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10 greatest goalkeepers of all time

Abhinav Anand
ANALYST
Modified 18 Aug 2020, 16:01 IST
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#7 EDWIN VAN DER SAR

Edwin van der Sar was an Ajax youth product
Edwin van der Sar was an Ajax youth product

A product of the famed Ajax youth academy, Edwin van der Sar has had a considerable impact at the Dutch club as well as at Manchester United.

The Netherlands international made more than 300 appearances in all competitions for Ajax, moving to Juventus in 1999. After two seasons in Italy, as well as four good seasons with Fulham, van der Sar moved to Manchester United aged 35. He would go on to win the Champions League with the Red Devils.

A goalkeeper who was excellent on the ball and who was appreciated by many because of his calmness and composure, van der Sar retired in 2011. He is currently the chief executive officer at Ajax.


#6 PETER SCHMEICHEL

Peter Schmeichel during a Manchester United Legends game
Peter Schmeichel during a Manchester United Legends game

Another player who was influential in the success of Manchester United, Peter Schmeichel was a loud and aggressive goalkeeper with an intimidating physique.

Schmeichel joined Manchester United from Brondby in 1991 and would go on to make nearly 400 appearances in all competitions for the club in eight years. The Denmark international won every possible trophy during his time with the Red Devils, completing the treble in the 1998-99 season.

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He left United in 1999 and had stints with Sporting CP, Aston Villa and Manchester City. His son, Kasper Schmeichel is currently the goalkeeper of Leicester City and won the Premier League with them in 2016.


#5 GIANLUIGI BUFFON

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is yet to win the Champions League
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is yet to win the Champions League

One of the best goalkeepers of the modern generation, Gianluigi Buffon continues to be a good rotation option for Juventus.

Buffon joined Juventus from Parma in 2001 for a fee of €52 million, a world-record fee for a goalkeeper at the time. After incredible success with Juventus, where he won nine league titles, he moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 2018. A season later he returned to Juventus, becoming the back-up to Wojciech Szczesny.

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The 42-year-old, at his prime, was well-known for his composure and command. His performances and personality have made him a role model for many goalkeepers in succeeding years. Despite all his successes, he is still searching for the elusive Champions League medal.


#4 IKER CASILLAS

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas retired earlier this year
Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas retired earlier this year

A Real Madrid youth product who would go to achieve legendary status at the club, Iker Casillas, like Buffon, is seen as an exemplary professional.

A highly athletic shot-stopper with good leadership abilities, the Spain international made his debut for Los Blancos in 1999, going on to amass 725 appearances in all competitions before his departure from the club in 2015. He joined Porto, where he made over 150 appearances before retiring in 2020.

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Casillas also made 167 appearances for Spain, winning the World Cup in 2010 and the Euros twice- in 2008 and 2012. The 39-year-old has returned to Real Madrid and is currently working as an advisor for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.


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Published 18 Aug 2020, 15:48 IST
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