By Will Butcher

Michael Bridges has comically claimed that Leeds icon Ian Harte is the world’s greatest goalscoring defender of all time.

Bridges played with Harte during their time together at Leeds, when the Yorkshire giants were one of the heavy weights of the newly formed Premier League.

Replying to former Leeds and Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris on his personal Twitter account, Bridges claimed that Harte was a better goalscorer than Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.

Morris had claimed that Spain international Ramos was the most prolific goalscoring defender in footballing history, but Bridges replied by stating “that would have to be Ian Harte”.

Ramos scored twice on Tuesday night in Real Madrid’s second-leg Champions League tie against Napoli, securing a 3-1 win on the night a and 6-2 aggregate win over two legs.

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Taking his career tally to 70 goals, Ramos must find the back of the net another two times to equal Harte’s record of 72 strikes for the likes of Leeds, Bournemouth and Reading.

Known for his set-piece ability and prolific record from penalties, retired defender Harte scored with a ratio of around a goal every seven games after making 498 career appearances.

But at only 30 years of age, it seems former Sevilla defender Ramos is more than likely to overtake the former Ireland international in the near future.

Harte and Bridges played for five years together between 1999 and 2004 at Elland Road before both left the club after relegation from the top flight.

In other Leeds news, current manager Garry Monk should look to sign this former academy ace. 

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