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Our Guide to The Top Scoring Goalkeepers and Best Goalkeeper Goals

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It’s not the rarest of scenes in the beautiful game. A team finds themselves in desperate need of a goal as the referee checks his watch. We’ve entered added time and with one last throw of the dice, the goalkeeper rushes across the field to throw himself at the incoming corner.

Being a few inches taller than most other players, the keeper leaps up and gets his head to the ball, sending it flying past his opposite number and rustling the back of the net.

Fewer things are as thrilling as a last-gasp goal by a goalie, but it’s not the only way keepers have made their way onto the scoresheet.  

What Makes a Goal-Scoring Keeper?

Peter Schmeichel is a prime example of goalscoring goalkeeper. The Dane scored a very impressive 13 goals in his career, including the Premier League’s first ever from a goalkeeper, a volley for Aston Villa back in 2001.

If his team needed a goal he’d be straight up the other end of pitch. Perhaps even more impressively than scoring, he found himself off-side in Manchester United’s fourth round FA Cup clash with Wimbledon in 1997, putting his overhead kick in the back of the net only for it to be ruled out.

The bravery to leave your goal wide open while you’re up in the opposition mixer is the main factor that makes these keepers so successful at scoring. Go to early and it could be curtains prematurely if the opposition counter towards an empty net. Timing is key, and once they’re up field anything can happen with the ball ricocheting around the box. 

But there is another kind of goalscoring goalkeeper. The set-piece specialist, typically found in South America with some reaching cult status with 30+ career goals. Whether it’s free-kicks or penalties, the set-piece specialist is a risk-taker, leaving his goal vulnerable to counter attacks as he steps up to strike the ball goalwards. They say goalkeepers are crazy, but this bunch take it one step further.

Which Goalkeeper Has The Most Goals?

Dimitor Ivankov scored 42 goals between 1996 and 2011. The Bulgarian goalkeeper was something of a penalty expert. His goals helped his club Levski Sofia win the Bulgarian League three times in a row and the Bulgarian cup five times.

The flamboyant Mexican keeper Jorge Campos bagged 46 goals throughout his career. He was known for his self-designed colourful kits, and in a rare example of extreme versatility, would often transfer further upfield mid-way through a match and become a striker.

Rene Higuita, the Colombian international famed for his scorpion kick during a friendly against England in 1995, was also known for converting set-pieces. His eccentric, risk-taking style of player saw him nicknamed El Loco (“The Madman”), and he bagged 51 goals in a career that spanned 25 years. He scored 11 goals in the 1999/2000 season for Independiente Medellín.

José Luis Chilavert holds the record for the most international goals from a goalkeeper with eight for Paraguay in 74 appearances. He played for a number of Paraguayan clubs and is widely considered as one of the greatest ever South American keepers. He’s also the only goalie in football history to have scored a hat-trick!

Rogerio Ceni’s world record of 131 goals is simply ridiculous. The Brazilian won 20 major titles while at Sao Paolo, in a career that spanned 25 years. Ceni broke Ryan Giggs’ records for most wins at a single club in October 2014, and in the following summer he broke into Sao Paolo’s top 10 all-time leading goalscorers. All of his goals came from free-kicks or penalties

The Best Goalkeeper Goals

Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke scored a last-minute overhead kick from the edge of the box. The stunning strike against Orlando Pirates in the 96th-minute was nominated for the 2017 Fifa Puskas Award for Goal of the Year.

Roger Ceni’s 100th career goal was one of his best. A 25-yard free-kick curled into into the top left corner as Sao Paolo beat Corinthians 2-1. A perfect example of the Brazilians aptitude from set-pieces.

It’s not clear who this goalscorer is. Some believe it to be a young Rene Higuita, but all we know is it’s one of the craziest goals ever scored. The anonymous goalkeeper is seen collecting the ball at his feet about 10 yards outside his own box, before dashing down the wing past several opponents and smashing the ball in off the post from 30 yards out.

What about goalkeeper own goals?

Elliot Morris with a rare side-footer into the bottom corner here during a game between Glentoran and Glenavon in the Irish Premiership. Unfortunately for Elliot, it was at the wrong end of the pitch. Here it is with some very apt music: 

Another freak incident involving a goalkeeper finding the back of his own net comes from ‘somewhere in Asia’ according the uploader. Talk about throwing the game away.