Best Right Backs in the World – Top 10 Players

best right backs in the world

We get to see the finest players in the world perform every week, with nearly all of them coming from Europe’s top five leagues. Right-back is one of the positions in international football that has recently regained popularity.

“No one wants to be a Gary Neville,” Jamie Carragher famously stated. Unless they don’t? A proper back’s role on the field has evolved significantly; no longer just another defender, full-backs on either side may significantly contribute to a team’s balance and performance.

We quantified our rankings using a variety of metrics from last season and a player’s overall contribution to the game in recent times. So, here is the list of the world’s top 10 best right-backs.

Best Right Backs in the World – Top 10 Players

1. Dani Alves (Barcelona)

Dani Alves (Barcelona)

Last year, the larger-than-life Brazilian made a sentimental homecoming to Barcelona, assisting his favorite team in their hour of need when they couldn’t afford new additions. He signed a reduced deal and arrived in November, preparing for two months before being cleared to play in January.

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And he’s been fantastic. Naturally, this isn’t the Alves of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona era. He would spend the whole game terrorizing defenders and efficiently controlling Xavi’s passes before

2. Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)

Ricardo Pereira, a native of Lisbon, has epitomized the right-back position. In his career, he has played for prominent clubs such as Porto and Nice, and he is presently playing for Leicester City. The 28-year-old has already appeared eight times in the Premier League for the Foxes, making 23 tackles and 17 clearances in 596 minutes.

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He also has passed 76.41 percent. Pereira is also a superb ball crosser (28.57 percent accuracy). In addition to this number, the Portuguese has generated six opportunities and aided his teammates twice in scoring.

3. Reece James, Chelsea/England

Reece James, Chelsea/England

Despite missing the new manager’s first match in charge, the versatile James flourished more under Thomas Tuchel, despite being a regular under Frank Lampard. He can play right-back, wing-back, and even third center-back and started the FA Cup and Champions League finals for Chelsea.

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4. Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)

Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)

Kieran Trippier was the best right-back in La Liga last season, contributing six assists to help Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid team reach the top of the Spanish league. Then there was the Euros last summer, and since his return to the Premier League in January, he has been a talismanic figure for Newcastle.

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He’ll be sidelined with a fractured metatarsal for the rest of the season. Still, he’s already played a key role in Newcastle reversing the tide and cruising towards Premier League safety, with a dominant future ahead of them.

5. Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan)

Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan)

Denzel Dumfries drew notice after his outstanding efforts for the Netherlands at Euro 2020. The 24-year-old right-back is presently a member of Inter Milan’s backline. In terms of statistics, he has already appeared in 13 Serie A matches this season.

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He’s a solid customer on defense, with nine tackles, 25 recoveries, and five clearances. In-ground duels, he had an efficiency percentage of 46.81 percent. Dumfries, on the other hand, excels with aerial ones. The Dutchman has won 10 of the 18 aerial duels he has participated in thus far.

6. Kyle Walker, Man City/England

Kyle Walker

Walker’s ability is demonstrated because he reaches our top ten despite being second in Manchester City’s pecking order behind Joao Cancelo. He began the Champions League final ahead of the Portuguese. Walker’s flexibility has helped him become a fixture for England as a combination of power and quickness.

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7. Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

The 29-year-old has been a mainstay at Real Madrid for a long time. Carvajal has made 21 tackles and 18 clearances in 11 appearances for LaLiga 2021/22 thus far. It’s tough to get the ball past him because he dominates both aerial and ground duels.

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Notably, he has an excellent passing accuracy of 86.27 percent and can even produce long passes. Despite creating eight opportunities this season, the Spaniard has failed to make an assist. He has, however, scored once.

8. Sergino Dest, Barcelona/USA

Sergino Dest, Barcelona/USA

Dest was lured away from Ajax by Barcelona ahead of Bayern Munich in 2020, and he swiftly began erasing memories of his predecessor Nelson Semedo in Ronald Koeman’s system. The dribbling and quickness of the 19-year-old American international on the right were a bright spot in an otherwise poor season for Barcelona.

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9. Juan Cuadrado, Juventus/Colombia

Juan Cuadrado, Juventus/Colombia

Cuadrado, a senior compared to some of the younger players on this list, continued his Italian rebirth following a disappointing two years in the Premier League with Chelsea. Juve’s Mr. Reliable impressed during Andrea Pirlo’s side’s brief Champions League campaign, recording six assists in six games and averaging 4.3 crosses per game.

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10. Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madird)

Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madird)

Under Gareth Southgate’s coaching, the Atletico de Madrid right-back gave enthralling displays at Euro 2020. He has already to seem 12 times in this season’s LaLiga. He has 14 tackles, eight clearances, and two interceptions in these outings.

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He has won 20 of his 28 attempted aerial duels this season, a statistic to be applauded. The Englishman is also quite good in-ground duels. In reality, he has already generated five opportunities for the future.


While the headline may read ‘right-backs,’ the growth of the wing-back role means we’ve included individuals who can do the best of both: provide breadth to assaults as they bomb forward while also sharing duties at the back.

There has already been a lot to talk about in our rankings of goalkeepers, center-backs, defensive midfielders, central midfielders, offensive midfielders, left-backs, and left forwards.

The full-back position is crucial in football, both defensively and offensively. A full-responsibilities back range from preventing crosses from the flanks to generating chances.

Above is a list of the Top 10 Best Right Backs in the world. In rare circumstances, the player may note to have the ability to emerge as a wing-back.


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