The most skilful centre-backs in football right now including Ramos, Hummels and Pique

The most skilful centre-backs in football right now including Ramos, Hummels and Pique

The most skilful centre-backs in football right now including Ramos, Hummels and Pique 12. Frenkie de Jong (Ajax)11. John Stones (Manchester City)10. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)9. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)8. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)7. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)6. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)5. Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan)5. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)4. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)3. Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)2. Gerard Pique (Barcelona)1. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

He’s powerful and composed in equal measure. “He improves his anticipation and he has quality on the ball,” Leicester manager Claude Puel said about Maguire, who made his England debut in 2017. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was also full of praise for 25-year-old Maguire. “He’s got so much ability, sometimes too much ability! Sometimes behind him you get a little bit scared about what he’s going to do but it comes off 99 per cent of the time.” And the £17m Leicester paid for Maguire in 2017 is a bargain, according to Schmeichel considering the market for quality centre-backs today.

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Rather than focus on the wonderful attacking talent in football, talkSPORT.com is looking at classy defenders.

And while the best of the best are often found in the Champions League, there are plenty of other skilful centre-backs dotted around Europe.

Scroll through the gallery to see 13 of the best right now.

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