Remember the Name! 8 Legendary Goalkeepers History Will Never Forget

In our current generation alone, we have a selection of goalkeepers that will no doubt be recognised as legends of the game, standing the text of time alongside former greats. 

There are still certain questions to be asked; will De Gea go on to solely be a Manchester United great, or will he move to Madrid? Will Manuel Neuer lift another World Cup? Will Gianluigi Buffon EVER retire from the beautiful game?

But some things aren't in doubt; while a number of these shot stoppers might have drifted out of the media forefront, their stature and reputation will live forever.

8. Iker Casillas

Casillas enjoyed an illustrious career with Real Madrid spanning 13 years, collecting 16 major trophies along the way. 

As a three-time Champions League winner, his signature was highly sought after and he now undertakes goalkeeping duties in the Portuguese league with FC Porto.

International Caps: 167

World Cup: x1

Champions League: x3

7. Fabien Barthez

France 1998. An incredible show of football and imperious performance by France. 

But much credit and praise belongs to Fabien Barthez for being Sir Safe-Hands and galvanising their march towards winning the World Cup. As a champions league winner in his youth days with Marseille (1992/93), Barthez was no stranger to success, later winning two Premier League titles with Manchester United.


International Caps: 88

World Cup: x1

European Championships: x1

Champions League: x1

6. Edwin van der Sar

Acclaimed as one of the best shot stoppers ever, defining a generation for Manchester United, Edwin van der Sar played 313 times for The Red Devils. Among that number was 136 clean sheets. 

A four-time Premier League winner and a true gentleman of the game.

International Caps: 129

World Cup: N/A

Champions League: x2

5. Oliver Kahn

Oliver Kahn's stack of medals makes him as one of the most decorated German footballers of all time - winning eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in his years at Munich, he retired in 2008 to peruse a career in coaching.

Now, who wouldn't like to be coached by Oliver Khan? Terrifying.

International Caps: 85

World Cup: N/A

Champions League: x1

4. Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin was the grand master of technical saves and distribution. 

Steering the Soviet Union to a European Championship in 1960, Yashin participated in a number of World Cups before his retirement.

International Caps: 78

World Cup: N/A

Champions League: N/A

3. Peter Schmeichel

Five Premier League titles, three FA Cup trophies and a Champions League medal speaks for itself. 

A legend for both Manchester United and the Danish national team during his active 23 years of service, some tend to forget Schmeichel also had a spell at Aston Villa and somewhat controversially, Manchester City before his retirement in 2003.

International Caps: 126

World Cup: N/A

Champions League: x1

2. Gianluigi Buffon

Italy's national captain and imperial guard of the Juventus net; Buffon at 38 years young is still at the top of his game. 

A seven-time Italian champion with a World Cup to his name, we still don't know what could be in the bag for the enigmatic Gigi. Nearing 16 years loyalty with Juventus, it looks likely he will retire with the outfit from Turin before moving into coaching.

International Caps: 167

World Cup: x1

Champions League: N/A

1. Gordon Banks

Current president of Stoke City FC and the only English goalkeeper to ever lift the World Cup. 

Gordon Banks spent his club years playing with Leicester and Stoke and is a legend of the English game and natural born goalkeeper. Banks has mentored and maintained an active senior role in the game since his retirement in 1978.

International Caps: 69

World Cup: x1

Champions League: N/A

Who's your favorite goalkeeping idol? 

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