Ramos, Van Dijk, Maguire: 20 CBs with most MotM trophies since 2009

Sergio Ramos and Pepe in action for Real Madrid

Centre-backs don’t usually get the praise they deserve.

A defender could have an immense game and keep a clean sheet but more often than not it’s attackers that get the the plaudits.

That said, centre-backs aren’t totally overlooked and on ocassion are named Man-of-the-Match.

But which centre-backs have been given the most Man of the Match trophies since 2009?

Pop Foot have answered that question and named the 20 players in that position that have been been given the most Man of the Match awards.

View their findings below…

20. Benedikt Howedes – 12 (3.8% of games)

19. Jose Gimenez – 13 (5.4% of games)

18. Pepe – 14 (3.2% of games)

17. Simon Kjaer – 14 (3.4% of games)

16. Harry Maguire – 14 (5.2% of games)

Harry Maguire in action for Manchester United
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Harry Maguire of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

15. Mehdi Benatia – 14 (6.3% of games)

14. Kalidou Koulibaly – 15 (3.5% of games)

13. Jan Vertonghen – 16 (4% of games)

12. Gary Cahill – 16 (4% of games)

11. Joel Matip – 18 (4.7% of games)

10. Francesco Acerbi – 18 (4.9% of games)

9. Sergio Ramos – 20 (4.1% of games)

Sergio Ramos in action for Paris Saint-Germain
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 20: Sergio Ramos of Paris Saint-Germain gestures during the preseason friendly match between Paris Saint-Germain and Kawasaki Frontale at National Stadium on July 20, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

8. Nicolas Otamendi – 22 (6.9% of games)

7. Virgil van Dijk – 22 (8% of games)

6. Mats Hummels – 26 (5.5% of games)

5. Laurent Koscielny – 26 (6.2% of games)

4. Giorgio Chiellini – 26 (6.2% of games)

3. Loic Perrin – 28 (9.2% of games)

2. Thiago Silva – 29 (6.2% of games)

Thiago Silva in action for Chelsea
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Thiago Silva of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on August 06, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

1. Diego Godin – 34 (9.1% of games)

Godin, who was a stalwart for Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone, takes top spot with 34 Man of the Match trophies in the past 13 years.

Now 36, he is still going strong in Argentina with Vélez Sarsfield.

Chelsea’s Silva takes second, while Perrin takes third.

Perrin is perhaps a surprise inclusion. He played his whole career in France with Saint-Etienne and retired in 2020. He picked up the Man of the Match award in 9.2% of games since 2009, the highest ratio of any player on the list.

Liverpool’s Van Dijk takes seventh, two spots ahead of Ramos in 9th.

Ramos has played alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema at Real Madrid, and is now teammates of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at PSG, so it’s not totally surprising that he’s so far off top spot.

Maguire has been heavily criticised at Man United but his total of 14 Man of the Match awards is enough to take 14th.

Gerard Pique doesn’t make the list at all having won the Man-of-the-Match award 12 times since 2009.

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