All of us are so obsessed with the goal scorers that we don’t really take time to appreciate the defenders whose job is as important as the strikers.

“Offense sells tickets, defense wins games” is a very famous quote which is true to a large extent. Here is a look at the top 10 center back pairings in the past decade(since 2000).

 

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10. Sergio Ramos and Pepe (Real Madrid)

Right from the time Real Madrid acquired the services of Pepe from F.C.Porto for a fee of 30 million, they got their much needed stability in defense by pairing him with stalwart Sergio Ramos. They complemented each other very well right from the get go and helped Real Madrid to 2 La Liga titles and a Champions league title last year. They are one of the longest serving center back partnerships, being the preferred center back combination for Real Madrid till date.

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