The festive period has concluded, and European football is back in full swing. While some leagues like the German Bundesliga and the French Ligue 1 enjoyed longer breaks than others, all have now resumed normal operations. Given that most championships are at a similar stage of the season, the team at SuperBettingSites has undertaken the task of unveiling the highest-rated defenders in Europe’s top 10 leagues.

Methodology: First, we identified the top 10 European leagues using UEFA’s country coefficients. Then, we selected the top-rated defenders in each of the ten leagues using Whoscored.com. Next, we gathered metrics covering 11 different categories using Squawka.com’s comparison matrix such as “Minutes played”, “Tackles”, “Interceptions” and many more. Lastly, we included the market value of each player from Transfermarkt.com to create a comprehensive overview of the five best-performing defenders in each of the top ten European leagues for the 2023/24 season. Finally, we compiled all the data into a single table to identify the standout defenders in Europe this season.

The 10 Best Defenders (based on stats till 20/02/2024)

  1. James Tavernier

    James Tavernier

    Age: 32

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.96

    Team: Rangers

    Market Value (€): 7,000,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2241

    Goals: 10

    Tackles: 55

    Clearances: 53

    Interceptions: 25

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 13

    Goals Conceded: 13

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Alejandro Grimaldo

    Alejandro Grimaldo

    Age: 28

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.75

    Team: Bayer Leverkusen

    Market Value (€): 35,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1973

    Goals: 8

    Tackles: 36

    Clearances: 22

    Interceptions: 16

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 10

    Goals Conceded: 15

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  3. Olivier Boscagli

    Olivier Boscagli

    Age: 26

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.38

    Team: PSV

    Market Value (€): 20,000,000

    Country: France France

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1807

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 24

    Clearances: 78

    Interceptions: 34

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 10

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  4. Emin Bayram

    Emin Bayram

    Age: 20

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.32

    Team: Westerlo

    Market Value (€): 1,500,000

    Country: Turkey Turkey

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1665

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 51

    Clearances: 107

    Interceptions: 60

    Blocks: 16

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 33

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. Alessandro Buongiorno

    Alessandro Buongiorno

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.25

    Team: Torino

    Market Value (€): 22,000,000

    Country: Italy Italy

    Games Played: 18

    Minutes Played: 1557

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 46

    Clearances: 78

    Interceptions: 43

    Blocks: 11

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 12

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  6. Kieran Trippier

    Kieran Trippier

    Age: 33

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.25

    Team: Newcastle

    Market Value (€): 11,000,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 23

    Minutes Played: 2025

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 52

    Clearances: 40

    Interceptions: 23

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 37

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  7. Ferdi Kadioglu

    Ferdi Kadioglu

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.22

    Team: Fenerbahce

    Market Value (€): 20,000,000

    Country: Turkey Turkey

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2249

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 48

    Clearances: 40

    Interceptions: 27

    Blocks: 3

    Clean Sheets: 11

    Goals Conceded: 21

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  8. Wilfried Singo

    Wilfried Singo

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.18

    Team: Monaco

    Market Value (€): 18,000,000

    Country: Cote d'Ivoire Cote d'Ivoire

    Games Played: 15

    Minutes Played: 1350

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 18

    Clearances: 47

    Interceptions: 30

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 19

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  9. Nicolas Otamendi

    Nicolas Otamendi

    Age: 35

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.16

    Team: Benfica

    Market Value (€): 1,500,000

    Country: Argentina Argentina

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1883

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 39

    Clearances: 72

    Interceptions: 29

    Blocks: 9

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 15

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  10. Joao Cancelo

    Joao Cancelo

    Age: 29

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.11

    Team: Barcelona

    Market Value (€): 40,000,000

    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1612

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 44

    Clearances: 25

    Interceptions: 17

    Blocks: 6

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 25

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

*The graphic compares the metrics of the top rated defender from each league

Rangers’ captain, James Tavernier, stands head and shoulders above his peers in three different categories. With an impressive 20 matches under his belt, he leads in terms of games played. Moreover, he boasts the highest number of minutes played at 1791 and an astonishing 46 tackles made. To top it all off, Tavernier has found the back of the net a remarkable 10 times.

Portuguese prodigy Antonio Silva shines as a master shot blocker, tallying an impressive 17 blocks. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s defensive stalwart, Virgil Van Dijk, takes the crown for the highest number of clearances, amassing an impressive total of 85. Notably, Van Dijk stands alone as the sole player in this elite group who has received a red card.

Alessandro Buongiorno’s Torino and Ferdi Kadioglu’s Fenerbahce have proven their defensive prowess by keeping clean sheets in 9 matches each with these two defenders on the field. On the other hand, PSV’s Olivier Boscagli has exhibited remarkable resilience, conceding a mere 8 goals while he was in action, marking the lowest such number among the group.

Premier League Highest Rated Defenders

  1. Kieran Trippier

    Kieran Trippier

    Age: 33

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.25

    Team: Newcastle

    Market Value (€): 11,000,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 23

    Minutes Played: 2025

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 52

    Clearances: 40

    Interceptions: 23

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 37

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Virgil Van Dijk

    Virgil Van Dijk

    Age: 32

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.25

    Team: Liverpool

    Market Value (€): 32,000,000

    Country: Netherlands Netherlands

    Games Played: 23

    Minutes Played: 2008

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 27

    Clearances: 99

    Interceptions: 29

    Blocks: 23

    Clean Sheets: 7

    Goals Conceded: 23

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 1

  3. Trent Alexander-Arnold

    Trent Alexander-Arnold

    Age: 25

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.18

    Team: Liverpool

    Market Value (€): 70,000,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1625

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 28

    Clearances: 33

    Interceptions: 23

    Blocks: 1

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 18

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  4. Pedro Porro

    Pedro Porro

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.18

    Team: Tottenham

    Market Value (€): 45,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 23

    Minutes Played: 2067

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 67

    Clearances: 58

    Interceptions: 23

    Blocks: 13

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 34

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. James Tarkowski

    James Tarkowski

    Age: 31

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.12

    Team: Everton

    Market Value (€): 13,000,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2249

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 35

    Clearances: 116

    Interceptions: 46

    Blocks: 35

    Clean Sheets: 8

    Goals Conceded: 33

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

The Premier League’s highest rated defenders feature 2 players from Liverpool and Tottenham along with Newcastle’s skipper Kieran Trippier. Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold occupy the top 2 positions, separated only by the slightest of margins. The towering Dutchman leads in several separate categories, including “Clearances”, “Interceptions”, “Blocks”, and “Clean Sheets”. Cristian Romero, 2022 World Cup winner with Argentina, comes under the spotlight, having scored more goals than the others with 3, but he is also the only one to have ticked both negative boxes – score in his own net and receive a red card.

Premiership Highest Rated Defenders

  1. James Tavernier

    James Tavernier

    Age: 32

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.96

    Team: Rangers

    Market Value (€): 7,000,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2241

    Goals: 10

    Tackles: 55

    Clearances: 53

    Interceptions: 25

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 13

    Goals Conceded: 13

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Liam Scales

    Liam Scales

    Age: 25

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.41

    Team: Celtic

    Market Value (€): 2,000,000

    Country: Ireland Ireland

    Games Played: 23

    Minutes Played: 2070

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 37

    Clearances: 90

    Interceptions: 22

    Blocks: 12

    Clean Sheets: 11

    Goals Conceded: 14

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  3. Owen Beck

    Owen Beck

    Age: 21

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.29

    Team: Dundee

    Market Value (€): 600,000

    Country: Wales Wales

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1889

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 59

    Clearances: 47

    Interceptions: 23

    Blocks: 9

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 32

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  4. Frankie Kent

    Frankie Kent

    Age: 28

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.25

    Team: Hearts

    Market Value (€): 900,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2250

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 23

    Clearances: 136

    Interceptions: 24

    Blocks: 27

    Clean Sheets: 12

    Goals Conceded: 22

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. Borna Barisic

    Borna Barisic

    Age: 31

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.2

    Team: Rangers

    Market Value (€): 5,500,000

    Country: Croatia Croatia

    Games Played: 13

    Minutes Played: 925

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 21

    Clearances: 23

    Interceptions: 10

    Blocks: 0

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 5

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

In the Scottish Premiership, James Tavernier reigns supreme. Notably, he not only leads in scored goals, with an impressive 10 to his name, but he also contributes to Rangers’ defense by allowing only 11 goals when he’s on the field. Celtic’s Liam Scales secures second place, while Frankie Kent, who playes for Hearts, claims the third-highest rating among defenders in the Premiership and holds the distinction of being involved in the most games, playing the most minutes, and making the most clearances among the top-rated defenders in Scotland. Joe Shaughnessy (Dundee) who has blocked more shots than any of the elite defenders in Scotland is 4th and Alex Cochrane (Hearts) completes the top 5.

La Liga Highest Rated Defenders

  1. Joao Cancelo

    Joao Cancelo

    Age: 29

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.11

    Team: Barcelona

    Market Value (€): 40,000,000

    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1612

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 44

    Clearances: 25

    Interceptions: 17

    Blocks: 6

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 25

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Sergio Ramos

    Sergio Ramos

    Age: 37

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.02

    Team: Sevilla

    Market Value (€): 4,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 15

    Minutes Played: 1348

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 23

    Clearances: 79

    Interceptions: 27

    Blocks: 15

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 22

    Own Goals: 1

    Red Cards: 1

  3. Sergi Cardona

    Sergi Cardona

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 6.99

    Team: Las Palmas

    Market Value (€): 3,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 24

    Minutes Played: 1988

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 70

    Clearances: 69

    Interceptions: 37

    Blocks: 6

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 22

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  4. Yuri Berchiche

    Yuri Berchiche

    Age: 34

    Whoscored.com Rating: 6.99

    Team: Athletic Bilbao

    Market Value (€): 2,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1380

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 23

    Clearances: 39

    Interceptions: 16

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 8

    Goals Conceded: 9

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. Daniel Carvajal

    Daniel Carvajal

    Age: 32

    Whoscored.com Rating: 6.97

    Team: Real Madrid

    Market Value (€): 12,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 20

    Minutes Played: 1556

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 38

    Clearances: 26

    Interceptions: 20

    Blocks: 7

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 9

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 1

Joao Cancelo, who joined Barcelona on loan during the summer, has quickly emerged as the Catalans’ standout defender. Not only does he lead all LaLiga defenders in rating, but he also tops the charts for most games played, minutes played, and tackles made. In addition, he shares the top spot for the most goals scored. Antonio Raillo, Sergi Cardona and Diego Rico round off the 5 highest rated defenders in LaLiga, with Celta’s Cardona having made the most tackles, clearances, and interceptions of the quintet.

Serie A Highest Rated Defenders

  1. Alessandro Buongiorno

    Alessandro Buongiorno

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.25

    Team: Torino

    Market Value (€): 22,000,000

    Country: Italy Italy

    Games Played: 18

    Minutes Played: 1557

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 46

    Clearances: 78

    Interceptions: 43

    Blocks: 11

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 12

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Federico Dimarco

    Federico Dimarco

    Age: 26

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.15

    Team: Inter

    Market Value (€): 50,000,000

    Country: Italy Italy

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1307

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 26

    Clearances: 17

    Interceptions: 7

    Blocks: 2

    Clean Sheets: 1

    Goals Conceded: 11

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  3. Alessandro Bastoni

    Alessandro Bastoni

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.12

    Team: Inter

    Market Value (€): 60,000,000

    Country: Italy Italy

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1558

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 31

    Clearances: 31

    Interceptions: 17

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 7

    Goals Conceded: 10

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  4. Danilo

    Danilo

    Age: 32

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.11

    Team: Juventus

    Market Value (€): 12,000,000

    Country: Brazil Brazil

    Games Played: 18

    Minutes Played: 1550

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 37

    Clearances: 64

    Interceptions: 27

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 13

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. Giorgio Scalvini

    Giorgio Scalvini

    Age: 20

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.08

    Team: Atalanta

    Market Value (€): 40,000,000

    Country: Italy Italy

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1788

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 43

    Clearances: 48

    Interceptions: 44

    Blocks: 14

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 22

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

Alessandro Buongiorno of Torino stands tall as Serie A’s highest-rated defender for the 2023/24 season. Buongiorno excels in various positive rankings, including games played, minutes played, goals scored, tackles, clearances, interceptions, blocks, and clean sheets. Notably, Juventus and Inter, both fighting for the Serie A title, dominate with two players in the top 5 best defenders in Italy’s Serie A. Inter have Federico Dimarco and Francesco Acerbi, while Juventus’ Brazilian pair of Danilo and Bremer are the two foreigners in the top 5.

Bundesliga Highest Rated Defenders

  1. Alejandro Grimaldo

    Alejandro Grimaldo

    Age: 28

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.75

    Team: Bayer Leverkusen

    Market Value (€): 35,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1973

    Goals: 8

    Tackles: 36

    Clearances: 22

    Interceptions: 16

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 10

    Goals Conceded: 15

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Alphonso Davies

    Alphonso Davies

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.3

    Team: Bayern Munich

    Market Value (€): 70,000,000

    Country: Canada Canada

    Games Played: 18

    Minutes Played: 1419

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 34

    Clearances: 25

    Interceptions: 19

    Blocks: 1

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 15

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  3. Jeremie Frimpong

    Jeremie Frimpong

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.23

    Team: Bayer Leverkusen

    Market Value (€): 50,000,000

    Country: Netherlands Netherlands

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1648

    Goals: 7

    Tackles: 17

    Clearances: 11

    Interceptions: 5

    Blocks: 0

    Clean Sheets: 3

    Goals Conceded: 13

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  4. Maximilian Mittelstadt

    Maximilian Mittelstadt

    Age: 26

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.13

    Team: Stuttgart

    Market Value (€): 5,000,000

    Country: Germany Germany

    Games Played: 20

    Minutes Played: 1182

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 52

    Clearances: 29

    Interceptions: 29

    Blocks: 4

    Clean Sheets: 2

    Goals Conceded: 15

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. Kim Min-jae

    Kim Min-jae

    Age: 27

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.1

    Team: Bayern Munich

    Market Value (€): 60,000,000

    Country: South Korea South Korea

    Games Played: 17

    Minutes Played: 1498

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 24

    Clearances: 47

    Interceptions: 37

    Blocks: 12

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 20

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

The Bundesliga’s top 5 defenders showcase the talent from Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, and RB Leipzig. The Leverkusen duo leads in goals scored and fewest goals conceded, while Bayern Munich’s Kim Min-jae excels in “Clearances”, “Interceptions”, and “Blocks.” Among them, Benjamin Henrichs stands out as the player with the most tackles made.

Ligue 1 Highest Rated Defenders

  1. Wilfried Singo

    Wilfried Singo

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.18

    Team: Monaco

    Market Value (€): 18,000,000

    Country: Cote d'Ivoire Cote d'Ivoire

    Games Played: 15

    Minutes Played: 1350

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 18

    Clearances: 47

    Interceptions: 30

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 19

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Bradley Locko

    Bradley Locko

    Age: 21

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.15

    Team: Brest

    Market Value (€): 7,000,000

    Country: France France

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1971

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 70

    Clearances: 35

    Interceptions: 28

    Blocks: 0

    Clean Sheets: 10

    Goals Conceded: 18

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  3. Achraf Hakimi

    Achraf Hakimi

    Age: 25

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.08

    Team: PSG

    Market Value (€): 65,000,000

    Country: Morocco Morocco

    Games Played: 16

    Minutes Played: 1223

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 19

    Clearances: 16

    Interceptions: 10

    Blocks: 2

    Clean Sheets: 3

    Goals Conceded: 13

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  4. Ruben Aguilar

    Ruben Aguilar

    Age: 30

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.07

    Team: Lens

    Market Value (€): 6,000,000

    Country: France France

    Games Played: 15

    Minutes Played: 1309

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 30

    Clearances: 26

    Interceptions: 17

    Blocks: 2

    Clean Sheets: 8

    Goals Conceded: 8

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. Tiago Santos

    Tiago Santos

    Age: 21

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.06

    Team: Lille

    Market Value (€): 8,000,000

    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Games Played: 18

    Minutes Played: 1383

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 36

    Clearances: 18

    Interceptions: 10

    Blocks: 2

    Clean Sheets: 10

    Goals Conceded: 12

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

Wilfried Singo, currently representing Cote d’Ivoire at the African Cup of Nations, boasts the highest average rating among all Ligue 1 defenders. Singo leads in the “Interceptions” category, while PSG’s Achraf Hakimi is on top with three goals scored. Bradley Locko has displayed his prowess by playing the most games, minutes, making the most tackles, and registering the most clean sheets. In addition, Marseille’s Samuel Gigot tops both the “Clearances” and “Blocks” charts.

Eredivisie Highest Rated Defenders

  1. Olivier Boscagli

    Olivier Boscagli

    Age: 26

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.38

    Team: PSV

    Market Value (€): 20,000,000

    Country: France France

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1807

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 24

    Clearances: 78

    Interceptions: 34

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 10

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Sergino Dest

    Sergino Dest

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.3

    Team: PSV

    Market Value (€): 18,000,000

    Country: USA USA

    Games Played: 17

    Minutes Played: 1406

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 18

    Clearances: 13

    Interceptions: 8

    Blocks: 3

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 7

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  3. Jordan Teze

    Jordan Teze

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.21

    Team: PSV

    Market Value (€): 14,000,000

    Country: Netherlands Netherlands

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1558

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 32

    Clearances: 18

    Interceptions: 11

    Blocks: 2

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 8

    Own Goals: 1

    Red Cards: 0

  4. David Hancko

    David Hancko

    Age: 26

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.2

    Team: Feyenoord

    Market Value (€): 35,000,000

    Country: Slovakia Slovakia

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1980

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 24

    Clearances: 57

    Interceptions: 14

    Blocks: 15

    Clean Sheets: 10

    Goals Conceded: 17

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. Andre Ramalho

    Andre Ramalho

    Age: 31

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.16

    Team: PSV

    Market Value (€): 3,000,000

    Country: Brazil Brazil

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1631

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 30

    Clearances: 68

    Interceptions: 23

    Blocks: 20

    Clean Sheets: 8

    Goals Conceded: 9

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

The Eredivisie’s top-rated defenders all hail from just two teams, with PSV contributing four players and AZ Alkmaar providing one. Olivier Boscagli stands head and shoulders above his peers with a rating of 7.39, boasting the most minutes played, interceptions, and clean sheets. His teammate, Jordan Teze, leads in “Clearances”. Notably, Andre Ramalho, the only player over 30 years of age, leads in games played, goals scored, and both clearances and blocks.

Liga Portugal Highest Rated Defenders

  1. Nicolas Otamendi

    Nicolas Otamendi

    Age: 35

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.16

    Team: Benfica

    Market Value (€): 1,500,000

    Country: Argentina Argentina

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1883

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 39

    Clearances: 72

    Interceptions: 29

    Blocks: 9

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 15

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Antonio Silva

    Antonio Silva

    Age: 20

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.16

    Team: Benfica

    Market Value (€): 45,000,000

    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Games Played: 20

    Minutes Played: 1799

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 48

    Clearances: 67

    Interceptions: 11

    Blocks: 18

    Clean Sheets: 10

    Goals Conceded: 13

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  3. Sebastian Coates

    Sebastian Coates

    Age: 33

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.1

    Team: Sporting Lisbon

    Market Value (€): 4,000,000

    Country: Uruguay Uruguay

    Games Played: 18

    Minutes Played: 1354

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 25

    Clearances: 40

    Interceptions: 15

    Blocks: 13

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 12

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  4. Pedro Malheiro

    Pedro Malheiro

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.09

    Team: Boavista

    Market Value (€): 4,000,000

    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Games Played: 13

    Minutes Played: 1113

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 37

    Clearances: 21

    Interceptions: 18

    Blocks: 7

    Clean Sheets: 1

    Goals Conceded: 18

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. Costinha

    Costinha

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.07

    Team: Rio Ave

    Market Value (€): 3,500,000

    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1971

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 61

    Clearances: 45

    Interceptions: 22

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 31

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

Benfica’s Antonio Silva and Nicolas Otamendi claim the top rating among Liga Portugal defenders, while Morato comes in 4th place. Silva, at just 20 years old, leads the league in “Clean sheets” and “Goals conceded”. Costinha from Rio Ave takes 3rd position, and Otavio who has been playing for Famalicao and has performed more blocks than any of the above completes the top 5.

Belgian Pro Highest Rated Defenders

  1. Emin Bayram

    Emin Bayram

    Age: 20

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.32

    Team: Westerlo

    Market Value (€): 1,500,000

    Country: Turkey Turkey

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1665

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 51

    Clearances: 107

    Interceptions: 60

    Blocks: 16

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 33

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Hugo Siquet

    Hugo Siquet

    Age: 21

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.19

    Team: Cercle Brugge

    Market Value (€): 5,000,000

    Country: Belgium Belgium

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1600

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 68

    Clearances: 32

    Interceptions: 34

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 2

    Goals Conceded: 20

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  3. Maxim De Cuyper

    Maxim De Cuyper

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.14

    Team: Club Brugge

    Market Value (€): 8,000,000

    Country: Belgium Belgium

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 1981

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 41

    Clearances: 26

    Interceptions: 33

    Blocks: 4

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 21

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 1

  4. Brandon Mechele

    Brandon Mechele

    Age: 31

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.09

    Team: Club Brugge

    Market Value (€): 4,000,000

    Country: Belgium Belgium

    Games Played: 26

    Minutes Played: 2323

    Goals: 4

    Tackles: 48

    Clearances: 78

    Interceptions: 40

    Blocks: 17

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 24

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. Toby Alderweireld

    Toby Alderweireld

    Age: 34

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.09

    Team: Antwerp

    Market Value (€): 3,000,000

    Country: Belgium Belgium

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2240

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 30

    Clearances: 87

    Interceptions: 18

    Blocks: 17

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 22

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

Turkish defender Emin Bayram has taken the Jupiler Pro League by storm during the 2023/24 season. At just 20 years of age, the Westerlo player leads the league in both “Clearances” and “Interceptions.” The Colombian Daniel Munoz boasts the most goals scored and clean sheets. Hugo Siquet and Maxim De Cuypers have played the most matches, with the latter spending the most time on the field. Furthermore, the 21-year-old Cercle Brugge footballer records the highest number of tackles among the best defenders in Belgium.

Süper Lig Highest Rated Defenders

  1. Ferdi Kadioglu

    Ferdi Kadioglu

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.22

    Team: Fenerbahce

    Market Value (€): 20,000,000

    Country: Turkey Turkey

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2249

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 48

    Clearances: 40

    Interceptions: 27

    Blocks: 3

    Clean Sheets: 11

    Goals Conceded: 21

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Abdulkerim Bardakci

    Abdulkerim Bardakci

    Age: 29

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.19

    Team: Galatasaray

    Market Value (€): 10,000,000

    Country: Turkey Turkey

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1583

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 22

    Clearances: 45

    Interceptions: 24

    Blocks: 9

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 10

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  3. Victor Nelsson

    Victor Nelsson

    Age: 25

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.14

    Team: Galatasaray

    Market Value (€): 15,000,000

    Country: Denmark Denmark

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1621

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 12

    Clearances: 68

    Interceptions: 31

    Blocks: 13

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 9

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  4. Davinson Sanchez

    Davinson Sanchez

    Age: 27

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.13

    Team: Galatasaray

    Market Value (€): 16,000,000

    Country: Colombia Colombia

    Games Played: 14

    Minutes Played: 1187

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 25

    Clearances: 30

    Interceptions: 15

    Blocks: 7

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 9

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. Guilherme

    Guilherme

    Age: 33

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.08

    Team: Konyaspor

    Market Value (€): 1,000,000

    Country: Brazil Brazil

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2187

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 52

    Clearances: 50

    Interceptions: 38

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 7

    Goals Conceded: 36

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

The top 5 defenders in the Turkish Super Lig represent four different teams. Ferdi Kadioglu commands the highest average rating, excelling in two categories — “Minutes Played” and “Clean Sheets”. Galatasaray’s Abdulkerim Bardakci scores the most goals, while Rizespor’s Emirhan Topcu leads in “Clearances” “Interceptions,” and “Blocks”. Guilherme (Konyaspor) and Victor Nelsson (Galatasaray) are the other two best performing defenders in the Super Lig thus far.

European Top 50 Full List

  1. James Tavernier

    James Tavernier

    Age: 32

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.96

    Team: Rangers

    Market Value (€): 7,000,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2241

    Goals: 10

    Tackles: 55

    Clearances: 53

    Interceptions: 25

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 13

    Goals Conceded: 13

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  2. Alejandro Grimaldo

    Alejandro Grimaldo

    Age: 28

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.75

    Team: Bayer Leverkusen

    Market Value (€): 35,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1973

    Goals: 8

    Tackles: 36

    Clearances: 22

    Interceptions: 16

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 10

    Goals Conceded: 15

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  3. Liam Scales

    Liam Scales

    Age: 25

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.41

    Team: Celtic

    Market Value (€): 2,000,000

    Country: Ireland Ireland

    Games Played: 23

    Minutes Played: 2070

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 37

    Clearances: 90

    Interceptions: 22

    Blocks: 12

    Clean Sheets: 11

    Goals Conceded: 14

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  4. Olivier Boscagli

    Olivier Boscagli

    Age: 26

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.38

    Team: PSV

    Market Value (€): 20,000,000

    Country: France France

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1807

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 24

    Clearances: 78

    Interceptions: 34

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 10

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  5. Emin Bayram

    Emin Bayram

    Age: 20

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.32

    Team: Westerlo

    Market Value (€): 1,500,000

    Country: Turkey Turkey

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1665

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 51

    Clearances: 107

    Interceptions: 60

    Blocks: 16

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 33

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  6. Sergino Dest

    Sergino Dest

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.3

    Team: PSV

    Market Value (€): 18,000,000

    Country: USA USA

    Games Played: 17

    Minutes Played: 1406

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 18

    Clearances: 13

    Interceptions: 8

    Blocks: 3

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 7

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  7. Alphonso Davies

    Alphonso Davies

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.3

    Team: Bayern Munich

    Market Value (€): 70,000,000

    Country: Canada Canada

    Games Played: 18

    Minutes Played: 1419

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 34

    Clearances: 25

    Interceptions: 19

    Blocks: 1

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 15

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  8. Owen Beck

    Owen Beck

    Age: 21

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.29

    Team: Dundee

    Market Value (€): 600,000

    Country: Wales Wales

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1889

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 59

    Clearances: 47

    Interceptions: 23

    Blocks: 9

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 32

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  9. Kieran Trippier

    Kieran Trippier

    Age: 33

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.25

    Team: Newcastle

    Market Value (€): 11,000,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 23

    Minutes Played: 2025

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 52

    Clearances: 40

    Interceptions: 23

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 37

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  10. Virgil Van Dijk

    Virgil Van Dijk

    Age: 32

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.25

    Team: Liverpool

    Market Value (€): 32,000,000

    Country: Netherlands Netherlands

    Games Played: 23

    Minutes Played: 2008

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 27

    Clearances: 99

    Interceptions: 29

    Blocks: 23

    Clean Sheets: 7

    Goals Conceded: 23

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 1

  11. Alessandro Buongiorno

    Alessandro Buongiorno

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.25

    Team: Torino

    Market Value (€): 22,000,000

    Country: Italy Italy

    Games Played: 18

    Minutes Played: 1557

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 46

    Clearances: 78

    Interceptions: 43

    Blocks: 11

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 12

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  12. Frankie Kent

    Frankie Kent

    Age: 28

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.25

    Team: Hearts

    Market Value (€): 900,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2250

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 23

    Clearances: 136

    Interceptions: 24

    Blocks: 27

    Clean Sheets: 12

    Goals Conceded: 22

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  13. Jeremie Frimpong

    Jeremie Frimpong

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.23

    Team: Bayer Leverkusen

    Market Value (€): 50,000,000

    Country: Netherlands Netherlands

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1648

    Goals: 7

    Tackles: 17

    Clearances: 11

    Interceptions: 5

    Blocks: 0

    Clean Sheets: 3

    Goals Conceded: 13

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  14. Ferdi Kadioglu

    Ferdi Kadioglu

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.22

    Team: Fenerbahce

    Market Value (€): 20,000,000

    Country: Turkey Turkey

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2249

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 48

    Clearances: 40

    Interceptions: 27

    Blocks: 3

    Clean Sheets: 11

    Goals Conceded: 21

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  15. Jordan Teze

    Jordan Teze

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.21

    Team: PSV

    Market Value (€): 14,000,000

    Country: Netherlands Netherlands

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1558

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 32

    Clearances: 18

    Interceptions: 11

    Blocks: 2

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 8

    Own Goals: 1

    Red Cards: 0

  16. David Hancko

    David Hancko

    Age: 26

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.2

    Team: Feyenoord

    Market Value (€): 35,000,000

    Country: Slovakia Slovakia

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1980

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 24

    Clearances: 57

    Interceptions: 14

    Blocks: 15

    Clean Sheets: 10

    Goals Conceded: 17

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  17. Borna Barisic

    Borna Barisic

    Age: 31

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.2

    Team: Rangers

    Market Value (€): 5,500,000

    Country: Croatia Croatia

    Games Played: 13

    Minutes Played: 925

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 21

    Clearances: 23

    Interceptions: 10

    Blocks: 0

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 5

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  18. Hugo Siquet

    Hugo Siquet

    Age: 21

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.19

    Team: Cercle Brugge

    Market Value (€): 5,000,000

    Country: Belgium Belgium

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1600

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 68

    Clearances: 32

    Interceptions: 34

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 2

    Goals Conceded: 20

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  19. Abdulkerim Bardakci

    Abdulkerim Bardakci

    Age: 29

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.19

    Team: Galatasaray

    Market Value (€): 10,000,000

    Country: Turkey Turkey

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1583

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 22

    Clearances: 45

    Interceptions: 24

    Blocks: 9

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 10

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  20. Trent Alexander-Arnold

    Trent Alexander-Arnold

    Age: 25

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.18

    Team: Liverpool

    Market Value (€): 70,000,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1625

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 28

    Clearances: 33

    Interceptions: 23

    Blocks: 1

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 18

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  21. Pedro Porro

    Pedro Porro

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.18

    Team: Tottenham

    Market Value (€): 45,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 23

    Minutes Played: 2067

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 67

    Clearances: 58

    Interceptions: 23

    Blocks: 13

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 34

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  22. Wilfried Singo

    Wilfried Singo

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.18

    Team: Monaco

    Market Value (€): 18,000,000

    Country: Cote d'Ivoire Cote d'Ivoire

    Games Played: 15

    Minutes Played: 1350

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 18

    Clearances: 47

    Interceptions: 30

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 19

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  23. Andre Ramalho

    Andre Ramalho

    Age: 31

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.16

    Team: PSV

    Market Value (€): 3,000,000

    Country: Brazil Brazil

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1631

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 30

    Clearances: 68

    Interceptions: 23

    Blocks: 20

    Clean Sheets: 8

    Goals Conceded: 9

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  24. Nicolas Otamendi

    Nicolas Otamendi

    Age: 35

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.16

    Team: Benfica

    Market Value (€): 1,500,000

    Country: Argentina Argentina

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1883

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 39

    Clearances: 72

    Interceptions: 29

    Blocks: 9

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 15

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  25. Antonio Silva

    Antonio Silva

    Age: 20

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.16

    Team: Benfica

    Market Value (€): 45,000,000

    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Games Played: 20

    Minutes Played: 1799

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 48

    Clearances: 67

    Interceptions: 11

    Blocks: 18

    Clean Sheets: 10

    Goals Conceded: 13

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  26. Federico Dimarco

    Federico Dimarco

    Age: 26

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.15

    Team: Inter

    Market Value (€): 50,000,000

    Country: Italy Italy

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1307

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 26

    Clearances: 17

    Interceptions: 7

    Blocks: 2

    Clean Sheets: 1

    Goals Conceded: 11

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  27. Bradley Locko

    Bradley Locko

    Age: 21

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.15

    Team: Brest

    Market Value (€): 7,000,000

    Country: France France

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1971

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 70

    Clearances: 35

    Interceptions: 28

    Blocks: 0

    Clean Sheets: 10

    Goals Conceded: 18

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  28. Maxim De Cuyper

    Maxim De Cuyper

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.14

    Team: Club Brugge

    Market Value (€): 8,000,000

    Country: Belgium Belgium

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 1981

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 41

    Clearances: 26

    Interceptions: 33

    Blocks: 4

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 21

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 1

  29. Victor Nelsson

    Victor Nelsson

    Age: 25

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.14

    Team: Galatasaray

    Market Value (€): 15,000,000

    Country: Denmark Denmark

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1621

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 12

    Clearances: 68

    Interceptions: 31

    Blocks: 13

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 9

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  30. Davinson Sanchez

    Davinson Sanchez

    Age: 27

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.13

    Team: Galatasaray

    Market Value (€): 16,000,000

    Country: Colombia Colombia

    Games Played: 14

    Minutes Played: 1187

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 25

    Clearances: 30

    Interceptions: 15

    Blocks: 7

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 9

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  31. Maximilian Mittelstadt

    Maximilian Mittelstadt

    Age: 26

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.13

    Team: Stuttgart

    Market Value (€): 5,000,000

    Country: Germany Germany

    Games Played: 20

    Minutes Played: 1182

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 52

    Clearances: 29

    Interceptions: 29

    Blocks: 4

    Clean Sheets: 2

    Goals Conceded: 15

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  32. James Tarkowski

    James Tarkowski

    Age: 31

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.12

    Team: Everton

    Market Value (€): 13,000,000

    Country: England England

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2249

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 35

    Clearances: 116

    Interceptions: 46

    Blocks: 35

    Clean Sheets: 8

    Goals Conceded: 33

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  33. Alessandro Bastoni

    Alessandro Bastoni

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.12

    Team: Inter

    Market Value (€): 60,000,000

    Country: Italy Italy

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1558

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 31

    Clearances: 31

    Interceptions: 17

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 7

    Goals Conceded: 10

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  34. Joao Cancelo

    Joao Cancelo

    Age: 29

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.11

    Team: Barcelona

    Market Value (€): 40,000,000

    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Games Played: 21

    Minutes Played: 1612

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 44

    Clearances: 25

    Interceptions: 17

    Blocks: 6

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 25

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  35. Danilo

    Danilo

    Age: 32

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.11

    Team: Juventus

    Market Value (€): 12,000,000

    Country: Brazil Brazil

    Games Played: 18

    Minutes Played: 1550

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 37

    Clearances: 64

    Interceptions: 27

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 13

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  36. Sebastian Coates

    Sebastian Coates

    Age: 33

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.1

    Team: Sporting Lisbon

    Market Value (€): 4,000,000

    Country: Uruguay Uruguay

    Games Played: 18

    Minutes Played: 1354

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 25

    Clearances: 40

    Interceptions: 15

    Blocks: 13

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 12

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  37. Kim Min-jae

    Kim Min-jae

    Age: 27

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.1

    Team: Bayern Munich

    Market Value (€): 60,000,000

    Country: South Korea South Korea

    Games Played: 17

    Minutes Played: 1498

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 24

    Clearances: 47

    Interceptions: 37

    Blocks: 12

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 20

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  38. Pedro Malheiro

    Pedro Malheiro

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.09

    Team: Boavista

    Market Value (€): 4,000,000

    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Games Played: 13

    Minutes Played: 1113

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 37

    Clearances: 21

    Interceptions: 18

    Blocks: 7

    Clean Sheets: 1

    Goals Conceded: 18

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  39. Brandon Mechele

    Brandon Mechele

    Age: 31

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.09

    Team: Club Brugge

    Market Value (€): 4,000,000

    Country: Belgium Belgium

    Games Played: 26

    Minutes Played: 2323

    Goals: 4

    Tackles: 48

    Clearances: 78

    Interceptions: 40

    Blocks: 17

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 24

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  40. Toby Alderweireld

    Toby Alderweireld

    Age: 34

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.09

    Team: Antwerp

    Market Value (€): 3,000,000

    Country: Belgium Belgium

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2240

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 30

    Clearances: 87

    Interceptions: 18

    Blocks: 17

    Clean Sheets: 9

    Goals Conceded: 22

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  41. Giorgio Scalvini

    Giorgio Scalvini

    Age: 20

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.08

    Team: Atalanta

    Market Value (€): 40,000,000

    Country: Italy Italy

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1788

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 43

    Clearances: 48

    Interceptions: 44

    Blocks: 14

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 22

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  42. Achraf Hakimi

    Achraf Hakimi

    Age: 25

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.08

    Team: PSG

    Market Value (€): 65,000,000

    Country: Morocco Morocco

    Games Played: 16

    Minutes Played: 1223

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 19

    Clearances: 16

    Interceptions: 10

    Blocks: 2

    Clean Sheets: 3

    Goals Conceded: 13

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  43. Guilherme

    Guilherme

    Age: 33

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.08

    Team: Konyaspor

    Market Value (€): 1,000,000

    Country: Brazil Brazil

    Games Played: 25

    Minutes Played: 2187

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 52

    Clearances: 50

    Interceptions: 38

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 7

    Goals Conceded: 36

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  44. Ruben Aguilar

    Ruben Aguilar

    Age: 30

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.07

    Team: Lens

    Market Value (€): 6,000,000

    Country: France France

    Games Played: 15

    Minutes Played: 1309

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 30

    Clearances: 26

    Interceptions: 17

    Blocks: 2

    Clean Sheets: 8

    Goals Conceded: 8

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  45. Costinha

    Costinha

    Age: 23

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.07

    Team: Rio Ave

    Market Value (€): 3,500,000

    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Games Played: 22

    Minutes Played: 1971

    Goals: 2

    Tackles: 61

    Clearances: 45

    Interceptions: 22

    Blocks: 8

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals Conceded: 31

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  46. Tiago Santos

    Tiago Santos

    Age: 21

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.06

    Team: Lille

    Market Value (€): 8,000,000

    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Games Played: 18

    Minutes Played: 1383

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 36

    Clearances: 18

    Interceptions: 10

    Blocks: 2

    Clean Sheets: 10

    Goals Conceded: 12

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  47. Sergio Ramos

    Sergio Ramos

    Age: 37

    Whoscored.com Rating: 7.02

    Team: Sevilla

    Market Value (€): 4,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 15

    Minutes Played: 1348

    Goals: 1

    Tackles: 23

    Clearances: 79

    Interceptions: 27

    Blocks: 15

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals Conceded: 22

    Own Goals: 1

    Red Cards: 1

  48. Sergi Cardona

    Sergi Cardona

    Age: 24

    Whoscored.com Rating: 6.99

    Team: Las Palmas

    Market Value (€): 3,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 24

    Minutes Played: 1988

    Goals: 0

    Tackles: 70

    Clearances: 69

    Interceptions: 37

    Blocks: 6

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 22

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  49. Yuri Berchiche

    Yuri Berchiche

    Age: 34

    Whoscored.com Rating: 6.99

    Team: Athletic Bilbao

    Market Value (€): 2,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 19

    Minutes Played: 1380

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 23

    Clearances: 39

    Interceptions: 16

    Blocks: 5

    Clean Sheets: 8

    Goals Conceded: 9

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 0

  50. Daniel Carvajal

    Daniel Carvajal

    Age: 32

    Whoscored.com Rating: 6.97

    Team: Real Madrid

    Market Value (€): 12,000,000

    Country: Spain Spain

    Games Played: 20

    Minutes Played: 1556

    Goals: 3

    Tackles: 38

    Clearances: 26

    Interceptions: 20

    Blocks: 7

    Clean Sheets: 6

    Goals Conceded: 9

    Own Goals: 0

    Red Cards: 1

The Scottish Premiership makes its presence felt in the ranking for best rated defenders in Europe, boasting 2 players in the top 10. Rangers’ captain James Tavernier (7.92) has emerged as the highest rated defender across all the leagues under scrutiny. He is also the highest-scoring defender in our comprehensive analysis, having scored an impressive 10 goals. Besides Tavernier, Liam Scales also features in the European top 10, occupying 4th position. What attracted our attention was another player plying his trade in Scotland. Even though Frankie Kent ranks way below than his Premiership fellow defenders at 30th place, his name comes on top in three separate categories – Games Played, Minutes Played, and Clearances, while sharing the same numbers as the 2nd best for Blocks and Clean Sheets. And that is not all that the Scottish Premiership defenders have to offer. Dundee’s Joe Shaughnessy has blocked more shots than anyone on the list with 23.

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