Club: Real Madrid Age: 25 Position: Defender
Raphael Varane is one of Real Madrid’s most consistent performers. Standing 191cm tall, the 25-year old defender is unsurprisingly strong in the air. But with a 90 percent accuracy rating for passing and 80 percent success rate in dribbling in Spain’s La Liga, Varane is just as comfortable playing the ball out from the back. He also knows how to stop attackers, is excellent at one on one situations and its rare to see him beaten by an opponent. He doesn’t take risks in possession and doesn’t commit many bad tackles with just 0.08 fouls per games. The three-time Champions League-winner will be key to France’s chances in Russia as Les Bleus defence is not as highly regarded as their attack.