The past decade has seen tremendous growth in the Premier League as clubs continue to record huge revenues as a result of the popularity of the league. within this period of time the Premier League has seen some of the best defenders play in the league to tremendous effect.

Fabricio Coloccini

The art of defending is an important aspect in football as although attack wins matches but defense wins championships. We have curated a list of the best defenders that played in the EPL in the past decade in no order.

The hairy Argentine was a permanent fixture in the Newcastle defence during the past decade. Coloccini made over 400 appearances for the Magpies and was named in the PFA team of the year in 2011. Known for his no-nonsense defending and aerial ability the Argentine was one of the best centre backs during his time at the club.

Although he never won a title with Newcastle, Coloccini was considered the best defender outside the top six teams for a long time. he is one player that we would not hesitate to put in our dream EPL team.

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand is one player that never gets mentioned in the media nowadays when the debate of the best ever defender is discussed. However the former England international was one of the most consistent defenders in the history of the Premier League.

Blessed with good speed and anticipation of the ball the Manchester United Legend never had to commit to unnecessary tackles to win the ball from the attacker. He also enjoyed a Trophy laden tenure at Manchester United under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson

John Terry

John Terry is regarded by many as the best ever defender in the Premier League history. The defender encompasses the history of Chelsea and was unbeatable on his day.  Blessed with aerial ability Terry was a proficient scorer from set pieces.

He was the undisputed leader at Chelsea during his time at the club and enjoyed a trophy-laden period with the club.