Who is the best Premier League defender ever?

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The Premier League has seen it’s fair share of legendary defenders over the years. But who was the best?

We’ve picked out four who we think are capable of chesting down the crown, flicking it back over their head and then clearing it into Row Z as the Premier League’s greatest ever defender.

John Terry

Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying Terry is one of the Premier League greats.

‘Captain Fantastic’, as he was dubbed by Chelsea fans, made 717 appearances for the Blues across 19 years incredible years at Stamford Bridge, during which time he won every club honour there was to win.

His consistency, leadership and willingness to put his body on the line (remember that diving block during the 2010 World Cup?) make him an obvious choice for any all-time Premier League XI.

Vincent Kompany

It’s difficult to think of another player in recent times who has been so closely associated with a club’s success.

Brought in by Mark Hughes during the summer of 2008, Kompany was the rock at the heart of City’s defence for 11 seasons, making 265 top-flight appearances as the club went from success to success.

It wasn’t just his outstanding ability at the back that the towering Belgian is remembered for either. He also popped up with two title-defining goals against Man United in 2012 and Leicester in 2019.

Nemanja Vidic

In an ideal world we’d have Rio Ferdinand and Vidic in this list, but unfortunately, we only had room for one.

And it’s the way the Serbian transformed a Man United side going through it’s third title-winning cycle under Sir Alex Ferguson which gets him the nod.

A snip at £7m, the 2006 arrival from Spartak Moscow added much-needed steel to the heart of United’s defence and went on to win five Premier League titles and a Champions League at Old Trafford.

Tony Adams

How much would Tony Adams be worth in today’s market? Judging by the state of Arsenal’s defence in recent seasons, the 53-year-old probably wouldn’t do a bad job for them even now.

The Gunners legend kept 115 clean sheets in 255 Premier League games and was synonymous with George Graham’s infamously well-drilled side of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

That he was able to maintain his form and battle his demons under the tenure of Arsene Wenger, too, provides further proof of his iconic status.

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.