A goalscoring defender is a precious commodity and something every team would love to have.
While keeping goals out of their own net is the main objective, chipping in with a few at the other end is certainly a welcome boost.
And Real Madrid boast one of the finest goalscoring defenders in the history of the beautiful game.
Sergio Ramos netted his 100th Real Madrid goal on Tuesday, reaching his century for Los Blancos in a Champions League clash against Internazionale of Milan.
No other defender currently playing boasts a better goal record than Ramos – who is loved and loathed in equal measure by football fans across the globe.
And, remarkably, Ramos doesn’t appear to be slowing down so he’s certain to continue adding to his incredible tally of 127 club and country career goals.
But which other football legends join Ramos among the best goalscoring defenders in the history of the sport?
10. Franz Beckenbauer – (109) goals
The West Germany captain revolutionised the sweeper role, and the fact that he was the furthest player from the opposition’s goal speaks volumes of his goalscoring prowess.
He was known for his creativity and passing as well as his elite defending skills.
Over 19 years, he scored 109 times.
He was most prolific for Bayern Munich where he netted 64 goals in 439 appearances.
9. Roberto Carlos (113)
The scorer of, arguably, one of the greatest free-kicks of all time, Carlos has been lauded as one of the best attacking full-backs to have played the game.
The Brazilian was part of the ‘Galacticos’ squad that grew to fame in the early 2000’s and became known for his ability to get forward from the flanks into goalscoring positions.
He was also deadly at set pieces for club and country with most of his strikes coming from dead-balls.
It’s hard to think of many footballers in history who have had a more lethal left foot.
8: Paul Breitner – (113)
Just like Beckenbauer, Breitner contributed significantly to Bayern and West Germany’s unprecedented success in the 1970’s.
He is just one of four players to have scored in two World Cup finals, and he also contributed another three in the 1974 World Cup.
Although he moved to midfield in the latter stages of his career, he was predominantly a defender and got most of his goals from deep.
Breitner scored most of his goals for Bayern and ten of his goals were for his country.
7: Steve Bruce (113)
The Englishman loved to get on the scoresheet, in particular for Manchester United, but also contributed a fair few with Gillingham, Norwich, Birmingham and Sheffield United.
His most famous goals came against Sheffield Wednesday in the 1992/93 season when he scored twice to give the Sir Alex Ferguson’s side their first title in 26 years.
His best season came in 1990/91 for the Red Devils, when he scored 19 goals in all competitions.
6: Sergio Ramos – 127 goals
No defender in world football currently scores more than the Real Madrid captain, and what’s more impressive is he does it at crucial moments too.
He netted three times for first club Sevilla before joining Real in 2005, and he’s since become a feared goalscorer – which has seen him enjoy some double-figure seasons from centre-back!
And he scored against Internazionale on Tuesday to record his 100th strike for Real Madrid, taking his club and country tally up to a remarkable 127 goals.
5: Graham Alexander (130)
The Scotsman was a right-back for many clubs over the years including Burnley, Scunthorpe, Luton and Preston North End.
He was on spot-kick duties and many of his goals came came from penalties, but he also had the impressive ability to pop up from goals in open play as a right-back.
Suprisingly, he never got on the scoresheet for Scotland.
4: Laurent Blanc (153)
Remarkably, the former France boss still holds the goal scoring record at the club he began playing football with: Montpelier.
Blanc started his career as an attacking midfielder before dropping back to play as a sweeper, netting 80 goals in eight years with the club – with many coming from set pieces.
The former Paris Saint-Germain manager also scored 16 goals for France, with his most famous being the Golden Goal winner against Paraguay in his nation’s last-16 tie of the 1998 World Cup.
3: Fernando Hierro (163)
Hierro cemented his place as one of Spain and Real Madrid’s all-time greats with his goalscoring ability.
He captained both sides and took penalties and free-kicks contributing to his high tally.
But he also demonstrated an incredible aerial presence at corners and many have said that Real Madrid have never found a true replacement for their former captain.
He also scored in the Premier League for Bolton Wanderers.
2: Daniel Passarella (175)
Arguably South America’s best ever defender, the Argentine had an astounding goalscoring ability.
Many used to say short players shouldn’t be good at defending, but at 5ft 8in, Passarella well and truly silenced those who held the view.
If attacking players such as Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi did not exist, he would have a shout at being the best Argentinian to wear the famous blue and white shirt.
He captained his nation to World Cup glory in 1978 and was part of their winning squad in 1986 too.
1: Ronald Koeman (253)
The Dutchman holds the title of the most prolific defender of all time, although he did play in midfield too.
Making his name as a sweeper, the former Barcelona player boasts a record that many strikers would dream of.
He once scored 26 goals in a single season for PSV and was also instrumental for Barcelona in his time with the Catalan giants, netting 19 goals twice in two different seasons for the Blaugrana.
It will come as no surprise that Koeman took free-kicks and penalties – and his most important strike was his extra-time free-kick against Sampdoria that handed Barcelona their first ever European Cup in 1992 at Wembley.