Why waste time with a lengthy introduction? This list is the definitive ranking of the best soccer goalies of all time.
#1. Iker Casillas
After debuting for the most significant club team in the world at age 16, Saint Iker has won everything he can in the sport. He’s captained his country to their first national title in over four decades. Casillas also led Spain to their only World Cup championship in South Africa. He has won every significant domestic and world title for which he has ever competed.
#2. Oliver Kahn
There has never been a better keeper in the world than this man when faced with a one-on-one situation. His heroics during the penalty shootout during the 2001 Champions League final will never be forgotten. He also single-handedly dragged his country to the finals in the 2002 World Cup, where he was named the player of the tournament.
#3. Peter Schmeichel
This keeper perfected the art of the “starfish” save between the post. In the 1990s, he appeared almost 300 times for Manchester United, winning five league titles during the decade. He also won the 1999 Champions League with the squad where he was the captain and the man-of-the-match. Schmeichel also has 129 caps for his home country of Denmark.
#4. Lev Yashin
His name isn’t one that usually that makes lists like this, but it is a recognition he clearly deserves. He earned the nickname of “Black Spider” because his reaction times were second-to-none for his era. Yashin appeared over 300 times for Dynamo Moscow, earned 78 caps while playing for the Soviet Union, and won a gold medal in the 1956 Olympics.
#5. Nevill Southall
This goalie was easily the best British keeper of his era. The only problem was that he played for Wales, so he never really got to make a mark on the global stage. His country never qualified for a significant final while he was between the sticks. Over his 17 years as a professional with Everton, he appeared in 592 matches. He also played a role in their title wins of 1985 and 1987.
#6. Gianluigi Buffon
Buffon made his first international appearance filling in for a crucial play-in series, then turned his excellent sixth-sense for the game into a professional career spanning 10+ years. He’s won titles with Juventus and is frequently named as the best goalkeeper in Europe. His play during Italy’s 2006 World Cup run was crucial to their success, earning him a second-place vote for the FIFA world player of the year.
#7. Sepp Maier
This goalie played in 422 consecutive matches in the Bundesliga. The Cat from Anzing won four domestic titles, three European Cups, the Euro Championship, and even a World Cup. He was also a three-time German Footballer of the year. No one was more dominant in Europe during the 1970s.
These are just a handful of the best keepers who have ever played the game. Who are some of your favorite players that put on the gloves between the sticks?