Top five right backs in the world

Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich

Despite being listed as a right-back and being right footed, Lahm is equally adept at playing either right or left back, cutting in to pass or shoot.

He is well known for his pace, dribbling, stamina and his tackling abilities as well as his excellent reading of the game, his qualities have seen him widely regarded as the best full back in the world due to his consistently reliable displays for both club and country which saw him made captain for both.

Lahm’s club career has seen him rack up 484 appearances to date, scoring 16 goals as well as winning five Bundesliga titles, five DFB-pokal titles, two DFL-Supercups, one DFL-Ligapokal and a Champions League title. He was made Bayern Munich club captain in 2011 after the departure of Mark Van Bommel.

He has also captained the Germany national team since 2010 and he has made 98 appearances, scoring five goals.

 

Lukasz Piszczek – Borussia Dortmund

Yet another underrated defender in the Dortmund backline but has recently come to prominence with his performances for both Dortmund and the Polish national team.

His defensive attributes are never put in question but his real talents lie in attacking where his buccaneering runs and excellent delivery have often led to goals. Piszczek fits the mould of the modern day full back with his energy, pace and technique on the ball.

He has made 309 career club appearances, scoring 33 goals; as well as winning a Polish league title, two Bundesliga titles and one DFB-Pokal. He has made 34 appearances for the Polish national team, as well as notching two goals.

 

Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid

This will probably cause controversy because he’s seen as a centre back nowadays but I will always see Sergio Ramos as a right back, despite his versatility at being able to play anywhere across the back four as well.

Ramos could be seen as the complete defender with his versatility, pace, strength, aerial ability as well as his reading of the game and signature last-ditch tackles and blocks.

To date he has made 401 club career appearances, scoring 44 goals and winning three La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and two Supercopa de Espana titles.

Since his move from Sevilla to Real Madrid he has been an ever-present not just in the Real Madrid team but also the Spanish national team, earning his first cap aged 18, notching up 108 to date, scoring nine goals. He has been a huge part of the historic Spain team which has won a World Cup and two European Championships.

 

Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea

Ivanovic is another one on this list which is equally adept at playing in another position, providing suitable cover at centre back as well.

The big Serbian defender is known for his brute strength, pace and unbeatable aerial prowess. Whenever playing at right back he could also gallop forward and put in an excellent delivery.

Ivanovic’s fine 2012-13 season was topped off when he scored the winning goal in Chelsea’s Europa League final against Benfica in which they won 2 – 1, Ivanovic was also named man of the match in this encounter following his heroics.

He has made 347 career club appearances to date, scoring 35 goals. He has won one Russian Cup, one Premiership title, three FA Cup titles, one FA Community Shield, one Champions League and one UEFA Europa League. He has also made 61 appearances for the Serbian national thus far, notching seven goals.

 

Pablo Zabaleta – Manchester City

Zabaleta has earned himself a cult hero status amongst City fans because of his commitment to the club, hard-working attitude and tenacity as well as his consistency and versatility.

Zabaleta was Man City’s Mr. Reliable this season. He was even named stand-in captain when club captain Vincent Kompany was sidelined between January and March. After a superb season he was named Manchester City’s Player of the Year as well as being in the PFA Team of the Year at right back.

He has made 340 career club appearances to date, scoring 17 goals; as well as winning an Argentinian Cup, a Copa del Rey, one Premiership title, one FA Cup, one Community Shield.

The full back has also made 31 appearances for the Argentina national team, winning an Olympic Gold Medal along the way.

 

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Hannibal Suarez

So, at the weekend, Luis Suarez decided to bite an opponent, but not for the first time in his career. What on earth is the man thinking?!

Firstly I would like to say that I love Luis Suarez as a footballer, incredible skill and talent, he has been one of the main reason’s for Liverpool’s current league standing and he has had an outstanding goalscoring season, but the man can really baffle me with his behaviour.

He received a ban in 2010 for biting PSV’s Otman Bakkal, surely a fine and a suspension later and the man would have learned his lesson, but oh no, not Luis. With millions of people watching him, on hundreds of cameras around a packed Anfield he proceeds to bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic…

WHAT ARE YOU PLAYING AT LUIS?

WHAT ARE YOU PLAYING AT LUIS?

At first, I wondered what the hell Ivanovic was going on about, in all honesty I thought the incident was fairly innocuous, then replays were shown and the more I saw it, the more it got worse.. I understand the passion on a football pitch, but biting?! REALLY?!

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REALLY?!

Now, the PFA have asked for Suarez to go into anger management, and I think this is a good idea as he clearly has a bit of an anger problem. Past controversies with Suarez (Hannibal style nibbling aside) have included punching team-mates and opposition players.

Close sources to the Liverpool frontman say he is an amazing person off the football pitch, it just shows what passion in sport can do to people if what is described as a jokey character turns into something completely different, Jekyll and Hyde without the medication maybe?

At least he has said sorry and all of the money he is fined is going to the charity set-up to commemorate the Hillsborough disaster, but let’s just hope that another sour incident doesn’t fall into the path of someone who has the potential to be a Liverpool legend.