Strikers and midfielders attract the lion’s share of attention, but the success of the most successful European teams is built on their solid defence. Yalla looks back over the last year, and rates the stand out back line performers.

Chris Smalling – Manchester United

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Jerome Boating – Bayern Munich

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Joao Miranda – Inter Millan

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Shkordan Mustafi – Valencia

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Tiago Silva – Paris Saint-Germain

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Ezequiel Garay – Zenit Saint Petersburg

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David Luiz – Paris Saint-Germain

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Diego Godin – Atletico Madrid

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Toby Alderweireld – Tottenham

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Naldo – Wolfsburg

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