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Hearts skipper Christophe Berra is Europe's top defender in one key area

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Hearts skipper Christophe Berra wins more header than any other defender in Europe.

The centre-back is outperforming some of Europe's elite stars in a key defensive area, according to new statistics.

In fact, 12 of the top 50 from the "other 26 leagues" category are players from the Scottish Premiership.



Darren O'Dea (80.8 per cent), Scott McKenna (79.8 per cent), Peter Hartley (79.6 per cent) and Paul Hanlon (79.3 per cent) also feature.

According to the CIES Football Observatory , Berra has won 233 of 268 aerial duels contested this season, a seriously impressive 86.9 per cent.

Celtic 's Kristoffer Ajer also makes the top 10 - he's won 121 of 142 aerial duels (85.2 per cent).

The 34-year-old tops a list of 26 European leagues outside the so-called "big five" but also outperforms any defender in the elite divisions, including the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Raphael Varane.
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