The Champions League's greatest ever goalkeepers

Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon may not return to the #UCL next season, but they will dominate the goalkeeping statistics for years to come.

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Iker Casillas has bowed out of the UEFA Champions League with Porto, and Juventus No1 Gianluigi Buffon has said he will hang up his gloves this summer. It is the twilight of the goalkeeping gods.

The two No1s dominate our all-time list of appearance-makers in the European Cup and UEFA Champions League, but – as UEFA.com discovers – they do not hold a monopoly on UEFA club competition goalkeeping records.

Goalkeepers: Most European Cup appearances

European Cup (ECCC)/UEFA Champions League (UCL) games including qualifying; Totals in brackets is group stage to final only

Appearances/player

Final wins Goals conceded Clean sheets* Goals conceded per game
171 (167): Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto) 3 190 (188) 58 (56) 1.11 (1.13)
123 (115): Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus) 0 116 (109) 52 (49) 0.94 (0.95)
111 (111): Petr Čech (Sparta, Chelsea, Arsenal) 1 103 (103) 49 (49) 0.93 (0.93)
110 (106): Víctor Valdes (Barcelona) 3 90 (89) 48 (45) 0.82 (0.84)
109 (77): Olexandr Shovkovskiy (Dynamo Kyiv) 0 145 (114) 28 (16) 1.33 (1.48)
107 (103): Oliver Kahn (Bayern München) 1 106 (104) 35 (33) 0.99 (1.01)
100 (98): Edwin van der Sar* (Ajax, Juventus, Man. United) 2 79 (79) 53 (51) 0.79 (0.81)
94 (92): Manuel Neuer (Schalke, Bayern München) 1 89 (89) 36 (34) 0.95 (0.97)
81 (69): Pepe Reina (Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, Napoli) 0 82 (78) 32 (24) 1.01 (1.13)
76 (72): Dida (AC Milan) 2 59 (56) 37 (35) 0.78 (0.78)

* clean sheets include partial games: e.g. Lehmann's in the first 18 minutes of the 2006 UCL final

Van der Sar (Ajax 1995 and United 1998) is the only goalkeeper to have won the ECCC/UCL with two teams.

Goalkeepers who have played in the most UEFA club competition* games

Pepe Reina: still going strong at 35
Pepe Reina: still going strong at 35©Getty Images

178: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
165: Pepe Reina (Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, Napoli)
158: Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus)
143: Olexandr Shovkovskiy (Dynamo Kyiv)
143: Edwin van der Sar (Ajax, Juventus, Fulham, Man. United)
142: Oliver Kahn (Karlsruhe, Bayern München)
127: Petr Čech (Chmel Blšany, Sparta, Chelsea, Arsenal)
125: Frank Rost (Werder Bremen, Schalke, Hamburg)
118: Víctor Valdes (Barcelona)
116: Jens Lehmann (Schalke, Dortmund, Arsenal, Stuttgart) 

* includes European Cup/UEFA Champions League (ECCC/UCL), UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and European/South American Cup

Goalkeepers who have won the most caps for a UEFA nation

Thomas Ravelli: Sweden's most capped
Thomas Ravelli: Sweden's most capped©Getty Images

175: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
167: Iker Casillas (Spain)
143: Thomas Ravelli (Sweden)
134: Shay Given (Republic of Ireland)
133: Andreas Isaksson (Sweden)
130= Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)
130= Peter Jehle (Liechtenstein)
129: Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)
126: Andoni Zubizarreta (Spain)
125: Peter Shilton (England)

Goalkeepers who have won the most ECCC/UCL titles

Heinz Stuy ahead of the 1971 final
Heinz Stuy ahead of the 1971 final©Getty Images

3= Juan Alonso (Real Madrid 1956, 1957, 1958)
3= Iker Casillas (Real Madrid 2000, 2002, 2014)
3= Ray Clemence (Liverpool 1977, 1978, 1981)
3= Sepp Maier (Bayern München 1974, 1975, 1976)
3= Heinz Stuy* (Ajax 1971, 1972, 1973)
3= Víctor Valdes (Barcelona 2006, 2009, 2011)

* uniquely, Stuy kept clean sheets in all of his finals

Goalkeepers who have won all three major UEFA club competitions*

Treble winner Vítor Baía
Treble winner Vítor Baía©Getty Images

Vítor Baía (ECCC/UCL: Porto, 2004, ECWC: Barcelona, 1997, UCUP/UEL: Porto, 2003)
Stefano Tacconi (ECCC/UCL: 1985, Juventus, ECWC: Juventus, 1984, UCUP/UEL: Juventus, 1990)

* includes European Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Goalkeepers who have scored the most ECCC/UCL goals

Hans-Jörg Butt celebrates converting for Bayern
Hans-Jörg Butt celebrates converting for Bayern©Getty Images

3: Hans-Jörg Butt (Hamburg, Leverkusen, Bayern München)*
2= Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel-Aviv)
2= Dimitar Ivankov (Levski Sofia)
1= Sinan Bolat (Standard Liège)
1= Eloy Casals (Santa Coloma)

* Butt converted penalties against Juventus for three clubs

Youngest goalkeeper to win the ECCC/UCL

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid v Valencia, 2000) – 19 years 4 days 2000

Oldest goalkeeper to win the ECCC/UCL

Edwin van der Sar (Man. United v Chelsea, 2008) – 37 years 205 days

Youngest goalkeeper to play in the ECCC/UCL

Mile Svilar (Benfica v Man. United, 18/10/17) – 18 years and 52 days

Oldest goalkeeper to play in the ECCC/UCL

Marco Ballotta (Real Madrid v Lazio, 11/12/07) – 43 years and 253 days

Oldest goalkeeper to play in an ECCC/UCL final

Dino Zoff (Hamburg 1-0 Juventus, 1983) – 41 years 86 days

Most consecutive ECCC/UCL clean sheets

9: Jens Lehmann (Arsenal, 09/03/05-17/05/06*)

* Lehmann was dismissed (having not conceded) 18 minutes into the final game of that run – Arsenal's 2006 UEFA Champions League final loss to Barcelona

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