In our fifth instalment of the NIVEA Men campaign powered by LaLiga, we have selected three more of Real Madrid’s best ever centre-backs to have played in the 2000s for the club for you to choose from. Vote for whom you think is a must in the central defense in order for your chance to win a replica shirt!
Click through the gallery above to see the three centre-back options for SA’s Real Madrid Dream Team.
Option One: Raphael Varane (2011-present)
Described by many as a Rolls Royce defender, the French international possesses great presence and elegance on the pitch. Always cool and composed, the 26-year-old makes centre-backing look easy. Incredibly versatile, the former Lens man can play across the back four. Forming an integral part of France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup victory, he has become one of the top candidates to lead Los Blancos into a new era. With Ramos nearing the end of his career, Varane could take the mantle as club captain. Making 285 appearances and scoring 12 to date, he has been a constant fixture in the side. His trophy cabinet unsurprisingly includes a FIFA World Cup winner’s medal, four UEFA Champions victories, two LaLiga titles, and four FIFA Club World Cup triumphs as well.
Option Two: Ivan Helguera (1999-2007)
Impeccable ball control, aerially adept and an almost faultless tackler, Helguera became one of the best defenders in European football. Known as a very clam player, he brought this side of his personality onto the pitch. Before going to the Santiago Bernabeu, Helguera played for AS Roma. However, once the Spaniard went to Los Blancos, he became a regular almost immediately. Over his Madrid career, the former Spanish international won two UFEA Champions League titles, three LaLiga titles, one UEFA Super Cup, while scoring 33 goals in 346 appearances.
Option Three: Fernando Hierro (1989-2003)
Undoubtedly one of the best central defenders in the club’s history, Hierro represented Los Blanco for 14 years. Making a total of 586 appearances, the former Spanish international was an integral part of Real Madrid throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Graceful in the air, strong and effortless on the ball, he had everything a defender needed, to be great. His goal tally by the end of his career sat at 128 and the former captain also added an impressive number of trophies to his cabinet. He is a three-time UEFA Champions League winner, a five-time LaLiga champion and a one-time UEFA Super Cup winner, while he has also lifted one Copa del rey and four Spanish Super Cups.
South Africa, the choice is yours! Which second centre-back would you like to vote for to be part of your Real Madrid Dream Team?
Vote in the poll below for your second centre-back to enter the draw!
Remember, by voting, you are automatically entered into the competition to win a NIVEA Men hamper worth R1 000 as well as a replica Real Madrid jersey!