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Top 5 goalscoring defenders in Europe so far this season 

Much like his team, Girona's Juanpe has been a surprise package in the La Liga this season
Alan John
Modified 30 Mar 2018, 18:22 IST
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The stage was set on 10th April 1993 as Manchester United hosted Sheffield Wednesday in an all-important Premier League tie for the Red Devils. A win against Wednesday meant that United would have a firm grip on the title.

However, they were trailing with just five minutes of normal time left to play. Steve Bruce, a centre-back by trade, was known for his goalscoring exploits at that time and he stepped up for the Red Devils and scored a brace to secure the win.

This effectively wrapped up the first season of the Premier League with the trophy heading to Manchester.

A defender is always known for the work he does in his team's own half rather than on the other side of the ground. But there have been times when the goals scored by the men at the back have helped their team to attain success.

On that note, we take a look at the top five defenders who lead the way for the number of goals they have slotted in this season in their respective leagues.

All stats are taken from and

#5 Thomas Meunier (PSG)

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Meunier has helped in creating 12 chances for PSG this season

Total Appearances: 17


Goals: 4

First on our list is the Paris Saint Germain right-back, Thomas Meunier. The Belgian has found it hard to get playing time under his belt at Paris with Dani Alves currently occupying the spot on the right side of the defence.

But that has not stopped the Belgian defender from putting in inspired performances for the current Ligue 1 leaders.

In the 1162 minutes, he has spent on the pitch, Meunier has scored four goals and has two assists to his name as well. The former Club Brugge man has also helped in creating a total of 12 chances and also boasts a shot accuracy of 71%.

Meunier has won 45% of his duels and completes an average of three defensive actions per game showing that he is solid at the back as well when called upon.

Being an integral part of the Belgian National Team, Meunier has hinted at leaving PSG over the lack of time he has been receiving at the club with Manchester United believed to be a possible destination.

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Published 30 Mar 2018, 18:22 IST
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