What are the best football boots for defenders?
The modern defender can no longer get away with just being the big guy who can head a ball. As well tackling and marking they also need to be fast, agile and good with their feet.
Therefore, the football boot you were should help you improve these attributes of your game, whilst also providing comfort and protection.
Best Football Boots for Defenders – Nike Hypervenom Phinish
First on our list is the Nike Hypervenom Phinish.
Although Nike advertises these boots for attacking goal scorers, they provide a lot of the tech needed to suit a defensive player.
One of the main benefits of this boot is the Anti Clog Traction technology, which stops mid building up on the soles of the boot. This comes into play in wet weather. This ensures your boots stay light allowing you to move with more agility when marking or tracking back.
The Nike HyperVenom Phinish also offers great lockdown and support through the NikeSkin upper and Flywire calves.
This stylish Nike options is popular among professional defenders such as:
- Kurt Zouma – Chelsea
- Marcos Alonso – Chelsea
- John Stones – Manchester City
- Corentin Tolisso – Olympique Lyonais
- Faouzi Ghoulam – SSC Napoli
- Connor Randall – Liverpool
Available Nike HyperVenom Phinish Styles
Best Football Boots for Defenders – Adidas Ace 17.1 Leather
adidas state these boots are for Boss Level Dominance and after testing them out we have to agree.
The one piece gives you great support and comfort, which defenders need for tough tackles and landing after mid-air battles. However, this extra support does not compromise on touch, with a premium leather upper providing good touch on the ball.
And the lightweight SPRINTFRAME outsole gives defenders great stability when sprinting.
This is a great football boot for defenders and is the boot of choice for professional players such as:
- Mats Hummels – Bayern München
- Philipp Lahm – Bayern München
- Jordi Alba – FC Barcelona
- Nacho Fernández – Real Madrid
- Per Mertesacker – Arsenal
- Javi Martínez – Bayern München
- Neven Subotić – Borussia Dortmund
Available Adidas Ace 17.1 Styles
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Best Football Boots for Defenders – Nike Mercurial Superfly V
Made famous by Cristiano Ronaldo, the Mercurial Superfly V is a snug fitting boot with great traction for agile pacey defenders.
The comfort and support of the Mercurial Superfly V comes from the Flyknit construction, Dynamic Fit Collar and Nike Grip System. All designed to increase the boot comfort and give a second skin fit.
More suited to a pacey wingback, the technology in this boot gives you explosive speed throughout the pitch. The 3D speed plate and precision place studs provide the traction for quick starts and stops.
Although these boots designed for speed Nike have still included elements of control, with the All Conditions Control technology, defenders can feel confident under pressure.
Some superstar defenders who wear the Nike Mercurial SuperFly V are:
- Danilo – Real Madrid
- Nicolás Otamendi – Manchester City
- Aleix Vidal – FC Barcelona
- Alex Sandro – Juventus
- Erik Durm – Borussia Dortmund
- Kyle Walker – Tottenham Hotspur
Available Nike Mercurial SuperFly V Styles
Best Football Boots for Defenders – Nike Magista Obra II
The stylish Magista Obra II is next on the list of the best football boots for defenders and is the choice of many professional players this season.
The main reasons are because of the comfort and fit as well as the control over the ball this boot allows. Similar to the Superfly this boot offers the All Conditions Control technology and a tongue less upper.
Its dynamic fit collar provides a seamless connection between the lower leg and the foot which adds extra support when striking the ball. While the interior heel gives protection around the Achilles and extra foot lock down in the boot.
There is a long list of professional players who choose the Magista Obra II including:
- Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus
- Holger Badstuber – Bayern München
- Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal
- Samuel Umtiti – FC Barcelona
- Danny Rose – Tottenham Hotspur
- Patrice Evra – Juventus
- Rob Holding – Arsenal
- Marquinhos – Paris Saint-German
Available Nike Magista Obra II Styles
Best Football Boots for Defenders – adidas X 16.1
Another boot more suited to the pacey wingbacks, X 16.1 is a great option if you enjoy attacking and defending.
Available in synthetic or leather options this boot has a sock like fit provided by the techfit compression upper.
This boot also has the adidas SPRINTFRAME outsole which gives defenders extra stability when sprinting at top speed. Whilst the Chaos stud alignment for the firm ground version gives defenders extra traction in different weather.
The most high profile defenders current wearing the adidas X 16.1 are:
- Luke Shaw – Manchester United
- Lucas Digne – FC Barcelona
- César Azpilicueta – Chelsea
- Filipe Luis – Atlético de Madrid
- Alberto Moreno – Liverpool
- Carl Jenkinson – Arsenal
Available Nike adidas X 16.1 Styles
Best Football Boots for Defenders – Nike Tiempo Legend VI
The best football boot for defenders on the market is the Nike Tiempo Legend VI.
These football boots have the complete offering for the modern defender including a great fit, control, traction and support.
A premier Kangaroo leather upper provides a great touch on the ball, whilst also working with the internal midfoot cage to provide a snug fit and feeling of comfort.
Nike have also included their famous All Conditions ball Control technology to improve a defenders control in all weather. While the flexible soleplate and a mixture of blades and studs provide great traction so defenders won’t lose their footing at vital times.
This is our recommended football boot for defenders and is the boot of choice of some of the best defenders in the world such as:
- Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
- Jérôme Boateng – Bayern München
- Gerard Piqué – FC Barcelona
- Eric Bailly – Manchester United
- Chris Smalling – Manchester United
- Daniel Carvajal – Real Madrid
- Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal
- Raphaël Varane – Real Madrid
- Thiago Silva – Paris Saint-German
- Matteo Darmian – Manchester United
- Branislav Ivanović – Chelsea
- Rafinha – Bayern München
- Pablo Zabaleta – Manchester City