Welcome back to the World Football 100: Fullbacks Edition. Today's installment is the final defensive one before we move on to the midfield. Let's get started.

7. Juanfran, Atletico Madrid

Juanfran has been one of the model fullbacks in football. He appears for Spain in many of their international fixtures, and is a staple for Atletico Madrid in La Liga. In fact, Juanfran has made over 440 appearances for all of his club teams combined. The Spaniard possesses a highly valued combination of speed, passing, and defensive ability making him one of the most renowned fullbacks in football.

8. Séamus Coleman, Everton

It's hard to believe that Séamus Coleman has been the first choice right back for Everton since the beginning of the 2010 season. It seems like Coleman is still one of the younger players at his position. Coleman possesses above average pace for a defender, allowing him to play a unique role in Everton's attacking play. At just 28, Séamus Coleman is in the middle of his prime with a very promising future ahead of him.

9. Sergi Roberto, Barcelona

Filling Dani Alves' shoes is no easy task, and unfortunately for Sergi Roberto, that is exactly what he has been called to do. As a result, Roberto's play has been highly criticized this season. Fortunately for him (and Barca fans everywhere) Sergi Roberto is an extremely talented, creative right fullback, with extremely high potential. Another world class right back for Barcelona.

10. César Azpilicueta, Chelsea

A strong, aggressive fullback, Azpilicueta has been another benefactor of Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 system at Chelsea. So far this season, César has been moved to right-center back, allowing him to showcase his strength and dribbling skills. Nearly all of this current Chelsea side has benefited as a result of this formation change, and Azpilicueta is no different.

11. Patrice Erva, Juventus

Although Juventus usually run a three center back system, which leaves less room for fullbacks, Patrice Evra still manages to make many appearances every year for the Italian club. Evra is versatile enough to play left mid and center back in addition to his more natural left back position. Patrice Evra has been anchoring the left back position for France for several years and at 35, he still hasn't showed signs of slowing down.

12. Leighton Baines, Everton

Séamus Coleman's defensive counterpart, Leighton Baines has been one of the top fullbacks in football for years. Originally, Baines played as an attacking player, and a few years into his career, he was moved to fullback. He excels at taking free kicks from all over the field, and is often relied on in the attack at Everton. Baines continues to be one of the most versatile defenders in football.


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Published by Joseph Lowery