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Top 10 goalkeepers with most clean sheets in Champions League history

Published at :April 19, 2024 at 11:23 PM
Modified at :April 19, 2024 at 11:24 PM
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Novojyoti Bhattacharjee

Manuel Neuer overtook Casillas as the record clean sheets holder in the Champions League

Goalkeepers have always been the pillar of the team as they play a prominent role in the team’s contribution to winning matches by making crucial saves to prevent the opposition from scoring goals. It is often the goalkeepers who receive less applause than the strikers. It is their saves that help the team to win any match, while strikers get all the attention. 

Now, Let’s take a look at the top 10 players with the most clean sheets in UCL history: 

10. Marc Andre ter Stegen- 32 clean sheets

Aside from some of the best keepers in the game, Marc Andre ter Stegen ranks among the best. He has played in the Champions League for nine straight seasons in a row for Barcelona, making 84 appearances. His first Champions League victory was during his debut season as a player, in which he made 13 appearances and kept six clean sheets. He has made seven appearances this season but has kept just one clean sheet. 

9. Oliver Khan- 33 clean sheets

As everyone knows about Oliver Khan and what an outstanding keeper he was, he does not need an introduction. In the competition, he kept 33 clean sheets in 103 appearances for Bayern Munich. Despite spending most of his career with Bayern Munich, he is often known as its face. In the Champions League final against Valencia, he made three crucial penalty saves that helped the team win the championship. For years, he was an integral part of the Champions League-winning team. 

8. Dida- 35 clean sheets

His accomplishments between the sticks with AC Milan in the Champions League and his contribution to the Brazilian National Team, which won the FIFA World Cup in 2002, have made him one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. AC Milan won the Champions League twice in 2002-03 and 2006-07, when he made 72 appearances. During the team’s run, he made several impressive saves, including crucial penalty saves to lead them to victory in the finals. 

7. Jan Oblak- 35 clean sheets

He has been with Atletico Madrid since the summer of 2014 when he signed from Benfica. Jan Oblak has made 84 Champions League appearances, conceding 82 goals in the process. This season he has kept two clean sheets in eight appearances for the team, proving himself to be the decisive maker with crucial saves for the team. He is known as the most reliable player in the team for his time and time again proving himself to be the decisive maker in the team with crucial saves. After losing the 2015-16 final to rivals Real Madrid, he will aim to win the trophy this time around. 

6. Victor Valdes- 45 clean sheets

As a Barcelona player, Victor Valdes won all the trophies during his time there. He played over 106 matches in the Champions League and kept 45 clean sheets. At Barcelona, he won three Champions Leagues and was an integral member of the team. He was comfortable on the ball, which was a trait Barcelona needed in their goalkeeper at the time, as he always sensed danger well in advance. 

5. Petr Cech- 47 clean sheets

It will be hard for fans to forget Peter Cech’s 2012 Champions League final performance when he saved an impressive penalty to deny Arjen Robben and forced the tie into extra-time. He was the hero in the penalty shootout as he saved two penalties to hand the Blues their first Champions League title. He has set a number of records for Chelsea that are impossible to match. In 111 appearances for the team in the Champions League, he has kept 47 clean sheets. 

4. Edwin van der Sar- 50 clean sheets

He has won the Champions League for both Manchester United and Ajax. With over 98 appearances and 50 clean sheets for both teams, he has had an illustrious career. Manchester United won the Champions League in 2008 when he saved two crucial penalties for them in the finals. He played a vital role in the team’s victory when the opposition team found him hard to score past. 

3. Gianluigi Buffon- 52 clean sheets

When Gianluigi Buffon faced Real Madrid in the Champions League 2017 final, he was very close to lifting the cup, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace shattered his dreams of winning it. Despite this, he has won many trophies during his time with Juventus, making him one of the greatest keepers of all time. In the Champions League, he made 124 appearances for Juventus, keeping 52 clean sheets, which is the third-highest number in the competition. 

2. Iker Casillas- 57 clean sheets

A legend at Real Madrid, the star has won every title, both domestically and internationally, and has kept 57 clean sheets for Los Blancos in the Champions League. Real Madrid were awed by his talent from a young age as he debuted at the club at a very young age. With the team, Casillas won three Champions League titles and was a throne in defence, preventing attackers from scoring. 

1. Manuel Neuer- 58 clean sheets

The record for keeping clean sheets in the competition belongs to Manuel Neuer, who played a crucial role against Arsenal in the second leg of the quarter-final. In 138 appearances, he kept 58 clean sheets, passing Casillas as the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in the competition. His performance at the back has made him the pillar of the team because he senses danger before it happens and reacts accordingly. 

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