Top 5 Defenders with the Most Champions League Goals

Sergio Ramos now has scored most Champions League goals as a defender. Let's look at the top 5 defenders with the most Champions League goals.
Sergio Ramos now has scored the most Champions League goals as a defender.
Sergio Ramos now has scored the most Champions League goals as a defender.Image - Getty

There is a popular quote stating that "attack wins you games, defence wins you titles". The saying couldn't have been more perfect. Although every team needs a quality defender who will not let the other team score, goal-scoring defenders are very rare. Moreover, when it comes to the most elite European Club competition, every goal matters. Let us look at the defenders who have the most champions league goals to their name.

Sergio Ramos now has scored the most Champions League goals as a defender.
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Top 5 Defenders with the Most Champions League Goals:

#5 Ronald Koeman (13 Goals)

Ronald Koeman has scored the fifth most Champions League goals as a defender.
Ronald Koeman has scored the fifth most Champions League goals as a defender.Image – Everything Barca

The former Barcelona defender and the present coach features at number 5 in this list of most Champions League goals, having scored 13 goals in 52 appearances. However, he scored all his goals in the champions league for three different clubs. He scored 4 goals out of the 13 in the European Cup and the rest 9 in the Champions League.

  • European Cup goals breakdown: 1 goal for Barcelona in 11 appearances. 3 goals for PSV in 12 appearances.

  • Champions League goals breakdown: 8 goals for Barcelona in 12 appearances in the 93/94 season. 1 goal for Barcelona in 8 appearances in the 94/95 season.

#4 Ivan Helguera (15 Goals)

Ivan Helguera
Ivan HelgueraImage – Getty Images

Iván Helguera Bujía is a Spanish former footballer. He Played as either a central defender or defensive midfielder and had very good defensive and offensive skills. He scored 15 goals in 87 appearances for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. However, he joined Valencia CF in the latter stages of his career. His best season in the UCL was in the 2000-2001 season where he scored 6 goals and provided 2 assists in 14 appearances.

Sergio Ramos now has scored the most Champions League goals as a defender.
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#3 Roberto Carlos (16 Goals)

Roberto Carlos has scored the third most Champions League goals as a defender.
Roberto Carlos has scored the third most Champions League goals as a defender.Image – ronaldo.com

The explosive Brazilian left-back features at no.3 in the list of defenders with the most goals in the Champions League. Best known for his curved and swirling free-kick, the Brazilian represented two different clubs in the Champions League. However, he scored all of his 16 goals for the Los Blancos. Roberto Carlos scored 16 goals in 120 appearances in the UCL and also provided 25 assists in the meantime. Although he has 13 appearances for Fenerbahce SK from 2007-09 in the UCL, he failed to register his name on the scoresheet.

#2 Gerard Pique (16 Goals)

Gerard Pique has scored the second most Champions League goals as a defender.
Gerard Pique has scored the second most Champions League goals as a defender.Image – CBS Sports

The ever-dependable Gerard Pique also has 16 goals in 128 appearances under his belt. However, he scored all his goals in the Champions League for two different clubs including Manchester United and FC Barcelona.

Champions League goals breakdown:

  • For Barcelona – 14 goals in 124 appearances from 2008- 2023.

  • For Manchester United – 2 goals in 4 appearances from 2004-2008.

#1 Sergio Ramos (17 Goals)

Sergio Ramos now has scored the most Champions League goals as a defender.
Sergio Ramos now has scored the most Champions League goals as a defender.Getty Images

Former Real Madrid captain Ramos is the only defender in this century to crack 100 goals, clocking in with 134 in 967 games overall. On the other hand, when it comes to the Champions League the Spaniard is also on the list of highest scoring defenders. He has netted the ball 17 times in 142 appearances for Los Blancos, PSG and Sevilla. Ramos also provided 10 assists and played a whopping 12,568 minutes in the UCL history. With his goal against Lens in the UCL 2023-24 group stage fixture, he has now become the highest-scoring defender in the UCL.

N.B. The stats are accurate as of December 13, 2023.

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