Defenders don't usually get much love. Fabio Cannavaro is the sole Ballon d'Or winner since 1990, while only two Premier League defenders have won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award since that year - Paul McGrath and John Terry.

Ostensibly tasked with preventing goals then, the goalscoring defender is a rare beast. And a prized one at that.

So we at GMF have decided to cast the spotlight, not on the forwards and midfielders, the Gareth Bale's and Robin Van Persie's, but on those at the back with a happy knack of finding the net.

Trawling through Europe's top five leagues, we've put together a top ten list of the most prolific goalscoring defenders in their respective leagues so far this season.

There's a couple from the Premier League, a handful from Spain, one from Germany, and a single entrant each from Italy.

Click the arrows at the bottom of the article to scroll through the slideshow. Enjoy!

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