10 – Gary Pallister
Manchester United were so desperate to get Pallister that they broke the record paid for a defender and the centre back delivered for them and was certainly worth the investment. Forming one of the best partnerships with Steve Bruce, he helped the club to four league titles.
9 – Vincent Kompany
One of the bargains of the Premier League era. Manchester City may be able to throw their money around these days but Kompany is still badly missed when he is out of the team and it would seem like no amount of money can replace the Belgian.
8 – Sami Hyypia
A Liverpool legend that spent 10 years at the club and certainly a fan favourite on the Kop. Winning many personal awards and helping the club win the Champions league in 2005 would have made not being able to win the league title slightly easier to take.
7 – Jaap Stam
This might be a strange inclusion in the list as the Dutchman only spent three seasons in the Premier League with Manchester United but his quality was there for everyone to see and it isn’t a surprise that he won the title every year he was there.
6 – Jamie Carragher
At the start of his career he was played in every position on the pitch but when he finally settled as a centre back, he was one of the most consistent to ever play in the position at club level. Was unlucky not to play more internationally.
5 – Sol Campbell
He may have had a bit of an up and down career with spells at Newcastle United and Notts County but when he was at Tottenham and Arsenal there were very few that could come close to him. Fantastic at club level and never let England down.
4 – Nemanja Vidic
Recently announcing his retirement, he will truly be remembered as one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s greatest signings at Old Trafford. After a shaky start he proved that January transfers can be successful in the long run with five Premier League titles and a Champions League winners medal.
3 – Tony Adams
One club men are not common in the modern game and his loyalty was a key part in Arsenal’s success over the years. Adams is not only a fantastic defender, he also has the unique record of captaining a team to the title in three different decades.
2 – John Terry
Probably one of the most hated players in world football because of the way he acts off the pitch and sometimes on it. But there is no doubting his abilities as a defender and captain. He will do anything to make sure his team wins the game.
1 – Rio Ferdinand
Two transfer records to his name tell you everything you need to know about Ferdinand. Despite a few issues during his career like missing a drugs test and a disappointing spell at QPR, he will be remembered as one of the greatest centre backs in the country.