The right-back position is one of the most underrated positions on the field of play. The position has played host to a lot of football legends such as Cafu (Brazil), Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy), Lilian Thuram (France) and much more. For the purpose of this article, we will be taking a look at the top 10 right-backs that are still active in world football
10. Sebastian Jung (Germany and VFL Wolfsburg) – Jung has been a regular for his German side VFL Wolfsburg since his 2014 transfer from fellow German side Eintracht Frankfurt and is seen by many to be the long-term successor for the retired former captain Philipp Lahm when it comes to the German senior national team.
9. Elsaid Hysaj (Albania and Napoli) – Albanian international Hysaj has made the right-back position his own at Italian Serie A side Napoli having joined them from Empoli in 2015. He is also one of the stalwarts of his national team whom he helped qualify for their first ever tournament at the 2016 European Championships.
8. Kyle Walker (England and Tottenham Hotspur) – The 26-year old has been one of the best players in his position in the English Premier League (EPL) for the better part of the last few years prompting links with a move to Spanish champions Barcelona this summer. He joined Tottenham from Sheffield United in 2009 and has grown remarkably to be the first choice for both the North London side and England.
7. Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast and PSG) – Aurier, 24, has been a consistent performer for his current club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) since joining from Toulouse on loan in 2014 before making the move permanent in 2015. He has won all the domestic trophies available since joining the French Champions (2 Ligue 1 titles, 2 Cup titles, 2 League Cup titles and 3 Super Cup titles) in addition to helping Ivory Coast win the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
6. Hector Bellerin (Spain and Arsenal) – This Barcelona Academy graduate is widely regarded as the best of the emerging right-backs in world football. He made his breakthrough at Arsenal in 2014 and has cemented his place as the club’s no. 1 as a result. He has appeared at all levels for the Spanish team (U16, U17, U19, and U21) before making his debut for the senior national team in 2016.
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5. Juanfran (Spain and Atletico Madrid) – Juan Francisco Torres Belen Juanfran began his professional career at Real Madrid before breaking out at fellow Spanish club Osasuna. He joined Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has since led the team to win the 2014 Spanish La Liga in addition to 2 UCL final appearances in 2014 and 2016. He has 22 caps for Spain since making his debut in 2012.
4. Lukasz Piszczek (Poland and Borussia Dortmund) – The Polish international has been a huge success in the colours of the yellow and black of Dortmund since his transfer from Hertha Berlin in 2010 helping the team to two successive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 as well as the 2013 UCL final (lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich).
3. Daniel Carvajal (Spain and Real Madrid) – The 25-year old came through the Real Madrid youth academy before breaking into the first team in 2013 after spending a hugely successful 12 months at German side Bayer Leverkusen briefly. Since he became the first choice right-back, he has helped the Los Merengues win two UCL titles in the last three seasons. He made his first appearance for the Spanish La Furia Roja in 2014 and has gone on to cement his place as a squad member of the team.
2. Daniel Alves (Brazil and Juventus) – Daniel Alves has without a shadow of a doubt been one of the best right-backs in world football for the last decade having represented European clubs like Sevilla, Barcelona and now Italian champions Juventus. He joined Spanish side Sevilla in 2002 from Brazilian side and went on to win the UEFA Europa League (UEL) back-to-back with the club in 2005/06 and 2006/07. He thereafter completed his transfer to Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona in 2008 before helping them win the treble on two different occasions (2008/09 and 2014/15).
He joined Juventus from Barcelona in the summer of 2016 and his strong personality and impact in the colours of the team is presently been missed at the Nou Camp but as they say, Barcelona’s loss is Juventus’s gain;. He is a fully-fledged Brazilian international as well having made 99 appearances for the Selecao.
1. Philipp Lahm (Germany and Bayern Munich) – The former German senior national football team has been a consistent performer for Bayern Munich and Germany for the best part of 15 years and fans of these teams consider him to be an idol. The height of his football career came when he led Germany to their 4th FIFA World Cup title at the 2017 edition in Brazil before subsequently announcing his retirement from the team.
Lahm was also instrumental as he skippered his boyhood club Bayern Munich to a treble (UEFA Champions League (UCL), German Bundesliga and German Cup) during the 2012/13 season. The 33-year old will retire altogether from football surprisingly at the end of the current season as confirmed by him earlier this year.
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