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5 goalkeepers with the most clean sheets in the 21st century

Arjun Singh Devgan
Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas are considered to be the among the greatest goalkeepers in football history
Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas are considered to be the among the greatest goalkeepers in football history / Chris Brunskill Ltd/GettyImages
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Goalkeepers in football today and in history perhaps do not get the full credit that they deserve as all the attention of the media and the fans are focused on those who create and score goals. However, shot stoppers are vital for a club if they are to win trophies and honours and there have been some legends who have emerged in the sport over time.

Here, we take a look at the five goalkeepers with the most clean sheets in the 21st century.

Stats courtesy of Transfermarkt.

1. Gianluigi Buffon - 409 clean sheets in 900 games

Gianluigi Buffon
Parma v Monza - Serie B / CPS Images/GettyImages

Widely regarded to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the sport and by some as the greatest ever, Gianluigi Buffon continues to amaze despite being 43-years-old.

The Italian legend rightly tops the list for most clean sheets registered by a goalkeeper in the 21st century and he has won everything there is to win in the sport.

However, Buffon has not won the Champions League honour in his 27 year career, something which he would not be too happy about.

2. Petr Cech - 365 clean sheets in 836 games

Petr Cech of Arsenal reacts during the Uefa Europa League...
Petr Cech of Arsenal reacts during the Uefa Europa League... / Andrea Staccioli/GettyImages

Petr Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 and went on to establish himself as arguably the greatest goalkeeper in Premier League history, with the 39-year-old going on to set a number of records.

Cech remains the only goalkeeper to have the PL Golden Glove with two different clubs while also holding the record for registering the most clean sheets in PL history with 202 to his name.

3. Iker Casillas - 365 clean sheets in 883 games

Galatasaray v Porto: UEFA Champions League
Galatasaray v Porto: UEFA Champions League / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

The greatest goalkeeper to come from Spain, Iker Casillas was known for his athleticism, quick reactions and outstanding shot-stopping ability during his career.

The Spaniard who spent the majority of his career with Real Madrid, holds the record for registering the most clean sheets in the Champions League and for the Spanish national team.

IFFHS named him as the second best goalkeeper of the 21st century, behind Gianluigi Buffon.

4. Pepe Reina - 355 clean sheets in 883 games

Pepe Reina
SS Lazio v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A / Paolo Bruno/GettyImages

Pepe Reina remains one of the most underrated goalkeepers in the world, with the Spaniard playing for a number of top clubs during his long, storied career.

The 39-year-old who currently plays for Lazio in the Serie A, won the Premier League Golden Glove for three consecutive years between 2005 to 2008 during his time at Liverpool.

5. Manuel Neuer - 344 clean sheets in 757 games

SL Benfica v Bayern Munchen - Group E - UEFA Champions League
SL Benfica v Bayern Munchen - Group E - UEFA Champions League / Gualter Fatia/GettyImages

Named the goalkeeper of the decade from 2011 to 2020 by IFFHS, Manuel Neuer revolutionised the way goalkeepers played as it was him who brought about the concept of "sweeper-keeper" through his performances on the pitch.

The German continues to put in brilliant performances in goal for both club and country and it will be interesting to see for how long he will decide to play at the highest level.

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