019 for a transfer fee around of €75 million after months of speculation surrounding his future. He has played in 75 games in all competitions for the club finding the net 5 times during the span of 2 years.
5. Ruben Dias
24-years-old Portuguese defender Ruben Dias is the newest addition to the list after making the move from Benfica to Manchester City in 2020 for a transfer fee of around €65 million. Dias became a crucial part of the team in the first season forming a defensive partnership with John Stones.
Ruben Dias helped City to secure their third League title in four years featuring in 50 matches for the club in all competitions scoring once.
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