Kim Min-jae surpasses Van Dijk and Dias as ‘No. 1 center back’ selected by global media

Monster defender‘ Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) was ranked as the world’s top soccer center back in 2023 by global sports media.

On the 24th (local time), the global media outlet ‘Sports Kida’ selected the top 5 center backs who performed well this year, and Kim Min-jae proudly took first place.

The media said, “Kim Min-jae played a remarkable role in helping Napoli (Italy) win the Serie A title for the first time in 33 years in the 2022-23 season,” adding, “Beyond simple physicality, he also showed composure and technical qualities. “He is widely known as one of the best center backs at the moment,” he said.

This year, Kim Min-jae established himself as a central defender recognized not only by Korea but also around the world.

Kim Min-jae, who led Napoli to the Serie A championship, moved to Bayern Munich, one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Even after changing his uniform to Bayern Munich, he has continued to play well by taking his starting position. He is firmly protecting the team’s rear as a center back despite injuries to Dayot Upa Meccano and Matthais Dericht.

Sports Kida said, “Kim Min-jae has become an essential starting member since joining Bayern Munich this summer and has consistently contributed at a high level,” adding, “He is excellent at organizing the backline. “Kim Min-jae is even showing leadership (in the defensive line),” he said, giving a thumbs up.

Meanwhile, the second place center back chosen by the media was Ruben Dias, who led Manchester City (England) to a treble.

David Alaba of Real Madrid ranked 3rd, William Saliba (Arsenal) ranked 4th, and Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) ranked 5th. 19가이드03

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