Ranked! The 10 best right-backs in the world
6. Djibril Sidibe (Monaco)
Monaco’s Ligue 1 victory was built on the contributions of more than just their star attackers. While many have now left for new pastures, Sidibe is one of the title winners who remains at the club.
That’s not due to a lack of suitors, but more Monaco’s insistence not to sell too many starters in the same window. Sidibe, signed from Lille in July 2016, was a dependable presence on the right flank who provided a modicum of stability that allowed his opposite full-back, Benjamin Mendy, to rampage upfield.
Monaco haven't hit the same heights this season, but Sidibe continues to impress – and in a World Cup season, continued game will likely him earn a spot in the France squad. That would vindicate his staying at the club, as well as reward him for his steady rise to the top.
5. Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
There was plenty of discussion last summer about the world’s most expensive right-back. But Pep Guardiola knew he had to improve his side in the position, and there was no better option than Walker.
Having impressed at Tottenham as a wing-back the previous season, the Sheffield native has slotted perfectly into City’s squad. As part of arguably the best side on the continent, he has contributed towards breaking down stubborn opposition defenses with his speed, strength and overlapping runs.
City’s dominance of possession makes Walker a vital component of Guardiola's sky blue juggernaut, and he looks set to achieve his desire of winning the Premier League.
4. Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
Once a right winger, Valencia has been gradually pushed further back as his years have advanced. But while he was once defensively shaky and lacked a consistent end product, time and experience have transformed him into a strong, quick full-back with command of his flank.
It’s no surprise that Valencia now has his position on lock – a testament to his persistence and determination. For now, the Ecuadorian – United's player of the season in 2016/17 – is allowing Jose Mourinho to worry about other positions. His positional change has also helped him extend his career at the top level, and while at 32 he is hardly a long-term option, he remains one of the best in the world at present. A remarkable turnaround.