Greatest Fullbacks of the 1990s



Italia 90 World Cup Final Andreas Brehme Penalty

Andi Brehme, Italia 90 World Cup Final.

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No.1 Paolo Maldini

What a defender. It's a measure of just how good he was that Maldini could appear in the list of the greatest ever full-backs and also the greatest ever central defenders.



No.2 Andreas Brehme



No.3 Cafu



No.4 Javier Zanetti



No.5 Roberto Carlos



No.6 Denis Irwin



No.7 Bixente Lizarazu



No.8 Lilian Thuram



No.9 Gary Neville



No.10 Roland Nilsson

Another under-rated and often overlooked full-back, Roland Nilsson made a name for himself in the 1980s as part of that great IFK Göteborg team. He came to prominence in the top flight of the English game with that fine Sheffield Wednesday side of the early 1990s and was also a stalwart of the strong Swedish national team who finished third at the 1994 World Cup.