The team’s defenders are responsible for preventing the opposition from scoring any goals. On the other hand, there are players who go above and beyond their defensive roles in order to score for their teams.
With 253 goals, Ronald Koeman holds the record for most goals scored by a defender in the history of football. During his time playing for his club, the former Dutch defender scored 223 goals and contributed 69 assists. In 264 total matches, he scored 88 of them goals while playing for Barcelona.
Daniel Passarella is the second-most prolific goal scorer among all defenders in the history of football. The Argentine footballer finished his professional career with 175 goals scored.
Fernando Hierro has scored 163 goals throughout his career, making him the third-most prolific defender in the annals of football history. The Spanish national team center back scored 29 goals for Spain and scored 126 goals for Real Madrid during his career.
Laurent Blanc is the fifth-most prolific goal scorer among all defenders in the history of football. A total of 153 goals were scored by the French player during his career, during which he played for Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Manchester United.
The active Sergio Ramos holds the record for most goals scored by a defender in the globe. The Spanish center defender has tallied 129 goals throughout his professional playing career. He had a total of 101 goals scored for Real Madrid, 3 goals scored for Sevilla, and 2 goals scored for PSG since he joined the club.
Here is a list of the top 10 defenders throughout the history of football who scored the most goals.