Bayern's Jerome Boateng names his favourite defenders

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Two Spanish stars and Atletico's Uruguayan bruiser Diego Godin are among the centre-backs Germany's enforcer looks up to in the game

Bayern Munich stopper Jerome Boateng has singled out Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique and a host of other stars as the defenders he looks up to in world football. 

Boateng, 29, is recognised amongst the world's elite defenders for his work with the Bavarians and in the Germany national team. 

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Among his career highlights are a World Cup winners medal, a Champions League crown and five consecutive Bundesliga titles with Die Roten. 

When pressed on his defensive idols, however, Boateng turned to two Spanish stars. 

"Sergio Ramos is not only one of the best because of his many successes, he also scores important goals offensively," he told Sport Bild.

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"Spain also have Gerard Pique and Diego Godin is great, has a great reputation and holds the rear of Atletico and Uruguay.

"For the Italians, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are world-class, and in France, I like Samuel Umtiti very well, and there are actually a lot of center-backs at the highest level."


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