Every great football club has a world-class shot-stopper, but who are the greatest goalkeepers of all time?
Goalkeepers are typically ignored for the more attractive positions in the team, despite playing in possibly the most undervalued position in football.
It's one of the most difficult professions on the field, requiring attention, poise, and the ability to make saves at any time during a game, but do goalkeepers get enough credit?
Here are 5 greatest keepers in Football history:
1. Oliver Kahn
Oliver Kahn is most known for his 14-year stint at Bayern Munich, during which he won eight Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Champions League.
In the 2002 World Cup, Kahn was a runner-up with Germany, but he earned the Golden Ball. He also came in third place in the Ballon d'Or voting in 2001 and 2002. Some of his saves are incredible.
2. Petr Cech
Petr Cech, arguably the best goalkeeper in Premier League history, won four league titles, as well as the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, with Chelsea.
Between 2004 and 2006, Cech was as essential as John Terry in their superb defensive record, in which they conceded only 15 and 22 goals in back-to-back Premier League titles.
Although he spent the final four years of his career with Arsenal, the 38-year-old is currently classified as Chelsea's emergency goalkeeper. During his time at Chelsea, his greatest five saves were ranked, and they are absolutely incredible.
3. Gianluigi Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon was the best goalkeeper in the world in the 2000s, and many consider him to be the greatest Italian shot-stopper of all time, even surpassing Dino Zoff.
Buffon is a much-loved character in the world of football, and he is still going strong at the age of 43. Between 1997 and 2018, the Juventus great played 178 times for Italy, winning the World Cup in 2006.
4. Peter Schmeichel
One of my first football memories is watching Peter Schmeichel, definitely the Best Goalkeeper in the World, and ever since, I have been convinced that the 'Great Dane' was by far the best goalkeeper of the 1990s.
Forwards feared him, his teammates looked up to him, and when Manchester United needed him to dig them out of a hole, he delivered with amazing save after fantastic save. It's difficult to see Man United dominating English football in the 1990s without Schmeichel.
5. Manuel Neuer
There have been many goalkeepers who have been excellent with the ball at their feet but Manuel Neuer is their leader. Pep Guardiola had to be persuaded to play him in midfield because he was so brilliant with the ball at his feet.
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