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The 15 Greatest Defenders In Premier League History Have Been Ranked

The 15 Greatest Defenders In Premier League History Have Been Ranked

The 15 greatest defenders in Premier League history have been revealed and it's John Terry who tops the rankings.

Terry spent his entire Premier League career with Chelsea and won a slew of trophies in his 19 year career.

He edges top spot over former international teammate Rio Ferdinand who comes second, while Sol Campbell, Tony Adams and Nemanja Vidic round out the top five.

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The highest current active player in the list is Vincent Kompany, who plies his trade as player-manager at Anderlecht after 11 years at Manchester City.

Check out the entire list from Squawka below.

15. Ledley King

Clubs: Tottenham (1999-2012)

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Trophies won: 2007/08 League Cup

14. Kolo Toure

Clubs: Arsenal (2002-2009), Manchester City (2009-2013) & Liverpool (2013-2016)

Trophies won: FA Cup (2), FA Community Shield (2), Premier League (2)

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13. Sami Hyypia

Clubs: Liverpool (1999-2009)

Trophies won: FA Cup (2), League Cup (2), FA Community Shield (2), 2000/01 UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup (2), 2004/05 UEFA Champions League

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12. Jamie Carragher

Clubs: Liverpool (1996-2013)

Trophies won: FA Cup (2), League Cup (3), FA Community Shield (2), 2000/01 UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup (2), 2004/05 UEFA Champions League

11. Jaap Stam

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Clubs: Manchester United (1998-2001)

Trophies won: Premier League (3), 1998/99 FA Cup, 1998/99 UEFA Champions League, 1999 Intercontinental Cup

Clubs: Southampton (2015-2018 & Liverpool (2018 - present)

Trophies won: 2018/19 UEFA Champions League, 2019/20 UEFA Super Cup

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9. Vincent Kompany

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Clubs: Manchester City (2008-2019)

Trophies won: FA Cup (2), Premier League (4), FA Community Shield (2), League Cup (4)

8. Steve Bruce

Clubs: Manchester United (1992-1996)

Trophies won: FA Cup (3), FA Community Shield (3), 1990/91 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, 1991 UEFA Super Cup, 1991/92 League Cup, Premier League (3)

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7. Ricardo Carvalho

Clubs: Chelsea (2004-2010)

Trophies won: Premier League (3), League Cup (2), FA Community Shield (2)

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6. Gary Pallister

Clubs: Manchester United (1992-1998) & Middlesbrough (1998-2001)

Trophies won: FA Cup (3), FA Community Shield (5), 1990/91 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, 1991 UEFA Super Cup, 1991/92 League Cup, Premier League (4)

5. Nemanja Vidic

Clubs: Manchester United (2006-2014)

Trophies won: League Cup (3), Premier League (5), FA Community Shield (5), 2007/08 UEFA Champions League, 2008 FIFA Club World Cup

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4. Tony Adams

Clubs: Arsenal (1992-2002)

Trophies won: 1992/93 League Cup, FA Cup (3), 1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Premier League (2), FA Community Shield (2)

3. Sol Campbell

Clubs: Tottenham (1992-2001), Arsenal (2001-2006, 2010) & Portsmouth (2006-2009)

Trophies won: 1998/99 League Cup, Premier League (2), FA Cup (3), 2004 FA Community Shield

2. Rio Ferdinand

Clubs: West Ham United (1995-2000), Leeds United (2000-2002) & Manchester United (2002-2014)

Trophies won: 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup, Premier League (6), FA Community Shield (6), League Cup (3), 2007/08 UEFA Champions League, 2008 FIFA Club World Cup

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1. John Terry

Clubs: Chelsea (1998-2017)

Trophies won: FA Cup (5), Premier League (5), FA Community Shield (4), League Cup (3), 2011/12 UEFA Champions League, 2012/13 UEFA Europa League

Who do you think is the greatest defender in Premier League history?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, John Terry, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, Legends, Virgil Van Dijk, Rio Ferdinand, Arsenal

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