While taking charge of defensive duties of the side, these five central defenders shone brightly for Bayern Munich.
Central defense is one of the most crucial positions in football. The foundation of a successful side is laid in central defense. A team that is difficult to beat eventually finds a way to win the game, and eventually silverware. Similar to every other top European club, Bayern Munich has also enjoyed a lot of success whenever they had a strong center-backs in the squad.
Attacking players always steal the limelight. In this century, only once a defender has won Ballon’Dor. After enjoying a stellar year with the club and Italian national team, Fabio Cannavaro managed to win the biggest individual award for a footballer in 2006. Virgil Van Dijk came close to winning the accolade last year, but Lionel Messi eventually ended up winning the award.
There is no doubt about the influence of attacking players on the pitch, but central defenders need to get a special mention when great sides are discussed. A last-ditch tackle or interception also has a big impact on the final scoreline.
After looking at midfielders and full-backs in this series, it is time to focus on some of the best central defenders to don the Bayern shirt. Here are the top five central defenders that have played a big role in Die Roten’s success by delivering several world-class performances.