• While not typically hailed for their goalscoring exploits, many defenders have taken to scoring last-gasp winners or by popping up with a free-kick or penalty when their side needs it most.
  • Former Real Madrid duo Sergio Ramos and Roberto Carlos are among defenders lauded for their innate goalscoring threat.
  • With the ever-growing nature of the sport, the role of a defender has drastically changed from solely being used as a goalmouth safeguard, though it was icons such as Franz Beckenbeaur that paved the way for the new generation of free-scoring defenders.