There is a saying,

“Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym. And those who can’t teach gym, become goalkeepers.”

If someone asks you what is the most underrated position in football, the position that will come into your mind is Goalkeeper. Yes, you are right. Regardless of how much concentration, composure, and effort to pull off the saves in-game, or how much they play a vital role in football, Goalkeepers’ achievements, hard work, goalkeeping skills, and their role in the team’s success are still not that much appreciated and celebrated like the goal scorers.

Best Goal Keepers of All Time
Best Goal Keepers of All Time

However, the goalkeeper position is very important as it requires a lot of strength, control, and skill or sense to stop the ball and pull off the great saves anytime during the game.  The goalkeeper’s job is to keep the ball out of the 7.32 x 2.44-meter goal in any manner possible.

Whether it be the history of FIFA or any other football league, it’s clear that goalkeepers hold one of the most desired positions in football. Just before the start of the game, a goalkeeper must stay alert for several minutes. They must have quick regressions and reflexes in order to deal with the tough and high-pressure conditions. The reason is that their split-second decisions during the match decide the future of the team. Their one mistake will lead to team loss and one smart trick can lead to team success.

Here we will discuss the top 10 goalkeepers of all time, who have excelled on the largest stage to help their clubs or teams won World Cups, Champions Leagues, and domestic trophies.

Top 10 The Best Goal Keepers of All Time Updated 2022

Football is one of the highest-paying sports in the world. From goal scorers to goalkeepers, all the players are highly paid. Goalkeepers act as the last defense of their football team. Here is the list of the 8 most successful goalkeepers till now.

The Best Goal Keepers of All Time   
NumberName CareerGoals
1Gianluigi Buffon1995-2018335
2Lev Yashin1958-1970333
3Iker Casillas1999-2019264
5Oliver Kahn1988-2008247
6Manuel Neuer2006-2022241
7Dino Zoff1970-1982235
8Gordon Banks1962-1970223

Gianluigi Buffon

  • Team: Italy
  • Height: 192cm
  • Weight: 91kg (6-3½, 201lb)
  • Career: 1995-2018


  1. Buffon is one of the few players who in his career made over 1,100 appearances.
  2. With a maximum of 176 caps, he became the 7th most capped player in football history. 
  3. Bufon achieved many medals in his career which include a bronze medal (in FIFA),  2 FIFA Confederations Cups, etc.

2. Lev Yashin 

  • Team: Soviet Union
  • Weight: 82kg (6-2, 181lb)
  • Height: 189cm
  • Career: 1958-1970


  1. In his entire career, he won 2 gold medals, in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic football tournaments.
  2. In 1963, he became the only goalkeeper to receive the Ballon d’Or in football history.
  3. He played 4 world cups in his entire career, in one of them he was selected for the FIFA All-Time Team (1994), and the second time he was chosen as a member of the World Team of the 20th Century (1998).

3. Iker Casillas 

  • Team: Spain
  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 79kg (5-10½, 174lb)
  • Career: 1999-2019


  1. Iker has the longest career of 1000 matches in his career, in which he achieved the record for the most number of clean sheets.
  2. His achievements include; Yashin Award (2010 World Cup), the 509 most consecutive minutes without even conceding a goal. 
  3. Iker let his team win the European Championship again in 2012.

4. Peter Schmeichel

  • Team: Denmark
  • Height: 193cm
  • Weight: 102kg (6-3½, 225lb)
  • Career: 1990-2003


  1. Peter’s achievements include the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, UEFA Euro 1992, the title of FA Premier League champions, the FA Cup, and the Champions League.
  2. In his career from 1987 to 2001, he appeared in 129 matches which made him the most capped player on his team.
  3. In football history, he was the most successful and best goalkeeper from 1992 to 1993. 

5. Oliver Kahn

  • Team: Germany
  • Height: 188cm
  • Weight: 90kg (6-2, 198lb)
  • Career: 1988-2008


  1. Oliver is one of the most successful goalkeepers in football history because of several achievements which include UEFA Intercontinental Cup, 8 titles in the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League (2001), 6 DFB-Pokals, the UEFA Cup (1996). 
  2. His awards include
    1. 3 times IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper Awards
    2. 2 times German Footballer of the Year Awards. 
  3. He was the one and only goalkeeper in tournament history who won the Golden Ball in the 2002 World Cup. 

6. Manuel Neuer 

  • Team: Germany
  • Height: 188cm
  • Weight: 90kg (6-2, 198lb)
  • Career: 2006-2022


  1. IFFHS ranked Manuel as the best and most successful goalkeeper from 2011 to 2020.
  2. His greatest achievements include
    1. 25 trophies (9 Bundesliga championships & 2 Champions Leagues).
    2. In the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or voting, Neuer finished third behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 
  3. 5 times he achieved the UEFA Best Goalkeeper award and the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper award.

7. Dino Zoff 

  • Team: Italy
  • Height: 182cm
  • Weight: 78kg (5-11½, 172lb)
  • Career: 1970-1982


  1. He let his team win the 1982 World Cup when he was only 40yrs and because of that, he was given the best goalkeeper award.
  2. IFFSH awarded him with the golden player award for being the best player in the last 50yrs.
  3. He was the only player in football history who didn’t let the opponent score a goal for 1142 min (one of the most extended duration).

8. Gordon Banks

  • Team: England
  • Height: 185cm
  • Weight: 83kg (6-½, 183lb)
  • Career: 1962-1970


  1. He played 679 games and he was able to win 73 caps for England in his career which also include all the matches of the 1966 WC.
  2. 6 times he was given the title of Goalkeeper of the Year by FIFA.
  3. He was ranked 2nd in the football goalkeeper list of the 20th century.

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