Top 5 Greatest Soccer Goalkeepers (all time)


A great goalkeeper can be a difference-maker for an entire team all by himself, and goalkeeping is without a doubt the most nerve-wracking position on the pitch, with high tension penalty shots and powerful strikes coming at them from all angles! Check out our Top 5 All-Time Greatest Soccer Goalkeepers and discover who tended their goals better than anyone else!

1) Peter Schmeichel

Peter Schmeichel
  • Won four league titles and a Danish Cup with Brondby
  • Earned international acclaim leading the Danes to the 1992 Euro Championship title
  • With Manchester United, he won five Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a League Cup, and a Champions League title
  • Won the ‘99 Champions League in his last match with United
  • Twice named as the World's Best Goalkeeper by IFFHS

2) Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin
  • Amazing reflexes and jaw-dropping athleticism
  • Saved over 150 penalties and kept just under 500 clean sheets in only 812 games
  • Only goalkeeper to have been named the European Footballer of the Year
  • Named as the greatest goalkeeper of the 20th century in a poll conducted by IFFHS
  • Won 1956 Olympic Gold medal with USSR

3) Dino Zoff

Dino Zoff
  • Oldest player to have ever won a World Cup (40 years old)
  • Went 1142 minutes without conceding a goal in international tourneys, a record which still stands
  • 112 Italian caps (3rd most all-time)
  • Won six Serie A titles, two Italian Cups and one UEFA Cup
  • Named as the best Italian player of the last 50 years by IFFHS

4) Sepp Maier

Sepp Maier
  • Won the Bundesliga and the German Cup four times each, a Cup Winners' Cup, and three consecutive European Cups
  • 95 National caps for Germany (World Cup Winner; 1974)
  • Won the West German Footballer of the Year award three times
  • Between 1966 and 1977 he played 422 matches in a row
  • One of the most decorated players of his era

5) Oliver Kahn

Oliver Kahn
  • Won eight Bundesliga titles, six German Cups, six League Cups, a UEFA Cup, and a Champions League
  • 86 National caps for Germany (won Euro ‘96 title)
  • Named German Footballer of the Year twice
  • Named IFFHS Best Goalkeeper three times
  • Named Best Bundesliga Goalkeeper seven times

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