Statistics may not be the best criteria to rate individuals in team sports but it brings us closer to the truth. The man between the bars in the game of football has the utmost responsibility of shielding the back of the net from the opposition attacking threats. We may say is fair enough to rate Goalkeepers on the basis of clean sheets,but this will also be blurred based on the quality of oppositions played, quality of the team and tournament.
Here we look at top 20 Goalkeepers with most clean sheets in the last 3 decades.
Julios Cesar 216
The former professional goalkeeper who won 87 international caps for Brazil and had stints with Flamengo , Inter Milan,QPR, Toronto and Benfica is 20th on the table.
Thibaut Courtois. 218
Courtois graduated through the youth system of Genk, and aged 18, he played a key role in the team's Belgian Pro League victory. In July 2011 he joined Chelsea for a reported £8 million, and was immediately loaned to Atlético Madrid where he spent three seasons before returning to England with Chelsea. He is currently at Real Madrid after a controversial move since 2018. He has over 70 international Caps for Belgium.
Steven Mandanda. 219
The 35year-old French professional with over 30 international caps for France ,is currently in Marselle since 2017 from Crystal palace of England.
Vollian Deminel. 219
The former Turkish goalie is among the elites having helped Turkey reach the Euro2008 semis. He retired last year in Fenebarche.
Joe Hart. 223
The 6' 5" English Goalkeeper who has 75 caps for England since 2008 is currently a Burnley player after stints with Mancity where he fell down the pecking order with Pep at the helm, Blackpool, Torino and Westham
Samir Handanovic. 230
Regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, he is one of only four non-Italian keepers to be named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year, winning the honour three times. He has 82 caps for Slovenia and currently Inter Milan Captain with over 287 appearances.
Allan McGregor. 240
The Rangers goalkeeper and Scotland international is over 38year and still pull strings .He played for Hull city from 2013-18 before moving to Cardiff on loan in 20117 ,he was sold to Rangers in 2018.
Tim Howard. 242
Timothy Matthew Howard is an American professional with 121 internationl caps before retiring from National calls in 2017,he currently plays as a goalkeeper for USL Championship club Memphis 901 FC, a club of which he is a minority owner and sporting director. He is also international ambassador in the USA for former club Everton. Best known for his efforts in Merseyside.
Rui Patricio. 244
The Wolveshampton Wanderers of England Goalkeeper is also in the list with 244 clean sheets
He moved to England from sporting Lisbon in 2018 .He has 87 caps for Portugal ,
Hugo Lloris. 253
The World cup winner with over 100 international caps for France is second France international on the list.He currently plays for Tothenham Hotspurs of England
Michael Landreau. 253
Another French man, now in top ten ,retired in 2014 and now Football coach of Lorient after coming through the ranks at PSG as assistant coach.In his playing days ,he played for Nantes, PSG, Lille and Bastia
Victor Valdez. 260
Another retired and football coach. Valdez played majory of his Career in Spain at Barcelonath cameos in England with Manchester United and Middlesbrough. He had 20 international caps for Spain. Currently the coach of bottom tier Horta after successful spell with Barcelona youth team
Edwin Van der Sar. 266
The Dutch and Manchester United legend is another retired (ex-goalkeeper) to make the cut in the top 10.He started his senior career at Ajax and is considered to be a member of a golden generation of players at the club. He remained there for nine years before moving to Italian club Juventus and then to England, first to Fulham and then to Manchester United. Hewon premier league Golden glove in 2008/9,Best European Goalkeeper in 1995 and 2009 , appearing thrice in PFA team of the year.
Andriy Pyatov. 269
He is a Ukrainian football goalkeeper who plays for FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League and the national team with over 90. He is one of the playing Goalkeepers to make the top 10 age 36.
Igur Akinfeev. 316
The Russian Captain with 111 international caps. He has been a one-club man spending all his professional career so far in in the capital with CSKA Moscow.
Manuel Neur. 327
Now in the top 5, the German no 1 who was identified by many to be replacement of Van see sat on 2011, months later he ended up in Bayern Munich, with the Bravarian has 8 league tittles, 5 DFK-pokal, UEFA champions league, UEFA super cup and Club World cup. He makes the cut and still counting having number 3rd position in his mind in the next few seasons to come.
Pepe Reina 343
The 37-year old Liverpool and Spanish legend , currently at Aston Villa in EPL has over 36 caps for Spain. He started at Barcelona youth team until moving to Villarreal in 2002. He also played for Milan, Napoli and Bayern Munich. A World cup winner and double European championship winner.
Peter Cech 391.
Cech is a Czech former professional association football player with over 120 international caps. He is a technical and performance advisor for Chelsea, and who also plays semi-professional ice hockey as a goaltender for Guildford Phoenix. During his playing days Cech was well known for his trade mark headprotective apparatus.Čech holds a number of goalkeeping records, including the Premier League record for fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets, having done so in 180 appearances, the most number of clean sheets in a season (24), as well as the record for the most clean sheets in Premier League history (202). He is comfortably placed 3rd in the list.
Buffon Gianluigi. 420
Gigi at 42 is still playing football!, number 2 in the list. A World cup winner with 178 international caps for Italy. Currently at Juventus with 9(10) scudettos.He won Bravo award in 1999, UEFA footballer of the year 2002/2003, Best FIFA Goalkeeper 2017 and countless of team of the different tournaments. He is a member of Golden Collar of Sports Merit 2006.
Iker Cassilas. 439
Number one in the list is obviously the Spanish and Galatico legend Iker Cassilas is World cup winner with 2 Euro championship golden metal .He spent most of his career at Real Madrid before moving to Porto in 2015 and retired recently. He has 6 laliga tittles, 2 Copa dey le, 4 Spanish super cup, 3 UEFA champions league, Super cup and Fifa club world cup and many individual honors including golden foot in 2017.
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