These goalkeepers have shown that they can be more than just defenders of the goalpost
Football is a game where goalkeepers are primarily known for their defensive skills, but sometimes, they become unlikely heroes by scoring crucial goals.
This article delves into the remarkable instances where goalkeepers have made their mark in football history by saving and achieving goals.
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Rogerio Ceni – The Free-Kick Specialist
Rogerio Ceni, the Brazilian goalkeeper for Sao Paulo, stands out in football history with a record 131 goals, making him the highest-goal-scoring goalkeeper. His exceptional free-kick-taking ability contributed significantly to this impressive tally.
Ceni's powerful strikes from set-pieces were a remarkable aspect of his gameplay, often leaving the opposing goalkeepers helpless.
Jose Luis Chilavert – The Goal-Scoring Legend
Another remarkable name in the list of goal-scoring goalkeepers is Jose Luis Chilavert of Paraguay. He scored 62 goals during his career, playing for clubs like Velez Sarsfield and the Paraguayan national team. Chilavert was not just an exceptional shot-stopper but also a lethal free-kick and penalty-taker.
Rene Higuita – The Scorpion Kick
Rene Higuita of Colombia, famous for his unique style and the 'Scorpion Kick', scored an impressive 43 goals in his career. His eccentric playing style included high-risk manoeuvres and sensational dribbling runs. He was also a pioneer in the “sweeper-keeper” role, taking more responsibility for actions outside the box.
Jimmy Glass – The Last-Minute Hero
Jimmy Glass, who played for Carlisle United, is remembered for a dramatic goal scored in the 95th minute that saved his team from relegation in 1999. This goal is a part of football folklore as one of the most memorable goals scored by a goalkeeper.
Hans-Jörg Butt – The Penalty Specialist
German goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt, known for scoring penalties, accumulated 32 goals in his career. His approach to stepping up confidently and converting penalties with ease was surprising for both opponents and spectators.
Alisson Becker – The Late Winner
In a Premier League match 2021, Alisson Becker, the Brazilian goalkeeper for Liverpool, scored a remarkable goal in the 95th minute against West Bromwich Albion. His goal, which came from a corner kick, secured a crucial victory for Liverpool and made him the first goalkeeper in the club’s history to score a competitive goal.
Other Notable Mentions
Dimitar Ivankov is the highest-goal-scoring European goalkeeper with 42 goals.
Brazilian goalkeeper Marcio, who scored 40 goals, 37 of which came for Atlético Goianiense.
Fernando Patterson, who scored 35 goals in his career, played for various clubs in the Guatemalan top flight.
Misael Alfaro has 31 goals, 11 of them from penalty kicks.
Stoke City's Asmir Begović scored the fastest goal by a goalkeeper in football history (13 seconds).
Tom King holds the record for the longest goal scored in football history at 105 yards.
In conclusion, these goalkeepers have shown that they can be more than just defenders of the goalpost. Their ability to score crucial and sometimes historic goals has added excitement to the beautiful game, leaving an indelible mark on football history.