In today’s exorbitantly football crazy generation, terms like legend, pro and other such have been easily associated with just any player who helps his team win a rush with last-minute goals. It feels like the hype is there to stay only till the so-called legend is transferred to another club for insane millions. So we here at Top 6 Lists have added to today’s stint, the task of presenting to you the truly deserving top 6 best goalkeepers ever.
Before proceeding, I’d acknowledge that there are other great goalkeepers football has witnessed through the years. We may miss listing a couple of your favorites. Well believe me; it as very difficult to condense the list down to 6. But we made sure that we have done enough research before getting to you with this top 6 list.
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The list is no specific order; each of these legends as superior in their own way. Also, each goalkeeper’s description is accompanied by a video made by the respective fans. So here’s to all football buffs …
Football’s Best Goalkeepers Of All Time
Oliver Rofl Kahn
If I play, I try to concentrate on producing my best.
– Oliver Kahn
Oliver Kahn, rightfully nicknamed The Titan, is a German goalkeeper who served his nation in 86 matches. He was honored as the Goalkeeper of the year thrice in three different occasions. In 14 years of his career as a German goalkeeper and that of Bayern Munich, Kahn won profound laurels. He rouse to be the captain of the Germany team from 2001 to 2004 and of Bayern Munich from 2002 to 2008. He unstoppably bagged 6 German cups, 8 Bundesliga titles for his club, and one each of the UEFA and Champions league.
In 2002 FIFA world cup, the titan has become the 1st and the only goalkeeper to have been awarded the Golden Ball.
Lev Ivanovich Yashin
What kind of a goalkeeper is the one who is not tormented by the goal he has allowed? He must be tormented! And if he is calm, that means the end. No matter what he had in the past, he has no future.
Lev Yashin, also called – The Black Panther, is a late Russian goalkeeper who is known for his super quick reflexes. He kept 150 balls away in penalties and is the 1st and only goalkeeper to be awarded the Ballon d’Or (European Footballer of the year) trophy. He was also honored the FIFA world keeper of the century in the year 2000. He had later met with an accident that lead to the amputations of one of his legs, thus keeping him away from football. He took his last breath as part of a surgery.
Peter Bolesław Schmeichel
Peter Schmeichel is a retired legendary Danish Manchester United captain. He was bestowed the World’s best Goalkeeper title in 1992 and 1993 consecutively. Ironically, being a star goalkeeper, Peter was well-known for hitting goals. He scored an outstanding 11 goals as a goalkeeper. With his great fan following and performance in the English clubs like Man Utd and Aston Villa, Peter made it to the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
At that level, every goal is like a knife in the ribs.
English goalkeeper Gordan Banks was named the 2nd Best Goalkeeper of the 20th century just behind Lev Yashin. He racked the FIFA Goalkeeper of the year award for a staggering 6 times. Banks capped 73 games for his country and had been a part of 4 clubs of which his best performance was with Leicester City. He is also one among the few goalkeepers who are listed in the FIFA top 100.
Edwin Van Der Sar
Also known as the flying Dutchman, Van Der Sar is yet another Dutch footballer who had a roller-coaster ride in the English clubs. He is known to be one of the best goalkeepers Ajax and Man Utd ever had. With these two teams, Van Der Sar won the League twice, thus being one of the very few footballers who won multiple titles in the same league under different teams. He is also the oldest footballer to have won the Premier League.
Iker Casillas Fernández
I don’t want to be remembered as a good goalkeeper. I want to be remembered as a great person
– Iker Casillas
Spanish footballer Casillas is the youngest of the stars listed here and also a goalkeeper who has won all that he could. He has won almost all national and club championship titles. He is blessed to have been honored with maximum wins surpassing all the above legendary players in terms of wins. He leads both the national team (Spain) and the La Liga club’s Real Madrid.
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Under his captaincy, Spain won its 1st ever football World Cup in 2010. He also grabbed the Best Goalkeeper award for the same. After 14 years of football career, Casillas has more to offer. Let us wait and watch what more this legendary goalkeeper has to present his fans. His performance makes us believe that he will retain his position as one among the best goalkeepers even after he retires.
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