In football if forwards and midfielders are key to the team then defenders are equally important to the team in deciding outcome of the match. There are different positions of defenders like Center back ,Right backs and Left backs. Right backs and Left Back positions are collectively known as full backs. Their role is now considered important in the team because of the evolution of new formations in football like 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 .
Some of the best full backs of all time are Javier Zanetti,Lillian Thuram,Gianluca Zambrotta and of-course who can forget Cafu these players were one of the best in that position specially Cafu who is considered as the finest right back of all time possessed all the qualities to be a perfect right back as his ability to make overlapping runs consistently on the right flank and also provide good balance in attack and his defensive ability was second to none. So here are the top 5 right backs in the world in 2013
5.Dani Alves (Brazil & Barcelona)
If that list was made two to three years earlier then Dani Alves would have been the best right back on the planet but he is still one of the famous and most recognized right back in the world. Dani Alves is famous for his attacking play from the right flank and his link up play with the attacking players is excellent and may he considered as one of the best attacking right back of the world but there are some questions on his defensive ability because he play so much attacking football that it is impossible to retrack defensively specially in counter attacks but still he is one of the best right backs because he plays for Barcelona and he is still the number one choice of Brazil as a right back so he will have a important role for Brazil in the Fifa world cup which will be hosted in their own country.
4.Rafael ( Manchester United & Brazil)
Rafael was one of the star player for Manchester united Last season and he was nominated for Club player of the year award along with Robin Van Persie and Micheal Carrick which shows how much he improved himself as a right back. His work rate is very impressive with average 3.3 tackles per game and 4.6 clearances per game. He really improved his game last year and he is playing for Brazil at international level but currently he is no 2 choice after Dani Alves but he improved his both offensively and defensively and will challenge Dani Alves place and he is still young and can develop into one of best full backs.
3.Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk & Croatia)
Probably the most underrated player on this list Darijo Srna is captain of Croatia an vastly experience with over 100 international caps and also leading Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. Shakhtar Dontesk is one of the top teams in Ukraine and they regularly playing in Champions League which allows him to show his skills at top level .He is a very unique right back in many ways.
Out of all the right backs he is probably the best at practicing free kicks and he also take regular corners for them .Natural leader and strong in defense but very much under rated.He is one of the most accomplished right back in the world but he is doing it in a veru quiet manner.
2.Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund & Poland)
Piszczek is one of the star players of hugely talented side Borussia Dortmund and last season many football pundits were rating him as the best right back in the world and he should have been included in FIf Pro XI team instead of Dani Alves.Piszczek average’s 2.1 tackles per game which is not very impressive but he is really a fine tackler of the ball an his work rate is enormous.
He is good both offensively and defensively as he provided six assist and hard to believe but he received a solitary single yellow card last season. If you compare Dani Alves and Piszczek you will hard to find a person who rates Dani Alves higher than Piszczek.He is arguably the best right back of the world.
1.Phillip Lahm (Bayern Munich and Germany)
There is no doubt the best fullback in the world is Phillip Lahm who not can only play as right back but equally good as left back a well but he is playing more of a Right back these days as former Bayern Manager Jupp Heynckes played Alaba at left back. He recently completed his 100 international matches for Germany which is quite an achievement.
He is natural leader leading both the club and country at top level.Hus passing rate is one of the best with six accurate long passes per game and 90% ball pass rate and was instrumental in Bayern Munich historic treble winning squad last season. Lahm is still going strong and will hope to lead Germany to help win their fourth Fifa World cup in Brazil 2014. But no doubt he will go down as one of the greatest player of Germany could ever had.