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Top 5 All-Time Spanish Goalkeepers.

Goalkeepers are among the most unappreciated football players. Still, they keep giving their all, because victory means glory for them as well. However, in this article, we will focus on just five of the best Spanish goalkeepers of all time.

1. Iker Casillas

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Iker Casillas is a former Real Madrid and FC Porto goalkeeper. Casillas is a legendary Spanish goalkeeper. He also won five La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, four Supercopa de Espanas, three UCLs, two UEFA Super Cups, the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, and two Intercontinental Cups.

While at Real Madrid, Casillas conceded 525 goals while keeping 177 clean sheets.Casillasdeparted Real Madrid in 2015 for Porto. He was retired due to a heart attack during training. Casillas also helped Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Championships.

2. Ricardo Zamora

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Ricardo Zamora played for Espanyol, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Nice.

Ricardo Zamora was recognised for his fearlessness, fast reflexes, and athleticism. Zamora began his career at Espanyol, winning the Campionat de Catalunya in 1918.

He went to Barcelona in 1919. After three seasons at Barca, he returned to Espanyol. Upon his return, Espanyol won their first Copa del Rey and Campionat de Catalunya. In 1931/32, he helped Real Madrid win the La Liga for the first time.

Ricardo Zamora won two La Liga titles and two Copas de Espanas with Real Madrid. Zamora was on the Spanish Olympic squad that won silver in 1920.

3. Andoni Zubizarreta

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Zubizarreta played for CD Alaves in Bilbao, Barcelona, and Valencia.

Zubizarreta is regarded as one of the best Spanish goalkeepers of all time. Known for his shot-stopping abilities, Zubizarreta held numerous records in Spanish football for many years, including the most appearances and clean sheets in La Liga with 622 games.

He appeared in 395 games for Barcelona, conceding 359 goals while winning four La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, two Supercopa de Espana titles, one European Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and the 1992 UEFA Super Cup. 

His greatest season for the Catalans was 1986-1987, when he conceded only 29 goals in 43 games. Following Barcelona's defeat in the final of the 1993/94 UEFA Champions League, Zubizarreta left the Catalans to join Valencia. He appeared in 173 games for Valencia, allowing 213 goals and maintaining 50 clean Sheets.

On the international stage, he made his debut for his country against Finland on January 23, 1985. He represented Spain in four FIFA World Cups (1986, 1990, 1994, and 1998), as well as two UEFA Euro competitions (1988 and 1996).

4. Antoni Ramallets

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Antoni Ramallets is a former Spanish football goalkeeper who played for Mallorca, Barcelona, and Valladolid.

Antoni Ramallets was a key figure in Barcelona's six La Liga titles, five Copa del Generalisimo titles, three Copa Eva Duarte titles, two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, and two Latin Cups. 

In terms of goals conceded ratio, his finest season was 1958-1959. During that season, Antoni Ramallets only allowed 23 goals in 28 games. During his 11 year international career, he earned 35 caps for his country. Antoni Ramallets made his debut for Spain against Chile during the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

5. Victor Valdes

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Victor Valdes rose to prominence as a Barcelona goalkeeper. He also had stint with Manchester United, Standard Liege, and Middlesbrough.

The goalie, known for his ability to play with his feet, made his UEFA Champions League debut against Legia Warszawa in the third qualifying round. 

Valdes became the first-choice goalkeeper for the 2003–04 season, winning the Zamora Trophy as the best goalkeeper in Spain that year. He made 536 appearances for the Catalans, surrendering 441 goals and maintaining 239 clean sheets.

He was instrumental in Barcelona winning six La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, six Supercopa de Espanas, three UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cups.

Valdes went on to play for Manchester United, Standard Liege, and Middlesbrough, among other clubs. He was part of the Spanish squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Valdes eventually retired in 2018.

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