FC Barcelona: Top 5 goalkeepers of all time

Barcelona has had some excellent goalkeepers
Barcelona has had some excellent goalkeepers
Aditya Hosangadi

Barcelona is one of the biggest clubs in Europe and has an extraordinary history both in domestic competitions and in the Champions League. The Catalan club has reached astronomical heights over the past three decades and has fielded some of the best teams in the history of the game.

In addition to having technically gifted attacking players, Barcelona has also given the beautiful game some of the most decorated goalkeepers in European football. Barcelona's shot-stoppers have experienced immense success over the years and also hold several records that reflect their exploits.

Barcelona's goalkeepers have a unique set of skills

Barcelona is a unique club with one of the most attractive styles of play in the modern game. The Catalans like the move the ball along the ground and employ quick one-touch passes and numerical overloads to outplay their opposition.

Barcelona's goalkeepers have to be excellent with their feet to be successful with the club and are often skilled enough to be a part of the outfield. In addition to shot-stopping skills, the Blaugrana also has highly specific prerequisites for its goalkeepers and the club's choices have worked wonders in the past.

#5 Marc-Andre ter Stegen (2014 - present)

Ter Stegen has been immense for Barcelona
Ter Stegen has been immense for Barcelona

While some fans may point out that Marc-Andre ter Stegen has found himself on this list far too early in his career, his performances speak for themselves. Barcelona's German wall has become one of the best shot-stoppers in the world and is likely to become a Barcelona legend at the end of his career.

Ter Stegen is currently the best player at Barcelona after Lionel Messi and has saved the Catalan outfit from abject humiliation on a number of occasions. The Barcelona goalkeeper won the Champions League in his first season at the club and has become his side's undisputed choice between the sticks.

The German shot-stopper has also won 4 La Liga titles and 4 Copa del Rey trophies and is already one of the most successful goalkeepers in Barcelona's illustrious history. Ter Stegen is only 28 years of age and can play for the club for nearly another decade.

#4 Salvador Sadurni (1960 - 1976)

Salvador Sadurni was a talented shot-stopper
Salvador Sadurni was a talented shot-stopper

Salvador Sadurni had the near-impossible task of filling the massive shoes of the 'Cat of the Maracana', Antoni Ramallets. The legendary shot-stopper had a slow start to his career at Barcelona but grew into his role and defined an era of rejuvenation for the Catalan club.

Sadurni was Barcelona's goalkeeper at a time when Real Madrid was at the peak of its powers. The Spaniard kept Barcelona in the reckoning in La Liga season after season and his heroics at the Santiago Bernabeu in Barcelona's Spanish Cup victory against Real Madrid in 1968 remains one of the best individual performances by a goalkeeper in Barcelona history.

Salvador Sadurni remained the first-choice goalkeeper after Johan Cruyff joined the club and was also a part of Barcelona's legendary 5-0 victory against Real Madrid in 1974. The shot-stopper won a La Liga title and three Spanish Cups with Barcelona.

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#3 Andoni Zubizarreta (1986 - 1994)

Andoni Zubizarreta was an excellent goalkeeper
Andoni Zubizarreta was an excellent goalkeeper

Andoni Zubizarreta may have started his career at Basque club Athletic Bilbao but went on to become one of the best goalkeepers in Barcelona history. The Spanish shot-stopper joined Barcelona in 1986 and went on to win several plaudits for his performances at the club.

The Basque goalkeeper's ball-playing skills came to the fore when Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff took charge of the club and assembled his 'Dream Team'. Zubizarreta was an integral part of Barcelona's first-ever European Cup victory in the 1991-92 season.

The Barcelona great also holds the record for the most La Liga appearances by a single player in the history of the competition. Andoni Zubizarreta has featured in an incredible 622 La Liga fixtures.

Zubizarreta also went on to become the technical director at Barcelona and while his tenure as a part of the club's administrations experienced both highs and lows, his exploits as a goalkeeper under Johan Cruyff's legendary Barcelona side remain etched in the city's folklore.

#2 Victor Valdes (2002 - 2014)

Victor Valdes was Pep Guardiola's best goalkeeper
Victor Valdes was Pep Guardiola's best goalkeeper

Victor Valdes was an established starter under both Louis van Gaal and Frank Rijkaard but his extraordinary talents came to the fore under the legendary Pep Guardiola. The Catalan shot-stopper's ability with the ball at his feet was the perfect fit for the young manager's tactics and his presence in the team contributed to the most glorious era in Barcelona history.

Victor Valdes won an astonishing five Zamora trophies during his time at Barcelona and 6 La Liga titles and 3 UEFA Champions League trophies with the club. The La Masia academy product was made for Barcelona's first team and his unique set of skills gave the club plenty of silverware and a number of memorable moments.

While his involvement with the national team was limited by the presence of Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina, the Barcelona goalkeeper remains the most decorated goalkeeper in the club's history and has won a World Cup and a Euro Championship with Spain.

#1 Antoni Ramallets (1946-1962)

Antoni Ramallets is a Barcelona legend. Image Source:
Antoni Ramallets is a Barcelona legend. Image Source:

Antoni Ramallets is the greatest goalkeeper in Barcelona's illustrious history and was the precursor to some of the Catalan club's most unlikely successes. The Barcelona legend spent an incredible 16 years at the club and enjoyed a trophy-laden career.

Ramallets joined Barcelona in 1946 and went on to win 6 La Liga titles with the club. The legendary goalkeeper had to deal with a powerful Athletic Bilbao side and one of the best Real Madrid teams of all time and still managed to propel Barcelona to extraordinary domestic success.

Antoni Ramallets won La Liga titles in 1959 and 1960 when Real Madrid side was at its absolute peak and his heroics in Barcelona's goal put him at the top of this list.

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Edited by Aditya Hosangadi


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