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A Look At Europe’s Goal Scoring Defenders

September 20, 2015

- Grant Whittington

 

For those of you enjoy an annual game of Fantasy Football, goal scoring defenders are worth their weight in gold. From those that excel at penalties and set pieces like Leighton Baines to towering centre backs such as former Manchester United colossus Nemanja Vidic, these unheralded goal threats can also make the difference in tight and keenly contested matches. In fact, many new bookmakers offer great odds on even the best defenders scoring in a game.

The European game is littered with such stars, some of whom have been scoring goals for years.

We decided to do some research and determine Europe’s top goal scoring defenders since 2010.

Naldo (Wolfsburg)

While you may not have heard of Brazilian defender Naldo, this former international has forged something of a cult following during his time in the German Bundesliga. Now 32, he has plundered 24 goals (including a single penalty) during the last six seasons, including 15 in less than three years with present club Wolfsburg. This is prolific even by Denis Irwin’s standards, and there is no sign of the centre back becoming less of a goal threat in the immediate future.

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

During a decade with Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos has averaged a total of four goals a season while he has delivered 22 alone in the last six years. This showcases impressive consistency; while it is all the more remarkable considering that the rampaging centre back does not take penalties or free-kicks. Instead, he scores the majority of goals from corners and dead ball centres, often meeting crosses with emphatic, bullet headers. His most famous goal came late on in the 2014 Champions League final, when Los Blancos achieved ‘La Decima’ and etched their name into European history once more

John Terry (Chelsea)

Despite being tailor made for Chelsea, talismanic captain John Terry appears to be showing his age this season. His legacy as a Chelsea has long since been assured however, with the uncompromising centre back arguably as renowned for his goal threat as his towering defensive headers and rock-like reliability at the back. Having plundered 22 goals in the last six seasons (and six during the historic domestic and European Cup double of 2012), his aerial prowess marks him as one of the most dangerous goal scoring defenders of the modern era.

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