World Cup 2018: Five number fives defending with their lives

With five days to go, RealSport pick out some of the best centre backs heading to Russia.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

Attack wins games, defence wins titles is how the old saying goes.

And it’s never been more relevent that at the World Cup, with an organised and effective defence absolutely essential for any side harbouring ambitions of reaching the latter stages of the tournament.

You can read RealSport’s best number sixes feature HERE.

Football is inherently subjective and a midfielder like Sergio Busquets might epitomise the number five position for some, whilst others associate it more with old-school centre backs, such as Rio Ferdinand, who donned the number five shirt for Manchester United. For this piece, the number five shirt will represent a centre back.

RealSport pick out the best five going to Russia.


Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_