Sergio Ramos has scored more international goals than David Beckham, Francesco Totti and others
Sergio Ramos has scored more international goals than David Beckham, Francesco Totti and Carlos Tevez… Spain’s record breaker continues to reach new heights despite spending his career in defence
- The Spain captain added to his impressive goals tally against Romania
- Ramos has now netted on 21 occasions for his nation despite playing centre half
- The Real Madrid stalwart is tenth in the list of Spain’s all-time record scorers
- His prowess in front of goal has seen him score more than a number of legends
- Ramos has bettered the numbers of David Beckham, Francesco Totti and others
Sergio Ramos’ surprising prowess in front of goal has fired the Spain captain into the top ten of his nation’s all-time record scorers.
The Real Madrid stalwart had netted his 21st international goal against Romania from the penalty spot despite plying his trade as a centre back.
Ramos has now joined the likes of David Villa, Raul and Fernando Torres in the list of Spain’s goal scoring heroes – and could be just three strikes away from overtaking fellow Real legend Alfredo Di Stephano.
Centre back Sergio Ramos has now entered the top ten of Spain’s all-time record goal scorers
The Spanish captain was again on target from the penalty spot in the 2-1 victory over Romania
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL SCORERS
Steven Gerrard – 21
David Beckham – 17
Franck Ribery – 16
Philippe Coutinho – 16
Carlos Tevez – 13
Francesco Totti – 9
His heroics from 12 yards cemented his spot as one of the world’s most clinical defenders in front of goal – alongside former Real sweeper Fernando Hierro, who also features in the top ten.
But Ramos’ achievement also brought to life a number of remarkable statistics.
The 33-year-old has now scored more international goals than the likes of David Beckham, Francesco Totti and Carlos Tevez thanks to his cool spot kick in Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier.
Ex-England wideman Beckham had netted 17 times for the Three Lions, with his last international goal coming in 2006. The now 44-year-old boasts a larger total than Totti, however, who has scored nine goals in 58 appearances for Italy.
Carlos Tevez, having not featured for Argentina since 2015, has scored 13 times at international level.
Ramos is level with Steven Gerrard on 21 goals, and has also bettered the tallies of mercurial attackers Franck Ribery and Philippe Coutinho, who both hold 16 goals to their name for France and Brazil respectively.
Ramos bagged his eighth goal in his last nine games for Spain in the Euro 2020 qualifier
SPAIN’S ALL-TIME LEADING SCORERS
1. David Villa – 59
2. Raul – 44
3. Fernando Torres – 38
4. David Silva – 35
5. Fernando Hierro – 29
6. Fernando Morientes – 27
7. Emilio Butragueno – 26
8. Alfredo Di Stefano – 23
9. Julio Salinas – 22
10. Sergio Ramos – 21
= Michel – 21
Ramos is also a regular threat at the other end of the field for his club, having scored 84 times for the Spanish giants in his 14 seasons as the Bernabeu.
The veteran centre half’s unerring strike against Romania comes as no surprise, with the talisman in the midst of a formidable scoring streak on the international stage.
Spain’s skipper bagged his eighth goal in nine games for his nation, a run that stretches back to a clash with Croatia last September.
Having also not missed a penalty in over a year, Ramos has converted his last 13 efforts from 12 yards for both club and country.
The defender is also set to become Spain’s all-time record appearance maker, after he drew level alongside former teammate Iker Casillas on 167.
National boss Robert Moreno had made nine changes to the side that took on the Faroe Islands following the narrow win against Romania – with Rodrigo and Ramos the only survivors.
Ramos is likely to break the record when Spain travel to Norway on October 12.