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5 Goalkeepers With the Most Clean Sheets in the 21st Century

Arjun Singh Devgan
Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas are among the two greatest goalkeepers in football history
Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas are among the two greatest goalkeepers in football history / Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images
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Goalkeepers might not be showered with the spotlight by the media, but there is arguably no more important player in a squad than the shotstopper. There have been a number of great goalkeepers who have played football in it's history, with a number of them becoming superstars.

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

1. Gianluigi Buffon - 409 clean sheets

Gianluigi Buffon
Parma Calcio Unveil New Signing Gianluigi Buffon / Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the sport and the greatest by some, Gianluigi Buffon continues to defy age by putting on impressive performances at the age of 43.

The Italian is one of the most decorated players in history, winning a staggering 10 Serie A titles with Juventus and the 2006 World Cup with Italy.

The only blot in his resume is that he is yet to win the Champions League, finishing as the runner-up thrice.

2. Iker Casillas - 365 clean sheets

Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas leaves Real Madrid - Press Conference / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Named as the second best goalkeeper of the 21st century, behind Gianluigi Buffon - Iker Casillas is a Spain and Real Madrid legend, winning everything there is to win in world football.

Given the nickname of "Saint Iker" due to his brilliant performances, the 40-year-old spent 20 years at Madrid, winning five league titles, three Champions League's and was skipper when Spain won two consecutive European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.

3. Petr Cech - 365 clean sheets

Petr Cech
Arsenal v Chelsea - The Emirates FA Cup Final / Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Considered to be the greatest goalkeeper in Premier League history, Petr Cech holds the record of most clean sheets in PL history with 202 and has won the Golden Glove a join record four times.

The 39-year-old who is also the most capped player in Czech Republic's history, won four league titles, four FA Cup's and one Champions League title with Chelsea - while also securing one FA Cup trophy in his later career with Arsenal.

4. Pepe Reina - 354 clean sheets

Pepe Reina
Hellas Verona FC v SS Lazio - Serie A / Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Pepe Reina played for a number of clubs during his career, but is mostly known for his heroics at Liverpool, for whom he was brilliant - winning the Premier League Golden Glove three times consecutively.

The Spaniard won the league once with Bayern Munich and was part of the all-conquering Spanish side that won two consecutive European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.

5. Manuel Neuer - 335 clean sheets

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FBL-FIFA-BALLONDOR-AWARD / FABRICE COFFRINI/Getty Images

Named by IFFHS as the best goalkeeper of the decade between 2011 to 2020, Manuel Neuer has been hailed for revolutionising the way a shotstopper plays in current football.

The 35-year-old has established himself as a legend for both Bayern Munich and Germany, winning the Bundesliga title a record nine times, two Champions League honours and the 2014 World Cup.

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