that`s a very good point! although i do think thuram was as dominate as any outside back during his peak, he was not in the limelight for as long as maldini or lahm. i mean, how many years did thuram actually put himself in a position to be seen at one of the top clubs in the world for so many years? something that lahm and maldini were able to do. it`s unfortunate for thuram as far as ranking is concerned. and by the time thuram was at barcelona after moving to juventus he was already downhill. of course, at parma he was an extremely strong defender, as though were in my opinion his best years. but lahm and maldini were exposed for so many years at the highest level teams.