Becoming the last guardian of a football team does not make their role can be underrated. Some of them made a special achievement to give to their club and the national team.
The best defensive team consists of a talented goalkeeper and a discipline full-back. Without one of those, the team will concede so much goal.
Nowadays, we have some young talented names on the goalkeeper position. They are David de Gea, Manuel Neuer Keylor Navas, and many other names. But, how do they compared to the greatest goalkeepers to have ever graced the game?
Let’s check my list of 7 Greatest Goalkeeper in the Football History, hope you will enjoy reading it.
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1. Lev Yashin
Lev Yashin of Soviet Union
Came from the Soviet Union, he has played 326 caps for Dynamo Moscow and 78 caps for his national team. He has made more than 250 clean sheets and 150 saves of a penalty kick. His nickname was Black Spider, because it seemed like he has eight hands to save his area.
2. Dino Zoff
Dino Zoff of Italy
He won 1982 World Cup as the captain of Italy’s national team. He has been played in some clubs in Italy, such as Udinese, Napoli, Montova, and Juventus. Juventus was the longest and most successful club he’s ever played, with 6 league title, 2 Italian Cup, and an UEFA Cup.
3. Gianluigi Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon of Italy
Gigi, his nickname, might be an example of the loyal player in a football club. When Juventus were demoted to Serie B (2nd top league in Italy), he was staying at the club with some of another big name, such as Alessandro Del Piero, Pavel Nedved, etc. He has won 2 Serie A title, a UEFA cup and an Italian Cup. With Italy’s national team, he won a 2006 World Cup which became his highest achievement in football.
4. Fabian Barthez
Fabian Barthez of France
He came from France and has been played for some European clubs, such as Toulouse, Marseilles, Nantes and Manchester United. He moved to Manchester United after his impressive appearance on 1998 World Cup that he won with France. After that, he has also led his team to win Euro 2000.
5. Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas of Spain
He has been played for Real Madrid when he was 17 years old and has won 5 La Liga titles, 3 Champion league and 4 Copa del Rey. With his national team, Spain, they became the most successful Spanish team that won 2008 and 2012 European Championship, and 2010 World Cup. On his personal achievement, he has won 5 times IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper.
6. Peter Schmeichel
Peter Schmeichel of Denmark
He was becoming a part of Manchester United golden at 90’s era. In his 8 year career there, he has won almost everything: 5 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, a League Cup and a Champions League. His memorable last match for Manchester United is 1999 Champions League against Bayern Muenchen, that they won and became a remarkable Treble Winners for Manchester United.
7. Oliver Kahn
Oliver Kahn of Germany
He was coming from Germany and has been played for Bayern Muenchen. He has won 8 Bundesliga titles, 6 League Cups, a UEFA Cups, and a Champions League with his club. Individually, he was becoming the only keeper in football history that won Golden Ball Best Player of 2002 World Cup.
That’s the best goalkeeper in my point of view. Is you favorite on the list, too?