Ligue 1 is already known as a defensive league - the truth is it is just very tactical and organised, but it does create and develop some of the best defensive players, including Arsenal linked, per the Metro, centre-back Aymen Abdennour - but he wasn't the best.
#5 Vitorino Hilton: Montpellier HSC
At 38 years old, the Brazilian centre-back nearly played every minute of every game this season.
Sent off against Caen with two games to go, he missed one fixture. A tremendous achievement as Montpellier finished seventh this season.
#4 Aymen Abdennour: AS Monaco
The Africa Cup of Nations stopped Tunisian Abdennour making more of an impact in Ligue 1 this season, but when he did, he was outstanding.
Add to that his performances in the Champions League as Monaco made the quarter-finals, and it's clear to see why Les Monegasques were keen to tie him to a new contract.
#3 Thiago Silva: Paris Saint-Germain
There is little doubt, that based on sheer ability, Thiago Silva is the best defender in Ligue 1. However, this doesn't automatically put him at the top of the rankings this season.
The Brazilian missed the start of the season through injury, but even when he came back, his good performances were excellent, but mistakes against Bordeaux cost PSG points - luckily they were not crucial in the end.
#2 Loic Perrin: Saint-Etienne
Just ahead of Thiago Silva, Loic Perrin has enjoyed an excellent season for Saint-Etienne. In his 28 games, Perrin picked up 15 clean sheets as Les Verts finished fifth in Ligue 1.
The Sainté captain has gone from strength to strength and makes his team a much stronger unit when he is in their starting XI.
#1 Samuel Umtiti: Olympique Lyonnais
Top of the pile this season is Lyon's fantastic young centre-back Samuel Umtiti. In contrast to Perrin, the 21-year-old has racked up 16 clean sheets while playing 35 games as Lyon challenged PSG for the title.
It feels like he has been part of Lyon for a long time, mature beyond his years, now he is beginning to blossom further.
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