Greek Center-Back Duo Amongst World’s Best

Greek Center-Back Duo Amongst World’s Best

The website recently came out with their listings of the top center-backs in the world. Greek internationals Kostas Manolas and Sokratis Papastathopoulos both featured in the Top 20 of the site’s top center-backs in world football according to market value. 

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The Greek stars both finished in a tie for 16th alongside Jose Gimenez and Samuel Umtiti with a market value of €28 million. 

Not only did this ranking have personal distinction for each player as an individual, but it also served to prove that as a duo, Manolas and Papastathopoulos are amongst the most valued center-back pairings in the world. And compared to last year their stock is rising.

Taken as a duo, the Roma and Borussia Dortmund defenders are listed as high as 7th with regard to market value of all the international center-back pairings in the game today. That is up from a ranking of 10th just a year ago and an increase of €10 million from their collective valuation in 2016. 

With both players in the prime or heading into the prime of their careers it wouldn’t be a surprise to see their stock rise through the rest of 2017 and into 2018. Both are now recognized across European football for their abilities and have consistently performed in two of Europe’s best leagues. Manolas, in particular, has been the subject of transfer rumors from leading clubs in Italy and Europe so he could be in line for a big-money move this summer from one of the continent’s elite sides. 

Certainly, statistics like this can only bode well for the National Team and also for the overall reputation and recognition of all Greek players abroad.

Below are two tables that list the worth of the best center back duos from the same nation for the years 2016 and 2017. 


Rank Center Back Duo Nation Worth
1 Gerard Pique-Sergio Ramos Spain €80,000,000.00
2 Mats Hummels-Jerome Boateng Germany €78,000,000.00
3 Diego Godin-Jose Gimenez Uruguay €68,000,000.00
4 Leonardo Bonucci-Alessio Romagnoli Italy €65,000,000.00
5 Raphael Varane-Samuel Umtiti France €63,000,000.00
6 David Luiz-Marquinhos Brazil €62,000,000.00
7 Kostas Manolas-Sokratis Papastathopoulos Greece €56,000,000.00
8 Vincent Kompany-Toby Alderweireld Belgium €55,000,000.00
9 John Stones-Chris Smalling England €55,000,000.00
10 Nicolas Otamendi-Marcos Rojo Argentina €49,000,000.00


Rank Center Back Duo Nation Worth
1 Gerard Pique-Sergio Ramos Spain €79,000,000.00
2 Mats Hummels-Jerome Boateng Germany €71,000,000.00
3 Diego Godin-Jose Gimenez Uruguay €59,000,000.00
4 David Luiz-Marquinhos Brazil €59,000,000.00
5 Raphael Varane-Eliquim Mangala France €55,000,000.00
6 Nicolas Otamendi-Ezequiel Garay Argentina €54,000,000.00
7 Vincent Kompany-Toby Alderweireld Belgium €51,000,000.00
8 John Stones-Chris Smalling England €48,000,000.00
9 Leonardo Bonucci-Alessio Romagnoli Italy €47,000,000.00
10 Kostas Manolas-Sokratis Papastathopoulos Greece €46,000,000.00
by: Giorgos Tsitsonis. Contact the writer at
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