Picture : Sergio Ramos is the leader of the ranking with 130 goals !

The World’s Highest Scoring Defender of XXI Century: Sergio Ramos

Now we publish an updated ranking for the highest scoring defenders in the world top football in XXI Century, as it stands after the end of 2022. 
Sergio Ramos is still the sovereign leader. Over the last year, he added 3 more goals for PSG and now has 130 goals at his tally.
Ramos and the retired Marcus Tulio Tanaka are only 2 defenders to score 100+ goals in XXI so far.
Keilor Soto (Costa Rica) was pretty close to reach this mark but decided to stop his career in 2022 with 93 goals amassed.
Abderrahmane Hachoud (Algeria) has now the same amount but he went to play in 2nd division where the goals are not countable for our ranking.
There are currently 62 defenders in the world that scored 50+ top level goals. They are sorted by the main ranking (Total XXI).
Five players are listed in addition to them but not ranked: they are below 50 goals in XXI but have reached this amount with the goals they scored in XX century (having still scored essential majority, not less than 65 percent, in XXI century, so being conditionally considered the “goal-scoring defenders of XXI century”). They are sorted in parallel ranking (Total Career). 
The players marked in bold are currently active; others finished the career.
All goals at top senior level are counted (top national divisions, national cups, official international club tournaments, official games between national teams).

 IN XXI CENTURY         
 PlayerRoleCountryGoals   TotalTotalTotal
1Sergio RamosCBSpain76102123130 130
2Marcus Tulio TanakaCBJapan751838104 104
3Abderrahmane HachoudRBAlgeria71139 93 93
4Keilor SotoCBCosta Rica921  93 93
5Ali MaâloulLBTunisia 60321286 86
6Boualem KhoukhiCBQatar47892185 85
7Markus JürgensonRBEstonia6619  85 85
8Darijo SrnaRBCroatia3710102279 79
9James TavernierRBEngland 53917 79 79
10Mohamed Rabie MeftahRBAlgeria6639 78 78
11Colin CoatesCBNorthern Ireland 53195 77 77
12Dani AlvesRBBrazil401016874 74
13Roland JuhászCBHungary 5558674 74
14Branislav Ivanović CBSerbia405151373 73
15John TerryCBEngland421213673174
16Kendall WastonCBCosta Rica55 9973 73
17NaldoCBBrazil 54613 73 73
18Espen RuudRBNorway6543173 73
19JuninhoCBBrazil60112 73 73
20John Arne RiiseLBNorway 351071567774
21Aleksandar Kolarov LBSerbia 391161167 67
22George HoranCBEngland5592 66 66
23Matías RodríguezRBArgentina 4898 65 65
24Daniel Van Buyten CBBelgium 40681064973
25Gert KamsRBEstonia5191364 64
26Sergei IgnashevichCBRussia39610863265
27Ramin RezaeianRBIran5541363 63
28Gerard PiquéCBSpain31916561 61
29Diego LuganoCBUruguay 4246961 61
30Roberto CarlosLBBrazil417766163124
31Andrés TúñezCBVenezuela 40174 61 61
32Luisão CBBrazil331113360 60
33Johan LarssonCBSweden4776 60 60
34Mahmoud FathallahCBEgypt5124259 59
35Besnik KrasniqiRBKosovo572  59 59
36Alex CBBrazil42214 58 58
37Léo MouraRB Brazil4557 57 57
38Francisco CalvoCBCosta Rica45 3856 56
39Maxi PereiraRBUruguay 4238356 56
40David AlabaLBAustria27671555 55
41Abdelkarim Hassan CBQatar30551555 55
42Jan VertonghenCBBelgium 3367955 55
43Mikael LustigRBSweden 3496655 55
44Daniel Majstorović CB Sweden 4274255 55
45Dedi Ben DayanLBIsrael 46441551873
46Christoffer AnderssonRBSweden 4564 55459
47Mato NeretljakCBCroatia 4364154458
48Roman KratochvílCBSlovakia5112 542377
49Mohamed NahiriLBMorocco33 17353 53
50Virgil van DijkCBNetherlands3566653 53
51Nicolás SánchezCBArgentina 4067 53 53
52Vilmos VanczákCBHungary 3982453 53
53Yuji NakazawaCBJapan316 1552860
54MarceloLBBrazil3079652 52
55Thiago SilvaCBBrazil3186752 52
56Héctor AltamiranoRBMexico4323452355
57Mahmoud AlaaCBEgypt4354 52 52
58Juan CBBrazil24515751960
59Diego GodínCBUruguay 3049851 51
60Raphaël GuerreiroLBPortugal37 10451 51
61Murod Kholmukhamedov RBUzbekistan4451151 51
62Antônio Carlos CBBrazil4064 50 50
 Jersson GonzálezRBColombia 38 21411960
 Marek JankulovskiLBCzech Republic203212371754
 Sami HyypiäCBFinland21585391554
 Lúcio CB Brazil2958446551
 Joan CapdevilaLBSpain3216443750

Brazilian state championships Paulista and Carioca have status equal to national leagues (according to IFFHS decision).
Only players which held essential majority of their games as defenders are taken in consideration. 
The column “Role” means the main position of the player (CB = centre back, RB = right back, LB = left back).  

NL – National League
NC – National Cups
ICC – International Club Competitions
NT – National Team

from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2022 (for the ranking Total XXI);
from the career start to December 31, 2022 (for the ranking Total Career).

Tiebreaking criteria in case of equal number of total goals: 1) international goals (ICC + NT), 2) goals scored for national team (NT), 3) goals scored in domestic league (NL).

Full names of Brazilian players:
Alex = Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa
Antônio Carlos =Antônio Carlos dos Santos Aguiar
Juan = Juan Silveira dos Santos
Juninho =Anselmo Vendrechovski Júnior
Lúcio = Lucimar Ferreira da Silva
Luisão = Ânderson Luís da Silva
Marcelo = Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior
Naldo = Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues