Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said a number of times that, in his opinion, Thiago Silva is the best centre-back in the world.
Most football followers would agree with the 35-year-old. The Paris Saint-Germain star is a cultured defender – he is good on the ball, strong in the air, has pace, is tactically superb, reads the game brilliantly and organises the backline admirably (click here to read more).
However, the former AC Milan player had arguably his worst game of the 2014 World Cup against the Netherlands in the third-place playoff at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia on Saturday, which Brazil lost 3-0.
Ferdinand was less than impressed with Silva against the Dutch, and he also hinted that the former Fluminense defender did not have a great tournament.
The former West Ham United and Leeds United defender still believes that Silva is the best central defender in the world, but he has identified three centre-backs who stood out in Brazil over the past month or so.
Best CB's in the tournament were Vlaar, Hummels & Gonzalez. Silva never covered himself in glory after coming here as the best CB in my eyes— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 12, 2014
It is hard to disagree with Ferdinand on his choices, although perhaps Ezequiel Garay of Argentina deserves a mention.
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has been a rock at the back for Germany and is a key reason why the three-time world champions have reached the final.