Midfielder Sergio Ramos is leading the list of the world’s most scoring defenders at the club level in the 21st century.
In modern football, defenders not only focus on defense but also actively participate in assisting attacks. That’s why defenders are scoring more and more in the 21st century. But who is the best defensive player with the record?
Transfermarkt’s data shows that Sergio Ramos is the only defender to score more than 100 goals in the 21st century. The Spaniard has scored 103 goals in 624 games for Sevilla and Real Madrid.
The talent of Ronald Koeman
Since 2000 only, Ramos’ record far surpasses second-placed midfielder John Terry who has scored 66 goals in 573 appearances for Chelsea. The next positions respectively belonged to Naldo (65), Daniel Van Buyten (53), Roberto Carlos (53), and Gerard Pique (53).
Among the Top 10 best goal scorers of the 21st century, Brazil has contributed the most players with Naldo, Roberto Carlos, and Dani Alves. Spain and England have two players together, the rest coming from Belgium, Serbia, and Norway.
However, the record of Sergio Ramos is still far below the record of a defender that belongs to Ronald Koeman. During the competition, the incumbent coach of Barca played both midfield and midfield positions. As a result, Koeman scored 239 goals for Groningen, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Barca, and Feyenoord.
The former Dutchman also leads the list of most scoring defenders for both club and team with 253 goals, more than double the number of Sergio Ramos who is ranked 6th with 127 goals.
Messi and Ronaldo missed the most penalty kick in the 21st century
Ronaldo and Messi are both penalty specialists, but also the most missed shots from the 11m mark of any player in the 21st century.
Messi scored 5/6 goals with a penalty for Barca this season
However, despite his recent record of free-kicks, Messi must not like to look at the list of 40 most failed penalty kickers in the 21st century. According to Transfermarkt, Messi topped the list after missing 27 out of 126 penalties. Ronaldo is next with 27 failed shots out of 162 times out of 11 meters.
Ronaldo missed 27 penalties in his career
In the top 10, there are other penalty experts such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Frank Lampard, and Sergio Aguero.