Ramos, Roberto Carlos, Koeman: The 10 highest-scoring defenders in football history

Sergio Ramos has been incredible in front of goal during his illustrious football career.

The Spaniard, by a defender’s standards, is lethal in front of goal.

He is a major threat from set-pieces and is also ice-cool when it comes to taking penalties.

Ramos, who celebrates his 36th birthday on March 20, 2022, has scored 129 goals in his career to date (106 at club level, 23 for Spain).

But how does that rank him among the highest goal-scoring defenders in football history?

talkSPORT listed the high-scoring defenders in football history. View where Ramos ranks below…

10. Franz Beckenbauer – 109 goals

Beckenbauer is one of the greatest players to have ever played the sport. He netted 64 goals in 439 appearances for Bayern Munich.

1960: Portrait of Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

9. Roberto Carlos – 113 goals

Carlos was lethal at free-kicks. His ability to generate power meant he could lash a free-kick in from distance.

8. Paul Breitner – 113 goals

Breitner scored in two World Cup finals: In 1974 and 1982.

7. Steve Bruce – 113 goals

Bruce was Man United’s top goalscorer in the 1990/91 season as he notched 19 goals.

6. Sergio Ramos – 129 goals

Ramos is the only active player in the top 10. He’s just one goal away from moving into fifth…

VILLAREAL, SPAIN – JANUARY 03: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF conducts the ball during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de la Ceramica on January 03, 2019 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

5. Graham Alexander – 130 goals

Alexander is one of the football’s best ever penalty takers. He scored 77 spot-kicks in his career and had a success rate of over 90%, per Manchester Evening News.

4. Laurent Blanc – 153 goals

Blanc scored 76 times in 243 games for Montpellier. He scored over 10 league goals in six different seasons.

3. Fernando Hierro – 163 goals

Hierro scored 53 goals for Real Madrid in a three-season spell between 1991-1994. He also scored 29 times for Spain.

8 Mar 2000: Fernando Hierro of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League game between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany. The game ended 4-1 to Bayern Munich. \ Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey /Allsport

2. Daniel Passarella – 175 goals

Passarella was captain of the Argentina team that won the 1978 World Cup. 94 of his goals came for River Plate.

  1. Ronald Koeman – 253 goals

Koeman’s record may never be beaten. To score 253 goals, as a defender, is absolutely insane. He scored over 10 goals in 10 consecutive league campaigns.

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