A goalscoring defender is a valuable commodity and one thing each staff would like to have.
Whereas conserving objectives out of their very own web is the primary goal, chipping in with a number of on the different finish is actually a fine addition.
And Actual Madrid boast one of many best goalscoring defenders within the historical past of the gorgeous sport.
Sergio Ramos netted his 101st Actual Madrid aim on Tuesday, scoring his 101st aim for Los Blancos of their Champions League last-16 conflict in opposition to Atalanta.
No different defender at present enjoying boasts a greater aim document than Ramos – who’s liked and loathed in equal measure by soccer followers throughout the globe.
And, remarkably, Ramos doesn’t seem like slowing down so he’s sure to proceed including to his unimaginable tally of 128 membership and nation profession objectives.
However which different soccer legends be a part of Ramos among the many finest goalscoring defenders within the historical past of the game?
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talkSPORT.com has had a have a look at the place the Bernabeu legend options among the many highest scoring defenders of all time.
10. Franz Beckenbauer – (109) objectives
The West Germany captain revolutionised the sweeper position, and the truth that he was the furthest participant from the opposition’s aim speaks volumes of his goalscoring prowess.
He was recognized for his creativity and passing in addition to his elite defending expertise.
Over 19 years, he scored 109 occasions.
He was most prolific for Bayern Munich the place he netted 64 objectives in 439 appearances.
9. Roberto Carlos (113)
The scorer of, arguably, one of many biggest free-kicks of all time, Carlos has been lauded as the most effective attacking full-backs to have performed the sport.
The Brazilian was a part of the ‘Galacticos’ squad that grew to fame within the early 2000’s and have become recognized for his means to get ahead from the flanks into goalscoring positions.
He was additionally lethal at set items for membership and nation with most of his strikes coming from dead-balls.
It’s laborious to consider many footballers in historical past who’ve had a extra deadly left foot.
8: Paul Breitner – (113)
Similar to Beckenbauer, Breitner contributed considerably to Bayern and West Germany’s unprecedented success within the 1970’s.
He is only one of 4 gamers to have scored in two World Cup finals, and he additionally contributed one other three within the 1974 World Cup.
Though he moved to midfield within the latter phases of his profession, he was predominantly a defender and received most of his objectives from deep.
Breitner scored most of his objectives for Bayern and ten of his objectives had been for his nation.
7: Steve Bruce (113)
The Englishman liked to get on the scoresheet, particularly for Manchester United, but additionally contributed a good few with Gillingham, Norwich, Birmingham and Sheffield United.
His most well-known objectives got here in opposition to Sheffield Wednesday within the 1992/93 season when he scored twice to provide the Sir Alex Ferguson’s facet their first title in 26 years.
His finest season got here in 1990/91 for the Purple Devils, when he scored 19 objectives in all competitions.
6: Sergio Ramos – 128 objectives
No defender in world soccer at present scores greater than the Actual Madrid captain, and what’s extra spectacular is he does it at essential moments too.
He netted 3 times for first membership Sevilla earlier than becoming a member of Actual in 2005, and he’s since turn into a feared goalscorer – which has seen him get pleasure from some double-figure seasons from centre-back!
And he scored in opposition to Atalanta on Tuesday to place Actual Madrid in whole command of their Champions League last-16 tie, taking his membership and nation tally as much as a outstanding 128 objectives.
5: Graham Alexander (130)
The Scotsman was a right-back for a lot of golf equipment over time together with Burnley, Scunthorpe, Luton and Preston North Finish.
He was on spot-kick duties and plenty of of his objectives got here got here from penalties, however he additionally had the spectacular means to pop up from objectives in open play as a right-back.
Suprisingly, he by no means received on the scoresheet for Scotland.
4: Laurent Blanc (153)
Remarkably, the previous France boss nonetheless holds the aim scoring document on the membership he started enjoying soccer with: Montpelier.
Blanc began his profession as an attacking midfielder earlier than dropping again to play as a sweeper, netting 80 objectives in eight years with the membership – with many coming from set items.
The previous Paris Saint-Germain supervisor additionally scored 16 objectives for France, together with his most well-known being the Golden Purpose winner in opposition to Paraguay in his nation’s last-16 tie of the 1998 World Cup.
3: Fernando Hierro (163)
Hierro cemented his place as one in all Spain and Actual Madrid’s all-time greats together with his goalscoring means.
He captained either side and took penalties and free-kicks contributing to his excessive tally.
However he additionally demonstrated an unimaginable aerial presence at corners and plenty of have stated that Actual Madrid have by no means discovered a real substitute for his or her former captain.
He additionally scored within the Premier League for Bolton Wanderers.
2: Daniel Passarella (175)
Arguably South America’s finest ever defender, the Argentine had an astounding goalscoring means.
Many used to say quick gamers shouldn’t be good at defending, however at 5ft 8in, Passarella properly and actually silenced those that held the view.
If attacking gamers reminiscent of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi didn’t exist, he would have a shout at being the very best Argentinian to put on the well-known blue and white shirt.
He captained his nation to World Cup glory in 1978 and was a part of their successful squad in 1986 too.
1: Ronald Koeman (253)
The Dutchman holds the title of probably the most prolific defender of all time, though he did play in midfield too.
Making his title as a sweeper, the previous Barcelona participant boasts a document that many strikers would dream of.
He as soon as scored 26 objectives in a single season for PSV and was additionally instrumental for Barcelona in his time with the Catalan giants, netting 19 objectives twice in two totally different seasons for the Blaugrana.
It can come as no shock that Koeman took free-kicks and penalties – and his most necessary strike was his extra-time free-kick in opposition to Sampdoria that handed Barcelona their first ever European Cup in 1992 at Wembley.