Female football defenders, like their male counterparts, are some of the toughest and most resilient soccer players you can have in any team. These ladies have shown outstanding ability as the guardians of their team’s respective backlines. Today we pay tribute to five of the best. The Iron Maidens, who have stood tall stopping different attacking forays proving themselves as some of the best female defenders in the game right now.

Here are the best female football defenders in the world right now.

1. Wendie Renard

Wendie Renard best defenders in women's football

This exceptional French player is one of the best free-scoring defenders in the game at the moment. Renard is blessed with good technique that her tall frame is able to execute with grace. Apart from her no-nonsense defending, Wendie is also known for her incredible goal-scoring record. In 370 appearances for her club Olympique Lyonnais, the France international scored an amazing 116 goals. A feat you rarely find someone even in the men’s game achieving. The 31-year-old is currently the captain of her club side and is also one of the main women of the French national team. 

2. Magdalena Eriksson 

Magdalena Eriksson

Magdalena is a top Swedish defender who plays for the English club side Chelsea Women’s team. She’s the current captain of the London-based team, and she has led them to multiple League and Cup successes. She is also a mainstay of the Swedish female national team has played 70 times for them.

3. Maria Pilar Leon

Maria Pilar Leon

Maria is a Spanish international defender. She currently plays for female Barcelona side FC Barcelona Femeni. She’s a ball-playing defender known for her passing and great technique. She was a crucial member of the all-conquering Barcelona team that won the UEFA Women’s Champions League title in 2021. She also has 42 caps for the Spanish female national team.

4. Steph Houghton 

Steph Houghton

The England female national team captain is one of the most capped players in her countries’ history, having featured about 121 times for the 3 Lionesses. Steph is an accomplished defender who has won multiple English domestic league and cup titles playing for various female club sides like Arsenal and Manchester City FC.

5. Lucy Bronze

Lucy Bronze best defenders in female football

The 29-year-old full-back is without doubt one of the best players in women’s football right now. In 2019, Bronze became the first English footballer to win the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year Award, and was also named The Best FIFA Women’s Player in December 2020. She proves that in football, defenders can also get the glory, which makes her one of the best defenders in women’s football. She played for Manchester City in England.

Bronze posseses superb technical ability and composure on the ball. She is incredibly fast, explosive on the wings and aids the backline in defending.

6.  Abby Dahlkemper

Abby Dahlkemper best female football defenders in the world

The American soccer player is an elegant defender. Dahlkemper has been consistent for the USWNT, winning the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in 2018, and FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019. She proudly dons the the number 13 jersey for Manchester City. The 28-year-old defender is able to start play out from the back, distribute the ball, control the tempo and secure the backline.

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