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From Leicester City’s fairytale to Cristiano Ronaldo’s EURO16 victory, the year 2016 has produced some brilliant moments to savor for the fans of the sport throughout the world. Games like Dortmund’s trip to Anfield and the high octane Champions League final, have always kept the supporters on the edge of their seats making this year one of the most entertaining in the history of the sport.

There were also some individual performances that have stood out but more often than not, a number of star performances in the back line are gone un noticed by the fans. Defenders, who are one of the most important part of the squad at a club, are often overlooked when talking about individual brilliance but they deserve as much praise as goal scorers who get rewarded.

To keep such performers fresh in the memory, here are the top 5 defenders in Europe in the year 2016:

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