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7 of the highest goal-scoring defenders of all time

  • When goal-stoppers become goal-scorers.
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Modified 08 Feb 2017, 14:04 IST
Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos may have scored many an important goal, but he is nowhere near getting 

Everyone in this world has a role to play. And it is no different in the field of football either. Strikers are expected to score goals, goalkeepers to stop them. Defenders are commanded to protect the goalkeeper, but sometimes in life, we get bonuses.

When it comes to defenders, the bonus in question is goals. While having a defender who can prevent the opposition from scoring is every team’s dream, a defender who can score goals as well is opposition’s nightmare.

Right now, Sergio Ramos is among the foremost figures when speaking about the goal-scoring defenders, but he is not even among the top 7 of the highest of all time. Who are, then? Read below to find out…

#7 Franz Beckenbauer

‘Der Kaiser’ was a defender ahead of his time. He specialised in the sweeper role and remains one of its greatest ever exponents. The fact that he was the furthest outfield player from the opposition’s goal makes his goals stat look even more compelling.

The German legend was highly regarded for his genius-level intellect, passing precision, vision and defending, but it doesn’t stop there.  He was also a prolific goal-scoring defender who led the great Bayern and Germany side of the 70s with vigour.

In a career that spanned for 19 years, Beckenbauer scored 108 times as a footballer, making him the 7th best scoring defender of all time.

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Published 08 Feb 2017, 13:35 IST
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