The 5 best Latin American central defenders

Although we cannot watch soccer due to quarantine, we can review which are the best central defenders in Latin America.

Thiago Silva and Fabián Balbuena.

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The coronavirus pandemic deprives us of watching soccer and following the news of many Latin American players. Such is the case that, according to what the specialized media Marca mentions, the Copa América that was scheduled for this year will run for 2021, due to the impossibility of playing matches due to contagions.

Therefore, we decided to review which are the best Latin American central defenders, evaluating the level they had before the outbreak of the virus occurred. Let's see, then, the 5 most interesting surnames on the football scene.

5. Guillermo Maripán

The fifth-place goes to Guillermo Maripán, a 25-year-old Chilean central defender with an imposing physique since he measures 1.93 meters, something that helps to strengthen both the defensive and offensive areas when hitting the ball with the head.

Currently, we see that he works in the Monaco of France. This happened after being transferred from Deportivo Alavés for a figure of 18 million euros.

4. Fabián Balbuena

Here we see Fabián Balbuena, a 28-year-old Paraguayan central defender that is 1.88 meters tall, and also has a good aerial game in both areas.


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Currently, we see that he works at West Ham in England, having very positive performances that allow him to be one of the key pieces in the team.

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3. Diego Godín

After spending many years at Atlético Madrid by Diego Simeone, the Uruguayan defender Diego Godín, 34, set out in the current season to head for Inter Milan.

Thanks to his experience and his commanding voice, the current captain of the Uruguayan team is one of the best-valued defenders on the Latin American scene. Such is the case that, according to the DirecTV Sports website, Mourinho's Tottenham is thinking of incorporating him with an offer of 9 million euros.

2. Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva, 34, is one of the undisputed starters of the Brazilian National Team, in addition to Paris Saint Germain of France. The motives? His good aerial game and his facility to leave the bottom with the ball at his feet.


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Although the years go by, the current captain of the Parisian team shows match by match why age does not weigh on him, in addition to explaining with the ball at his feet what his virtues are when it comes to bringing the team to play.

1. Nicolás Otamendi

The 32-year-old Argentine defender is one of the most important players in the world, something that explains why Guardiola considers him an irreplaceable player for Manchester City.

According to the Transfermarkt website, the player's current market value is € 14.5 million. If we observe the great virtues that he has playing with the ball from the bottom, something instilled by the philosophy of his coach, we will understand that he is a key piece for both his team and his selection.

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