Five of the best: Football’s goalscoring goalkeepers

The Sport Review takes a look at some of football's most prolific shot-stoppers

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Brazilian Rogerio Ceni became the first goalkeeper in the world to net 100 goals when he scored São Paulo’s winner in their 2-1 victory over Corinthians last weekend.

In tribute to the 37-year-old free-kick and penalty specialist, The Sport Review casts an eye over some of football’s other clinical shot-stoppers.

1) Jose Luis Chilavert was thrown into the limelight in the lead-up to the 2002 World Cup when his four goals helped Paraguay qualify for the tournament. He previously held the record (62) for the most professional goals scored by a keeper before being overtaken by Ceni.

2) Rene Higuita, the man whose scorpion-kick stunned English fans at Wembley, was something of a free-kick expert, and he scored eight goals in 68 appearances for Colombia. He was also famous for his daring dribbles, which sadly didn’t always go to plan.

3) Hans-Jörg Butt has netted over 30 spot-kicks during his career at various German clubs and scored against Juventus -the first of three against the Italian side -in Bayer Leverkusen’s run to 2002 Champions League final. But although he may possess deadly accuracy from 12 yards, over-celebrating can be costly, very costly.

4) Peter Schmeichel scored 10 goals in his 22-year career. The Denmark international netted an equaliser to make it 2-2 in the dying moments of Manchester United’s Uefa Cup clash against Rotor Volgograd at Old Trafford in 1995, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s men crashed out on away goals. This overhead kick sadly didn’t count – is the United legend the first goalkeeper to have been caught offside?

5) Paul Robinson is the most prolific English goalkeeper still plying his trade with two goals in 400 games. The first, an injury-time equaliser for Leeds United against Swindon Town in the League Cup, where his side eventually won on penalties. The second, for Tottenham Hotspur against Watford in the Premier League, was more spectacular – but a tad less deliberate.

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