The Italian league is among the top five best in the world. The Serie A has played host to some top defenders like Nesta, Paolo Maldini, Javier Zanetti, and currently boast of some the highly-rated centre backs and defenders. Undoubtedly, the league’s defence has been a solid rock and rated among the best in the world. Here are five best defenders in the Serie A for the 2020/21 season.

Top 5 Best Central Defenders in Serie A 2021

This list is made up of the top centre-backs in the Italian League, and is in no particular order.

1. Kalidou Koulibaly – Napoli

Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly is the number on our list. The Napoli defender was named the best defender in the Serie A last season. He was outstanding in defence for the Partenopei, making more than 100 clearances and won over 65% of his total tackles in the 2020/21 season. His passing ability is of high quality and has always been consistent. His defensive form has put him on the radar of top clubs across Europe.

2. Cristian Romero – Atalanta

Cristian Romero best defenders in Serie A

Cristian Romero is currently regarded as one of the best defenders in the Italian League. Last season, he was rated as the best centre-back in Serie A. Romero known for his versatility and aggressiveness in defence. He has been the rock for Atalanta’s defence. The 23-year-old has the experience and is strong in the air. He can read the game quickly, make good interceptions, precise tackling ability and speedy. His defensive ability was crucial to Atalanta finishing in second place at the Serie A table, and qualifying for the UCL.

3. Milan Škriniar – Inter Milan

Martin Skriniar

Skriniar has been in fantastic form for Inter Milan. The Slovakian has formed a solid partnership with Stefen de Vrij in defence. Skriniar has been able to establish himself as one of the best defenders in Europe. The 26-year-old is calm on the ball, strong in the air and a good tackler. He has a high passing completion rate and can read the game accurately. He can withstand pressure from oppositions and covers well for his teammates. Škriniar was instrumental to Inter Milan’s title win last season.

4. Alessio Romagnoli – AC Milan

Alessio Romagnoli

Alessio Romagnoli has been the defender to beat for AC Milan in their back four. The Italian has been consistent with his performances. At 26, he has been impressive and standing up to physical challenges. He has been likened to former Lazio and Milan star Alessandro Nesta. He stood out despite the poor performance of Milan towards the end of the season.

5. Francesco Acerbi – Lazio

Francesco Acerbi best defenders in Serie A

Francesco Acerbi has been instrumental to Lazio’s strong backline. The 33-year-old Italian centre back made a lot of vital blocks and clearances, as he help Lazio finish sixth on the table.. He can play the ball out from the back, win the ball and breaks down attacks. He is also strong in the air, winning more than half of his aerial battles.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Stefan de Vrij – Inter Milan
  • Milan Badelj – Genoa
  • Gianluca Mancini – AS Roma
  • Omar Colley – Sampdoria
  • Simon Kjaer – AC Milan
  • Lyanco – Torino
  • Fikayo Tomori – AC Milan


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