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Top 10 Great Goalkeepers of all Time. 

Top 10 Best Goalkeepers of All Time

Goalkeepers are essential members of the team’s defence. Most of the time, they are also considered match winners. In the 2022 World Cup final, Argentina’s goalkeeper saved the goal at 116 minutes, which led Argentina to win the world cup.

10: Gordon Banks, England

Gordon Banks was an English professional footballer. Gordon played for multiple European teams, such as Leicester City and Stoke City.

He is still known as England, one of the best players in the England team. He was awarded the save of the century during the 1966 World Cup match against Brazil.

Gordon participated in and represented the United Kingdom in the World Cups of 1966 and 1970.

9: Edwin Van Der Sar, a Dutch player

He is currently retired and enjoying his life. He was a goalkeeper for the Dutch national team. People agree that he saved the goals in a timely manner, which helped team to win a lot of matches.

He played for a different club.

– Ajax

– Juventus

– Fulham

Manchester United

He was famous for his quick reflexes and shot stopping. He retired from professional football in 2011.

Major Accomplishment:

Eredivisie x4

Dutch League Cup x3

Dutch Super Cup x3

English League Cup x2

English Premier League x4

English Super Cup x4

Intercontinental Cup x 1

UEFA Champions League x1

UEFA Cup x 1 UEFA Super Cup x 1

FIFA Club World Cup x 1

8: Peter Schmeichel (Danish)

Peter is a retired Danish goalkeeper. He played in different teams, such as Brondby, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Sporting CP, and the Denmark National Team.

He retired from football in 2003, and his son followed in his footsteps by becoming a goalkeeper. His son later becomes the captain of Leicester City.

Major Accomplishment:

English League Cup x 1

FA Cup x3

English Premier League x3

UEFA Champions League x1

7: Oliver Kahn, Germany

He was the best goalkeeper in German history. Kahn played for famous clubs such as Karlsruher SC, FC Bayern Munich, and Hamburger SV. He won many domestic and international trophies.

He was one of the key players in the 2002 World Cup that led Germany to the final. The player has extraordinary leadership skills and always motivates the team during difficult times. In 2002, Kahn won the World Cup’s golden ball.

Major Accomplishment:

DFB-Pokal x6

Bundesliga x8

UEFA Cup x 1

UEFA Champions League x1

Intercontinental Cup x 1

6: Petr Cech, Czech Republic

Petr Cech has a perfect height, which gives him an unfair advantage over other player while he is on football pitch. He has excellent ball control and stops quickly almost every shot that is come towards Petr Cech.

Cech also represented the Czech team in many international games. Moreover, he was also the captain of the Chelsea team. Petr retired from football in 2019.

Major Accomplishment:

European Under-21 Champion

Czech Footballer of the Year x7

English League Cup x3; FA Cup x5

English Premier League x4

Europa Cup x 1

UEFA Champions League x1

English Super Cup x6

5: Manuel Neuer, Germany

Neuer is a player who played for Bayern Munich and the German National Team. He also participated in 2014 World Cup and Germany won the that World Cup.

Major Accomplishment:

German Under-19 Cup

European Under-21 Champion

German Footballer of the Year

DFB-Pokal x6

Bundesliga x9

UEFA Champions League x2

UEFA Super Cup x2

German Super Cup x5

FIFA Club World Cup x 1

4: Dino Zoff, Italy

Dino is a retired footballer, but he also acted as a coach for many different clubs. It was unanimously accepted that Dino was the best goalkeeper. He has also played for Juventus as a goalkeeper.

Dino is 79-years-old and still act as a leader and guide for the team.

The record still belongs to Dino, who had the most extended clean sheet for total of (1,142 minutes). Dino has over 360 clean sheet games.

Major Accomplishment:

Coppa Italia x2

Serie A x6

UEFA Cup x 1

3: Gianluigi Buffon, Italian

The Italian is famous for his defending skills against the strongest teams. Buffon is considered Italy’s best goalkeeper.

Buffon played for many great European teams, such as Juventus. Buffon played 178 times for his national team, and in 2006, Buffon helped the Italy team to win the World Cup.

Buffon has had 350 clean sheets, only ten less then Dino.

Major Accomplishment:

European Under-21 Champion

Coppa Italia x5

Serie A x 10; Ligue 1 x 1

Italian Footballer of the Year

Italienischer Zweitligameister x1

UEFA Cup x 1

Italian Super Cup x7

French Super Cup x 1

FIFA Club World Cup x 1

2: Iker Casillas, Spain

Iker Casillas is Spanish and played for Spain National Football Team, and he had a chance to play in Spain’s giant club (Real Madrid) for 16 seasons. During his time, he managed to win five La Liga titles.

Yes! Iker Casillas also led the Spanish team in the 2010 World Cup and lifted the trophy. In 2020, the player announced his retirement from football.

Major Accomplishment:

La Liga x5

Supercopa de Espaa x4

Copa del Rey x2

UEFA Champions League x3

UEFA Super Cup x2

Intercontinental Cup x 1

FIFA Club World Cup x 1

1: Lev Yashin, Soviet Union

Not all of you know his name. But he is considered the all-time best goalkeeper in the world.

Lev Yashin set a world record by stopping around 150 penalty kicks during his career. Lev has approximately 270 clean sheets. He appeared in 420 games in total.

Moreover, Yes! Lev is the player who won the Ballon d’Or. It very hard for Goal Keepers to win Ballon d’Or award but Lev managed to do so.

Major Accomplishment:

Soviet Cup x3

Soviet Champion x5

European Champion

Olympic Gold Medalist

Ballon d’Or x1




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