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Sergio Ramos ranks among the highest goal-scoring defenders in football history (See full list)


The Spaniard converted a cool 24th minute penalty to draw the score sheet to 3-0 within the first half before Benzema grabbed his goal through another penalty.
With the strike, the aggressive defender achieved a significant landmark by becoming the first player after Lionel Messi to score in sixteen consecutive La Liga campaigns.

But Ramos is not the only defender to have put up an impressive ingenuity for his club. With him are football legends who have also beat imagination of football fans with their goal-scoring run.

We bring highlight of highest-scoring defenders of all time in football as cited by Sportbible.

  1. Sinisa Mihajlovic – 105 goals

With spells in different Italian clubs including Roma, Lazio, Inter and Sampdoria, Sinisa Mihajlovic proved his worthy beyond the defence-line to become one of the great defenders in the game.

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The Yugoslavian defender scored ten goals for his country and found the net over 61 times in Serie A.

Renowned as dead-ball specialist, Mihajlovic shares the record with Andrea Pirlo for the most free-kick scored in Italian league.

  1. Franz Beckenbauer – 109 goals

Known for his creativity and footballing intelligence, Beckenbauer played the majority of his career at Bayern Munich.

He netted 64 goals in 439 appearances in the process. But overall, Beckenbauer scored 109 goals in a career spanning 19 years.

  1. Sergio Ramos – 110

The Real Madrid captain is one of the centre-backs to have played for the Los Blancos where he was able to pioneer aggressiveness into Madrid’s backline
The Spaniard registered his first La Liga goal for Sevilla, before switching to Real Madrid.

Since then he has proved his goal-scoring consistency with some of his goals taking a messianic turn for the Spanish giants.

Ramos has scored over 50 goals in La Liga, as well as scoring two crucial goals in Champions League finals and in a number of derbies against bitter rivals Atletico Madrid.

He’s is Real Madrid’s main penalty taker, a role he took from Ronaldo who left for Juventus in 2018.

  1. Roberto Carlos – 113 goals

Known as the ultimate free-kick specialist, the Brazilian legend is regarded as all-time great attacking full-back with impressive 113 for Real Madrid.

Carlos is a big figure in the famous ‘Galacticos’ Madrid squad of the early 2000.

  1. Paul Breitner – 113 goals

Breitner is regarded as a key figure in Bayern and West Germany’s success in the mid-70s.

He spent his career switching between defence and midfield but scored most of his goal as a defender.

The German is one of just four players to have scored in two World Cup finals.

  1. Steve Bruce – 113 goals

Known for his unique football finesses, Bruce had his prolific season in 1990/91 when he scored 19 times for Man United under Alex Ferguson.

Before ending his career, Bruce played also for Gillingham, Norwich, Birmingham and Sheffield United, recording 113 goals in the process.

5: Graham Alexander – 130 goals

The Scottish played as a right-back for Burnley, Scunthorpe, Luton and Preston North End where he was able to score most of his goals from the spot spot-kicks and penalties.

Unfortunately he never scored for his country despite his goal-scoring prowess.

  1. Laurent Blanc – 153 goals

Blanc started his career as attacking midfielder before moving to the centre stage.

He scored 16 for France but the rest of his goals, approximately 80, came for clubs. And his famous goal was a Golden Goal winner against Paraguay in 998 World Cup.

3: Fernando Hierro – 163 goals

Hierro was the captain for both Spain and Real Madrid throughout his career, and in the process he earned reputation as of the Spanish greats courtesy of his goal-scoring ability.

He also scored in the Premier League while playing Bolton Wanderers.

  1. Daniel Passarella – 175 goals

Passarella was not just a defender, he was known for his goal-scoring ability.

The Argentine, who was adjudged South America’s best ever defender, captained his nation to World Cup glory in both 1978 and 1986 where he registered his name as one of the game’s best

  1. Ronald Koeman – 253 goals

With an impressive goal scoring record no defender can easily beat (253), Koeman, the prolific Dutchman scored 26 goals in a single season for PSV.

Besides, he was also an instrumental figure in Barcelona, netting 19 goals twice in two different seasons for them.

He was a free-kick and penalties specialist and his most important strikes came in 1992, when his extra-time free-kick against Sampdoria handed Barcelona their first ever European Cup.

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