A report by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) shows that between 2011-2020, Lincoln and Gibraltar’s Joseph Chipolina was the second highest-scoring defender in world football, only behind Sergio Ramos.
Photo (C) Johnny Napoli
The organisation, founded in 1984, collated data on goals in top national divisions, national cups, official international club tournaments, official games between national teams, and concluded that at 78 goals, Chipolina was second in the list, 11 behind the Real Madrid defender.
It isn’t clear if the statistics for Chipolina only cover from 2013 onwards, when Gibraltar became UEFA members – if so it would be even more impressive given the left-back also missed the entirety of 2020 with injury, so amassed his 78 goals counted in this list between 2013-2019.
No timeframe has been given for the return to action of the 33-year-old, who suffered his injury against Manchester 62 back in December 2019, but he has been pictured visiting training sessions at times for Lincoln, and his absence has been clearly felt by his club side.
For a full list of the players in the IFFHS rankings, click here