Ranked! The 10 best right-backs in the world
3. Dani Alves (PSG)
After leaving Barcelona as a treble winner, Alves made a move to Turin which didn't turn out the way he'd imagined. He called that decision a mistake despite the trophies he'd won, and was on the move again last summer, rejecting Manchester City to join PSG.
In linking up with many of the club's South American stars, including Neymar, Alves has reaffirmed himself as one of the world’s top right-backs. PSG are dominating the domestic league, but his value is perhaps evidenced better by his ever-presence in the Champions League.
His litmus test will come in the competition's latter stages, but the 34-year-old doubtlessly remains a force to be reckoned with.
2. Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)
Carvajal may just be the best natural right-back in the world right now. He has battled with pretenders to his throne at Madrid, such as Alvaro Arbeloa and Danilo, and come out the victor each time. Carvajal is a well-balanced full-back who can both defend and link up with his team-mates further forward.
Zinedine Zidane’s trust in the inexperienced Achraf Hakimi to back up Carvajal this season was evidence of his faith in the latter: the Frenchman knew that position in his side is secure. A viral infection may have derailed Carvajal this term, but that shouldn't detract from his achievements.
Real Madrid’s focus on attacking superstars means Carvajal goes relatively under the radar, but there’s no doubt that he is now one of the best at what he does. Madrid have their right-back situation sorted for the next decade – and with Carvajal only 25, the best is yet to come.
1. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Kimmich is Bayern’s wunderkind. Many wondered how they would replace the great Philipp Lahm, but Kimmich is an incredibly close match for a player of just 22.
Both players are extremely versatile. In addition to right-back, Kimmich has also played at centre-back, defensive midfield and central midfield. What’s so impressive is his adaptability to each position: he’s brilliant wherever he ends up. That stems from his tactical intelligence, which is one of his strongest assets. Unlike Lahm, a defender by trade, Kimmich has been converted from a position further forward so retains an attacking mindset.
He may not be as technical, but he is both a midfielder and an attacker rolled into a right-back – and that sort of multifaceted skill set has made him one of the best in the world. In a possession-driven system, Kimmich is superb. The pain of losing Lahm has quickly faded.
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