MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 12:  Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring Real's 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 12, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

The Top 22 Goalscoring Defenders in the History of Football

With Sergio Ramos celebrating his 31st birthday on Thursday, we were reminded of the incredible achievement that the defender holds.


The Real Madrid skipper has scored 81 times during his professional career, a remarkable figure for someone who plays at the back, but where does he feature amongst other goalscoring defenders.


Presenting the top 22 goalscoring defenders in the history of football...

22. Sergio Ramos

Number of goals: 81


Clubs scored for: Sevilla and Real Madrid


Country represented: Spain

21. Frank de Boer

Number of goals: 82


Clubs scored for: Ajax, Barcelona, Galatasaray, Rangers and Al Rayyan


Country represented: The Netherlands

20. Bernard Dietz

Number of goals: 86


Clubs scored for: MSV Duisberg and Schalke


Country represented: West Germany

19. Gary Lloyd

Number of goals: 90


Clubs played for: Llanelli and Barry Town


Country represented: Wales (at B level)

18. Dick Schneider

Number of goals: 92


Clubs scored for: Go Ahead Eagles, Feyenoord, Vitesse Arnhem and FC Wageningen


Country represented: the Netherlands


17. Ian Harte

Number of goals: 97


Clubs scored for: Leeds United, Levante, Carlisle United, Reading and Bournemouth


Country represented: Republic of Ireland

16. Rafael Albrecht

Number of goals: 98


Clubs scored for: Estudiantes, San Lorenzo, Club Leon and Atlas


Country represented: Argentina

15. Manfred Kaltz

Number of goals: 100


Clubs scored for: Hamburg and FC Mulhouse


Country represented: West Germany 

14. Juan Domingo Rocchia

Number of goals: 101


Clubs scored for: Racing Club and Ferro Carril Oeste


Country represented: Argentina

13. Sinisa Mihajlovic

Number of goals: 104


Clubs scored for: Borovo, Vojvodina, Red Star Belgrade, Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter Milan


Country represented: Yugoslavia

12. Edgardo Bauza

Number of goals: 108


Clubs scored for: Rosario Central, Atletico Junior, Independiente and Vera Cruz


Country represented: Argentina 

11. Franck Suazee

Number of goals: 111


Clubs scored for: Sochaux, Monaco, Marseille, Atalanta, Strasbourg, Montpellier and Hibernian


Country represented: France

10. Steve Bruce

Number of goals: 113


Clubs scored for: Gillingham, Norwich City, Manchester United and Birmingham City


Country represented: England (at youth level)

9. Marcus "Tulio" Tanaka

Number of goals: 114


Clubs scored for: Sanfreece Hiroshima, Mito HollyHock, Urawa Red Diamonds and Nagoya Grampus


Country represented: Japan

8. Franz Beckenbauer

Number of goals: 120


Clubs scored for: Bayern Munich and New York Cosmos


Country represented: West Germany

7. Roberto Carlos

Number of goals: 122


Clubs scored for: Palmeiras, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Fenerbahce, Corinthians and Anzhi Makhachkala


Country represented: Brazil

6. Graham Alexander

Number of goals: 129


Clubs scored for: Scunthorpe United, Luton Town, Preston North End and Burnley


Country represented: Scotland

5. Paul Breitner

Number of goals: 131


Clubs scored for: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Eintracht Braunschweig


Country represented: West Germany

4. Laurent Blanc

Number of goals: 152


Clubs scored for: Montpellier, Napoli, Nimes, Saint-Etienne, Auxerre, Barcelona, Marseille, Inter Milan and Manchester United


Country represented: France

3. Fernando Hierro

Number of goals: 163


Clubs scored for: Valladolid, Real Madrid, Al Rayyan and Bolton Wanderers


Country represented: Spain

2. Daniel Passarella

Number of goals: 175


Clubs scored for: Sarmiento, River Playe, Fiorentina, Inter Milan and River Plate


Country represented: Argentina

1. Ronald Koeman

Number of goals: 253


Clubs scored for: Gronigen, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona and Feyenoord


Country represented: The Netherlands