Some previously unheralded names complement a clutch of FIFA World Cup and UEFA Champions League winners in the running for a place at centre-back. Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué lifted the Liga crown with FC Barcelona before getting their hands on the World Cup, while Lúcio and Walter Samuel were integral pieces of an FC Internazionale Milano team which completed an historic treble.
Douglas and Brede Hangeland had no less impressive years, the former winning the title with FC Twente and the latter starring in Fulham FC's unexpected journey to the UEFA Europa League showpiece, while David Luiz shone for Portuguese champions SL Benfica. Uncapped until March, Leonardo Bonucci's performances for unfashionable AS Bari won him a place in Italy's World Cup party, Diego Lugano stood out for a resurgent Uruguay in South Africa and Souleymane Diawara helped end Olympique de Marseille's 18-year wait for the French title. Who is going to get your vote?
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