The full-backs (the left-back and the right-back) take up the holding wide positions and traditionally stay in defence at all times, until a set-piece. There is one full-back on each side of the field. In the modern game, full-backs have taken on a more attacking role than is the case traditionally, often overlapping with wingers down the flank. Due to the physical and technical demands of their playing position, successful full-backs need a wide range of attributes, which make them suited for adaptation to other roles on the pitch. Many of the game’s utility players, who can play in multiple positions on the pitch, are natural full-backs. There are lot of football leagues which are played across the globe but very few can be termed as world class. English Premier League is the best among the lot and has been a home to greatest right backs. Here is the list of top five EPL right backs of all time.

Gary Neville

Neville spent his entire playing career at Old Trafford, making him a one-club man. At the time of his retirement in 2011, he was Manchester United’s second longest serving player in the squad, behind long-time team-mate Ryan Giggs, and served as club captain for five years. He is one of the most decorated English and European footballers of all time, having won a total of 20 trophies, including eight Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. An experienced and dedicated footballer, regarded as one of England’s greatest right-backs and as one of the best Premier League full-backs of his generation, Gary Neville was an aggressive, tenacious, and hard-tackling player. He was known for his work-rate, professionalism, determination, and consistency as a defender. Gary Neville was also capable of playing as a centre-back on occasion.

Bacary Sagna

He is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester City and the France national team. His former manager at Arsenal, Arsène Wenger, has described him as the best right back in the Premier League. In addition to his regular duties in the full-back position, Sagna played for Arsenal as a centre back on several occasions. He began his career at Auxerre, before transferring to Arsenal for £7 million in 2007. In 2014, shortly after winning the FA Cup, his first trophy at the club, he declared he would not continue as an Arsenal player and subsequently moved to Manchester City when his contract expired. Despite his talent, Bacary Sagna was undone by trophies as Arsenal was never able to challenge the big guns for the trophies. Since moving on from the gunners, where he played more than 200 matches, he has become the integral part of the City set-up.

Branislav Ivanovic

He is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for English club Chelsea and the Serbia national team, which he captains. Ivanoviæ was first capped for Serbia in August 2006, and has since earned 92 caps and scored 12 goals for his country. A versatile defender, Ivanoviæ primarily is a right-back, although he can also play as a centre-back. He signed for Premier League side Chelsea for a £9 million fee from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2009, where he has since made over 350 appearances in all competitions. His honors at Chelsea include two Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League in 2012, and he has twice been named in the PFA Team of the Year. Ivanoviæ is well known for his aerial ability, which when combined with his sheer strength, has seen him score numerous crucial goals during his career. His unforgiving style of defending has led him to become a feared opponent in the Premier League.

Lee Dixon

He is a retired English professional footballer who played as a right-back for Arsenal, Burnley, Bury, Chester City and Stoke City as well as the England national team. Dixon was signed by Arsenal boss George Graham in January 1988 following the departure of England right back, Viv Anderson, to Manchester United. This was the first time that Dixon had played in the First Division. A defensive mainstay in a successful Arsenal team until his retirement in 2002, Dixon’s tenure at Arsenal saw him collect four league championship medals, three FA Cup winner’s medals and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup medal. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year twice, for the seasons 1989–90 and 1990–91. His retirement came at the end of Arsenal’s domestic double-winning 2001–02 season, their second in his time at the club. At the time of his retirement, he had played more 450 games for Arsenal.

Lauren

He is a retired footballer, who formerly played as a right back for the Cameroonian national team. As an Arsenal player he won several trophies and is known as one of the ‘Invincibles’; a title given to the Arsenal squad in 2004 after they went undefeated in the (2003–04) season and won the Premier League title. He also won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Cameroon. In summer 2000, Lauren was transferred to Arsenal for a fee of £7.2 million. Lauren provided cover for both midfield and defence. Apart from the two EPL titles, he won couple of FA Cups with the club as well. The first FA Cup triumph came in 2001-02. In 2002–03, Lauren suffered a calf injury and again missed part of the season, but nevertheless recovered in time and won an FA Cup winners medal that season, as Arsenal beat Southampton 1–0. Lauren won a third FA Cup winners’ medal in 2005, as Arsenal beat Manchester United on penalties after a 0–0 draw in the final. He joined Portsmouth from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee in 2007, which was his last top club.

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