For this position, were have decided to split the vote into two parts. The first category is for the emblematic central defenders to have played for the ASM before 1990. You can vote in this category now, until March 30. The second category will be for the best central defenders to have represented the club since 1990.
Check out the profiles of our five nominees and vote for your favourite.
4- The central defenders
Mustapha Zitouni; the Algerian Pearl
Born in Algiers on October 19 1928, Mustapha Zitouni began his professional career at Stade Français in the early 1950s before joining AS Cannes in 1953, and then AS Monaco FC the following year. For the next four seasons he was a pillar of an Asémiste side on the rise. He was also called up four times to the France national team, but his football adventure took another direction in 1958 when he decided to join the FLN national team, the Algerian independence movement. While this commitment, which lasted four years, put paid to his France career and cost him a place in the 1958 World Cup, Mustapha Zitouni became a hero for Algerian football, before retiring from the game in 1967 after playing nearly 100 times for Les Fennecs. Mustapha Zitouni passed away on January 5 2014 in Nice after a long illness.
Raymond Kaelbel, the Boss
A native of the Haut-Rhin region of France, Raymond Kaelbel was one of France's best central defenders for nearly two decades! He began his career with RC Strasbourg in 1950 and retired in 1969 (!), and also played for AS Monaco FC, Le Havre AC and the Stade de Reims and also earned 35 caps for France. He took part in two World Cup with Les Bleus, including the third-placed finish in 1958. His five Monégasques seasons were a huge success. In all, Raymond Kaelbel played 186 matches for ASM, scoring 27 goals - an excellent return for a defender. History will also remember that he was the first captain of the club to lift a major trophy, the 1960 Coupe de France, presented by SAS Prince Rainier III after the final against St-Étienne. He was also captain the next season as AS Monaco FC won their first championship, before leaving the club.
Marcel Artelesa, the Labourer
His nicknamed arrived very early on, because before being convinced to become a professional footballer with AS Troyes, Marcel Artelesa was destined to become a bricklayer. That was in 1957, at just 19 years of age, and four years later he joined AS Monaco FC, the defending French champions in France 1961. In the 1962/63 season, he was one of the integral players of the ASM side that won the League and Cup double. While the club ended the next season trophy-less, France Football magazine voted him French player of the year for 1964. His performances saw him called up the France national team with whom he earned 21 caps, whom he captained on four occasions, and with whom he participated in the 1966 World Cup, having just signed for OM after five seasons on Le Rocher.
Armand Forcherio, Made in Monaco
Born in Monaco in 1941, this central defender spent his entire career with ASM, playing 300 matches in Rouge et Blanc from 1961 to 1972. At 22 years of age, he was a part of the historic double winning team of 1962-63. On a collective level, the results dropped, even if they were the first Monégasque side to play in the last-16 of the Champions League against Glasgow Rangers. Armand Forcherio remains to this day the most emblematic Monégasque of AS Monaco FC's professional history. In 1976, he briefly coached the first team, before becoming a few later, and up until 2008, director of the club's recruitment.
Patrick Battiston, The Excellent
His name will be forever linked to that cruel World Cup semi-final loss to West Germany in 1982 when he was assaulted by the German goalkeeper, Harald Schumacher, but Patrick Battiston's immense career was a whole lot more. Five-time French champion with Saint-Etienne (1981), Bordeaux (1984, 1985 and 1987) and AS Monaco FC (1988), he also played in three World Cups (1978, 1982 and 1986), including two semi-finals, and also won Euro 1984 in France. He earned 56 caps for Les Bleus. He only spent two seasons with AS Monaco FC, from 1987 to 1989, but won the league in his first season under Arsène Wenger. A complete defender, he also knew how to pass and even score (45 club goals and 3 with Les Bleus), he played 734 matches in his career, including 558 in Ligue 1. Patrick Battiston was, quite simply, the best defender of his generation. He began his career in 1973 with Metz, and retired in 1991 at Bordeaux, where he remains a member of the coaching staff.