Some of the best defenders in Europe have come from the French Ligue One.
Although the 2019/20 French Ligue one season came to an abrupt end due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still enjoyed fascinating football in the 28 round of matches that were played.
The exceptional performances of the top defenders in the French Ligue were clearly on display. Here is our list of the top 5 best defenders in Ligue one.
1. Hassane Kamara – Reims
The 26-year-old defender was born in Saint-Denis, France. He is a professional footballer who sometimes plays as the left midfielder for Nice. Within his team, he is ranked among the top 3 best players. This season 2019/2020, he has won 35 ariel duels and 79 tackles. He has also made two blocks. This is a prove of his amazing defensive skills. He is obviously emerged as one of the best defenders in Ligue 1 this season. His club, Reims, conceded the least number of goals last season (21), and he was instrumental to that stat.
2. Kamil Glik – Monaco
This polish footballer currently plays as a center back for AS Monaco. Glik is known for his great physicality and good mobility. His biggest strength is undoubtedly his aerial ability, both in marking and on set pieces in the opposing area. He is also known for his leadership on the pitch.
3. Damian de Silva – Rennes
Da Silva is a French professional footballer who plays as a defender for Ligue 1 club Rennes. He has played a total of 24 matches and scored one goal. He is also known for his incredible passing skills and agility. He has the highest number of average defensive clearances per game in the Ligue 1, making him one of the top defenders in Ligue 1.
4. Jason Denayer – Lyon
Jason Denayer plays for Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais. He is 25-year-old and 184cm tall. The Belgian footballer prefers to play with the right foot. He is a center back for both the Olympique Lyonnais and the Belgium national side. Denayer moved to Lyon in the summer transfer window of 2018, and has gone on to cement a place at the heart of their defence. He is known for his remarkable crosses and tackling skills.
He made an average of 1.2 blocks per game, the highest of any Ligue 1 defender last season.
5. Marquinhos – Paris St. Germain
Marcos Aoás Corrêa, born 14 May 1994, who is also popularly known as Marquinhos, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He plays as a right-back or a defensive midfielder but mainly as a central defender. He has made 19 appearances, scored 3 goals and 1 assist this season. He is known for his flexibility and accurate passes. He is also a technically gifted footballer, and was crucial PSG winning the League title.
You can also check out our list of the best goalkeepers in Ligue One.