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Champions League's top goalkeepers: Casillas most appearances, Neuer most clean sheets

Most goalkeeper appearances, final wins, clean sheets, goals-per-game ratios, youngest winners, oldest finalists.

Iker Casillas holds several Champions League goalkeeping records
Iker Casillas holds several Champions League goalkeeping records Getty Images

Which goalkeepers have made the most Champions League appearances?

Iker Casillas made 177 UEFA Champions League appearances for Real Madrid (150) and Porto (27) between 1999 and 2019. He lifted the trophy three times – no goalkeeper has won it more – with the first coming just four days after his 19th birthday. He remains the youngest goalkeeper to play in a Champions League final.

Casillas is one of six keepers among the players who have amassed 100 or more appearances in the competition with Manuel Neuer, Gianluigi Buffon, Petr Čech, Víctor Valdes and Oliver Kahn completing that elite group.

PlayerGamesConcededClean sheetsGPG
Iker Casillas177202571.14
Manuel Neuer140127580.91
Gianluigi Buffon124118520.95
Petr Čech111103470.93
Víctor Valdes10689450.84
Oliver Kahn103102330.99
Edwin van der Sar9877500.79
Jan Oblak8482350.98
Marc André ter Stegen8497321.15
Oleksandr Shovkovskiy77113161.47
Pepe Reina7690241.18
Thibaut Courtois7688291.16
Andriy Pyatov72120171.67
Hugo Lloris7096201.37

European Cup/UEFA Champions League games, first round/group stage to final. Goals conceded totals have been calculated when the player is on the pitch, and clean sheets are only awarded if the player has completed the full match.

Casillas career highlights

Which goalkeepers have kept the most Champions League clean sheets?

Not surprisingly, the three keepers with the most Champions League appearances have also kept the most clean sheets: Neuer, Casillas and Buffon, the German setting a new mark in Bayern's second-leg victory against Arsenal in the 2023/24 quarter-finals. Former Ajax, Juventus and Manchester United No1 Van der Sar (50 in 98) has the best clean sheet-per-match ratio, though, and is the only custodian who has made 70 appearances or more in the competition to have a ratio above 50%.

58 Manuel Neuer (Schalke, Bayern)
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
52 Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus, Paris)
50 Edwin van der Sar (Ajax, Juventus, Man United)
47 Petr Čech (Sparta Praha, Chelsea, Arsenal)
45 Víctor Valdes (Barcelona)
35 Dida (AC Milan)
35 Jan Oblak (Atlético)
33 Oliver Kahn (Bayern)
32 Marc André ter Stegen (Barcelona)
30 Ederson (Benfica, Man City)
29 Thibaut Courtois (Atlético, Chelsea, Real Madrid)

Neuer breaks clean sheets record

Who has kept the most consecutive clean sheets in the Champions League?

Jens Lehmann kept eight successive clean sheets for Arsenal between 9 March 2005 and 25 April 2006. His attempt to make it nine in a row lasted just 18 minutes, though, as the German became the first player (and so far only goalkeeper) to be sent off in a Champions league final – Arsenal went on to lose 2-1 to Barcelona.

Which goalkeepers have won the most Champions League or European Cup titles?

Seven goalkeepers have won three Champions League/European Cup finals – all with one club: Juan Alonso, Heinz Stuy, Sepp Maier, Ray Clemence, Iker Casillas, Víctor Valdes and Keylor Navas. Stuy, Maier, Alonso and Navas won three seasons running, with Ajax's Stuy keeping clean sheets in all three of his finals. Conversely, 14 years separated Casillas's first title in 2000 and last in 2014.

3 Keylor Navas (Real Madrid 2016, 2017, 2018)
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 1974, 1975, 1976)
3 Heinz Stuy (Ajax 1971, 1972, 1973)
3 Víctor Valdes (Barcelona 2006, 2009, 2011)

How many goalkeepers have scored in the Champions League?

Four goalkeepers have scored in the Champions League proper, with Hans-Jörg Butt leading the way. The German, who once scored nine in a single Bundesliga season, converted three Champions League penalties over the years for Hamburg, Leverkusen and Bayern – all, remarkably, against Juventus (versus Van der Sar, Buffon and Buffon again!). Hapoel Tel-Aviv's Vincent Enyeama also struck from the spot against Lyon in 2010.

Sinan Bolat and Ivan Provedel are the only goalkeepers to score from open play in the competition – both finding the net with 95th-minute headers to earn their teams 1-1 draws. Bolat nodded in for Standard Liège to snatch a UEFA Europa League spot from AZ Alkmaar in 2009/10, while Provedel planted his header home to rescue a point for Lazio against Atlético de Madrid on Matchday 1 of the 2023/24 campaign.

Hans-Jörg Butt (Hamburg 4-4 Juventus, 13/09/2000)
Hans-Jörg Butt (Leverkusen 3-1 Juventus, 12/03/2002)
Hans-Jörg Butt (Juventus 1-4 Bayern, 08/12/2009)
Sinan Bolat (Standard Liège 1-1 AZ, 09/12/2009)
Vincent Enyeama (H. Tel-Aviv 1-3 Lyon, 29/09/2010)
Ivan Provedel (Lazio 1-1 Atlético de Madrid, 19/09/2023)

Who is the youngest goalkeeper to win the Champions League?

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia, 2000) – 19 years 4 days

Who is the oldest goalkeeper to win the Champions League?

Edwin van der Sar (Man United 1-1 6-5p Chelsea, 2008) – 37 years 205 days

Van der Sar with the trophy in 2008
Van der Sar with the trophy in 2008©Getty Images

Who is the youngest goalkeeper to play in a Champions League final?

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia, 2000) – 19 years 4 days

Who is the oldest goalkeeper to play in a Champions League final?

Edwin van der Sar (Barcelona 3-1 Man United, 2011) – 40 years 211 days

Dino Zoff was 41 years 86 days when his Juventus side lost 1-0 to Hamburg in the 1983 European Cup final.

Who is the youngest goalkeeper to play in the Champions League?

Maarten Vandevoordt (Napoli 4-0 Genk, 10/12/19) – 17 years 287 days

Who is the oldest goalkeeper to play in the Champions League? 

Marco Ballotta (Real Madrid 3-1 Lazio, 11/12/07) – 43 years 252 days

Who has kept the most clean sheets each season in the Champions League?

2023/24 6 Gregor Kobel (Dortmund)
 8 André Onana (Inter)
2021/22 5 Edouard Mendy (Chelsea), Odysseas Vlachodimos (Benfica), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
2020/21 9 Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
2019/20 6 Manuel Neuer (Bayern)
2018/19 6 Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona), Alisson (Liverpool)
2017/18 6 Loris Karius (Liverpool)
2016/17 8 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
2015/16 9 Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)
2014/15 6 Danijel Subašić (Monaco), Manuel Neuer (Bayern), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona)
2013/14 6 Petr Čech (Chelsea), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
2012/13 6 Helton (Porto), Willy Caballero (Málaga), Gianluigi Buffon), Manuel Neuer (Bayern)

*Players level are ordered by appearances, lowest first.

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